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bought in crop from 8 different vineyards across Sea View, McLaren Vale, the South-West, soils with limestone influences, 7-8 day vinification, basket press, aged 30% new, 70% 2-3-4 year old 300-litre oak casks 20 months, 36-42,000 b

2009

good-looking dark red robe. The bouquet has a fine top scent; there is bonny depth in the nose, a rich and oily aspect. It offers a very thick aroma of simmered black cherry fruit. The depth combines well with its floral drifts. There are some lingering polished leather influences, herbs such as thyme simmer in it. A touch of tar and rubber takes me to the Northern Rhône. The palate has a welling-up of intense black fruit that points its toe well and elegantly. The length is good and genuine, the finish well-filled, chunky. I like its acidity, meaning that it is fresh and full and fluid as it ends. It has a dark intensity that eventually reveals Aussie roots, and a slightly scorched exit. After two days: some leather and eucalyptus notes on the finish. 14.5°. 2022-24  July 2013

2008

GOOD VALUE: dark robe; the bouquet is solid, compact – has raisin, blackberry airs but has been bottled for only two weeks, so is not out and about. Broad, bold palate, but good pure fruit lies within, an elegant cassis without being over the top; the fruit has “shine” about it, is not droopy. Aniseed, fennel towards the finish, ending on a tang of menthol. Good fruit that shows fruit doesn`t have to be a fruit bomb. To 2016. Good value at A$30. Oct 2009

2007

big robe; seamless blackberry aroma – earthy, good dark soil airs, meat – it is wide. There is a fine start to the palate – its black berry fruit has a grainy style of tannin towards the finish. Interesting wine. Bacon, blackberry mix in the flavour. 2015-17 Oct 2009