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1977-88 Shiraz, partly north facing, draining soils, 7 day vinification, hand cap punching, aged 10% new, 90% 1-2 year 300-litre French oak casks, first wine 2008, 1,200 b

2009

dark-tinted, full red. Expressive, broad travelling, striking nose: it presents wavy bundles of crushed black berry fruits, is deep, and gives flashes of licorice. It is settling well now, can vary further. The palate is a joy: there is a delicious mid to late palate run of cassis and black cherry fruit with a grainy spring in its step, and excellent freshness on the finish. It is long, and feels hand made. The texture strokes the palate, has a graceful flair. A BEAUT. 14.5°. 2023-25  June 2013

2008

made of 1977 Shiraz: very dark robe here; an air of good, rippling blackberry fruit is given extra depth by its toasted oak, smoke and licorice backdrop, a thorough note of crème de menthe also present. The palate bears full-on fruit with a tight, agreeable tension in it. The depth is fine, the style direct, the finish clear. Tasty, thorough wine. On Day 2, there is a leafy note on the palate – it is robust all through, tightly packed. Somehow, the second day renders it more plain, less noble. 14.5°. 2020-21 May 2011, East Sussex  Previously May 2009 ***** (casks) dark robe; chocolate, brooding, big nose – meat stock, grabby and olive here. This is a manly wine – delivers ripe raisin, the McLaren Vale muscle. Ends on a solid wall of rich delivery. This vineyard is 50 metres apart from the Gorge Block vineyard, but the wines have very different styles. 17-20 years. Oct 2009