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90% new French oak casks 20 months

2006

full, dark and intense red. Savoury, oily first aroma, eucalyptus and prune liqueur, is very broad, while black pepper peeps out of the sweetness – this is a full-on nose. This has the full, aromatic, sweet-toned typical body of McLaren Vale – tarry, soaked cherries, black berry liqueur intensity. Has good carry, with ripe and tasty tannins. Rather a foot down wine. “The oak will disappear, and a chocolate style will come through,” Chester Osborn. “Masses of everything, not easy to drink a lot, there is top quality fruit but a lot of winemaking all over it,” Drew Noon. To 2015. Oct 2009 In GB 2004 is £36.95 from Noel Young