Color: Deep red.
Nose: Much more than a first-wave impression of blackcurrant/cassis cabernet-driven aromatics...A second of chive, mustard spice, beeswax, lemon/honey tea and thyme flowers. A third of cherry-wood, sarsaparilla, aniseed. A fourth of wet cold steel and a wet peppercorn tree.
... all four unlocked, unravelled and liberated via time and air.
Palate: Full and rich. A custom-fitted generous mid-palate - mandated for this marque. Flavours of a platter of charcuterie meats, pastrami dominating. Also vying for taste and textural attention - pomegranate, cranberry, Madagascan vanilla pod, liquorice straps. This wine's youthful profile tempered by softened and even tannins - from start to finish. And the judicious use of new oak.
Elegant, smooth and supple, showing off cedar, black tea and sandalwood aromas, with plenty of restraint. The raspberry coulis, dark chocolate cherry and blood orange notes at the center are wonderfully pure. The tannins are polished and supple, and the flavors weave into harmony on the finish. Drink now through 2035. 18,086 cases imported.