The Six Hundred Above defines the altitude of the vineyards above sea level in the Orange region, New South Wales. The label has appeal too - the photo right doesn't do it justice.
This spent twelve months in French oak (11% new) in a combination of 225L and 500L barrels.
A whiff of white pepper to start and lots of soft plummy and dark berry fruit but once it hits the tarmac it's a little one dimensional without too much to excite. It's a good wine to have with a meal but not one which would arouse much discussion. Time in the glass reveals some leafyness. The finish is drying with chalky tannins which seem happy just staying put. I reckon I could have a glass but not much more.