Only produced in exceptional years, the previous release to this was in 2009 with the first being 2004. 60% of the wine was aged for 22 months in new French oak puncheons (475 lt barrels), the remainder in 3 year old French and American oak. A dollop of Shiraz also finds its way in here (2%) for depth and complexity.
There's plenty of pleasure in the glass here. Char and dark berry fruits are flanked by some fruit sweetness. Depth takes charge through the mid palate. A peppery and baking spice like shimmer rolls out to a long and satisfying finish. Soft and effortless. It's not hard to enjoy a glass of this, that's for sure.
Drink now to eight years.
92/100 - Very good
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