A big sucker - lots of meat on the bones. Taking a whiff and French onion soup of all things piques my interest. Give it some air and it blows off and the wine comes good.
Dense, black and dark fruits are the go here. Sweetness from the American oak comes through but there's a warmth which is hard to arrest. The fruit almost has that cooked feel - 14.5% alcohol but I get a sense its greater and the 1.5% leverage has perhaps been exhausted. Alas, dark chocolate, salted caramel and a hint of coffee to finish with spice fruit cake feels. But that warmth...
Some will gravitate to this style but it just doesn't mesh with me.
Drink now to ten years.
Region: McLaren Vale