Tuesday, 19 May 2020

Indigo Vineyard Black Ink 2018


With a name like Black Ink I'm already picturing a blockbuster. I was pleasantly surprised this was not the case.

A blend of Shiraz, Petit Verdot and Cabernet (55/35/10), the Shiraz component saw a bit more love being handpicked and seeing 30% new oak. The rest saw older oak for 21 months.

To my surprise I see more of the Petit Verdot and Cabernet characters over the dominant Shiraz - blackberries and blackcurrants, dense plums and aniseed. Medium to full bodied, cedar aromas are noticeable early but they take a few steps back on day two of tasting. The same can be said for scents of smoke. There's still some oomph under the bonnet as it drives through to a long and dry finish highlighted by a dash of mint and dusty like tannins. Slow cooked meals and steaks are the go here. Great stuff.

Drink to six years+

92/100

Region: Beechworth
RRP: $36
Source: Sample

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