(2016) No new oak, aged in older barrels for 14 months. For me a little closed at this stage, a dark wine with tight black fruit, but not hugely aromatic, just a touch of bacon fat perhaps, a touch of garrique herbs come through. The palate has a really nice, smooth palate flooded with creamy red fruits, such plushness to the tannins, but very nicely balanced between that creaminess and the light dustiness, and good acidity.
(2016) 5% Petit Verdot in the blend. Very young, this one comes from more westerly vineyard, closer to the coast, with a subtle spiciness and green character, not at all thiol-like, the 35% new oak adding a dusty, creamy quality. The mouthfeel is lovely, a firm edge but also some chocolate and glossy violet-like tones, with dusty tannins and a lovely sweet fruit.
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