Cabernet Sauvignon is 44% of this blend, with 29% Shiraz, Cabernet Franc, Malbec and Petit Verdot. Plum and cedar, with a touch of bloodiness, a touch of iron oxide ferrous character. Dry and plummy on the palate, it is savoury and chewy.
(2019) Mostly Merlot, with around 35% of the two Cabernets, matured in French oak, around 28% new, the remainder 2nd and 3rd fill. There’s a leafiness here, and earthy and lightly bloody character to the plum fruit. Bittersweet plum, chocolate and cherry with a bit of chicory bitterness adding to the gastronomic appeal. Very ripe in the mouth.
(2019) The style of this wine has evolved over the years in an attempt to make it more elegant and softer. Has a touch of watercolour paintbox, plenty of vibrant black fruit, edgy on the palate with good acidity and a rasp of plum and blueberry skin tartness, this drinks well, with softness yes, but still a firm, bittersweet bite.