(2019) Blend of 70% Sauvignon and Semilion made it 600l barrels, around 18% new. A small percentage is made in clay amphora. Subtle, nutty character, great crispness to the nose - crunchy apple and lemon, but a sheen of sophistication. Deliciously tangy orange and lemon fruit and acidity.
(2019) Right Bank style blend, with a nice 60% merlot but nice Cab Franc herbal and olive character, set against massive amounts of cassis and minty/chocolate ripeness. There’s load of coffee and plum, but the sweetness never varies, a fairly massive wine, sumptuous in style, creamy tannins and soft acidity making it easy to drink despite the high alcohol.
(2019) A bllend of 49% Shiraz with Bordeaux varieties. A slightly cooler character, with game and pepper dominating over the meaty and dark fruit. Good grip and structure here, a stony gravel tension to the wine that again offsets the ripe, perfumed black fruit very nicely.
(2019) A lovely perfume here, buoyant black berries, ripe and full-bodied, there’s just the faintest touch of green in the background, but that is perfectly a pointe here, because the chocolate-ripe fruit is what drives this wine. Smoky and chalky tannins, a great ripe character, chewy but. Not at all tough or extracted. A lovely wine.
(2019) 100% Petit Verdot. Very juicy and black fruited, delightful graphite character, really perfumed, there’s a little floral lift here, the palate silky textured and smoothly fruited, with tight, apparent tannins, juicy acids and it drinks very well. Lovely juiciness, but a tight finish. 32 months in new French oak. Only available at the cellar door.
(2019) Pepper, spice and ashy characters, quite perfumed again with a little floral lift. Quite grippy, meaty and still has that peppery, quite leathery grip. There’s a balsamic character too, then that ripeness of fleshy, supple black fruit drives the finish.