(2020) An unusual blend of 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Tempranillo, 23% Cabernet Franc. Lovely depth of colour, creamy and firm, with dry tannins and juiciness, tobacco and smokiness, with a firm tannin and acidity. Real intensity of vibrant fruit and juiciness in the finish, the Cabernet tannins firming things up. No UK stockists at time of review.
(2020) From the Bridge Pa region, a new wine for Smith & Sheth. Beautifully fragrant, floral lift, spices, a lovely red fruit raspberry and cherry brightness. Plenty of spice and a touch of chocolate on the palate with such mouth-filling sweet fruit, beautifully smooth tannins and creamy acids to make a delicious and elegant wine. No UK retail stockists at time of review.
(2020) From Gimblett Gravels, a lovely meaty, plush wine with ripe fruit, flecked with spice, game and tobacco. Very good fruit and acid balance, a savoury, gastronomic wine, with a smooth, but grippy and serious character. No UK retail stockist at time of review.
(2020) Plenty of meaty, solid, polished oak and deep fruit. Sandalwood and spices rather than florals. Lots of juiciness here too, tangy and dry, quite a serious savoury style with a rasp of tannin and plum skin grippy acidity and extract, but has a fine red fruit firmness and rich juiciness.
(2020) Oak gives a little smoke, spice, higher notes, yet a substantial and quite gamey edge too. Juicy, firmer tannins, drying, but plenty of grip. I'd say this still needs time and may merit an extra point or two. No retail listing in the UK at time of review.
(2020) Lovely nose, a bloody edge to the deep, plush fruit, plenty of spice and a sheen of oak. Very juicy, ripe blueberry and cherry, a cherry skin grip of acidity and very fine tannins. Juicy to the finish. Price and stockist is for the previous vintage at time of review.
(2020) Released only in the best years, this Cabernet Sauvignon-dominant blend also included Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Malbec, and was aged 24 months in French oak, 60% of which was new barrels. Blood red in colour, it has a gorgeous nose, riven with pencil shavings and tobacco, plum and blackcurrant, and just that dusty green edge of refined Cabernet. In the mouth it is plush and supple, the creaminess and medium- to full-bodied richness of the fruit, married to spicy oak, taut, elegant and fine tannins and etched by acidity. A terrific wine this. Price and stockist quoted at time of review is for the previous vintage.
(2020) The blend is 58% Merlot, 21% Cabernet Franc and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon - plus 1% Petit Verdot. It spent 18 months in French oak barrels. Meat and graphite, touches of bloodiness and game, melt into black fruit. On the palate the citrus acidity and juicy, tight tannins give a long, quite firm finish.
(2020) Stone, represents the Gimblet Gravels, the source of the fruit for this Syrah, which has a lovely bold and plush appeal, ripe blackcurrant fruit with great juiciness, a hint of floral and peppery lift. Fruit is rich, tannins are silky, and the acidity balanced. Price and stockist quoted are for the previous vintage at time of review.
(2020) Fabulous, opulent nose, the creamy plushness of the fruit, the blackcurrant glossiness, spices from 20 months in different formats of oak, and all the fruit from hillside blocks. Game and meat, but really up-front fruit dominates, the sour cherry acidity and bloody, meatiness of the fruit gives this lovely presence. Tangy, juicy acids and tight tannins. Price and stockist is for a previous vintage at time of review.
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