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(2020) This is a blend with 60% Merlot and Manseng Noir and was a tank sample. Juicy, fresh and cherry scented with a floral lift, but there is roundness from the Merlot. Very smooth, charming and easy to drink, Manseng providing almost no tannin, but plenty of acidity to cut through the creamy black and plummy fruit given mainly by the Merlot I suspect, into a pleasing, easy-going finish.
(2020) From a cooler year when the naturally high acid of the Manseng Noir had to be managed, this has a little more of a tapenade, spicy character, but still that same easy-going fruit and a nicely dry, savoury finish showing charming plush fruit.
(2018) Think Malbec, think Argentina? Argentina produces some fabulous Malbec wines that have soared in popularity recently, however, the variety's spiritual home was, and remains, in Cahors, an appellation of Southwest France whose Malbec wines were at one time more famous that Bordeaux. This is a fine, plump and luscious example, perhaps 20% Merlot in the blend adding extra plummy depths of fruit, but smooth as silk too and the elegant cherry acidity of the finish keeping the picture sharply focused. A cracking red meat all-rounder, finishing on spice.
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