(2012) Massive nose of honey and flowers, from a vineyard planted in 1910. Enormous perfume and concentration. Touches of green bean vegatility too in such a complex profile. The palate has equal richness, with plenty of bitter twists of lemon rind and grapefruit against the inherently sweet fruit and opulent, dried apricot richness. Fabulous, mouth-filling stuff, power and a touch of heat, but will age for decades.
(2001) Much more pungent, big, nettly nose with forceful vegetal quality then that same quince, fig and buttery, nutty fruit quality pushes through. Beautifully resolved on the palate, this still has massive power and concentration, but there is lots of fleshy, juicy fruit and tight, freshening acidity still there. The finish is again long and perfectly poised. Very good indeed/excellent.
(2001) Beautifully alluring nutty nose, lots of buttery Brazil nut and hazelnut notes, even a waxiness along with peachy fruit and hints of blossom. The palate has fine quality, with tight, focused, plum and apricot fruit and a lovely waxy quality to the texture. This wine feels as if it is resolving itself from powerful separate components, and is very well-balanced into a long, lingering and complex finish. Excellent.
(2001) More compact, muscular, richly powerful nose. There’s a core of lightly toasty oak, with aromas of brazil nut, apricot and peach. Full-bodied, the palate has a nutty quality again with juicy, tight, apricot and peach skin fruit that has a bittersweet quality. Lovely balance an length again. This is very youthful and powerful and need considerable time. Very good indeed/excellent.
(2001) Colour assessment is difficult in Raeburn’s 16th Century cellars. This was bottled in late September 2001, and has a beautifully limpid nose that is honeyed and rich with notes of vanilla, nuts, little floral aromatics and hints of fig. The richly-textured palate has fine but bold fruit. It is very punchy, with gripping acidity and powering concentration into a long finish. A baby, but very good indeed/excellent.