(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) Fermented in barrel, then only around 10% new oak for maturation. A nice bold style, with plenty of vibrant punch and a nicely managed style wth some oak and buttery richness, but a shimmering freshness.
(2019) Nicely perfumed here, a touch of cherry and kirsch to earthier and plummy black fruit. There’s a firm edge to this, a tart plum skin rasp of acidity and tannin. Two and a half years in used French oak.
(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) All Chardonnay. Very yeasty and fresh, quite a lemony and floral character, a lighter aperitif style, summery and crisp with lots of citrus and apple brightness. A straightforward style, and well made.
(2019) Aged in 55% French oak the rest in used barrels. Again good perfume here showing some cherry and pepper and spice, moving into chocolate on the palate, there is a gravelly, chewy structure here, but definitely enough fruit to balance.
(2019) Bordeaux blend, matured in a mix of 225-, 500- and 3000-litre barrels. Highly aromatic, wth lots of pencil shavings and cedar, very pure black fruit, that little floral touch perhaps fro the Petit Verdot. On the palate, lots of cedar and smoky oak influence supporting the fruit. Dry tannins and a juicy cherry haracter to the acids, giving his plushness but with a firm finish with good tension. Merlot 44%, Cabernet Franc 32%, Cabernet Sauvignon 21%, Petit Verdot 3%.
(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.