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(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.
(2020) A blend of 54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 39% Merlot,  7% Cabernet Franc. With 10 years under its belt there is still a definite Cabernet leafiness to this, currant leaf, cedar and graphite, a note of bloodiness. The fruit is plummy and ripe, blackcurrant, with polished tannins and ripe juicy acidity into a lovely, long and harmonious finish. No UK retail listing at time of review.
(2020) A touch more floral and lifted than the 2016, a bit of tapenade, racy cherry and raspberry, the same fruit complexity of red over dark, but super-juicy, a squirt of lemon juice and edgy, energetic flavours are crisp and fresh in the finish over black fruit.
(2020) Around 2% of Petit Verdot in the blend here, along with both Cabernet Sauvignon and Franc, and Merlot. It spent 16-18 months in barrel, 40% new oak and the fruit comes from soils of limestone, clay and wind-blown volcanic material. Youthful, dried herbs, mussel shells, blackcurrant and just a touch of something like bay leaf. In the mouth there is a red fruit tartness and edge, that is taut and gives energy to the darker fruit tones, a little leather and dried sage. Lovely. Price and stockist quoted is for the 2017 vintage at time of review.
(2020) Softening colour, bloody, ripe, dried blood and oxide, but all the sweet and ripe character of fruit is beneath. Big creamy mouthful of Syrah, all the sweetness and plushness you cold want, but creamy and softly spicy, a generous acidity in the finish to give it terrific length. Possibly not for long ageing now, but In a lovely place. Price and stockist is for the most recent vintage at time of review.
(2020) Fruit from Bridge Pa, aged 15 months in barrel (35% new). Moves in the bacon fat spectrum, creaminess, spices and pepper, but more about the plush black fruits, little wild garrigue  notes. The palate has great firm juiciness, the creamy and pure fruit, but that slightly wild and gamy side adds so much to the complexity and interest. Price and stockist is for an earlier vintage at time of review.
(2020) From the 20-year-old vines, that were not bottled until the last few years. Winemaker Phil worked at Clos de Lambrays in Burgundy and I suspect this was something of a pet project - Hawke's Bay Pinot still being relatively rare. Bright, orange, cherryish, a touch of briar, there’s a little polished edge, very taut with sour cherry and taut acids and fine, tight tannins. Very nice wine. No UK retail stockists at time of review.
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