(2020) From Tenuta sette Cieli's organic vineyards, this is 100% Cabernet Franc, fermented with indigenous yeasts and spending 24 months in French oak, 40% of which was new. It pours a very dense, opaque dark crimson, the nose offering some tapenade and charcuterie notes, but beneath a weight of glossy black fruits. A little hint of mint. In the mouth the creamy weight of smooth, unruffled black fruit flows across the tongue. There is an underpinning of coffeeish oak, very silky tannins and fine black cherry acidity, but the fruit dominates into a long finish. The Tannins reassert in the finish, and I suggest decanting this or cellaring for a few years. A very nice wine.
(2020) Named after the colour of the evening sky above the estate (indigo), this is a blend of equal parts Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, fermented with indigenous yeasts and spending 18 months in French oak barrels, 35% of which were new. It has a deep, saturated and vibrant colour. The nose is really very appealing, with incense and Sandalwood, a deep seam of blueberry and blackcurrant, and a touch of meatiness. In the mouth a surge of sweet, ripe, fleshy damson plum and blueberry bittersweet fruit, the oak just adding a chocolate and coffee sheen, but it is in the background, the polished, plush fruit pushing through against creamy tannins and balanced acidity. A terrific Bordeaux-style wine this, with an agile Itilianate acidity, and drinking beautifully now though worthy of cellaring for a decade or more. Price and stockists quoted at time of review are for the previous vintage.
(2020) From the recently acquired vineyard in Hawke's Bay and vinified in older French oak, a lovely quality of almond and oatmeal, soft, a light butteriness and the juicy character, some flint. On the palate green apple and a touch of ripe pear and melon, a squirt of lemon juice freshness is very focused.
(2020) Oatmeal and crushed almond, even a little touch of hazelnut, A little more richness and texture than the Village, but a similar lime, lemon and grapefruit clarity, a delicious spangle brightness to the fruit and acidity in the finish, showing a little salt and flint. Very stylish.
(2020) From a slope above the Maté's vineyard replanted in 2000, this is flecked with green in colour, a little touch of fig, but lots of lime blossom finesse. The palate has such a blast of salinity, sheer and flowing, such gorgeous clarity and that blast of mineral salts. Outstanding.
(2020) Maté Barjkovich's name lives on in this vineyard immediately opposite the winery and family home, all planted with the Mendoza clone. Gorgeous nose, quite opulent and pear and peach, so much vibrant, brilliant fruit and acid, moves into nougat, etched by beautiful acidity, the opulence and ripeness so nicely tempered by that core of structural acid, but delicate, always delicate.
(2020) Nectarine and peachy ripeness, nougat and a little hazelnut. Terrific tangy acid and a long, streaking finish of brilliant clarity. Such a vibrant wine, brilliant, lime rind zest and sheerness. Unfortunately no UK stockists of this great vintage, but Lay & Wheeler have the 2014 at £60 and the 2012 too.
(2020) A little depth of colour here, a touch of dried fruit and aged mushroom and not so aromatically vibrant. Orange and salt, the citrus peel and a little phenolic grip - only a little - perhaps that touch of botrytis richness again right in the finish. No stockists of the 2007 at time of writing, price and stockist given is for the 2009.
(2019) Seems a touch leesy, wth a citrus peel touch of gripiness, but really it is still about the freshness and fruit refinement, from higher blocks this is also naturally fermented, with a richer, slightly earthier character, good mouthfeel, and still that long, tapering finish. Very bittersweet tang.
There are 160g/l of sugar here, and the deeper colour is matched by slightly deeper aromas, still so much florals, a little bit of a leafy herbal character, but the underpinning of stone fruit juiciness is fabulous. The palate has also developed a toffee note of creaminess, trading that against the 2015's vibrancy, but it makes for a hugely overwhelming sensory experience, flavour, texture, the aroma each time you lift the glass to our nose. Fabulous.