(2016) The wine that 'won' The Judgement of Berlin. 100% Cabernet from a cool year but a very good growing season. Lovely umami character, rare roast beef and a gently bloodiness and spice. There's espresso and dark aromas married to such a big, blood streaked palate of ripe and sweet fruit, lots of chocolate and earthy ripeness, and then a fine twist of bittersweetness, a touch of liquorice, in a fine, long and tapering fine finish.
(2016) A warm year, though the vineyard is in a cool spot so never too hot with more continental climate. A big seductive nose, laden with cassis and plum, a chocolate and spice laden nose but such a depth of fruit. Excellent palate, with a huge depth and plenty of polished oak, but a seductive and velvety style.
(2016) Eduardo travelled to the Rhone and loved the wines, so imported vines from the Rhone in 1993. 22 months in French oak, 50% new. The oak has been dropped back and the addition of some Aconcagua Costa fruit is aimed at making a fresher style. Fruit mostly planted as in Hermitage, 1 x 1 metre on a single post. A touch of bloodiness, excellent freshness, spices and a solid red and black fruit character. Really very juicy, a bitter orange quality to the acidity, plenty of grip again, the tannins rounded but firm and juicy, a tart edge to the cherry and plum fruit. Not in UK at present, but previous vintages around £30 per bottle.
(2016) 90% Carmenere, 7% petit Verdot, 3% Syrah. 22 months in French oak, 60% new. Dark, glossy but quite closed. There’s a little touch of balsamic and green herb, a vinous black fruit. Rich fruitcake palate, lots of freshness and savoury, umami meatiness and the dark plum fruit. Plenty of grip and edge to this, high acid and plenty of spark. Tastes too young, so decant if drinking now. This vintage not in UK at time of writing.
(2016) 54% Caberenet Sauvignon, 21% Carmenere, 16% Merlot, 6% Petit Verdot, 3% Cabernet Franc, aged in new French oak for 22 months. Lovely softening rim, the colour just a touch pink on the rim. Very attractive nose. There is a pronounced oak influence, quite fragrant but with smoky vanilla, cedar, very good fruit, cassis and depth. Not too big, tempered by savoury orange acidity and fine but grippy tannins, a chewy density, some umami richness and savouriness. Long and well balanced, perhaps a smidgeon too much oak apparent.
(2013) One of the cooler areas of the day with around 1180 degree days here, with a diurnal range of 13.8ºC. 13.5% ABV. Clay and granite soils. Lots of flattering, creamy oak at first here in a deep crimson wine. There is a lovely pepper and game lift too though, and the fruit quite bright with a strawberry pulp character. Big, juicy fruitiness on the palate, loaded with sweet, slick fruit that is quite plush and velvety with ripe tannins and though plenty of dry extract, retains a juicy clarity.
(2011) Aged for one year in French and American oak. Cedar, briary notes and a savoury character here with plum and nice depths of berry fruits. The palate has spice and chocolate to spare, but there is a pleasingly underripe hint of spice, pepper and olive, before the sweet fruit asserts. This finishes with juicy blackcurrant and liquorice, and lots of svelte texture and style.
(2010) More new oak in this line. Five percent each of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Big, dusty, cassis and blueberry nose, with lots of coffee and spice, and a hint of rich mocha. The palate has real fruit sweetness, with a mid-palate weight and good intensity, the sweet, smooth tannins and nice black cherry skin bite.
(2010) 5% each of Carmenère and Cabernet Franc. Very elegant, very soft berry fruit. Some smokiness and a certain schisty, gravelly quality. The palate has delightful fruit, a rich, sweet, rounded silky texture and sweet fruit. The palate has lovely length and elegance.
(2010) 40% Syrah, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Carmenère. Big, quite plush nose, with a richness and cedary, polished wood quality. There is a depth of something earthy and smoky, the fruit on the palate is savoury and lithe, with sinewy tannins and a nicely poised, elegant, quite classic finish.