(2013) Another vibrantly youthful colour, and solid fruit, a touch meaty, a touch earthy, but dense black berry fruit is there. Drying in the mouth, the tannins coating the tongue, lots of sour cherry fruit and acidity, and a pleasingly dark and serious edge to this.
(2013) Very nice quality of oak here. It is prominent, but very polished and classy with a hint of mint and chocolate, but tempered by a matching depth of black fruit. On the palate the roughening edge of the tannins gives a nice ruffling, textured edge to the black fruit, finishing fresh, dry and savoury.
(2013) Very attractive on the nose, the buouyant fruit quality peppy and bright, with enough creamy oak and sense of Malbec's more floral character coming through nicely. A very appealing wine, flooded with sweet fruit across the palate, the tannins very controlled and refined and the long, chocolate and spice-infused finish very easy to like. Call it commercial or even a touch international, but it is unarguably delicious.
(2013) Lovely nose again, the exotic spice of the oak framing pretty creamy red fruit, a hint of something mineral. On the palate a drier tannin structure, big, broad tannins are well managed and ripe, but coat the mouth. Very dry and savoury, but the quality of the fruit is undeniable and this is long and balanced.
(2013) Fine dried blood and ashy minerals here, very appealing, the fruit ripe and a hint of bloody oxidation which is pleasing. Quite broad and maturing on the palate, that softening edge of oxidative handling gives this some creamy breadth and softens the edges of the drying tannins, but the fruit is still very good and the wine eminently drinkable already.
(2013) Balanced, fresh, with good fruit and a pleasing lightly earthy and vegetal character that seems to have a bit of maturity. Nicely balanced palate too, perhaps a touch dry arguably, but the balance is good and the freshness of the tannins and acidity leaves it tangy and mouth-watering.
(2013) Made from a selection of the best parcels of vineyard, all more than 30 years old and harvested with a very low yield. The wine is aged for 22 months in all-new French oak barrels. It is interesting approaching this wine knowing that I was looking for the Brett component, and I did find it - though nowhere near as pronounced as in my French tasting. There's just a touch of that elastoplast (band-aid) character in the background, a character that moves between cedary and savoury to lightly animal, but difficult to pin down. One thing is certain, the robust black fruit and sense of graphite is allowed to show more clearly. In the mouth this has the same delicious, juicy and sweet blackberry and plum fruit that I found first time round, with a stripe of liquorice and chicory firmness to the spicy, grippy tannins. It is just a touch short, the 15% alcohol also adding a bit of heat, but it has lots of substance and style. Overall, I still think this is an imperfect wine. Returning to it again and again in the glass over an hour my opinion flitted between definite Brett and something wild, tarry and gamey that was less easy to pinpoint. My final conclusion is that Brett is there, but for whatever reason it is not nearly so pronounced as the first bottle (maybe the bottle had been open much longer, or the wine came from a different barrel?). I enjoyed this much more and would score it
(2013) Very black colour, vibrant and youthful aromas too, kirsch notes adding a little lift. Some of that punchy, more vibrant black fruit comes through, nicely edged by dry tannin and fresh acidity, but a pleasing picture this.