(2009) 60% Shiraz. Merlot added as the Shiraz (first crop) was a little thin, so merlot to add flesh. Good, bright, raspberry and bright black pastille fruit nose, with quite a lively palate too. The Merlot does add some flesh, but it is not a complex or long wine, however it retains good freshness and is very promising.
(2009) A touch of balsamic quality, with a little cooked edge to the prune and plum fruit, but deep and muscular with spices too. The fruit is very sweet on the palate - plenty of depth of fruit here, very fleshy and ripe, but a really good bite of sour-edged Italianate acidity. Lovely length and balance in a very good Merlot that is serious and sinewy.
(2009) Nice Cabernet character here, with a touch of olive and pleasant greenness to good blackcurrant fruit. Natural fruit sweetness on the palate too, it is not hugely long, but it has a fine tannins and really nice balance.
(2009) 40% Feteasca Neagra, 40% Pinot Noir and 20% Merlot. Big, ripe, rich nose, with plenty of sweet black fruit on the palate. Mouth-filling spice and plenty of rich berry sweetness. Long and grippy, this is impressive.
(2009) Black olives and a touch of dried fruit: fig and prune, with a little paintboxy, inky character. On the palate the sweetness of the fruit is good, filling the mouth and just showing a little spicy, vanilla oak that is rather prominent, but adds a mellow quality to quite a long finish.
(2009) Lovely chocolate and blackcurrant fruit, with real plushness and richness. Palate seems to be dry though there is 6g/l of sugar here, but the acidity, concentration of fruit and the long, spicy finish is lovely.