(1998) Much praised by wine critics, there is extraordinary depth to this wine which at first seems overpowered with charred aromas of toasted oak. On the palate it is surprisingly clean and fresh. It is bursting with tropical fruit and sharply defined by citrus acidity. The oak is still prominent and adds a chewy quality. Long, unusual and full of interest.
(1998) Dense purple colour. Smoky nose with hints of damp leaves and strawberries. The palate displays a seam of pure, bright cherry fruit with a coating of sweet vanilla and a caramel note. A little bit one-dimensional, but well made and very enjoyable.
(1998) Very dense purple/black colour. Quite a richly fruity nose - stewed black fruits and an earthy depth. Sweet, ripe, fruity flavours on the palate too with berries, cream and a raft of soft tannins beneath. Very smooth with oak in the finish and good balance.
(1998) Hugely oaky, nutty, yeasty nose with deep scents of burnt rubber and burnt toast. Much fresher on the palate than the nose suggests with piercing citrus fruit, but hints of peach and ripe mango. Very complex set of flavours though more toasty oak dominates the finish. A bit wild, but full of character and interest.