The colour is an intense deep red with a vibrant hue of crimson and purple on the rim and long viscous legs coating the side of the glass.
At room temperature the bouquet fills the air with a luscious savoury sweet combination of toasty oak, red berries and heady alcohol. Deeper in the glass are more complex aromas of spiced raisins, cedar wood and roast coffee grounds with hints of dark chocolate.
The palate shows great richness and sophistication with ripe blackberry and plum flavours while the mid palate has more cool climate characters of blackcurrant and blueberry. There’s hints of anise and licorice spice with a lift of vanilla and coconut. The mouth-feel is full and round with velvety tannins giving a smooth texture and small oak adding a smoky, earthy intensity. The finish goes on forever leaving a sensation of completeness and satisfaction.
A sumptuous platter of fine farmhouse cheese and gourmet Barossa delicacies like spicy mettwurst, garlic sausage, pickled gherkins and Pheasant Farm pate would make a great partner to this wine.
This is a very powerful wine and has enjoyed expert winemaking and skillful oak maturation. It clearly has a sophisticated pedigree and will develop beautifully with age. It needs plenty of breathing after opening and would benefit from decanting. The screw cap closure will prevent any risk of cork taint but it will need cool dark conditions for extended cellaring. It’s a wine that will comfortably survive till the next generation.
- Bottled 28 February 2016
- Screw cap closure
- 14.8 % alc
- Standard drinks 8.8