Opaque midnight black. A big mist of red fruits, ubiquitous and autumnal, lifts from the glass. Oak-infused, too. On the palate, this is weighty, searching, thrusting, quite acidic, without the sumptuousness and polish of the best, but the concentrated, sinewy fruit somehow gives the impression of a little old-vine depth. There's a fine cape of tannin at the end, too. A longflavored red wine of rigor and force. Needs food; the acids are a little thrusting on their own.
Jancis Robinson MW
Blackish purple. Prunes and lusciousness. Lifted on a palate that tends very slightly to Portiness, but it is saved from too high VA , just. A wine on a knife edge. Very round tannins and slightly obtrusive acidity. Just very slight hole in the middle. A little jammy but hugely ambitious. Drink to 2019.
Alex Hunt MW
Splendidly engaging nose, offering vivid berry fruit: not just the usual blackberries and blackcurrants, but strawberry tones that add lift and delicacy. There is some expensive-feeling spicy oak, but it remains nicely in the background. The palate is rather more brooding and as yet unformed. The fruit complexity persists, but there is a lot of energy and muscle here, looking for a focus. Alcohol is evident, and I hope that as the palate gains in cohesion, this will become masked. Exciting wine of considerable potential.