The aroma leads with a sweet oak lactone with a hint of vanilla, perfectly supplementing the black cherry and mulberry notes. Time in the glass reveals licorice and fruit infused dark chocolate. There’s a real intensity on the palate. Distinctive dark cherry flavours with a chocolate element are evident initially, then spice, dried herbs and aged savoury meats are revealed. Grippy oak tannins provide a very ample structure which finishes fine and strong.
Enjoy with smoked brisket, bbk ribs, beef stew, bbq Italian sausages, beef kebabs and portabello mushrooms. A nice hard cheddar or creamy blue to finish would work well. Keep this wine for a while! Best drinking in 5-8 years.
Scott Heidrich, Winemaker.