17.5 POINTS: Joelle Thomson
Deep ruby in appearance with aromas of dark fruit, such as blackcurrents, plums and boysenberries. Layered beneath there are also hints of tobacco, liquorice and cloves. While the wine is full bodied, the Merlot component ensures it remains smooth and succulent on the palate, with generous fruit weight and soft velvety tannins.
"The sweet fruit is immediately apparent, backed by hints of mint/eucalypt and a dusty herbaceous undercurrent. Supple and fascinating palate that mixes savoury notes, green herbs, vanilla pod, sweet plumy fruit with an echo of caramel on the finish. Bold, a little different yet interesting and high on sheer drinkability."
- Mark Henderson