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Wine & Spirits Review
Named for one of Penfolds Barossa Valley vineyards, this wine includes fruit from Barossa, McLaren Vale, Padthaway, Adelaide and Wrattonbully. After a year in neutral American oak barrels, the wine has matured into a luscious red with layers of detail to the plummy fruit, integrating mint and pepper into the cocoa and cinnamon of oak. Theres freshness in the tannins, their grip opening with air to reveal more floral tones and a graceful texture of iron and silk.
Wine Tasting Notes
Vibrant, dense plum red, red edges. A black Kalamata olive tapenade as a first impression, beneath an overlay of camphor and tobacco. How to say this politely? Boot polish, bitumen, cola, granite ... darkened style/varietal base notes. Yet blackberry conserve and sour cherry fill the (fruity) treble register. Scents of cut straw/steel cut oats fill any aromatic chord gaps. Full-bodied. Substantial. Framboise des bois (raspberry) with pips/vinegar - coulis or apothecary? Meat? Closest association noted - raw/rare venison. Not to deny the welcomed presence of chocolate torte and mocha flavors. A "cloaked" continuum of tannins that linger and reverberate with the discipline of a vinous pendulum. Finishes intact with a flourish of dusty graphite (input of oak?) and balanced acidity.