Ruby-coloured with a nose of violets, mint and raspberries wrapped in oak spice; medium-bodied, dry, firmly structured, elegant with cherry and raspberry flavours topped with a floral note. Give it 5 years for the ultimate drinking experience.
Complex melon, fig and citrus strike both nose and palate. Zesty acidity balances a viscous core. Partial, judicious French oak aging adds a sweet spiciness. A splash of Semillon lends mouthfeel and floral notes. Satisfyingly lean, mineral-laden finish. Versatile with first course fare.
This blend of 60% Gamay Noir and 40% Pinot Noir is Thirty Bench’s answer to a Bourgogne Passe-Tout-Grains — but vastly superior! Cherry, raspberry, pepper, spice, cocoa and earth are built on a soft and easy-drinking texture.
Dense purple in colour with a cedary, blackcurrant, plum and moist earth nose. Medium- to full-bodied, the wine is dry, fruity and voluptuous with a lively spine of acidity and a firm finish.
Clear, medium-deep plum red. Nose of blackberry and green bell pepper, overlaid with leather and black liquorice. A straightforward, fruity wine tasting of red currants and strawberries, with good acidity and soft tannins. Drink over the next year.
Stag’s Hollow Renaissance wines are crafted for age-worthiness and this one is no exception. It offers sound varietal plum with earthy and green herbal scents on the nose. Concentrated black plum and dark cherry fill the mouth. At the moment, tannins are thick and chewy with still rather aggressive acidity. Depth of fruit and structure will reward aging for another 3 to 5 years in the cellar.
These rocky hillside estate grapes (50% Cab Sauv, 27% Merlot, 23% Cab Franc) saw a mix of French and American oak (60% new). Bold floral, dark fruit and sweet tobacco aromas. Mouth-filling, full-bodied palate, rich with cassis, cocoa and fig, and finishing with spice and sweet vanilla. Hold to integrate the ripe tannins.