($50) Very dark purple-edged red. Brooding, very closed nose suggests dark plum, cassis and blackberry, intermeshed with dark chocolate and cedary oak notes and a whiff of briar. Assertive and powerful; a long-term red whose rich palate of dark fruit is tightly integrated with a firm spine of youthfully astringent tannins. Tough and rather unyielding at the moment, but should develop slowly and gracefully over the long term.
Author: Jeremy Oliver
Issue: July/August 2003
Jancis Robinson | Rating: 16
Almost black! Opulent and seductive on the nose. Palate filling. Quite seductive. Very dry finish but appetising. Something to admire but may not be immediately enjoyable. Pretty tough finish.
Author: Jancis Robinson
Wine Spectator | Rating: 89
Ripe, round and generous with its mineral-laced, currant, cherry and earthy aromas and flavors, echoing solidly on the firm-textured finish. 850 cases imported.