Barossa Valley, 14.5%, $50, cork, 97 pts, Drink 2009-2019.
A big nose, blackberry and dark plum fruits, aniseed, smoke and clove spice.
Equally huge on the palate with deep brooding dark berry fruits, liquorice, tar, espresso and it finishes with an array of exotic lingering spices and finely grained tannins. The palate is dominated by French oak but there is some creamy vanillins coming through as well. Luscious and mouthfilling, excellent fruit concentration without heading into jammy territory, and with magnificent length. The wine can be drunk now with much pleasure, but in my opinion will really start singing with about 24 more months of bottle age and then for ten years from thereafter.
Tasting notes by Mike.