One of the iconic wineries in New Zealand, located in a quaint little town over the hill from Wellington. Picked up this bottle at the village’s wine centre on a rainy afternoon. I suppose it doesn’t hurt to splurge on a bottle of wine like this on the eve of Chinese New Year without any of my loved ones around. Bright purplish red with a red cherry rim and thin pale meniscus. Floral, perfumed, ripe macerated red fruits and white pepper on the nose. Dark chocolate bits, cedar, tart black berries, black olives and five spice on the palate; tasty; savoury. Smooth ripe tannins. Medium to medium-plus acidity and finish. Has aging potential. Should be interesting to taste this again in 10 years time.
Dark inky purple-red core with a ruby-garnet rim. Cloudy. Very ripe dark cherries, and black plum aromas. Dark chocolate, chalk, tart cherries, a little spicy and an underlying layer of wild herbs greeted the palate. Med acidity, med to med+ length. Good texture. Rounded on the edges with smooth, ripe tannins. Savoury and elegant. Drinking well.
Appearance: Deep purple core with a bright red cherry rim. Sediments observed.
Nose: Pronounced aromas of dried cranberries and red cherries. Vanilla and cloves also present with a whiff of white pepper.
Palate: A definite fruit bomb on first taste with plenty of ripe blueberries and dark berries. Peppery and perfumy on the fore. Medium (+) acidity and well balanced tannins with medium finish. Strong wood and vanilla profile.
Comments: Drinking very well now and can probably last a couple of more years. Definitely at its peak. Drink up soon!