Interesting to taste this so soon after reviewing the 2011. It’s weightier and fuller, something that is immediately suggested as you stick your nose in the glass. It’s also displays extreme vinosity.
Fruit is not the first impression. This smells intensely of honey, daikon, rose petals and ginger. Some poached pear peeks through. That conglomerate is played out as a whole on the palate with the daikon/radish and ginger gaining the upper-hand as it segues into a coda of white pepper. Attractively medium-bodied with gentle oiliness yet sour/tart apple acids provide form and a counterpoint to the viscous unity. To be honest, I think the balance of flavour would have been better served by more fruit stuffing but it’s a good wine and one not lacking personality. 88 Good
Region: Yarra Valley
Tasted: December 2012