Comes from a warm vintage and I can’t for the life me understand why it was left in 28% new French barriques and Hungarian oak hogsheads for 27 months. The fruit tastes and feels desiccated and all that wood only makes it more arid.
Sweet black curranty, raisined berries, plums and a hint of ironstone. Astringent and raw in the mouth. The quality of those vessels used for maturation is questionable. Planks of woody, grainy tannin. Strict and stern despite the sweetness. I don’t think it’s balanced and while the oak should settle to an extent over time I reckon it will always dominate proceedings. 86
Region: King Valley
Tasted: July 2013