Certain unfortunate events led to a decision to liquidate my off-site cellarage in Melbourne late last year. My only bottles of this wine were lost in the process. We’ve moved onto the 2011 now but I spotted a single 2009 at my local Dan Murphy’s recently and snapped it up. After tasting a bracket of wines that just didn’t do much for me I opened this (at least five years too early) in way of compensation. Thought I’d post a note in case readers have any in the cellar…and also because I love it.
A silky entry. Concentrated raspberry and dark cherries are met by turned earth, sanguine notes, orange rind, mint and almonds. Acid is bang on and sandy grip ties proceedings up in the most satisfyingly neat manner. An aftertaste of garrigue and gin botanicals; particularly refreshing. Still an extremely structured wine and a ways off showing its best. Those puckering tannins will resolve further, even greater complexity will develop and the fruit shouldn’t fade while that happens. 95+
Region: McLaren Vale
Tasted: March 2014