After the hard work of the years 2007 to 2009 it was so utterly refreshing to have fruit that behaved in a way that I have come to expect from our vineyard; so well in fact that this wine, in essence, made itself. The nose opens with a compote of dark plums, a whiff of earth – turned sods in the early morning, dried herbs -sage, oregano, thyme and finally a crack of black pepper. On the palate it adds hints of raspberries with subtle notes of a spice; cedar, nutmeg and cinnamon, all drawn together by notes of freshly turned earth and long very fine tannins. As it opens in the glass the long palate extends and tightens, to a peppery graphite like finish that balances out the beautifully ripe but not sweet fruit. Just gorgeous.
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