An elegant and monolithic red, pure and powerful, with hints of lushness to the concentrated red plum, raspberry and dark currant flavors. This is filled with a black olive and baker's chocolate notes, backed up by grippy tannins. Finishes with refined accents of slate and white pepper. Best from 2016 through 2022.
** Cellar Selection ** A powerful, concentrated wine, it has great density and structure. It shows the quality of the vintage, rich and fruity while preserving the elegance and poise that is typical of Chryseia. The result of a partnership between the Symington family and Bruno Prats from Bordeaux, it has a smooth, ripe, black fruit character underpinned by firm tannins. It needs several years to age, so drink from 2017.
The 2011 Chryseia is a 65-35 blend of Touriga Nacional and Touriga Franca, all aged for 14 months in new French oak and listed at 14.5% alcohol. This is perhaps not quite as deep as some of the bigger vintages of recent years (2007, 2009), but it also perhaps has more mid-palate elegance than either, plus a fresh feel. After an overly understated and somewhat concerning opening, I was gratified to see this wine evolve brilliantly, filling out in the glass and expanding with aeration, eventually showing more volume and concentration than it seemed initially to have. It showed its finesse and class the next day, seeming still young and unevolved, but caressing in texture, surprisingly solid and quite lovely....I suspect that this 2011 may yet have secrets left to tell as it develops in the cellar. Let’s be a bit conservative at the moment. It may yet be entitled to an uptick. There were 2,400 cases produced. Drink 2015-2025. (NM)
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