There is beauty here and the transparency is inspiring with dark berry, floral and mineral character. Full body and ultra-fine tannins. A glorious wine. A wine that will age for decades and beautiful now.
The run up to the 2011 vintage was famously hot and dry, with an overall rainfall of 388mm. Fortunately the temperatures dropped by July, but the harvest was 15-20 days earlier than in 2010. It's definitely a teenager, with a youthful, polished, vivid colour. There's an attractive black fruit and spice character on the nose which follows on to the palate, showing alluring intensity with all the expected fruit. This richness is balanced out by a mineral character and some bitter chocolate notes. Overall it's a powerful wine, and one that needs time to settle. Definitely worth returning to in a few years. Drinking Window 2020 - 2040.
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