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60% Grenache, 20% Syrah, 20% Mourvèdre, destemmed, 2-3 week vinification, pumping overs, aged 225-litre & 350-litre oak casks 12 months, filtered, 6,000 b

2012 ()

(casks, bottling Jan 2014) dark robe; broiled beef, lusty nature to the nose, which bears good, deeply set black berry fruit with a little florality; it also has a meaty depth. The bouquet is a good, confident launch pad – it is very broad, even impressive. The palate delivers bold early fruit, its black berry Syrah jam fruit influence notable. It extends into an oaked, caramel phase, shows its modernism. The fruit quality is good, but the oak comes with a warning – it is pronounced, and the wine needs to integrate; for now, it interferes too much. Can reach a better harmony. From mid-2016. 14.5°. 2025-27  Nov 2013

2009 ()

attractive red; slightly reduced, hanging meat air, ground coffee beans. Ripe fruit, fleshy wine, has an even keel, is all sound as it goes. Nearly ready, has local attributes. The aftertaste shows a cherry flavour. 14°. 2021-23 Sept 2011

2007

full, dark red-purple colour; smoky, cassis fruit nose of some intensity, comes with an outcrop of herbs, bacon, oak. Has a modern, clean style – this is the Eve Brunel hand at work here – the fruit bounces along, has purpose. There is a savoury, herbal late note for interest. From spring 2010. 2019-20 Nov 2008

2001 ()

still full red, also purple – bright for its age. The bouquet is emerging from a quiet phase – shows gammon, cooked ham and nuttiness that reveals its oaked past. There is a clear declaration of fruit on the palate – the modern school benefit – and its fruit is suave compared to the more Traditional wines, with a consecutive run. The texture is compact, and its red stone fruits are lissom and bonny. Good now – can be decanted. It lacks a little local imprint, but that can only increase over time. 14.5°. 2016-17 Nov 2008