Sixth-generation winemaker Chris Killeen started blending Portuguese varieties with Shiraz and Durif from the 1997 release.
The wine opens with a very floral nose and flavours of spice and dark fruit on the palate. Further complexity comes from the spirit, chosen especially for this style of wine. Fine tannins are balanced by the fruit sweetness and spirit. This blend of 34% Grand Noir, 33% Tinto Cão, 19% Tinta Barroca and 14% Durif also comes in 375ml and 1.5L.
Enjoy young with a casserole or cheese platter, or cellar carefully for at least two decades.
Alc: 18.0%, 10.7 standard drinks (750ml)
2021 James Halliday Wine Companion
95 Points - Gold Medal
Buoyant with youth from its dark red and purple-tinged hue to its primary fruit and fragrance. Violets and lavender, cassis and musk, fennel and wood spices create a heady combination. The spirit is neatly balanced alongside the sweetness and grainy tannins. This has all the hallmarks of being a great aged wine, if its cork holds up, this one badly stained.
- Jane Faulkner