Colour: Deep purple, with a black, impenetrable core.
Nose: At once 707... i.e. it would appear less 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, more 100% Bin 707! Barrel ferment notes sprint past all others - the formics, smoked nuts/meats. Soon overtaken by hoisin, sweet soy sauces and concentrated tomato paste aromatics.
A final wave of liquorice, black forest cake/tiramisu and choc/coffee affogato exotics. And what of the 100% new oak? Yes, perhaps the primary source of those (repressed) nutty/toasty wafts...?
Palate: Full-bodied, mouth-filling. Complex, layered.
Surely not befitting the "assault of the senses" commentary overheard on a re-pour during this tasting?!
A blackcurrant overlay across a base of just-baked, spiced, chocolate fondant. Tannins omnipresent, yet calmly conveyed by the wine's lush fruits and densely textured extract. Oak totally absorbed...certainly at one with the wine.
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