Ripe dark red and blacker spectrum of blackberry and plum. Kisses of cassis and framboise wafting high in the glass. Oak reveals itself as crème caramel, vanilla and sandalwood.
Subtle but firm tannins, round and generous, stream all the way through and bulldoze their way to the end of the palate. Acid is solid, bracing and highly structured to suit the tannin.
This wine is in the old-fashioned style, designed for the long haul. No stalky whole berry, lift or unripe palate structure here. Should drink well into the 2040s.