2011 was a good vintage, albeit not in the class of 2009 or 2010. The harvest commenced in August with minimal disease pressure, the wines drinking well from the outset.

The colour of this wine is moderately deep but unequivocally bright. The bouquet has spicy, earthy overtones speaking of whole bunch fermentation and a modicum of new French oak, all anchored by the scented dark cherry and plum fruit.

It has nigh-on perfect balance to its medium-bodied palate, the almost silky mouthfeel (there are taffeta tannins) leaving no room for argument.

This is now on a plateau for the next three or four years (or drinking tonight, tomorrow night, or whenever the mood takes you).

James Halliday

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