Lovat Syrah 2003

This has a very dense colour – I am tempted to call it black rather than red wine. Nevertheless, the edge is a bright red, and the aromas and flavours are fresh and fruit-driven – distinctly primary at this early stage of development. The nose shows some Hessian and mealy characters, with sweet blackberries, tamarillo, soft white pepper, cardamom and the black tea smell of the fruit tannins. The palate is quite structured and tannic but it does not sacrifice elegance. The flavours are of Black Doris plums and plum kernels, black currants and raspberry coulis with an attractive ‘crystalline’/mineral finish. I expect this Syrah to be a very long term wine that will show significant development over ten years in a good cellar. Review in another 3–4 years. View cellaring information >

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Lovat Syrah 2003