Like the Chardonnay, this wine shows its vintage: fresh varietal flavours, firm structure, restrained alcohol and accented floral character. The colour is typical for Dry River - a dense ruby with a purple rim, with the nose showing violets, sweet boysenberries, orange peel, cloves and a soft sweet-earth background. The palate is soft and generous, with a silky texture masking firm ripe tannins and with dense flavours - ripe dark berry fruits, Asian five-spice and mocha, with suggestions of black tea and forest floor. It is attractive drinking now (in which case drink at >17ºC.), yet appears to have the structure for longer-term cellaring. It may well be a 7-10 year wine, but review it in about 4 years when its development will be more easily predicted.
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