Perhaps as a consequence of the high average age of these vines, this was again amongst the first harvested in Martinborough. The cropping was relatively light (1t/A, approx 16hl/ha) and when this fact is combined with the lack of irrigation the lushness of fruit comes as no surprise. It is a rich rhodalite red and on the nose gives an initial impression of flowers (boronia?) with black fruits in the background. The palate is lush but refined, again with a subtle statement of black fruit and our trademark dried spice both largely concealing the structure necessary for ageability. There is an ethereal aspect to the palate reflecting the florals found on the nose. Re-evaluate in 3-4 years, it should be drinking well between at least 3 and 7 years.
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