A blend of 62.6% cabernet sauvignon, 18.5% merlot, 7.8% cabernet franc, 7.4% malbec, 3.7% petit verdot, from Margaret River, with all of the parcels fermented separately in a mix of open and closed fermenters, spending between 8 and 21 days on skins. Then 12 months in barrels, with 12% of that new French oak.
Absolutely delicious and quite amazing for a sub-$20 red – wonderful value. Colour of bright crimson before aromas of spice and a gravelly note. Florals, red fruits, some mulberries too and then a lovely choc/cherry character takes over with pleasing aromatics throughout. The palate is soft with decent length and juicy acidity. And if all this was not enough, a note of strawberries emerges on the finish. This is for drinking now but it won’t mind if you do happen to put a few away for a year or two.