One of the stars of the Collection. From the Marananga sub-region in the Barossa. 12 months in oak. 61% in American hogsheads and puncheons (32% new, 29% one-year), 39% in French oak (9% new, 30% one-year).
Dense purple in colour. The nose explodes with lashings of chocolate, mocha, coffee beans, delicatessen notes, truffles and blackfruits. Some blueberries. So much going on here. Dry herbs and animal skins. Good complexity. Soy and sarsaparilla notes emerge. The oak has all but been soaked up by the fruit and is next to invisible. This is impressive. On the palate, the wine is seamless. Very good length. The balance between acidity, tannins and fruit is spot on. A silky finish and one which lingers beautifully. This is a wine which is undoubtedly appealing now but has another decade plus ahead of it. As we get towards the finish, black cherries emerge. The palate is a little more elegant than one expects, given the explosion of flavour from the initial aromas. Love it.