Inky, deep violet / magenta. Brooding and boldly concentrated - almost a 'dark Cabernet paste'. A 'Blackcurrant concentrate' descriptor has been mentioned at more than one tasting! Barrel fermentation cues, yet little overt oak evident - a nuttiness (almond, Amoretti biscotti) and char/toast coupled with a flash/ anointment of formic & volatile acidity, and malt. Pomegranate/mulberry pip meshed with rhubarb & spice. Firm, full-bodied. Intense, replete with a rigid tannin structure, grip. Barrel fermentation characters gilded/framed by espresso & bitter chocolate masking any suggestion of the use of 100% new oak. Truly complex - a continuum of dark ripe fruits giving way to an impressive palate length and a 'residual' Cabernet flavour. Elements of rhubarb, blackcurrant, soy and the faintest suggestion of mint are reluctantly emitted - this wine will only reveal more with age / patience.