This wine is a vibrant and lively plum red with purple hues, which has become the trademark of this youthful exuberant wine. There are lifted floral aromas with generous dark cherry and violets. A spicy rose petal-like infusion from the Touriga Nacional combines to complete the sensory experience. A new world vibrant fresh array of red berry fruits and spice gives way to an old world European earthiness. The spicy pepper of the Shiraz and the generous, gamey, juice raspberry flavors of Grenache finish with soft yet assertive tannins. A judicious splash of Touriga adds lovely red rose petal spice. This is a very food friendly wine, it interplays rather than dominates.
Enjoy with antipasto, smoked meats, game or even a little roast duck – in which the Gamekeeper has been known to indulge occasionally.
Big & Bold
This wine tries to be many things, from a ripe cote rotie to an australian gsm. Rich raspberries assail the palate, followed by sage, underbrush, and herbaceous notes, most likely coming from the Touriga? Fairly aromatic for such a dense and heavily extracted fruit forward wine, this is not likely to appeal to most mainstream tastes. From a technical standpoint it is quite good and ready for consumption now, but it needs a good hour or two of decanting to prevent overwhelming the palate with strong flavors. If you do not like australian cote rotie (the general aromatic "style" of this wine), then it is best to avoid.
Light & Fruity