Robert Parker 89
Tasted at the Boutique Wineries Tasting. This has a lovely opulent nose, a bit like the Wild Duck Creek but with far more style and panache. Good definition, quite warm, eucalyptus soaring from the glass unashamedly. The palate is medium-bodied, quite thick tannins, good grip and structure, black cherry, creme de cassis, kirsch and orange liqueur. It could be quite heady, but instead this is refined for its style, if lacking a little personality. Tasted September 2009.
Dark crimson. Spice and sweetness on the nose – almost cheesy – with quite a drying finish. Much more beguiling than many – and very much no-prisoners-Australian style. Just a little dry and tarry on the finish.
Anticipated maturity: 2006-2014