It's a super special release this one, sourced from single, low yielding old 80yr old vineyard in Ebenezer. Matured in 100% new French oak for 24mths. A Barossan super cuvee if ever there was one.
It looks full tilt too, built in a style that is more mid 90s Barossa than 2012. That oak in particular is about as sexy time sweet as they come - like a bath full of Lindt Extra Creamy milk chocolate. You could probably put this on your face and it would make your face look younger. Or the like.
Suffice to say that this is one lusciously oaked and rather decadent red. It's a bit porty on the nose, and porty on the palate, the style very open knit and super sweet. In some ways it is a caricature of a wine, all plush fruit and super sweet oak. Yet there is still plenty of charm here too, the intensity of said fruit really quite impressive. Sure it's warm and arguably OTT, yet I can see the attraction.
Drink: Now - 2018+
Score: 17/20 90/100
Would I buy it? No. I can understand why people would love it though.
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