13.8%, Screwcap, $50
Fittingly, this is an earthen, sausages-and-grilled-mushrooms-with-a-side-salad-of-blueberry nose that just says ‘pass the roast pigeon’. A little obvious oak in there, and a glossier wine than the Spencer, yet still has a great mix of purple fruit, meaty edges and dry, serious tannins.
This is yet another attractive 2010 Mt Barker red, proudly from the meatier side of the fence and carrying a real depth to it. I love the ‘real wine’ sensibilities and mid-weight style, plus the structure is lovely. Oak a bit too dominant perhaps, but still, this is tasty.
Score: 18/20, 93/10
Would I buy it? A 2-3 glass proposition, though I’d prefer the Spencer.