19+/20 Raymond Chan
Deep, ruby-black with a purple hue, lighter edged. The nose is delicate and powerful at the same time, vividly layered spices, gamey notes and violet underlined blackberries, young Doris plums and medicinal herbs. Medium-full bodied, the palate is rich with brilliant vibrancy, nuances of plums and blackberries intermix red berries; liquorice, minty herbs and spices enriched by meaty and savoury elements. Concentrated flavours harmonised fine-grained tannin extractions, provide a dusty and firm grip, linger with lively acidity and black tea fragrance to a long, lingering finish. The wine shows good energy and complexity, will age gracefully with careful cellaring. Match with slow-cooked lamb shoulder and venison over the next 8+ years. Fruit was sourced from the steep slopes in the foothills of Poverty Bay. Handpicked, destemmed, native yeast fermented in 1000 litre Cuves with 5% viognier in whole cluster. Aged in 600-litre demi-muids. Organic and biodynamic certified. Unfined, vegan friendly. 19+/20 pts
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