Impenetrably black wine with a vibrant purple rim. Big on flavour, it smells expensive with lashings of oak, bound up with rich, sweet black fruit and twists of licorice. Vanillin - fruit - hints of darker spice edged-aromatics conclude matters.
Gently spiced on entry, smooth with a fuller feel - the spice builds. There's drying tannin against the oak, pulling fruit flavour through; firmly in the big-is-best camp.There's good fruit structure here, the wine barely shifts over three days of being opening. You know it will age well, and you'd be looking for it to mellow with time.