fermentation with reserves from 2009. That Sugrue complexity again, amplified by age, wood and oxidative leanings; first the rich tones of maple and pecan pastries, toasted walnuts, old wood. Then ripe fruit – nectarines and lemon marmalade on toast, raspberries, windfall quince, some papaya too. The wheel keeps turning with spices like aniseed and white pepper. Power upfront on the palate, with those savoury tones surrounding slightly wild, bracing fruit before settling into a cool, calm finish of candied grapefruit peel and nuts. Engaging, singular wine. It is a bit over-the top with oak and could do with more freshness and precision.

16.5

Date Tasted : 15/11/2019

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