Ironically for a wine with such a relative lack of colour density, the first impression conveyed by the aroma profile is one of thick, dense impenetrability. It almost relates more to old fashioned fragrance than it does wine, with heady notes of spiced wood, Morello cherries, vanilla and a myriad other smells too exotic and fleeting to identify with certainty. Sitting above it is a nice, clean fresh note which arcs over the composition and holds it together. Really impressive complexity, and a seriousness that both prompts an intake of breath and further exploration. The palate lightens in tone ever so slightly thanks to a firm fruit line that runs all the way along and cuts through the complexity of the savoury elements. This remains, however, a darkly concentrated style. Texture is a highlight, with abundant tannins making themselves felt from mid-palate onwards, and a subdued undercurrent of acidity running the entire length. Intensity is impressive. A tangy, sweet finish rounds things off well.
100% destemmed. Macerated for 5 days before beginning a 100% wild yeast fermentation. The wine was then pressed (total 19 days on skins) before being transferred to 32% new and 68% old French oak barriques. 100% MLF in barrique, and after 15 months of oak maturation, the wine was bottled lightly egg white fined and unfiltered.