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Wine Spectator Review
Memorable, complex, aromatic and explosively deep, with a mix of palo santo, dark chocolate, black olive, espresso and hazelnut butter. The pure fruit at the core is a mix of ripe huckleberry, boysenberry and wild blackberry, with dense but polished tannins. Savory notes of dried rosemary and sage, cigar box, dried apricot and sandalwood linger on the epic finish. Drink now through 2045.
Wine Tasting Notes
COLOR - Deep plush garnet throughout - from core to rim
NOSE -An indulged aromatic meander:
- First in the kitchen - umami expressed primarily via wafts of shiitake mushroom stock, hoisin and XO sauce ... enhancing scents of dry-aged beef and game meats.
- Then outside - olive-leaf, cardamom, sage and thyme ... "a stroll through a South Australian olive grove" ... saltbush, acacia, dried and dusty bracken.
- To the cellar - fresh and familial lifted formic and barrel-ferment nuances.
Followed by a return to reality:
- Quite simply, an unmistakable youthful 'Grange' nose. Awakened primary fruits and stylish oak interlocked and indistinguishable. As expected.
PALATE - savory, not fruity. Tastes/flavors remind of slow cooked beef ragout, chicken liver game terrine. Red liquorice also apparent. Integrated oak - spicy, almost 'non-American' oak ... but it is. As it always is. A core of 100% new Quercus alba. Poised yet powerful. A balanced, tightly-knit and woven structural 'tapestry'. Not to be constrained by dimension or frame. Tannins with attitude! Nonetheless respectful. Type? Slatey tannins ... alluvial, silty (certainly not muddy!). Long and lingering - tactile impressions indistinguishably and slowly fuse/merge into an aftertaste memory. Until the next sip! A Grange to create new friends - this 2017 offering a subtly different structural mosaic; different tone and timbre.