A blend of 50% Carignan and 50% Grenache.
Nose of dark chocolates, black cherries and liquorice spice. Vibrant purple in colour.
Medium to full bodied palate, with most of the flavour staying up front. Rich, ripe sweet black and red fruits, cinnamon and star anise. Savoury undercurrent of jamon and black olive tapenade. Green herbal tinge reminiscent of Chartreuse. Tannins are fairly prominent, although a small time in glass does soften the tannins fairly quickly.
This needed a good four hours to fully open up and stretch its arms across your palate. With time, depth got much better and flavours increasingly mouth coating. Finishes off with a real savoury tang that gets you stretching for another glass.
Enjoyable wine that should really be accompanied with a meal.
Source: Sample from Airoldi Fine Wines. RRP $52.
Tasted 16th March 2015.