This wine: just 6000 bts produced, a blend of 70% syrah, with 10% each of sangiovese (hence VdF), merlot and petit verdot, unfined and unfiltered, natural cork closure, 13.5% abv, Leon Stolarski Fine Wines, £12.95 (02/17)
Consumer tasting note: a quite complex evolving nose of black berries tinged with dissipating raw steak, then spice, red berries, liquorice, toast and a touch of sweet tobacco; medium bodied, with perfectly harmonious acidity, with a fresh palate of black cherry, black berry, red berries, a funky edge and a touch of smoke. A medium-long length. Decant for 15 minutes.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, deep intensity ruby, showing tears and a small amount of sediment.
Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity, developing, with aromas as they come, of warm raw steak – which decreases with a little airing, black cherry, black berry, cinnamon, leaf humus, stewed red cherry, smoky, slighty high-toned black berries, hints of red then black liquorice, toast, touch of sweet tobacco, whiff of violets.
Palate: dry, medium acidity, smooth ripe medium tannins, medium (+) alcohol, medium body, medium (+) intensity, smooth texture, with flavours of ripe black cherry, fresh black berry, bright ripe red cherry, slightly funky with a touch of leaf humus, touch of smoke. Medium (+) length with a clean black berried finish.
Quality: very good, perfectly balanced acidity with alcohol, altogether in tune with flavour intensity, quite fresh seeming on the palate but without excess acidity, showing a good level of complexity from time in wood and bottle, with a tertiary edge, moderate concentration, following into a fresh medium-long length.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: [an assessment based on the of tasting 2 examples a month apart, in February and March 2017] can drink now, but has potential for further ageing over say 2-4 years, and will keep for longer – a sound structure, the length is decent as is concentration, but quite complex and with a floral dimension, which I have come to associate with likely improvement.