This wine: lot No: no lot number, but given the small production, this was most likely bottled as a single lot, biodynamic, just 6000 bts produced, a blend of 70% syrah, with 10% each of sangiovese (hence VdF), merlot and petit verdot, unfined and unfiltered, coated natural cork closure, 13.5% abv, Leon Stolarski Fine Wines, £12.95 (01/18)
Last tasted 17/02/17.
Consumer tasting note: deep ruby, with aromas of black fruits, touches of toast and vanilla, black liquorice, and a hint of marzipan; medium-full bodied, with flavours of black plum jam, black boiled sweets and blackcurrant, with a savoury edge. Finishes medium-long. Decant for an hour.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, deep intensity ruby, showing tears [and a small quantity of soft sediment].
Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity, developing, with aromas as they come, of black berry, low-key toast, a hint of marzipan, beeswax, savoury, black cherry, hint of vanilla, a sour seeming nuance allied with red berries, warm leaf humus, hint of black liquorice, an indistinct yet sweet floral nuance.
Palate: dry, medium (+) acidity, ripe medium tannins, medium (+) alcohol, medium (+) body, medium (+) intensity, a smooth texture, with flavours of black plum jam, black berry boiled sweets edged with well-defined blackcurrant, a savoury edge, lightly spicy red plum juice. A medium (+) length, with a clean savoury black berried finish, with a pleasant light-moderate grip.
Quality: very good, well balanced acidity and tannins with alcohol, altogether harmonious; good intensity throughout, with similar concentration; quite well developed, with moderate complexity, showing evidence of exposure to oak, and time in bottle, with a tertiary dimension of beeswax, savoury, marzipan and leaf humus. Finishes medium-long.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: can drink now, but has potential for further ageing over say 2-3 years – a sound structure, quite well developed complexity, with better than average length and concentration, and some fruit to work with.