Of course we know that the 2002 vintage was a special one in Eastern Australia, and you can see it in well priced wines like this.
The wine was matured in new and second fill American oak for 20 months prior to blending and bottling in February 2004.
Colour is medium dark crimson. The first thing that hits on the nose is the assertive peppery spice backed up by some sweet oak and blackberry fruit. Then there is some savoury earthy notes that I really liked – a pleasant extra dimension.
The palate is as above, with the pepper, blackberries, earth and sweet oak and all having their say. Finish is quite long and satisfying.
You can probably cellar this wine for another 5 to 10 years, but perhaps up to 5 will see it at its peak.
How blessed we are to be able to continue to buy wines like this for well under RRP of around $20.