The Americans refer to a PVR (price value ratio) sometimes in assessing wine quality. This wine has the best PVR of any wine I’ve ever bought and must be in any serious Australian cellar.
The colour is deep crimson with just a hint of brick to indicate its age.
If you let it open out for a while the nose is spicy with fresh ground pepper over a complex background of chocolate, licorice, earth and leather. All this in the palm of a velvet oak glove. For a wine that is described as only medium bodied, you could go on smelling this wine for ages.
The palate is refined, elegant and complex. The first sensation is a succulant velvety texture of sweet oak overlaid by that lovely soft spice. Behind that are the flavours of chocolate, licorice, earth and some lovely savoury notes. The long finish simply adds another tick to the checklist of this benchmark wine. You could probably cellar this wine for another 10 to 20 years but I cannot imagine it to ever be better than it is right now.
This wine is still available in Sydney and heavily discounted at some retailers. My advice is get in now while you can, the rewards are great.
This is a quintessential wine of the Hunter region, a beacon of the greatness that can be Hunter.