This wonderful wine was tasted with anchovy basted BBQ cooked rack of lamb with oven roasted vegetables.
The colour is deep ruby red, clear and inviting.
Nose has blackcurrant, a whiff of MR mint, soft spice and is invitingly restrained and elegant.
Palate right up front feels luscious, harmonious and rich. An outstanding example of MR Cabernet Merlot with the added complexity of a little cab franc, petit verdot and malbec. Tannins are soft and ripe and add just the right structure and balance to the mouthful. There is a seductive savoury and dry finish to the wine that inspires a Bordeaux comparison.
And the wine does give a nod to Bordeaux (Left Bank) and loses nothing in the contest. It feels like it will age gracefully for at least another 10-15 years but even another 2-5 will see some exciting development.
This is the second string to the Reserve wine that retails at roughly twice the price. More power to the elbow of Michael Peterkin for one of the best examples of a second tier wine I have tasted in many years.