Tasting Notes

When I saw the modest alcohol level I feared the oft-mistaken notion of picking early to harbour freshness would implicate the quality of tannins and fruit. The vineyard management must be very sound, because it is not the case. Moreover, ’21 is a cooler, more attenuated vintage. A showcase of persimmon, Seville orange and the pithiest pucker from a sour cherry I am yet to experience. Raspberry bon-bon shifts to the domineering flavour with air. The tannins, white pepper-clad and moreish. Sandy, saline and gritty. Very fine. A protean expression, shifting endlessly with air to a succulent vibrato. Entrenched in the pantheon of the Vale. Ned Goodwin MW for James Halliday