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Exceptional, deep crimson-purple; a high quality example of a wine with a distinguished lineage, to this day lying outside the norm for Mount Benson with the depth and intensity of its cassis/black olive fruit and firm, but integrated, tannins.
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Has retained exceptional deep crimson-purple colour; as the time perspective increases, so does the stature of the ’12 vintage, and its longevity. Here an ocean of full-bodied black fruits has tides of tannins and quality oak all playing off and enhancing each other on the prodigiously long palate.
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Estate-grown, crushed and destemmed, wild-fermented to 3˚ baume then inoculated with cultured yeast, 33% in new French oak (20% mlf), the balance in stainless steel with French oak staves. Gleaming straw-green; has more depth and complexity than most encountered in the Blackwood Valley, perhaps due to the sophisticated winemaking. The wine fills the mouth with richly textured stone fruit and fig flavours, French oak obvious yet balanced.
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Deep crimson-purple; spice, tar, licorice and sombre black fruits on the bouquet lead into an intense, full-bodied palate that catches you by surprise with its (relative) lightness of foot. Savoury tannins are there in abundance, as is French oak, but with sufficient protein on hand, you could enjoy a glass (possibly even two) of this wine.
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