(From 2012 Vintage) Deep colour; the bouquet adds to the expectation with sweet leather a la Hunter Valley, licorice and a caravan of spices. The sheer finesse of the palate brings the wheel full circle; French oak adds to the cedary/savoury/spicy elements behind blackberry and plum fruit.
(From 2011 Vintage) Dense deep red. Complex and true to House Style… that of the 53 year-old stylistic template of Bin 389. No formula! Brimming with mocha/coffee ground aromatics, heightened by tar/bitumen ‘black’ notes. Appealing char and creamy, vanillin oak detected ever-so-subtly in the background. Naturally, a flurry of fruits, spice and varietal markers abound. In a couple of words, voluminous and powerful.A sensory stratification of layers of taste – separated via time-of-detection and unravelling of flavours. At first, Christmas pudding with roasted nuts, then rare lamb and black olives, then sarsaparilla spice. Tannins awashed, oak absorbed, fruit awakened.
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Wine AdvocateRating: 91/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 110 on Apr-97
Wine SpectatorRating: 87/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 04/30/96