App: Clear, very narrow garnet rim, medium ruby core, medium + legs
Nose: Clean, medium + intense aromas of a developing nature, of oak: cedar wood, tobacco, cigar box, creamy, bramble fruit, black fruit character of black cherries and black berries, jammy, kirsch and pungent spice of juniper berries.
Palate: Dry, medium acidity, medium body, medium + intense robust tannins, warming alcohol, medium + flavour intensity of same as nose. Medium + length
Conclusion: Jammy fruit, chunky grippy tannins, mouthcoating texture, expressive fruit, rich robust wine.
Drinking well now but can keep for 5-7 years (similar in style to 1998 but stronger tannins).