Clenched in the grip of camphor-like reduction, this needs air: aggressive wrist jerks or a decant will do the job. The wine comes clean to reveal clove, anise and a morass of brooding, dark fruit. Having spent 16 months in oak, 15% new, there is some vanilla and bitter chocolate, too. This said, there is crunch, verve and vigour to this. It is not at all heavy. For those who appreciate shiraz in the traditional sense, this will please, albeit with a breath of freshness.
Area: Alto Valle de Uco, Mendoza.
Grape: 92% Malbec, 8% Syrah.
Playful royal purple, with cool-climate malbec tones alternating plums, boysenberry and huckleberry with floral notes of lavender and violet.