The wine of Christmas, and I’m glad I have a half-case of the 2004 to look forward to! Dense, dark black-purple core, with a narrow, black-cherry rim. Moderate intensity nose – at least initially. Youthful blackberry nose, with gentle notes of cinnamon oak and vanilla. Covers its 15% well. Concentrated, full-bodied and full-flavoured. Sweet black fruit, kirsch and liquorice hints. Quite long, with a peppery finish. Very nice to drink by itself.