On tasting this at the 2019 Australia Day tasting we thought "Big, showy, unsubtle - we love this!". It's a huge smack in the face of exuberant, joyous Aussie fruit and well worth every penny of its pricetag.
Deep garnet in colour with an alluring complex aroma of dark-cherry, plums and roasted vanilla bean. The palate is powerful and well structured, fleshy, with chewy textured tannins finishing with polish and focus. The 2016 was an exceptional Barossa vintage indicating this wine will mature well for many years.
Le Clos des Épeneaux
The famous Clos, a magnificent parcel of five hectares, is one of the 10 largest premier or grand cru monopoles of the Côte de Beaune and Côte de Nuits.
Clos des Epeneaux is situated in the heart of the Grands and Petits Epenots. The vines varies between 30 and 80 years, with a density of plantations of 12,000 vines/hectare.
It's separated in 4 units, which are separately vinified.
4 major criteria are distinguished :
Very fruity, exotic fruit (pineapple), acacia blossom, lychee, apricot and peach. Round, full, good length in mouth with a final of vanilla.
"Intense and slightly sappy apricots with dried herbs and subtly spicy notes. The palate has nice, crisp and punchy, melon flavor and quite tight texture. Drink or hold." James Suckling, 92/100