The nose entices with its perfume and a garrigue character of Cape fynbos, rosemary, lavender and thyme with spicy notes of nutmeg, cloves and star anise. Intense brooding blackberry fruit, graphite and a streak of minerality add to the complexity of the nose. The palate is dominated by blueberry, mulberry, brambles, dark cherries, liquorice and the aniseed and other spices following through from the nose. The palate is complex and textured with fine grained silky tannins balancing the dark berry fruit. Blue- and blackberries dominate the smooth finish with hints of dark chocolate
Memorably described at a tasting as `1/2 Tawny Port, 1/2 Vin Santo, and 1/2 Amontillado Sherry, and yes I know that makes 3`, this is exquisite.
Made from the Narince grape (incidentally the most widely plant vine in Turkey, but mainly for it`s edible vine leaves) the wine is fortified and then spends 12 years maturing barrel before bottling. An initial whiff of rancio notes leads into a palate bursting with sweet baked apple and before the sugar becomes overpowering a long dry finish emerges. Trust me,even a banquet, not a drop of this will be left undrunk...
Ultra-stylish, multi award winnning Syrah. Deeply coloured with ripe, brambly tones and a mouth-filling intensity on the finish. Perhaps the most `international` of all the wines tasted, it is a real crowd pleaser is a perfect wine with which to surprise your dinner guests. - Chris Connolly