Rich and mellow; shows a perfect balance between soft, ripe apple and blackberry fruit and spicy dryness.
APPEARANCE – Deep amber appearance; most attractive, good texture.
NOSE – Soft, inviting, dry and autumnal nose. Sweet, stewed fruits, ripe autumn apples and rich berry fruits. Roasted nuts; hazelnut, walnut. Fragrant wood. Then a rich vanilla and toffee smoothness. A little water restores the appetising fruit.
BODY – Light to medium body, softly coating the tongue.
PALATE – Firm to full palate. Dry and sweet; nuts, dark toffee and gentle mint, rhubarb and apple juice. Deeper hint of almond biscuit. Dries, with a rich, silky cocoa bitterness, growing spicy. Water brings up sweet fruit, blackberries.
FINISH – Long, smooth and warming finish. Sweetness softly introduces a longer, drying oakiness. Stewed-fruit freshness. Wood-smoke spiced with faint black pepper.