Beautiful deep ruby-purple in the glass. Medium intensity nose of spice and black cherry. Dry, medium-plus acidity, and mid tannins. Black fruits, pepper, and chocolate in the mouth, with a bite from the 14% alcohol. Medium length peppery-fruity, nicely complex—the Viognier mixes things up a bit; interesting. Overall good; recommended. $34 at Steamworks Wine Thief. See McLaren Vale.
Clear, medium ruby red appearance. Wonderful clean, medium intensity nose of sweet spices, mint, blackberry, and wood. Dry, medium acidity, easy tannins, and a light-plus body. The palate is dominated by blackberry and black and red cherry with tasteful oak. Medium length with a nice finish of evolving ripe fruits: there’s 4% Viognier here but I’m not sure I can detect it; there is a slight sweetness in the finish that could be attributed to the grape. 13.5% alcohol. A lovely drink; recommended.