The nose is welcoming with red, black plum and vanilla aromas. The opening palate is inviting and powerful. Roundly tannic, full-bodied and delightfully alcoholic, the structure is well balanced with plum, blackberry and cracked peppercorn spice. The mid-palate remains upbeat with refreshing acidity, a velvety viscosity and refined hints of strawberry vanilla cola. Towards the close, one can detect an abundance of ripe blackberry, blueberry, crushed violet and damp forest floor. The finish is lengthy with some resounding notes of black cherry.