SMOOTH AND WARMING
“On the nose you’ll sense sherry sweetness accompanied by dried fruits and malt. On the palate there’s a warmth imparted from the sherry, augmented by autumn fruits and nutty flavours, with a hint of spice in the background – wonderfully smooth and mellow.” – Shane Fraser
Nose : Some citric vibrancy and chilli heat, then a touch of cut capsicum opens things, but immediately this is swept away by estery fruits : fresh pear, Russet apple. Then comes lawnmower box, dewed grass and lightly Sherried warmth rises : nuts and fruit cake mix. With water, proving dough – then the pears again.
Palate : Very gentle, fruity palate with excellent feel. Shows impressive palate weight for such a youngster. The wood is handled lightly. In fact, there’s as much creamy vanilla and soft fruits as there is overt Sherry. Already well-balanced. With water it is all about feel and, while it shows its youth slightly at the end, that’s no drawback to its enjoyment. Recommended.
Finish : Light spice.
Conclusion : I continue to be blown away by this newcomer; marked in its competitive set. – Dave Broom