Nose has crushed mint, ripe cherries, ripe blackberries, moist cedar, old leather, cherry-infused tobacco and candle wax trailing away.
Palate has ripe blackberries, dried Bing cherries, slight cocoa powder, dried plum, faint spice cake with fading tannins.
2H decant at the time of notes, I think this wants more air to continue developing. A purchase from many, many years past when we were hot on all things Australia. Hidden away for ~20Y in our off-site storage, these bottles recently arrived at the home cellar. I'm not disappointed by the showing tonight, more intrigued about what the next few bottles will bring...
Paired with Allen Bros cover rib (rib cap) and smashed fingerling potatoes; a meal generally dreamed about, realized tonight. — 25 days ago
One of the best Australian Tempranillo — 5 years ago
2010. Incredibly creamy, oaky tropical fruit, peach, pear with good acidity. Best Viognier I've ever had. — 6 years ago
2016 vintage - full bodied, intense notes of black forest fruits, plum, dark chocolates. Medium complexity and medium finish — 3 years ago
Barn at Allenberry. Mo and Jo liked it — 4 years ago
Lovely wine, bold, ripe fruit with nice balance and structured finish. Worth every penny — 5 years ago
Wow, a really classy Central Otago Pinot, such good balance between wood and fruit, nothing leaps out to disturb the balance. Thanks to Linda at Yalumba H/O — 6 years ago
This is a wine you don’t see very often - an Old World Cabernet Syrah. Grown in Provence from 50/50 Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. The owner was able to classify the wine as the more lowly Vin de Pays to get around the archaic French classification laws so he could do the 50/50 blend. A good robust crimson colour. I’m getting Cabernet Notes of black currant and herbs on the nose and fleshier Syrah notes on the palate. Sandy persistent tannins to finish. Probably will live another 10 years + so might have opened a little early? Being an Australian I am spoilt for choice for excellent Cabernet Shiraz blends most of which would blow this away for quality and value even though this Trevallon is one of the 1001 wines. I paid 110 Euros for this in a bottle shop in Provence and would prefer Penfolds Bin 389 or Yalumba Signature for around the $80 AUD Mark. — 4 years ago
Maybe too young, tight and closed, a big wine, — 5 years ago