The wine appears rich and dark, is generous in its density has a deep plummy hue. The aroma pole vaults from the glass and continues to lift like fog over Wellington harbour as the autumn sun rises. Baked fig, tamarillo skin and brooding dark berry fruits overwhelm while roast pumpkin kernel, black peppercorn over steak tartare and a cinnamon stick edge provide an intriguing complexity. Pungent marigold fields, sweet vanilla custard and the sea-salt tang of surf breaking on a stormy beach all spring to mind as one sniffs and swirls before committing to a generous sip. Once in the mouth the wine shows a wanton largesse.
Very rounded and generously proportioned it is plump to the point of obesity and exudes the warmth and reassurance of that ubiquitous hug from a stranger. Dark-fleshed plums poached in cranberry sauce seduce while moreish popcorn and chewy centred meringue tease out the palate. Tannins spun from the finest linen combine solicitously with an acidity so soft that the wine rolls over and presents its underbelly for a rub. The texture is cross hatched like a myriad of crushed twigs and the wine runs round the cheeks in a complete circle then returns to cross the T’s. A hint of pork scratching nicely dries out the finish so that this wine drinks just as well alone as it does with rich saucy foods. Truly a jewel of the Nile.