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Wednesday Round-up - the 2016 edition
Sue Courtney's tasting notes from the First Glass Fine Wine Wednesday $15 tastings

February 2016
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Sue Courtney's Fine Wine Wednesday tasting notes were recorded for First Glass Wines and Spirits in Takapuna for publication on their website. These notes are archival and may have been deleted from their site by now.
Some of the prices may be 'specials', but were correct at the date noted for the tasting. Check out www.firstglass.co.nz for current availability and pricing. New Zealand readers can purchase the wines online from there.

Fine Wine Wednesday Tasting – 24 Feb 2016
Gold Medal Wines fron the Royal Easter Show
Wines were tasted blind.

Villa Maria Wairau Reserve Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Glossy lemon gold. Ravishingly pungent with the unmistakable aroma of this variety that is so famous in New Zealand – there's a lovely fumé (smoky) note to the bouquet with passionfruit, pineapple, tropical fruit and a herbaceous zing that carries through to the juicy palate where fleshy stonefruit joins the fruity array. Soft, almost oily in texture, finishing with a zesty mandarin zing and a lingering herbaceous pungency. This is really yummy SB in my opinion and many non SB drinkers in the room thought so too. Great stuff. Gold Easter Show. Gold NZIWS.
13% alc. Screwcap. First Glass Price: $21.99.

Whitehaven Marlborough Chardonnay 2014
Light green-tinged gold with a tropical fruit bouquet that has a halo of butterscotch. Oaky and buttery in the smooth, seamless palate – it slips down easily leaving gorgeous flavours of baked peaches and cream with a touch of malt and a beautifully refined citrus zing. Developing beautifully since tasted in November and served very chilled as it was on the night it was perfect for such a warm balmy evening. Gold Easter Show. Gold AirNZ. Gold NZIWS.
14% alc. Screwcap. First Glass Price: $19.99.

Westbrook Waimauku Chardonnay 2014
This light gold wine is a completely different style to the Whitehaven, probably because it comes from Auckland not Marlborough. A little heady on the nose, yet restrained in its subtle mealy and nougat scent, it’s a wine of style and finesse with layers of nutty oak, touches of oatmeal, nougat, white peach and green melon, and a subtle tingle of orange sherbet at the end. Not overly bold but has a compelling finish with excellent length. Gold Easter Show.
13.2% alc. Screwcap. First Glass Price: $27.99.

Villa Maria Library Release Hawkes Bay Chardonnay 2010
Medium gold. Quite bold on the nose with a little reductive wild yeast character that sends quivers of delight down a chardonnay lover’s spine. Beautifully savoury in the mouth with fine grapefruit-like acidity and an elegant, silky flow. There’s a funky mealiness to the flavour with nougat, macadamia nuts, fresh fig and wonderful chardonnay vinosity. Tightly structured to start but it expands beautifully in the mouth to seduce with very sip and totally belies it six years of age. Gold Easter Show. Gold AirNZ. Gold Hawkes Bay.
13.5% alc. Screwcap. First Glass Price: $54.99.

Ceres Back Rabbit Vineyard Central Otago Riesling 2015
Straw gold with a fruit driven bouquet of apple and spice with a zesty shimmer of lime. No doubt to the variety when you taste because it has super scintillating fresh apple acidity, a little of the classic Riesling sucking-a-river-stone dryness, a beautifully balanced touch of honeysuckle and a mouthwatering finish. It seems incredibly dry but the sweetness scale indicator on the back label puts it at just on the dry side of medium. “It's all about balance and tension,” says Sam. Gold Easter Show. Gold AirNZ.
10.5% alc. Screwcap. First Glass Price: $23.99.

Johanneshof Marlborough Gewurztraminer 2014
Moderate gold with a heady bouquet of rose Turkish delight and candied violets - these wonderful floral traits recurring in the palate that has a light honey and nectar viscosity to the texture with aromatic spices and accents of white pepper. Smooth and powerful yet not overpowering – it begs for some duck pate. “A serious wine for serious Gewurztraminer fans,” says Kingsley. I love it. So do the judges. Gold Easter Show. Gold NZIWS. Gold & Trophy Marlborough Wine Show. Gold & Trophy AirNZ.
12.5% alc. Cork. First Glass Price: $27.99.

Akarua Rua Central Otago Pinot Noir Rose 2015
The crystalline blue-tinged deep pinky-red colour is like a pink tourmaline gemstone. Generous on the nose with bramble fruit and savoury notes, then juicy blueberries and black cherry fruit in the palate with a lightly oily texture and a refreshing savoury salty tang that offsets the fruit sweetness. Must be served ice cold. Gold Easter Show.
13% alc. Screwcap. First Glass Price: $19.99.

Ballasalla Central Otago Pinot Noir 2014
Bright maroon. Initially a little stalky (stemmy) on the nose then dark berry fruit and a sensual nuance of smoke. The texture is smooth and velvety with a savoury, earthy undercurrent to the dark berry fruit with sweet spices and hints of anise. The wine seems to become more and more juicy with every mouthful yet it is still quite firm on the finish. The second label of Folding Hill with fruit from the Bendigo sub-region. Gold Easter Show.
14% alc. Screwcap. First Glass Price: $23.99.

Elephant Hill Le Phant Hawkes Bay Merlot Syrah Cabernet 2014
Deep red black. The first impression on the nose is sweet oak, brambles and leather, then a hint of Vitamin B wafts through. Sappy and leathery with touches of cigar box and pepper, initially the wine seems very tight and savoury – and quite European actually – then as it traverses the palate it opens up beautifully with layers of chocolate and cherries emerging. An exciting blend for Hawkes Bay with a dry yet succulent finish it’s not too heavy and will be a versatile match to a variety of foods. Gold Easter Show. Gold NZIWS.
13.5% alc. Screwcap. First Glass Price: $21.99.

Te Awa Single Estate Hawkes Bay Merlot Cabernet 2013
Deep purple black. Quite sappy and leathery on the nose with a hint of cigar box, rosemary and a tinge of vanilla. These all carry through to the palate where juicy plum, cherry and bramble fruits offset the fine dry tannins, the texture becoming smooth and silky as the wine flows through. It’s more of a medium-bodied wine with a mouthfilling vinosity, a hint of cocoa and a spicy oak nuance as the pleasing flavours lingers. Gold Easter Show. Gold NZIWS.
13.5% alc. Screwcap. First Glass Price: $24.99.

Mission Reserve Gimblett Gravels Syrah 2014
Vivid purple black. Just a hint of pepper of the dark fruited nose but immediately peppery and spicy in the palate with juicy purple plum and black cherry fruit, creamy oak, fleshy tannins and a smooth finish with the finest layer of chocolate. Succulent yet dry, it’s a deliciously fruity style. Gold Easter Show.
14% alc. Screwcap. First Glass Price: $19.99.

Villa Maria Reserve Gimblett Gravels Syrah 2013
Vivid inky purple red. A little waft of green pepper introduces the bouquet that unfurls to reveal gorgeous creamy vanillin oak, sweet leather, spices and cherries. Bright red and purple fruits in the palate are in harmony with the beautifully honed savoury oak with hints of mocha, chicory and pepper and fine tannins that underpin the creamy chocolatey finish. A beautifully refined savoury Syrah with a succulence all the way through, it’s quite outstanding and very delicious. Gold Easter Show. Gold Hawkes Bay Show. No. 1 in Cuisine’s 2015 NZ Syrah tasting.
13.5% alc. Screwcap. First Glass Price: $52.99.

Fine Wine Wednesday Tasting – 17 Feb 2016
All Brand New
Wines were tasted blind.

West Brook Barrique Fermented Chardonnay 2014
Light gold hued with a delicate crème caramel bouquet then spicy and bright in the palate with a toasty oak richness and juicy grilled peach with lingering nuances of tropical fruit on the dry nutty finish. A blend of Marlborough and Waimauku fruit that makes for fabulous social drinking. We loved it.
13.2% alc. Screwcap. First Glass Price: $19.99.

Muddy Water Deliverance Chardonnay 2014 – Waipara
Quite gold in the glass with the bouquet abounding with stonefruit – apricots initially spring to mind. The ultra juicy fruit perception of this soft acid wine continues in the palate with something reminiscent of pink bubblegum then burnt butter and creamy mealy layers and a firm dry savoury spicy finish. It's been fermented with wild yeasts and matured in large seasoned oak barrels but is more fruity than oaky to the taste.
13% alc. Screwcap. First Glass Price: $20.99.

Man o War Valhalla Chardonnay 2014 – Waiheke Island
Lemon gold in hue and very mealy, nutty and savoury on the nose with vanilla biscuit / malt biscuit complexities. Bold and mouthfilling to the taste with spicy oak, vanilla and butterscotch weaving through the rich, sweet, peach and tropical fruit with grilled apricots coming forth on the juicy finish and again those savoury biscuity flavours that offset the fruit beautifully. Firm in structure with well balanced underlying acidity, it's a fulfilling wine with flavour and presence.
14% alc. Screwcap. First Glass Price: $33.99.

Saddleback Central Otago Pinot Gris 2015
Straw gold with a classic pear drop bouquet and bright and fruity in the palate with baked apple, poached pear, strudel spices and ginger. Just of on the cusp of off dry with a lightly viscous texture, this blend of Bendigo, Pisa and Gibbston Valley fruit is young and fresh, great to serve chilled in the afternoon / early evening.
13.5% alc. Screwcap. First Glass Price: $18.99.

Black Barn Hawkes Bay Rose 2015
The colour is the lightest of blush – barely pink if you like and the delicate bouquet reveals a hint of marzipan and a touch of cherry stone. Made from Merlot grapes, it's light and fruity in the palate with cranberry and cherry, a well-balanced savouriness, the most subtle suggestion of pepper and finishes fashionably dry.
12.5% alc. Screwcap. First Glass Price: $17.99.

Saint Clair Premium Selection Gimblett Gravels Syrah 2014
This tasty wine seduces not only with its deep crimson red colour but also with its generous aromas and flavours. Pepper and stands out on both the dark-fruited nose and in the creamy palate that’s accented with leather and tar and the intriguing ‘rose spice’ character of the Syrah grape that does so well in Hawkes Bay. It's firm yet juicy with blueberry, blackberry and dark plum fruit supported by fine acidity that will help this super priced wine to continue to evolve and excellent length. Silver Easter Show 2016 and Best Buy on the night.
13% alc. Screwcap. First Glass Price: $13.99.

Ardo by Marques de Riscal Rioja 2011 – Rioja, Spain
The colour in the glass is like the liquid of bottled cherries. It's quite savoury and meaty on the nose with perhaps the most subtle nuance of liquorice, then firm and dry in the dusty, rustic palate that's more earthy-savoury than fruity and finishes with tingles of bitter orange and pepper. A lighter style with fine tannins, it begs to be accompanied with food.
4% alc. Screwcap. First Glass Price: $17.99.

Alma Gitana Old Vine Tempranillo 2013 – Vino de la Terra de Castilla, Spain
Rich purple red with a juicy bouquet reminiscent of blackberry jam. Quite smoky in the palate with touches of cigar box and tobacco, a savoury meaty undercurrent and then a burst of berry fruit brightness. There's a mid-palate earthy/gamey character to the wine but the bright acidity, the creamy feel to the finish and the firm tannins set it up well as an accompaniment to tapas style food.
13.5% alc. Cork. First Glass Price: $15.99.

Padrillos Mendoza Malbec 2014– Argentina
Bright crimson/purple. Fresh, bright and plummy on the nose with redcurrants and a pleasing sappy, herbal infusion and perhaps even a hint of leather. There’s a sense of chicory in the palate of this well-balanced wine that is medium-bodied in style with fine tannins and seamless flow. The flavours have touches of mint with violets, plums and redcurrants that amalgamate into a soft fruity finish. It got many nods of approval on the night.
13.5% alc. Cork. First Glass Price: $19.99.

Brown Brothers 1889 Shiraz 2014 - Heathcote, Victoria
This medium-bodied easy drinker with fine textured tannins is bright crimson-edged purple red in hue. A little herbal and mushroomy on the nose and meaty and savoury to the taste with a hint of iodine together with freeze dried blueberries and spices and pepper tickling the tongue on the finish with whispers of mint chocolate and berry pie. Not too serious. One to take to a BBQ.
14.5% alc. Screwcap. First Glass Price: $16.99.

Craggy Range Le Sol Hawkes Bay Syrah 2013
Saturated purple black. Quite meaty and savoury on the nose with violets and the most subtle suggestion of chocolate, and initially meaty and savoury in the mouth with a harmonious smattering of pepper and concentrated dark berry fruit that shimmers without taking a leading role. Then, as the wine traverses the palate, there's a little bit of tar, a little bit of leather, a little bit of pencil and even more pepper together with chicory. This striking wine envelopes the mouth with its firm structure while the magnificent aftertaste leaves behind a memory of vinous sweetness but of course the wine is completely dry. The star of the evening and after tasting you realise why the overseas critics who have just visited are simply raving about Hawkes Bay Syrah.
13% alc. Cork. First Glass Price: $99.99.

Fine Wine Wednesday Tasting – 10 Feb 2016
Sparklings, Aromatics and Aussie Reds
Wines were tasted blind.

Champagne Lanson White Label Sec NV – France
Beautifully presented in a white bottle, this is star gold in the glass with tiny bubbles rising to create a rim of lace. The hedonist scent of bakers yeast and lemon brioche is simply glorious and the scent also has a deeply savoury aura. The sparkly taste has all that together with toasty layers and a wonderful fleshy peachy richness – like peach jam on toast with a sweet citrussy zing. It has 27 g/l residual sweetness, yet it finishes delectably savoury and dry. 'Sec' means 'dry' but is used on Champagne to denote 'off dry'. Classy both in presentation and taste.
12.5% alc. Cork. First Glass Price: $68.99.

Cloudy Bay Pelorus Brut Methode NV – Marlborough
Gemmy lemon-hued in the glass. The bouquet is savoury with toasty yeast autolysis notes and the most subtle nuance of bacon. Then in the mouth it is crisp, dry, zesty and full of energetic bubbles that dance across the tongue and a mouthfilling bready savouriness not only from the time on yeast lees but also from the use of oak in the cuvee. A blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir with at least two years bottle ageing, it finishes with the zing of apple and citrus and leaves an exceptionally long aftertaste with malty leesy flavours lingering.
12.5% alc. Cork. First Glass Price: $32.99.

Hunters Mirumiru NV – Marlborough
Straw gold with delicate lemon hues and tiny bubbles levitating to the rim. The bouquet offers up a vanilla creaminess, a suggestion of creaming soda, a hint of toast – something delicate yet tantalising in there. Beautifully rounded and creamy in the mouth with the bubbles breaking softly into foam, a harmonious citrussy brightness all the way through and a hint of rosehip on the finish. This blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier isn't too bold or edgy, giving it all round appeal.
13% alc. Cork. First Glass Price: $23.99.

Domaine du Vieux Preche Sancerre 2013 – France
Light gold, quite oily in appearance. The bold aroma is unusual - struck match, sewing machine oil and yellow fruit reminiscent of tropical guavas and melon. Quite hot, flinty, oily, earthy and seemingly alcoholic in the mouth (even though the abv is stated as 12.5%). While smooth in its flow it's a high acid wine with an assertive finish that is characteristic of the green pungency of the sauvignon blanc grape.
12.5% alc. Cork. First Glass Price: $29.99.

Saint Clair Premium Selection Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Palest of citrine with an adamantine lustre to the hue. Bursting with green passionfruit both on the nose and in the mouth – it's vibrant and fresh and juicy and fruity with a vivacious brightness and a long flavoursome rounded finish with the classic character of cut grass and loads of zingy citrus and tropical fruit. Easy to see why people around the world love NZSB.
13% alc. Screwcap. First Glass Price: $13.99.

Greystone Waipara Pinot Gris 2015
Light gold. Initially shy on the nose (especially after SB) but opens up nicely to reveal vanilla and spice poached apples and pear. In the palate the fruit echoes the bouquet with honey and spice layers and a touch of viscosity adding richness to the texture. It's off dry in sweetness level and slips down very easily. Partially wild fermented with 10 g/l residual sugar, it's quite rich on its own – I think it needs food. Elite Gold AirNZ 2015.
13.5% alc. Screwcap. First Glass Price: $19.99.

Gemtree Uncut McLaren Vale Shiraz 2012 – South Australia
Black red of considerable density. The bouquet is all chocolate, mocha and crushed mulberries with a lovely nuance of mint. Quite firm in the palate – the first red of the night so tannins quite noticeable in this context. Ripe berry fruit is supported by savoury French oak with hints of leather, allspice and a touch of acidity. "A cracker of a vintage," says Sam. Enjoy now with food or ideally put away for a while. Gold NZIWS 2015.
14.5% alc. Screwcap. First Glass Price: $25.99.

Willunga 100 McLaren Vale Shiraz Viognier 2013 – South Australia
Inky purple red, dense right to the crimson-bright rim. A touch of rose petal and a dusting of chocolate infuse the lifted bouquet with the floral notes no doubt from the 5% Viognier. A blockbuster of a red with loads and loads of flavour, it is firm and muscular and absolutely rippling with polish. Dark fruited, savoury and meaty with hints of vanilla, chocolate, coffee bean and chicory, it's more cake spicy than peppery and has a lovely supple mouthfeel as the chocolate coated flavours linger. Truly delicious but definitely needs time to evolve in the cellar as the tannins are quite grippy on the finish. Gold Medal NZIWS 2015.
14% alc. Screwcap. First Glass Price: $22.99.

St Johns Road Blood and Courage Barossa Shiraz 2012 – South Australia
Dark red, starting to garner a burnished hue that suggests a little age. All chocolate on the nose – chocolate raisins and savoury oak, then in the mouth there's a soft-centred chocolate smoothness with little vibes of pepper, mocha and savoury oak and the tannins are smooth, plump and pillowy with a velvety flow. Warm on the finish with a harmonious mouthfeel, it's a mellow Shiraz that is ready to drink. Made by Phil Lehmann – son of the late Peter, with fruit from the Greenock sub region.
14.5% alc. Screwcap. First Glass Price: $19.99.

Henry's Drive Pillar Box Padthaway Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 – South Australia
Purple red with a deep dark core. Juicy currants on the nose ooze ripeness, and chocolate layers are exciting, yet the bouquet is embossed with cedar and has Cabernet's classic herbal edge. Youthful in the palate with fine tannins and a pleasing savoury undercurrent, it's bright and juicy with classic cassis, plum and pencil box and a lovely minty freshness.
14.5% alc. Screwcap. First Glass Price: $20.99.

Wirra Wirra McLaren Vale Church Block CSM 2013 – South Australia
Inky black red in hue – seemingly opaque and impenetrable. The concentrated deep, dark, brooding bouquet also offers up a berry brightness, chocolate biscuits and cake spices. Full bodied and creamy in the mouth with thick velvety tannins, mocha, spices and savoury notes with youthful acidity adding brightness and a mouthfilling finish that is well integrated and seamless. A blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 37% Shiraz and 13% Merlot with 18 months in both French and American oak.
14.5% alc. Screwcap. First Glass Price: $19.99.

Fine Wine Wednesday Tasting – 3 Feb 2016
Top Value
Wines were tasted blind.

Forrest The Valleys Marlborough Riesling 2010
The colour is golden making you think this gloriously aromatic, honey-scented Riesling has a little age and indeed it does. And the taste is mouthfilling and ravishing with honeysuckle, toasted lime and orange ginger marmalade filling the palate that's bright from the zesty acidity and has a long, juicy aftertaste where the honey layers are rounded and make it seem off dry. A fantastic aperitif wine that makes a fantastic start to an evening. Gold Medal NZIWS 2015.
11% alc. Screwcap. First Glass Price: $18.99.

Saint Clair Premium Selection Marlborough Chardonnay 2014
Light lemon gold with a bouquet that offers up a delicate scent of vanilla poached pear that don’t foretell of the much bolder bright and fresh flavours crammed with tropical fruit salad, mandarin, juicy stonefruit and a lingering butter caramel mouthfeel. Not much influence of oak yet lots to like in this tasty wine that evolves with every sip.
13% alc. Screwcap. First Glass Price: $13.99.

Theory and Practice Gisborne Chardonnay 2014
Medium gold with an oily appearance. Savoury on the nose but all buttered oak and caramel in the palate with a smooth flow, orange zest accents adding brightness, a touch of spicy oak and a subtle funky mealiness imparting a savoury inflection. Made by Ant McKenzie, this is a different style to his similarly labelled Hawkes Bay wine.
13.5% alc. Screwcap. First Glass Price: $18.99.

Xanadu Reserve Margaret River Chardonnay 2012 - Western Australia
This glossy pale gold, toasty oak scented chardonnay immediately whisks me to Australia as the palate so dry and elegant with grilled pineapple playing a leading tropical fruit role together with citrus, all the while it has a lovely savoury oak disposition and a whiff of gunsmoke. Fermented with wild yeasts in French oak barriques, it's layered and complex with a long mouth-coating finish underpinned by bright acidity – an essential attribute for longevity.
13% alc. Screwcap. First Glass Price: $84.99.

Sea Level Home Block Nelson Pinot Gris 2015
A straw gold wine with a concentrated bouquet of musky spices infusing stone fruit, pear drops and quince. The concentration continues into the juicy and flavoursome palate that's just off dry in sweetness level and echoes the traits on the nose with a zing of citrus and ginger, and the aftertaste lingers deliciously.
13% alc. Screwcap. First Glass Price: $15.99.

Church Road McDonald Series Hawkes Bay Pinot Gris 2015
Moderate gold in hue with a bouquet of apples both fresh with skin on and honey-baked. Honey is also the star performer in the palate that's sweet and viscous in texture. It's gorgeously opulent and mimics the rich pinot gris styles from Alsace. Wild ferment and maturation in French oak, plus the heady alcohol, adds to the wine's complexity and rounds out the acidity with baked apples and spice coming through again on the aftertaste. Decadent and unctuous.
14.5% alc. Screwcap. First Glass Price: $19.99.

Te Kairanga Martinborough Pinot Noir 2014
Rich ruby hued. Powerful on the nose with aromas of savoury oak, a subtle earthiness and bottled spiced cherries. Juicy yet firm in the palate with a silky edge to the pillowy tannins, a lovely savouriness that balances the bittersweet red fruits. This is a multi-layered pinot with something new to discover with every sip – evens hints of rosemary and leather. Opening up nicely and the consensus of the tasters around me was that it is easy to drink.
14% alc. Screwcap. First Glass Price: $23.99.

Saint Premium Selection Hawkes Bay Malbec 2014
Inky blackberry red. Concentrated on the nose with opulent aromas offering up savoury oak, cake spices, plums and brambles. Quite savoury, meaty and dark-fruited in the palate with profound concentration. The savoury oak quite brooding, the leathery tannins firm and assertive, these traits offset with a touch of spice and a beguiling rose hip floral lift to the finish, then a touch of anise/liquorice as the powerful flavours lingers. From the Gimblett Gravels region and incredible value.
13% alc. Screwcap. First Glass Price: $13.99.

Ringbolt Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
Blackberry red. Redcurrants, leather, cedar, pencils and herbs on the nose with a smidgen of mint wafting through but the mint much more dominate in the palate where the fruit is concentrated and classically Cabernet with bitey blackcurrant / redcurrant fruit, cedar, tobacco, dried herbs and leather. Beautifully structured and concentrated wine with fine tannins and lovely clarity – this is what good Cabernet is all about and definitely worth trying at this price.
13.5% alc. Screwcap. First Glass Price: $16.99.

Taylors The Visionary Cabernet Sauvignon 2009
Dark red with a burnished aura that hints of age. The rounded bouquet shows bottle aged characters with a cocoa layer to the vanillin oak and mint that carries through to the palate. First mouthfeel impression is that the bottle development is starting to disintegrate the tannins but as the wine flows the tannins are deceptively plump and fleshy as they are actually quite assertive. Flavours are reminiscent of cocoa, vanilla, cedar, cigar box and dried herbs with rosemary and mint infusing slightly jammy plum and cassis fruit and an extremely long finish savoury oak finish with hints of jaffa and lifted bright acidity that will hold it on this drinking plateau for a while.
14% alc. Screwcap. First Glass Price: $149.99.

Grant Burge Miamba Shiraz 2014 – South Australia
Crimson-edged inky purple red. Fresh, young wine aromas of cherry, vanilla and hints of chocolatey oak. The tannins are big and just a little drying but they are offset by ripe juicy red and black fruits with savoury oak, chocolate, hints of pepper and loads of cake spice. Fantastically long aftertaste with hints of mint.
14% alc. Screwcap. First Glass Price: $19.99.

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