Okay, just black. Blonde wood/ baked apple hurrah, and then the dark quiet of space, or the grainy expanses of closed lids. The lacing of lazy, wood-boring insects. Such sights have set me to worrying of late. Mornings being a struggle at times, especially after these nighttime wooden cudgels and dark devices. The rack anyone? Coconut on coals. Tar socks. Dried violets. Black strap cola. Scraped vanilla beans, and dark chocolate cookie covered coal. Anise cinnamon and thin mint. Well, that’s the smell of the thing. The mouth below is unsweetened baker’s dark chocolate, blackened iron, vine charcoal, charred bone, hot springs through rubber piping, black sugar, Spanish “chocolate” brandy/black strap rum and graphite/smoke with evergreen suggestions. Not the Dragon of fire and smoke I expected, but certainly a formidable cave monster, living inside a volcano. I particularly appreciated the mineral/ethereal aspect. — 15 days ago
Revisiting this vintage, last bottle. Pale yellow, sparkling clarity. Tropical fruit, citrus notes on nose (pineapple, orange or Meyer lemon). Lemon, mandarin orange pith flavors with creamy lees finish, tart lime aftertaste, at least initially. Hint of straw. Grapefruit pith emerges in the finish after an hour. — 16 days ago
Ebon and inscrutable, lacing showing creamy curtain to cosmic shatter; coffee ice cream colored. Moist, rum raisin cake baking alongside Black Forest cake with walnuts. Heavy lavender in a rough cut oak crate, makes this smell really beautiful. Vanilla and caramel chocolates entice. Bakers dark unsweetened chocolate, tastes of aniseed, clove, nutmeg, peppercorn; the whole toasty barrel. Burnt fig, cinnamon, espresso bean, with a clear charred oak concealing allspice and malt, in line with its working spirit. Impressive beer, evoking coal and tar pits with its smoky, austere reimagining of dark vulcan arts. Not a sweet one, but fiery and thick on the edges of the cauldron. — 13 days ago
Wait for it... the second day this showed well, and finally started to open with some forest and Burgundian notes. The first day was tight and sharp. ... I don’t agree with some of the sky high magazine reviews, perhaps projecting potential like an over valued dot com. — 4 days ago
Wow. Just completely different bouquet than any other wine. Smells more like a citrusy saison than any wine. Melon, grapefruit zest.
Beautiful amber yellow/orange color.
Redefines zip in a wine. Kombucha. Overall roundedness with all the big flavor profiles, umami, sweet, fruity, bubbles, tart.
Wild honey. Wild pleasure.
In writing this, downed the first glass.
— 6 days ago
Pale Ruby. Some clove and tarry nuances on the nose. The pale colour belies the M+ Intensity. Very Burgundian in aroma, structure and palate. Even better on the 2nd night. The 2nd wine of Bell Hill made from younger vines from the top Cuvée. Very impressive. Only 1897 bottles made from Canterbury NZ and difficult to source even in Australia. — 2 days ago
Dense crimson in colour. Unmistakably Cabernet on the nose of Medium minus intensity. Leafy notes with a touch of tobacco. On the palate medium bodied - solid without a lot of nuance. A continental Cabernet, where I think, maritime conditions suit Cabernet the best with the odd exception. — 13 days ago