Very black in color, this is a dark and powerful wine. Its texture is treacly, opulent, the big spice, plum juice and raisin character powering through the tannins. Like most of the Julian Reynolds range, it has an old-fashioned barnyard feel, making it a great food wine, but not for sipping.
Roger Voss covers Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, the Loire and South-West France as well as Portugal. His passion is matching food with wine, bringing the pleasures of the table to wine lovers. He has written six books on wine and food, and was previously national correspondent on wine for the London Daily Telegraph. He is based in the Bordeaux region.