The nose on this is complex, darkly perfumed and tightly wound. The bouquet presents deep, dark cherry fruit and intoxicating violet perfume mingling with exotic incense-like notes. The palate delivers more black cherry with raspberry and pomegranate syrup. Star anise plays in the background, especially on the long finish. While still very youthful, with fine, velvety tannins, this opens up and softens with time.
Still young despite some bottle age, this elegant Pinot takes time to open. When it does, it presents an array of attractive notes, from plump, brambly red berries and dried roses to mushrooms and hoisin sauce. A backbone of vanillin oak is present but well placed. Medium bodied, it's broad in shape but tucked in neatly by warm, spicy tannins. With lovely length and texture, this is a classy wine with flesh on its bones.