It is a good one.
A vibrant sherried nose that is all on dark plums, fig and dates with hints of blueberry,
Some blackberry then emerges there is also a lovely coffee and sweet tobacco note.
A good nose.
The dark fruits are well and truly stewed with a heavy pastry note (well done pastry that is almost burnt).
You have to concentrate with this one because the oak is definitely there but there is a really nice sweet mincemeat note mixed with blackberry/damson jam which brings it back from the edge.
The bitterness from the oak is there but there is enough dark fruit to compensate with a little peat and pepper plus a faint hint of mulled red wine.
What makes this composed is the fact that is is very juicy, I like that.
Good medium length, with a constant bitter sweet battle that is almost a score draw the hint of red currant wins it for me.
I think a few drops of water have improved the nose with some tobacco smoke, no off notes , great.
Yes, water has released more fruit and bucket loads of spice and livened things up, yes there is some oak and it is not a good thing but the fruit and spice keep it check thankfully
Finish still of good length but getting a little woody