Haut-Medoc, Bordeaux, France. 12.5%
Intense aromas of blackcurrent and herbs. Still quite raw this is a strongly flavoured wine, vin de garde with a long life ahead of it. Plenty of new oak without any cosmetic or sweet oak flavours. A distintive herbal seam with savoury metallic medicinal edge.
I was stuck by a similarity in flavour and aromas to the best of Hawkes Bay cabernets. It would be interesting to try one alongside this, I expect the Sociando-Mallet would be more concentrated, and distinctly more savoury and dry – but there would be a resemblance.