Sevenhill St Ignatius 2006

86 points

Clare Valley, South Australia. 14.5%

A Bordeaux blend of Cab, Merlot, Cab Franc, Malbec. But without the zest of Bordeaux instead this is a lovely clean old-fashioned red. A worthy substitute to Clare or Barossa Shiraz. Slightly jammy porty,with distinctive sweetness. What’s distinctive is the substantial tannin – a welcome addition making it more food friendly.

Drink now, it already has developed nicely. Or leave it for almost 10 years and it should be an attractive leathery red.

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