Eyes: dark deep opaque purple
Nose: big jammy dark fruit with underlayers of cracked pepper, creamy vanilla (just a hint of this though), and black licorice.
Palate: Spicy and dark plumb, decent balance though not expertly balanced. Big fruit, not too tannic and not overdry. The grenache cuts a strong sharp shiraz to produce a more muted blend.
Finish: straberries emerge here probably due to a grenache that has a bit more character than the shiraz and lasts longer.
Make no mistake, this is a wine to be paired with big food, not to be sipped and enjoyed on its own. I am having it with pizza spiked with tobasco. It should be a perfect accompanyment.
Raise a Glass!