Opaque red/purple fading evenly to deep garnet.
A more restrained nose than the Australian, with a warm, deep core of leather, plum and cedar - serious stuff.
Full bodied with fantastic concentration and grip. Smoky oak and sweet, baked cassis/plum fruit flavours and hard, submerged tannins. Long, long, long with layers of flavour on the finish.
Needs 10 to 20 years, but amazingly good now. Fantastic.
Wine Tasting: Bordeaux 1996