Normally there is some whole-bunch fermentation used here, but this year the harvest was so plentiful that there was room only for grapes, and no stems in the cuves. The wine is none the worse for it – in fact it is the most delicious I have tried in cask. It is rich and dense, with a core of ripe spicy black fruit and lots of power but remains elegant and pure with no trace of heaviness. A fresh green minty note balances the ripe chocolaty melting tannins, and the finish has a big hit of saline minerality. This is so seductive it is tempting to drink it right now, but it has considerable potential and will be lovely for years to come.