Leaving aside the suggestive name and packaging, this is a very soft, almost pillowy-tender 80% Shiraz blend, with a fair bit of complexity. It starts with scents of hickory, cedar and vanilla, adds plum and black cherry fruit, then hints at espresso and black olive on the finish. Drink now.
This full-bodied, even slightly viscous, effort from Penfolds displays dark notes of blackberry and chocolate on the nose, then adds touches of coffee and black olive into the mix on the palate before finishing tangy and crisp. Drink now–2016.
Herbaceous aromas are balanced against a strong core of black fruit and berries. A touch of anise and roasted espresso beans add intrigue to the bouquet, while accents of licorice sticks, clove and whole black peppercorns carry the finish. A very well balanced wine with solid weight and appropriate medium grain tannins.