2011 (80% of QS2)
Noticeable Bordeaux varietal influence, spicy dark fruits, plum, cassis, blackberry, jammy. Juicy powerful yet soft elegant, structured, a little fruit sweet to offset dry tannins. Good purity and lift, some subtle minerality. Good freshness on the back.
2011 Quinta Sardonia (almost, new barrel)
Much more toasty green herb and capsicum with ripe black fruits, sweet oak nose. Full mellow and fresh, very bright and intense, powerful focused warm concentration, dense and good savoury elements. A wine with interest and character but easy to drink and appreciate.
2011 Quinta Sardonia (almost, older barrel)
Softer rounder and fresher but still very concentrated, intense dark fruit, with minerality and savoury notes. Somehow chewier tannins, juicy and fresh.
Quinta Sardonia 2009
Amazing perfume, fascinating combination of the petal and vegetal parts of roses and violets, some deep sweet spice elements. Juicy dark fruits, very soft full velvety and slightly raisined characters, sweet new oak components with good ageing, well balanced and integrated, very lifted and bright but good ripeness.
Quinta Sardonia 2010
Similar intense aromatics of floral, earthy, dusty, pot-pouri, dark fruits. Very soft, even more mellow, lovely full broad sweet fruits and subtle but firm and expressive tannins. Some savoury earth notes late on the palate. Either ready or not, hard to tell.
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