09 James MacPhail Ferrington ($49) ☺☺☺☺☺

Its not often you come across the 5 smiley face wines at such a reasonable price point. I remember tasting this out of the barrel and my notes said that it was very closed but had the chances of being a good wine. I was wrong about it being a good wine, it is superb. The initial nose is dominated by earthy cherry and raspberry fruit. There is a definite mineral nose underlying this ripe fruit with rose petals, each sniff gave more and more complexity. On the palate its lush tannins are balanced by an almost citrus acidity but the fruit is deep and rounded. This will also keep for a long time and I am looking forward to the next bottle next year already !

© John Holmes 2014