Hither & Yon Tannat 2013

From Sands Road single vineyard fruit in McLaren Vale, the Tannat vines were established in 2006. The wine saw eighteen months in a combination of French oak barrels and stainless steel vats.

Deeply dark coloured juice with slight purple hues.
Aromas of black plum, dark cherries, forest earth and a potpourri of flowers and herbs.
Dark chocolate, aniseed, white pepper, a good lick of oak and dark brooding earthy flavours. Mid palate exhibits a sour tannic quality. 
Medium-bodied with a truckload of rustic, earthy tannins that grip and pucker the palate.

The mouthfeel is juicy and rich with a dark liquorice-type smoothness and with the wine's fresh acidity and those dry tannins flowing through to the long, powerful finish, it makes for an intriguing experience.

I wouldn't say Tannat is a delicious wine to drink per se but this edition is very approachable.  
The Leask brothers, Malcolm and Richard have crafted a stylishly-packaged, excellent drink here from start to finish at a price not too hard on the pocket. Cellaring over the next three years will benefit the wine. 

Source: Retail. ABV: 12.8%. Closure: Screw Cap. Price: $22.00. Rating: 91+ Points.
Website: http://www.hitherandyon.com.au

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