The Black Stump 2011

A nice mixed grape red from Australia, The Black Stump goes well with a variety of foods, or just by itself as demonstrated by the popularity and awards. With an ABV of 14% this is easier to drink than some of the powerful reds available.

Once poured the wine has a dark colour, almost ink-like with the deep burgundy showing through with light. Both the aroma and taste are fruity with hints of berries, especially raspberry and other summer fruits. There’s also a hint of spice and, especially at this time of year, a nod towards the flavours of mulled wine. This is all nicely balanced with oak and the overall effect brings to mind liquorice root.

Definitely one to come back to!

Rating: ★★★★☆

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