The packaging has changed, so I will update that later. Here’s Old Patch, which kind of sounds like a sailor’s dog or similar, the vineyard planted in 1867. 3500 bottles produced, which is a nice even number. What a pleasure it is to run through these wines every year. I think we have been doing it for 14 years now, or something like that. Maybe I’ll get long service leave soon?
Purple fruit, light earthiness, aniseed, spice and perfume. A lighter style in 2019, tannin is gentle but present, and structure is built on acidity over tannin, cranberry crunch on a spicy and dusty finish of fine length. It’s a charmer with less of the thunder of prior years, though the class of the vineyard still shines through. I suspect it will age beautifully. - The Wine Front