Nose: Shellac and floor wax, woody herbs, toasted nuttiness, more herbal notes (thyme, wintergreen and mint), with dried apricots and dry sherry. Some meadow flowers, talcum powder and tobacco leaf. More roasted/charred nuts. Some sour leather.
Palate: Big honey, sour fruit, then herbal with some resin (vine sap), slightly astringent leafy tannins in the back palate.
Finish: Honey and dried apricots, leafy tannins, some aromatic bitters, long and warming, the leafiness persists.
Comment: Lovely colour, autumn brown with auburn and orange highlights. Good balanced package, drier than usual.