CAMERON DOUGLAS MASTER SOMMELIER
1 November 2014
There's a silkyness to the way in which this wine reveals its core - lots of black fruits drive the varietal campaign with black doris plums making a show a long the way; there's no doubt about the complexity and masculine drive. Violets. On the palate - very youthful indeed with loads of tannins and acidity, plenty of bold black fruit flavors, complex and long. A charming wine in its early years. A long adventurous finish. Well made. 5 Stars
1 November 2014
The signature wine of Crossroads, a secret blend of varieties, the best fruit from Fernhill, Twyford and Mangatahi, fermented to 12.5% alc., the wine aged in predominantly new oak barriques. Very dark, deep, black-hued red with lighter ruby on rim. The bouquet is full and complete with a complex array of ethereal aromatics, showing waves of black berry fruits, plum, liquorice, earth and spices, along with dark herbs, reductive elements and toasty oak. Medium-bodied and stylishly presented, succulent black fruits are interwoven with savoury and spicy flavours of herbs, earth and game, revealing oak toast and reductive complexities. This builds in fruit concentration as the fine-grained tannin extraction unfolds, forming a rounded, deep core. Discreet acidity adds to the balance, providing gentle drive and line. The wine carries through to a long and sustained finish with savoury fruit and earthy notes. This is an elegant, concentrated and complex medium-bodied blended red with a complete array of flavours. Match with game meat, casseroles and hard cheeses over the next 6-8 years.
Bob Campbell 1 September 2011
“Made from an unspecified blend of grape varieties that change from year to year. Dense, brooding but accessible red with chocolate, plum, dark berry, licorice, mixed spice and dried fruit flavours. Complex and classy red. 94/100.