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Made from a majority of Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, with 12% Merlot making up the blend. This vintage of IX Estate is rich and intense, with brooding black fruit, graphite and wild sage. There's a lot of mineral, saline quality on the palate, and intense, grippy tannins typical of this mountain vineyard. Now with some time in bottle, the complex flavours are starting to knit together beautifully, showing masses of breadth and concentration through to a long, mineral-tinged finish.
From their steep hillside vineyards on Pritchard Hill, the 2014 Proprietary Red IX Estate is an old-fashioned Médoc blend dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon, but with some Cabernet Franc (rarely seen in the Médoc these years) as well as Merlot and Petit Verdot. Striking aromatics of violets, forest floor, loamy soil nuances, blueberry, black raspberry and blackberry soar from the glass of this spectacular 2014. The acidity seems reasonable but on the lower side, the texture is magnificent, and the overall purity and equilibrium flawless. This is a wine pushing, even demanding, a three-digit score once again, but I’m holding back – at least for now. This magnificent effort from Colgin should drink beautifully for 25-30 years.
Young 2025 - 2060
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