The 2015 vintage needs no introduction having been widely hailed as one of the best in living memory. The wine has a deep, brooding colour with a dark core and a deep mahogany rim. The first nose greets with ripe brambles, touches of cassis and subtle oak-spice. It is generous and inviting, but there's also a subtle nod to classic restraint in aromas of leafy tobacco and freshly turned earth. With each sip, richly textured flavours of Christmas pudding and ripe plums course the palate. Offset by sweetly infused Jamon-Iberico notes this is a layered and complex wine, unveiling successive waves of flavour as it evolves.
Food Pairing: Robust enough to be enjoyed on its own, or as an accompaniment to a fine cigar, the 2015 Faithful Hound will reward pairing with venison dishes and rustic fare.
A smoldering bay leaf accent leads off, followed by a core of cherry paste and black currant preserves that melds steadily with tobacco, sanguine and cedar notes through the focused finish. Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Malbec. Drink now through 2020.