Attractive spicy ZG fruit, but rather blunted by oak and Merlot. Acidity is good, this is pretty enjoyable if tannic and a little international in style. The merlot brings typical chocolatey, figgy notes to the party.
More proof that GV doesn’t really need oak. There’s a sweet cloying note here that just doesn’t add anything. A well-made wine but hard to feel the GV character fighting through the wood – despite this, nice acididy and salty streak on the finish. Alc feels hotter than the stated 13.