Garnet with crimson hues. Delightfully fragrant aromas of blueberry, mulberry, cassis and violets are woven together with notes of bay and tea leaf, bramble and briar bush, anise, clove and mace. Luscious plum, mulberry and red currant fruits provide depth and richness, balanced by bright acidity and a long finish, textured with fine grained, elegant tannins.
This is a particularly enjoyable Abbotts Prayer, the seamless union of merlot and cabernet translating as a perfectly balanced juicy stream of red and blackcurrant fruit, oak and tannins there or thereabouts, but no more.
After a typical wet and cold winter, spring brought particularly mild and unstable weather to Lenswood with fogs, rain and numerous hail events, fortunately with no resulting damage. These cold hail blasts delayed flowering, and due to an early Harvest Moon, the growing season became quite compressed, requiring more work in the vineyard with shoot thinning and foliage lifting. A long, dry mild spell from Christmas to Easter provided ideal ripening conditions; allowing tannins to mature, acids to moderate and depth of flavour to develop. Fruit quality across the board was outstanding, the whites in particular for their purity and balance, which really defined the season after some challenging early conditions. 2018 was a fantastic year for Lenswood, with high natural acidities and excellent varietal character.
"This is a particularly enjoyable Abbotts Prayer, the seamless union of merlot and cabernet translating as a perfectly balanced juicy stream of red and blackcurrant fruit, oak and tannins there or thereabouts, but no more."
"The 2018-vintage conditions clearly suited this vineyard and has produced a wine with power and focus. Aromas of bright raspberries, blueberries, redcurrants, rose hips and cedar wood lead to a palate that has a very plush, saturated feel. The depth of dark-cherry and plum flavor is impressive, as is the carry into the finish. The fine-grained tannins are swathed in very plush, intense, ripe dark berries. The ripeness serves this wine well."
"Deep red/purple hue, with a complex, earthy, humus-like bouquet, which also suggests roll-your-own tobacco and echoes of blueberry. The wine is medium to full-bodied and loaded with firm tannins ... Cellaring Recommended."