The Red Edge wines are exemplars of masterful tannin management: the sort of tightly wound, detailed and impeccably ripe tannins that set a savoury tone and confer authority and age ability to the stable. This, it would appear, is due to unirrigated vines, propitiously placed in ancient soils. The deft touch in the winery merely adds seasoning to this equation, rather than stamping any overt personality. In this case, a dollop of mourvedre (6%) and a dash of Riesling (4%). The Degree is taut, long and singed with bitter chocolate, salami and dark fruit flavours. ? point!
Jamis Halliday Rating 93