Floral perfume, rose hip and strawberry scents, touches of green herbs and pepper. Lovely perfume. Has a softness to taste, supple, very long, very pretty in its just-ripe fruit characters and set on sheets of lively acidity and faint peppery spice. There’s touches of tomato leaf and rhubarb too, but well set into the wine, lending complexity and savoury touches. Lots of charm, sleekness, drinkability. 93 points – Mike Bennie, The Wine Front
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50% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre, 20% Shiraz, 10% Cinsault. Over the first three vintages we’ve adapted this blend to include all four red varieties that we have planted in our vineyard. In 2015 we were able to include the Mourvèdre and we added the Cinsault to the 2016 RP2. It lends an interesting dimension to an improved, more complex blend. Although it’s difficult – and perhaps pointless – to compare this wine to the Quintet or Pinot noir, we’d suggest it to be a slightly more fruit forward, earlier-drinking style. Although this wine is matured in barrel (the Grenache in large-format oak) for 16 months, it has only a very small percentage of new oak. You might say the depth and palate weight of this wine lands somewhere between the Quintet and Pinot Noir.
The 2016 RP2 shows a particularly complex nose of liquored cherries, assorted spices, liquorice and rich berry fruits. With time in the glass, this wine begins to unveil its true potential, becoming more and more expressive. On the palate it is fresh and lively, showing a wide fruit spectrum of both red and dark fruit. It has beautifully balanced, grainy tannins to match the intensity of flavour. The RP2 is of medium body and exhibits excellent length and persistence. Although this wine is ready to go, do expect further improvement in the cellar. – Sam Middleton, Mount Mary