Youthful inky garnet hue. Beguiling bouquet of cassis, cedar, cigar box and dried herbs opens to reveal a medium-bodied palate with vibrant black-currant fruit, savoury undertones and dusty, fine-grained tannins. Excellent length and persistence, every component beautifully balanced and in proportion. Superb. Drink now-2031.
It is entirely fitting that this should bear the name of Jack Mann, for it has the power and the glory that he considered to be an essential part of any great wine. He went so far as to suggest that any such wine could be diluted with 50% rainwater, and still be enjoyable. I'm not suggesting that proof here, but this certainly needs patience for its distinctly austere tannin structure to soften and fold back into the deep well of blackcurrant fruit underneath it. 96 points, James Halliday