The wine is vivid purple -- almost inky black -- in color with a pink pomegranate rim. The nose is intense, dark and brooding with violets and perfume in abundance and subtle whiffs of white pepper. The juicy palate shows dark blue- and blackberry fruit further dominated by vibrant licorice andhints of cloves, nutmeg and star aniseed. The wine is balanced and focused, elegant yet complex, with fine grained tannins. The spicy finish lingers with a bouquet of violets and black cherry following through from the palate.