Deep dark plum red. The Syrah is really to the fore on the nose, with prominent burnt rubber notes and smoky bacon. But there's fruit there too, even if it takes some time to emerge: ripe cassis, blueberries and redcurrants. The high alcohol is very evident in the fumey nose and rather hot aroma characteristics. A bit four-square in the mouth, though there's lots of flavour, some decent enlivening acidity, and a long (though rather oily) finish. Perfect with game.