Mission Gimblett Gravels Jewelstone Syrah 2020 $50
Intensely glossy and inky-dark as it pours into the glass, this is a wine crafted from fruit grown in a small site on Mere Road, in the middle of the most famous red wine region in the country. And it’s pretty spectacular. I bet the last thing you spent $50 didn’t taste as good as this. Incredibly stylish, seductive, perfumed with soft pepper, blackberry, dark cocoa and dusty complexity. In the mouth it’s iron fist in velvet glove material, superbly textural, finely tuned, layered with leather, blueberry, dried herb notes and tannins that grip your gums and don’t let go. It’s an aristocrat, drinking beautifully now but designed to cellar well into the 2030’s.