Peter Maude Fine Wines
2020, Château Kirwan, MARGAUX, 3éme Grand Cru Classe
$73.60 inc. GST
Bordeaux Blend: Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot.
The 2020 Kirwan, cropped at 33hl/ha and tank-fed via gravity, undergoes an 18- to 22-month élevage. It offers ripe black currant and raspberry coulis scents on the nose, violets and citrus peel emerging with time. There is a seductiveness to these aromatics. The palate is medium-bodied with a sweet, ripe entry that disguises the backbone, a very silky texture and traces of tobacco and graphite furnishing the opulent finish. One of the more luxuriant Margaux 2020s. 91-93 Neal Martin.
Classic and powerful with plenty of architectural features giving angles and walls as the wine stretches out. This has confidence and juice. The tannins are pretty high, there is some chewiness, a little austere, it will benefit from softening over ageing. 7% Petit Verdot completes the blend. A yield of 33hl/ha. 92 Jane Anson, Decanter
Deep garnet-purple coloured, the 2020 Kirwan prances out of the glass with pretty scents of redcurrant jelly, black raspberries and Morello cherries, followed by hints of lavender, black tea and dried Provence herbs, with a touch of tree bark. The medium-bodied palate has fantastic tension and fine-grained tannins framing the tightly wound red fruit and savoury layers, finishing long and refreshing. 91-93 Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate.