Zonte's Footsteps Avalon Tree
(This is how late chairman Evans OBE made us all do it.
Vale Len. Vintage 1930; Decanted 2006.)
Colour: Opaque inky black/purple with a deep regal purple
Nose:Inviting aromas of cassis, dark cherries and licorice
smells with undertones of cedar, dark chocolate & clotted
Entry: Direct, full and fine and precise Cabernet berry fruits.
A perfect Cabernet entry. Alert bright fruit.
Middle Palate: No callow Cabernet “donut hole”… just
velvety, mouth filling fruit, especially blackberries,
blackcurrants and cedar. Juicy fresh berry tart-sweetness,
tempered with some chewy but typical Cabernet tannin.
After Palate: Enticing cigar box and plush fruit flavours with
taught, trademark tannin. Intense and complex but with the
depth of dark berry flavours.
Finish: This wine hangs about after you have tasted it for so
long it seems almost self defeating, although the tannins
call for another sip whilst it’s still in the mouth. Precise ‘line
and length’ that lingers on and on with ripe blackcurrants
and cherries, liquorice and spicy cedar finish.