Wine writer Len Evans is one of the producers of Nine Stones wines so you can expect a greater focus on appellation than is usual for Australian wines. I prefer the Nine Stones McLaren Vale over the Nine Stones Barossa. In most vintages, though, the Hilltops cuvee, from vineyards in New South Wales, may be the best of the lot.
Very deep and dark with bluish tints. Young and ripe with plenty of oak. Scents of blackberry and boysenberry; very fragrant. Palate is particularly rich and full on the mid-palate; berries, coffee and mocha chocolate. A very enjoyable wine, although eventually the oak-influenced traits become a bit over bearing. Maybe a few more years in the bottle would do it good?