“French oak and ceramic egg for the maturation. Best block, highest elevation.1946 plantings. You could buy two bottles of the 19 Ovitelli and one of the 19 Hickinbotham for the same price as this, which is what I’d do, but we are all individuals. The High Sands is a darker, more brooding example of Grenache than the other two I mention, and quite different in style.
Blackberry, ripe raspberry, sarsaparilla, spicy, with some sweet sawn wood top notes (though nothing overt, I might add). Powerful and firm, dusty and slightly rusty/ferrous tannin, chamomile tea mouth-perfume, maybe even a cola-nut exotic character in the mix, long and shapely, with Barolo-esque tannin to close. Feels long term. Outstanding. 96+ points.” – Gary Walsh, The Wine Front
“Garnet coloured with black rim. Looks deep and moody. Wood spice, clove, cedar, darker berries, liquorice, brined olive notes. Trim and taut, controlled and long, serious feeling wine of depth and complexity, seasoned well in a style that favours a bit of mocha-spice oak presence. It fits the premium bill, needs some time, will mature well. Serious, spicy, dark fruited grenache with tension and drive.” – Mike Bennie, The Wine Front