This is the first vintage and first wine under the Saxum label. It is a blend of 92% Syrah, 5% Grenache and 3% Mourvedre. 14.8% abv. This bottle was bought on release and cellared. Garnet in color with some browning, mostly opaque and bright. The nose shows some age but also plenty of fresh black cherries and black raspberries along with dust, camphor an slight soy sauce. Full bodied. Good acidity. On the palate, this is past prime but also with plenty to offer. Tasted over three hours, it held up just fine and after an initial opening up, it really didn't change. Black cherries, black pepper, slight soy sauce, hint of brown sugar and slight tobacco. Some complexity. For those who like older Syrahs, this is doing great. Nice on its own, this would work well with Cassoulet and went well with Vegetarian Chili.