43% Cabernet Sauvignon, 29% Merlot, 15% Cabernet Franc, 13% Petit Verdot; 50% new oak. Barrel sample. Inky core with purple rim. Sweet, dark and scented black fruit. Notably aromatic and a touch floral. Rich and savoury on the palate, all the impact is in the middle of the palate but the tannins are nicely smooth on the finish. A little bit showy in a vintage where the wines are generally rather closed at the moment but the fruit is to the fore, which is unusual and welcome in this vintage. (JH) 14.5% Drink 2025-2033
The dark and serious fruit here is less exuberant than some and heads towards a more intellectual take on the vintage, possibly due to the concentrating effect of the 25hl/ha yields, a result of mildew and the summer heat. It has great persistency and spice, although the aromatics take a while to reveal themselves. The fresh acidity suggests this is going to age extremely well.
Lisa Perrotti-Brown. The 2018 Kirwan is deep garnet-purple in color and gives intense, lifted scents of kirsch, black raspberries and warm cassis with nuances of rose hip tea, tar, fragrant earth and wild sage. The full-bodied palate delivers a great intensity of vibrant fruit with loads of earthy nuances and a firm, fine-grained frame, finishing long and perfumed.