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The Loechel shows generous dark ripe fruits of blackberry, cherry liqueur and cassis which is supported by dark chocolate and mocha tones and subtle herbs and spice. The palate reveals pronounced dark fruits, underscored by smoky, savoury and meaty notes: olives and charcuterie with subtle reductive funk. The palate is medium to full-bodied, yet maintains a mouth-staining inkiness to provide a long and satisfying finish with a persistent orange-rind like acid backbone.
Despite the relatively cool climes of the Eden Valley and the lift of red fruit they provide, this is a big, rich wine with quite a lot of oak influence. Strawberry and cherry fruit is ensconced in minty, chocolaty barrel characters. The palate is equally oak-driven, particularly on the finish. But there’s a silkiness and freshness to the fruit, and tannins are textural and well structured. This is destined for the cellar and should age nicely. Drink 2022–2040.