87? Points | International Wine Cellar , September/October 2011
Pale yellow. Reduced aromas of passion fruit, soft citrus fruits, smoke and flint. Fat on entry, then disjointed in the middle, with a streak of lemony acidity clashing with the wine's essentially supple texture. There's good citrussy intensity here, but the finish is currently austere and a bit sour. Does not appear to be in the class of the superb 2008.
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