The Plantagenet's were the first truly armigerous royal dynasty of England meaning they were entitled to strike and bear various coats of arms. The arms of this noble, later royal, family, "Gules, three lions passant guardant", termed colloquially "the arms of England" were first adopted by King Richard the Lionheart (1189 - 1199), son of King Henry ll of England (1154 - 1189), son of Geoffrey Plantagenet, Count of Anjou (1113/17 - 1151). These Three Lions signified royalty, history, power and a code of conduct that was instantly recognized wherever they were displayed.
A delightful bright and lively blend. It was a cool vintage but this wine has plenty of fruit weight and delivered with finesse and restraint. Ripe plummy blackcurrant fruit aromas with a balancing savoury character. The palate has good structure and poise. It's ideal as a wine for the short term while it restrains those beautiful primary fruit flavours. Rating: 91 Points; Ray Jordan; The West Australian, 27 July, 2019
It puts in a good word for this blend. It boasts ripe curranty fruit, supple texture, no traces of bitterness and a satisfying finish. It's drinking well now but it will mature handily into the medium term. This blend at this price often gets lost; here's one that shouldn't. Drink to: 2026; Price: $25.00; Date Tasted: Dec 2018; Alcohol: 14%; Rating: 92 Points & Special Value Star; James Halliday Wine Companion
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