95pts James Suckling
Overturned earth and dark fruit drive the nose, with fresh and dried herbs as well. Full-bodied with tight tannins. Very good depth and balance. Well-crafted acidity lets the fruit sing, lifting it up from its more brooding character and breathing life into the palate. Espresso and baking spice add charming complexity. Really impressive, given the tribulations of the 2018 vintage. Best after 2023.
A wine of noble character, created by blending estate-grown Bordeaux varietals, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Petit Verdot, Octagon’s great prestige rests further on its being created only in fine vintages, and with the most astute selection from the harvest. This is the highest expression of our estate’s European derivation and inspiration, crafted to be a wine of distinctive character and age worthiness in every incarnation.