An aromatic spice, cherry cassis, and cigar leaf flood the initial aromatic profile, eventually giving way to red cherry, strawberry, and creamy vanilla notes. The palate is quite nuanced, with a relatively lighter structure squaring up the otherwise fruit-centric, circular profile of this wine. Speaking of fruit, we do find more elegant notes of bright red cherry moving across the mid-palate. The finish highlights moderate tannin cooperating with brighter acidity and lingers long enough to find more fruit and oak-inspired flavors. The 2018 Southdown is delicious now but will be superb in 2-3 years and if stored properly, can be enjoyed for the next 10-12.