The Pleiades, or Seven Sisters is among the nearest star clusters to Earth and is that most obvious to the naked eye in the sky. You might also notice it as the logo of Japanese vehicle manufacturer Subaru.
In this case it is a collaborative winemaking effort between Ron Laughton of Jasper Hill and M.Chapoutier of the Rhone. The partnership has two labels Agly Brothers of Rousillon and this, La Pleiade of Heathcote - one of only 500 dozen produced.
The wine smells dark, earthen, a touch of leather and prune. It's inky, dense and quite concentrated. But for all that, it is a wine of incredible balance and structure. Yes, tannins are quite assertive and contribute to an overall sense of concentration.
It kind of leaves one feeling that they have worked for the wine, yet without feeling violated or overwhelmed.