A sensual, yet exurberant wine. This Montepulciano, an Australian expression of this southern Italian varietal, is teasingly textured, whilst bursting with ‘Shirazamatazz’ flavour.
James Halliday Australian Wine Companion, 2019 Edition. Campbell Mattinson Rating: 92
Rich in both fruit and oak and ropey with tannin to boot. A take-no-prisoners example of the variety. Tar and chocolate are lightened/freshened by boysenberry and redcurrant. Bull at a gate.
WBM March/April 2019, Mike Bennie, page 85. 93 points
Decidedly 'Italiante' in it's make-up, this is a blazingly fun wine of cherry juice, pomegranate, sweet-sour prettiness, amaro-like herb notes and a crunchy texture. Sounds about right. There's a touch of extra depth here though that suggests a wine of a bit more detail and interest, something to be thankful for despite the inherent and wild drinkability.
James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2018 Edition. Rating: 95
A powerful, sturdy rendition of the variety and while the 50% new French oak puncheons make their presence felt, everything is balanced. It's awash with satsuma and dark plums, licorice, soy sauce and ferrous notes that move onto a full-bodied palate, with giving tannins and plenty of grip on the finish.
James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2016 Edition, page 259. Rating: 95
Is very similar to the Catlin '13 Montepulciano, not the least its powerful structure; here black fruits, licorice, spice and tannins all whirl around and along the palate. It is the spice that is most alluring, and each time the wine is retasted, it reveals more about its inner self - which is all good, very good.
jamessuckling.com, James Suckling, January 2015. 93 points
Dark chocolate, tar, earth, dark fruits and roasted nuts on the nose. Meaty, too. Serious concentration in this brash wine. The palate has a lithe, juicy, polished texture, in addition to solid tannins cloaked in supple, ripe fruit. This delivers rich, dark plums combined with graphite. Really dense but soft. Drink in 2016.