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 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.