Not a sledgehammer style, this Barossa Shiraz is made for drinking! Soft, slurpy and textured it is balanced with good acidity, which refreshes the palate and makes you go back for a second / third glass. It is matured for 15 months in old French oak hogsheads sur lie to allow the fruit to fully express itself.
April 2019, winefront.com.au, Mike Bennie, 92 points
Soft on the oak and extraction so you can slam it down fast. Barossa Shiraz for Solo Men. This is a drink! Mainlines the soft, pillowy generosity of warm climate fruit with a brightness and general sense of slurpy, sweet but dry finishing fruit character. Pepper over black and red berries, light jammy touch but that is sorted out by a light smudge of tannin and brisk acidity. Batten down the hatches!
jamessuckling.com, James Suckling, August 2018. Score: 92
A fresh shiraz showing notes of blueberries, pressed violets , slate, spices and dried herbs. Medium body, a compact and minerally package of firm tannins and a driven finish.
11 April 2018, huonhooke.com, Huon Hooke Score: 92
Deep red/purple colour with a spicy aroma and flavour, some walnutty influences and a medium-bodied, intense and finely-honed palate. It finishes with a little firmness from tannin and warmth from alcohol. Nicely balanced, though. A stylish wine, already drinking well and with future potential. A very tasty glass of shiraz. At this price, it's great value.
July 2017, jamessuckling.com, James Suckling, 92 points
Aromas of tar and spice with plenty of fruit follow through to a medium to full body, with juicy fruit and a long and flavorful finish. This is balanced and fine-grained. Drink now. Screw cap.
April 2017, Wine Spectator, MaryAnn Worobiec. Score: 92
Juicy and vivid, bursting with cherry and cranberry flavors that are smooth and generous. Hints of vanilla and mocha smooth out the details, finishing supple and creamy. Drink now through 2028. -MW
5 August 2016 by Julia Harding MW. Score: 17
Deep crimson. Rich in spicy dark fruit, more black cherry than cassis, with just a hint of eucalyptus and sweet spice. There’s dark chocolate on the palate and tannins that are disconcertingly fine, cutting through all that fruit depth to create something far more elegant than I expected initially. Long, fresh, spicy finish. Great finesse for a big wine. (JH)