93 pts Mike Bennie
Excellent cellaring potential
Bold, rich, classic Barossa Shiraz
There is impressive weight and presence on the palate in the 2012 with fruit characters of macerated black cherry, cassis, blackberry and dark plums flowing across the palate. Full-bodied and voluptuous, the 2012 also shows supporting hints of baking and fruit cake spices, licorice, “Old Jamaican’ chocolate, dried flowers, quince paste, freshly roasted coffee, roast beef, spicy oak and plenty of deep, rich earthiness to keep fans of robust Barossa Shiraz more than happy. The tannins are fine, ripe and sandy, the acidity bright and energetic and the finish lingers nicely leaving the palate coated with flavours of spiced, plum and berry fruits and gentle oak.
Spends 24 months in oak and shows the fuller flex of Barossa Shiraz. Robust, ample wine with pitch-black dark fruit characters, mocha oak and a pinch of clovey spice. Velvety and rich to taste with impressive palate saturation and a creaminess through the length. 13.1%. 93pts Mike Bennie