A full-bodied wine of great depth and power. Certainly the ripe dark fruits are there but so are the hallmarks of spice and anise, clove and cinnamon all wafting through. The oak is in full support and the finish is one of sweet fruit flavours and balance.
- WA - Margaret River
- Western Australia
92 Points / 4 Stars. Had Bourne enthusiasing "Nice ripe cherry and hints of raspberry and sweet spices. The palate follows with red fruit and spice. Dusty tannins to finish." Hooke added "Mint and licorice." I was alone in finding the wine quite oaky, both in flavour and tannin structure. The wine is ageing quite slowly and clearly has some years in it yet. Nick Bulleid MW Gourmet Traveller WINE Sep-09
Runner-up. "Wow, this is a cracker", with dark chocolate, savoury blueberry and dark plum characters. A powerful shiraz with "a precise, seamless mouth feel".
The Week Ray Jordan 25 Sep-09
With an excellent front and mid-palate, this wine has a fleshy ripeness and softness, soft plum and berry flavours, and good integration. tiol Liquor News Jul-09
94 Points. Impossible not to enjoy this. It’s soft, generous, mouthfilling and delicious – all the big guns of red wine enjoyment. It tastes of sundry summer berries and cedary, coffeed oak, though in truth it all comes across as soft and seamless. Mighty fine wine to drink. Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh Big Red Wine Book 2009/2010 May-09
91 Points. Very good colour and clarity; distinct chocolate and mocha notes ex oak; good mouthfeel. James Halliday Wine Companion 2010 Jun-09
Winery Tasting Notes
Dark cherry red with a hint of magenta.
Beautifully ripe and rich brambly berries with blackberry classically coming through. Well integrated vanillin and chocolate-like oak and certainly more restrained in this aspect than the 2004.
A full-bodied wine of great depth and power. Certainly the ripe dark fruits are there but so are the hallmarks of spice and anise, clove and cinnamon all wafting through. The oak is in full support and the finish is one of sweet fruit flavours and balance. The tannins are velvet-like. This wine is just a baby at release and history tell us it will age in beautiful first quality leather chaise lounge in years to come.
Minimum of 7 years years cellaring and up to 20 years if you can wait that long.