It’s a hard wine to deny. It slips straight into the drinking zone and yet it has the overall structure to see it mature well over the medium term, if not longer. It’s not a big wine but it’s balanced on a pinhead. It tastes of anise, black cherry, redcurrant and violets, the fruits showered by sweet, meaty spice notes. There’s some toasty oak here but it’s just drifting in the background. If you enjoy drinking McLaren Vale Shiraz, you will enjoy drinking this. 92 points, Wine Front (11/2017).
Textbook McLaren Vale shiraz. A morass of blue to dark fruit references are curtailed by a righteous dollop of American oak, a perfect curtailer of the warmth and on-edge excess of these warmer climatic expressions. A skein of pepper to clove-soused acidity perks up the rear.
93 points, Wine Companion (January 2019)