Eden Valley, cabernet sauvignon and '12 is a potent combination, with guaranteed success, but excels itself in this wine with its joyous display of cassis, superfine tannins and all-encompassing freshness.
97 points, James Halliday (September 2014)
Soft, rich flavour-packed Cabernet Sauvignon with masses of dark berry flavours revealing dried herb and spice characters on its lengthy finish. Powerful red with huge cellaring potential.
95 points, Bob Campbell MW (January 2015)
Deep, dark red colour with a faint tinge of purple. The bouquet is shy and yet rich and fully ripe, this is echoed on the very full-bodied palate which is tannic and bold, big and brawny, with lush sweet-ripe mocha fruit and layered tannins. A big, generous red, with stacks of everything except perhaps elegance.
93 points, Huon Hooke (December 2014)
This lays syrupy, toasty, chocolatey oak on pretty thick. The accompanying presser suggests that it’s moving towards a more “elegant, silky palate structure” but it’s hard to find elegance at this early stage of its life. Grunty tannin, full-bodied dark berried fruit, gum leaf notes, and a firm, extractive finish. It needs time. For volume of fruit, and smoothness of texture, it however cannot be faulted.
92+ points, Campbell Mattinson (November 2014)
Colonel William Light, the South Australian colony’s Surveyor-General, named the Barossa in 1837 after the site of an English victory over the French in the Spanish Peninsular War. In the mid-1800’s Silesian and English immigrants settled in the area. The Barossa itself comprises two distinct sub-regions: Eden Valley and the warmer Barossa Valley floor at 270m.The Barossa Valley enjoys a warm Mediterranean climate characterised by hot dry summers and relatively low rainfall. Cool sea breezes from the Gulf of St Vincent modify the temperature, however hot northerly winds can occasionally dominate creating considerable vine stress. Many older established vineyards are dry-grown, but supplementary irrigation is also extensively used. The valley is comprised of rich brown soils and alluvial sands. A long history of uninterrupted viticulture in the area means the Barossa valley is home to Australia’s largest concentration of old-vine Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvedre with many over 100 years old. Although most famous for Shiraz, the Barossa can also produce fragrant and deliciously fruity Grenache blends and beautifully rich, chocolatey Cabernet Sauvignons.