Pure Barossa mocha, blackberry and fruitcake, blended with a generous serve of toasty oak; thick and unctuous on entry, the quite gravelly tannin refocuses the wine, to conclude with more toast and ample levels of sweet fruit.
93 Points, James Halliday, Wine Companion
Bright purple. Explosively perfumed bouquet of raspberry, blueberry, spicecake, potpourri and anise, with a subtle mocha undertone. More serious on the palate, where chewy cherry-cola and licorice qualities are complicated by notes of violet pastille and black cardamom. Large-scaled, fat and spicy, with strong finishing grip and supple tannins.
Ripe, fleshy and generous, but not nearly over the top, with gorgeous cherry, pomegranate, black olive and bay leaf flavors arching beautifully and swirling through the long, supple finish.
94 points, Harvey Steiman, Wine Spectator (July 2009)
Deep red purple. Very savoury nose: earthy walnutty, slightly foresty, dried autumn leaves, some cloves/dried spices. Intense lively dry palate, with savoury flavours of great intensity and focus. Has a core of sweet fruit, though. Lingers long. Spicy warm-grown aftertaste. Lots of potential. Very long.
92 points, Huon Hooke (June 2009)
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.