It's easy to be seduced by the beautiful deep purple colour but it's the flavours, the palate that really matter. They star in this complex wine. Savoury toned, full-bodied, ripe and concentrated and yet, there's this line of definition and detail. The oak, sitting at 30% new French hogsheads, is seamlessly integrated.
96 points, Jane Faulkner (December 2016)
Deep red colour with a faint tinge of purple. The bouquet is mellow and earthy, developed and savoury, the palate very intense and concentrated, powerful, lively and long. The tannins are emphatic but balanced. An excellent wine, built to age.
95 points, Huon Hooke (December 2017)
Black fruit, dark mint chocolate, nougat, earth and a little spice, with oak in support, rather than taking centre stage. Medium to full bodied, inky and dark, that wonderful ferrous character running through its veins, fleshy grainy tannin, almost a boysenberry sweetness, and a rumble of earthy bass on a long finish. Really good. Authentic. Age-worthy.
94+ Gary Walsh (October 2017)
A selection of old-vine Shiraz, the 2014 Lloyd Reserve Shiraz is an inky-hued, concentrated wine, brimming with blueberries, mulberries and black currants. Structured and intense, it looks to have the build to go at least a decade, with firm but ripe tannins and cedary, vanilla-tinged oak framing fresh fruit. Give it another couple of years in the cellar, then drink it over the following decade.
94 points, Joe Czerwinski (February 2019)
This smells of plum paste, spiced dark plum cake and berry compote, as well as licorice and leather with a cedary edge. The dark fruit flavors assemble around long, smooth tannins in a convincingly concentrated style.
93 points, Nick Stock (August 2018)