Inky purple. A flamboyantly perfumed nose evokes ripe black and blue fruits, vanilla, pipe tobacco, incense and floral pastilles, with a smoky mineral quality adding lift. Palate-staining blueberry liqueur and cherry-vanilla flavors expand with air while maintaining vibrancy and focus. Shows a velvety texture and becomes spicier on the finish, which is framed by smooth, late-arriving tannins. This brawny but surprisingly graceful shiraz should age nicely on its sheer fruit concentration.
Rich, full-bodied and explosively aromatic, with toasty spice and smoke notes swirling through dark berry and prune flavors, lingering well. The firm tannins need cellaring to soften. Best from 2016 through 2022.
91 points, Harvey Steiman, Wine Spectator (December 2014)
Deep dark, glass-staining red colour with a trace of purple; the bouquet very savoury, toasty, plummy and slightly smoky. Charcuterie. It's very rich and fruit-sweet on the tongue, full-bodied and lush, with succulence and deliciousness, the fruit very evident even above its considerable tannins. Impressive and worth cellaring.
93 points, Huon Hooke (November 2014)