"Fragrant. Sweet-fruited. Lively. And attractive. A real come-hither shiraz. Kirsch, apricot, black cherry and cedar wood. Satiny. Drinks beautifully."
92 points, The Wine Front (November 2019)
A savoury nose of cured meats, charry oak, gum-leaf and iodine. Black fruits lurking. It's brooding - a dark core of quality fruit wrapped in oak and skin tannin. A coiled spring that needs time to unravel.
93 points, The Real Review (October 2019)
Each parcel of fruit is a combination of whole bunch and whole berries, initially cold-soaked, then fermented with cultured yeast, matured for 12 months in French puncheons. Vibrantly fresh, the fruit flavours cover the full span of red to black, the tannins firm.
95 points, Wine Companion (September 2019)
Vines were first planted in the Canberra District in 1971 near Lake George by Dr Edgar Riek. The district is roughly divided into two areas, one in the Yass Valley around Murrumbateman and the other around Lake George and Bungendore. Canberra District has a cool continental climate with hot dry summers necessitating irrigation. A region of rolling hills, with elevations varying between 300 and 800 metres, means that spring frost is a real hazard, making site selection crucial. Small producers dominate the region, making handcrafted, high-quality wines particularly from Riesling, Viognier, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Shiraz.