"Very deep, dark, youthful red/purple colour and a chocolate and dried plum aroma. It's savoury, deep and concentrated, somewhat de-emphasising primary fruit. The wine is very intense in the mouth, penetrating and long, with heaps of vitality and energy, and promising to age long-term. Excellent Shiraz. Drink to 2038."
94 points, Real Review, April 2018
"If you’re going to make an old-school, oak-rich, black-fruited Barossa Shiraz then best to also keep it neat, tidy and fresh.That’s exactly what they’ve done here. It’s awash with toasty, coffeed, creamy oak but it’s well matched to the red/black fruit flavour and it feels well balanced throughout. They’ve done a fine job in the making and presentation of this release. Earth, oak-spice, violet and clove notes all make appearances here too but it’s juicy, firm with tannin, and not at all cumbersome. It should cellar well; tannin really puts a stamp on this wine, in a good way. Drink 2021-2031+"
93+ points, Wine Front, April 2018
"A ball of concentration, from the black fruit flavours, chocolate, licorice and tar on the full-bodied palate to the integrated oak -- 21 months in French and American oak (30% new) and yet it doesn't drag you down. Ample tannins, too, so this will reward the patient, yet with a suppleness that makes it approachable in its youth. Drink to 2036."
94 points, Wine Companion, January 2018
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.