"A decadent yet persistently fresh shiraz, showing notes of blackberry tart, hot stones, dried herbs, blueberry cake, quartz, resin and baking spices. The palate is very sophisticated in its delivery of chewy, enveloping tannins, which coat the mouth and remain lithe and velvety at the same time. A driven line of acidity runs throughout plums and cassis, and this finishes long and intense. Minerally and tight, too. Drink in 2026."
98 points, James Suckling
"The second release from the close planted Estate vineyard planted in '05, 70% whole bunches, 30% whole berries, open-fermented, matured in French puncheons for 14 months, with a further 14 months in bottle before release. This is an exercise in power, bay leaf staring down any attempt to add red fruits, the tannins of the same ilk, ditto oak. Despite the power, the balance and synergy of the components is undeniable."
97 points, James Halliday (February 2017)
"Plenty going on even if absolute fruit freshness seems to have been blown off a touch. It’s certainly not bright with fruit flavour, though it is deep and flavoursome. Meat, florals, tar, baked plums, anise and truffles. A slight saltbush/iodine aspect too. I did say there was plenty. Okay, there’s a hazelnut character too. Somebody stop me. Full marks for complexity. Ultra fine-grained tannin. Has to be said that this wine improves greatly with air; I was non-plussed at first but I warmed to it greatly."
93 points, Campbell Mattinson (August 2018)
"Deep, bright red/purple hue and a vegetal, spicy, stemmy/bunchy bouquet which will appeal to lovers of Rhôney styles of shiraz. The wine is deep, full-bodied and rich, with a little closing bitterness. It has a lot going for it, and will be best in another couple of years. There's more depth and muscle than most whole-bunch Australian shirazes. (It's interesting how bunchy this looks when served amidst a clutch of more conventional Aussie shirazes)."
96 points, Huon Hooke (July 2018)
ADELAIDE HILLSLocated to the east of Adelaide,the Adelaide Hills is part of the Mount Lofty Ranges. Considered a cool-climate region, most vineyards are situated at elevations between 450 to 550 metres. Rainfall is relatively high and spring frosts often pose problems. Hot northerly winds also make bush fires a real threat in the region. Adelaide Hills is a jigsaw of meso-climates, with the best vineyards centred around Piccadilly Valley and Lenswood in protected sites facing north or north-east. Soils are derived from schistic and sedimentary rock; typically well-drained sandy loams over red clay interspersed with schistic gravels. A premium wine-growing region, Adelaide Hills is best known for crisp, lively Sauvignon Blanc and elegant cool climates styles of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Shiraz.