One of the highly-coveted top-tier single block wines from these Victorian masters. Flagship Shiraz with confirmed class and elegance.
Very fine contemporary Australian shiraz, here. Real thrust of cherry and boysenberry fruit flavours juxtaposed against a parry of fine-grained tannins, almost ferrous, meshed with saline acidity. Long, too, with batons of iodine, black olive and a smear of tapenade tossed across a peppery weave.
95 points, Wine Companion (December 2018)
Deep, bright youthful purple/red hue and a sweet berry, pepper-spice and graphite aromas. A nice lacework of oak. It's medium to full-bodied, with a little firmness in the tannins. Lots of pepper and mixed spice here with some cinnamon notes and a little jam as well. Superior concentration. Gorgeous shiraz, even better if cellared a few years. (40% whole-bunch ferment; 30% new oak. 150 cases bottled)
95 points, The Real Review (June 2019)
Svelte, peppery, volatile, plenty of black cherry almost into plum, a veneer of cedar-smoky oak. In good shape, seductive, needs air and delicious once it’s had some. Not in the class of the previous 2017 release but still very good.
91 points, The Wine Front (October 2019)
Victoria’s first commercial wine was produced in Geelong by Swiss immigrants in 1845. During the mid- 1800’s Geelong was the largest grape-growing region in Victoria with 400 hectares under vine. When phylloxera struck in the 1870s however, the vines were decimated and it was not until the late 1960’s that the area’s vineyards were re-established. Located about 80 km southwest of Melbourne, Geelong has a cool maritime climate with low rainfall and prevalent cool blustery winds that affect flowering and Franceuit set. Soils are diverse, mostly volcanic over limestone with some lesser quality black soils. The region is dotted primarily with family owned wineries producing small quantities of high quality Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Shiraz & Cabernet Sauvignon.