Fruit sourced from the Old Hill, Old Paddock and Rosehill Vineyards. Matured in 20% new large format French oak for 14 months. This is a truly sensational release. It has flow, fruit and form, but the drama is in the finish, which shoots majestically into the distance. This wine pretty much has it all. It fans classic regional red flavours across the palate; its core is strong and pure; its balance would do a yoga instructor proud; and it has X-factor up to its eyeballs.
98 points, Wine Companion (January 2019)
It’s a beautiful wine, excellence in simplicity and verity of fruit, rather than industry in the winery. Perfumed, so fine and long, effortless flow and sense of grace, with an amalgam of mixed berries, spice, aniseed, and earth, supple but deep-seated and controlling tannin, bright acidity, and a soaring finish. Even as a young wine, it floors you with its quiet authority, confidence and charm. It’s totally at ease with itself, you might say. Best O’Shea of the modern era by a stretch, for me. Toying with a 98 point score, but let’s be patient, eh?
97+ points, The Wine Front (August 2018)
Big spicy, graphite bouquet, with touches of cedary oak and meaty notes, the palate full-bodied and dense, concentrated, tannic, seriously powerful with big structure within the Hunter paradigm. Quite chewy texture, big structure, built for ageing. This wine warrants substantial cellaring. Solid, if not quite as detailed as some of the 2018 single-block bottlings. A sumptuous, almost decadent, red wine.
97 points, The Real Review (September 2019)
The Hunter Valley is the most important quality wine-producing region in New South Wales, even though it represents only a fraction of the state’s production. Established in the early 1800s, the first vignerons recognised that the coastal fringe north of Sydney was too wet and humid for viable viticulture and thus took the decision to move into the hinterland. Although the region can be particularly hot, the cloud and rainfall patterns significantly modify the microclimate. The Hunter Valley is maritime influenced, with afternoon sea breezes funnelling up through the Hunter River and Goulburn River gap. Rainfall is very erratic and can arrive at the most inopportune time. Soils are generally rich volcanic and alluvial. The best vineyard sites are located within sight of the imposing Brokenback Range that is exposed to the cool sea breezes. Further inland, the maritime influence gives way to a greater degree of continentality. The Hunter Valley is best known for exceptional age-worthy Semillon and fresh savoury medium-bodied Shiraz, although Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay also perform well.