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)