Shiraz and Shiraz Based Blends
 
 
Leathery and a bit of animal greets the nose though in a very clean and pure way developing complex and deep aromas of plum and crushed berries over a base of wood spice. One gets the sensation of a bit of over-ripeness in the mouth, though this shows nicely judged tannins supporting blue fruit that explodes on the mid-palate with, gorgeous inner mouth perfumes, filled with hints of flowers and black pepper. Wonderfully knit together, this is layered and fruity with well judged oak that marries the fruit perfectly right through the long, sapid finish. This is at peak and lovely though there’s no rush to drink this. 94pts
 
 
This has all the classic Shiraz aromas and then some with lifted pepper, herb stem, florals, berry and plum fruit,  hints of oak spice and caramel topped with a gentle minty note and violet gum with a hint of a medicinal edge. Clear, polished and edgy in the mouth with soft tannins and noticeable acids, affording clarity to the salted plum and bitter red berry fruit that is streaked with a gentle minerality.  Rather elegant,with some chocolatey nuances on the backend before the fruit takes over again on the moderately long finish,  which oddly shows a touch of heat. Still this is wonderful with great freshness and precision in the mouth. 93pts
 
 
Jammy, ripe and powerful on the nose with cocoa covered cherry fruit, hits of gummi bears, black pepper and deep, ripe fruit. On entry this is lovely lovely, zesty full and fun with excellent purity to the plummy and raspberry tinged fruit which shows a nice mineral vein adding freshness and detail. There’s lovely balance here with tannins that are firmly embedded in the core of fruit and acidity that is noticeable but not intrusive supporting the fruit right through the clean and focused finish. There’s a drape of smoky oak that runs right through this wine but it’s nicely balanced if obvious and works well with the sweet fruit here.  It’s a powerhouse but well done in the style. 92pts
 
 
Ripe and peppery on the nose with rich aromas of road tar and caramel accenting the core of  spicy wild blackberry fruit and all topped with noticeable smoky oak. This is balanced if rich with a chewy core though it is finely balanced with  suave tannins and integrated acids supporting  lots of plummy and slightly pruny fruit, A bit lean and tight on the midpalate, this turns slightly herbal and spicy on the finish, which adds some nice detail. A big, young wine but one that is obviously well crafted and fairly elegant. 92pts
 
 
The nose here shows attractive complexity and even subtlety with it’s blend of cinnamon, tar, cracked pepper, floral, dried fruit and vanilla and coconut aromas. Smooth, polished, rich and slightly chewy this delivers a lot of impact in the mouth with just a hint of excess weight. The flavors are deep with dried and fresh black plum and blackberry notes all supported by well judged oak and fine spice character. The tannins are ripe and fine here and the acid supportive and well integrated. The long finish reprises the tar note found on the nose but wraps it up in great rich berry fruit and spice notes.  This is delicious and well balanced but it sure ain’t shy.  91pts
 
 
So smoky on the nose with a moderate dose of toasty oak spice layered under some leafy and bright black currant fruit.On entry this is really attractive with brilliant red and black fruits that have a slight jammy edge to them yet they remain clear and bright on the palate. This is so finely polished but still with cut and great clarity in the mouth. The knock here might be that this is a little simple but it’s so fresh and filled with everso slightly chewy fresh fruit that it really is a joy to drink. 91pts
 
 
A little pencil lead leads off the rather fudgy and  ripe on the nose which picks up notes of violet pastille, mineral and wood spice with air. On entry this is very smooth and polished. Round opulent and mouth filling, this is as lush a wine as I can take but at the same time it’s  deep and relatively fresh with raspberry tinged fruit on the palate. It’s a spicy fruit with oak well integrated but still fruity especially on the finish which is saved by the appearance of  a little dry, powdery tannin on the finish, which cuts things short but helps to add some texture to the wine. 91pts