Big and powerful with wonderful fresh fruit aromas set against a backdrop of lightly spicy and used oak. On the palate this is both chewy and fresh with acids that seem a bit high all things considered. There’s lovely balance and purity to the black currant fruit on the palate which shows a little minty quality on the back end. The finish is nicely dry, rather muscular and once again both chewy and refreshing, though the wine is showing it’s age with a bit of a lack of freshness as far as the fruit is concerned. 91pts
Very floral and licorice scented when first poured from the bottle, this gains a low base of plummy fruit, lots of cracked pepper character and some lovely herbal suggestions all wrapped in a vanilla gauze. rather lighter on the palate than expected here, one finds lots of slightly tart red raspberry and cherry fruits supported by gently ripe tannins and solid acidity. There’s attractive tension in the mouth with good clarity to the fruit and fine structural detail though this is a bit on the simple side. Things get a bit more interesting on the backend and through the finish where the herbal accents of the nose become more apparent and contribute some additional complexity and the finish is quite long with very fine tart cherry and strawberry top fruits. Not a wine that’s going to really grab your attention but one you’ll be very happy drinking for the rest of the evening. The term well behaved springs to mind. 90pts
70% shiraz, 18% cabernet sauvignon and 12% merlot grown in the Barossa (Eden Valley and Barossa Valley).
Jammy and oaky on the nose with lots of vanilla, toasted spice, tree bark and cedar aromas layered over the slightly cooked black fruit which has a bit of an oily aromatic quality. Bright in the mouth with some early stiff tannins and a bit of vanilla upfront on the rich but not too weighty palate. There’s a lovely raspy edge to the blackberry fruit flecked with minerals and juicy through the long finish. This is very polished but noticeable tannins do remain along with a whisper of heat. 90pts
herbal, finely focused and quite perfumed on the nose with tarry, dark candied fruit and jammy blackberry notes rising from the glass. This is rich and powerful in the mouth but very well balanced. An initial rush of pomegranate and mulberry fruit is followed by some sweetly toasted oak notes all supported by the rather well balanced acid and tannin structure. This is obviously rather fruit driven and one misses the tannins, which are well integrated but a touch dry, on the first go round. Broad shouldered and a little chunky in the mouth, this has plenty of power and even some attractive plum and violet inner mouth perfumes but lacks some nuance. 89pts
Jammy black fruit on the nose is joined by rather intense black pepper, leather, wood spice, and game aromas making this both complex and rather wild. In the mouth it is rich, powerful, and balanced with some obvious oak tannins making their presence known even through the masses of concentrated fruit. The fruit shows a very nice spicy red and black profile with a bit of iron and some spice notes adding accents, particularly on the moderately long finish. This is a large scale wine and the balance is a bit on the rustic side. 89pts
Deep and jammy on the nose with streaks of chocolate, toast, white pepper, fine herbs and earth running through the core of plum, dried cherry and strawberry fruit. Opulent and lush on entry, there’s an early flush of strawberry fruit here followed by rich, chocolaty plum and cherry notes. This is a polished and plush wine, a bit ponderous in some ways as it’s not terribly well focused but it has the size and softness that appeals to many people. The backpalate is all chocolate covered strawberries before the sweet toasty oak spice kicks on the moderately long and slightly drying finish. This reminds me a bit of a Grenache on steroids. 88pts