Branson Shiraz Greenock Block 2002
92 points Robert Parker: There are 700 cases of the 2002 Shiraz Greenock Block, a classic, old style Australian Shiraz aged in American oak. Its deep plum/purple color is accompanied by damp earth, pepper, fig, and black currant characteristics. Chewy, intensely concentrated, and nearly over the top, it is not for those who seek elegant, light-bodied wines with restrained fruit flavors. This muscular, macho-styled red should drink well for 10-12 years. (Oct 2004)
The invigorating nose on this beautiful wine opens with fresh sea breeze carrying traces of plum, blueberry, and blackberry, along with scents of raisin bread, toffee, musky oak, cedar bark, and peppery spices, all like delicate pollens floating in spring air. The palate matches the nose in its level of elegance. It opens deep and wide, with a strong tannic structure hosting cherry, blackberry, blueberry, and plum in the center, surrounded by a pleasant acidity that supports a zingy pepper and spice finish. As the wine evolves, notes of smoked beef, various woods, and forest floor come and go, producing interest and discovery over several hours. The yummy, smooth, integrated finish leaves a delightfully clean and velvety mouthfeel as the palate dries.