AUSTRALIAN WINE COMPANION 2008 James Halliday
Strong colour; a fragrant array of black and red fruits, spices, plum and prune; the medium-bodied, elegant palate has ripples of cherry, plum and blackberry; no baggage at all from the alcohol. Part emanates from the original vines planted in 1847. 94 Points!
THE ADELAIDE REVIEW – July 20 – August 2, 2007
The 2005 blend has returned to a conventional three-way split of Shiraz, Grenache, and Mataro and is in stunning shape- I love it when a winery is in top form! The brightness of the ’05 vintage really lifts this wine, it sings with intensity and vibrant Barossa charm. Lovely pure blackberry nose, really vibrant and clear primary fruits, red and dark berries, ripe and intense; the oak is dealt with a subtle hand. The palate has juicy jube fruit flavour, some spices here too, precocious Grenache is ruling the roost for now, supple and red fruited through the middle with the structure of Mataro working away below, Shiraz fusing them both together. Certainly played on the front foot, cellar for eight-plus years to reap rewards. Rating: 93 Points.