WINE SPECTATOR by Robert Parker - April 30, 1997
This dark ruby/purple-coloured wine offers up a big, earthy, peppery, sweet cassis-scented nose with attractive oak in the background. Tightly-knit, medium to full-bodies, moderately tannic, youthful, and exuberant, it possesses outstanding purity and balance. Give it 1-2 more years of cellaring to shed some of its tannin, and drink it over the following 10 years. Remarkably, the Shiraz vines utilized for this cuvee were planted in 1847!
THE ADVERTISER– Top 100 Wines November 20, 1996
Soft, elegant, smooth, clean, complex, wintergreen, violets, mint, vanillin – all the words are there on the sheet. Words you’d not much expect of a 145 year old, which this vineyard is. Miraculous! Rounded, long, beautiful – this is the vocab eastern wine hacks choke on, with our unique vinous heritage items so aged. They might wake up.
Rating: 89 Points. Drink: Now to 2008