WINE SPECTATOR – Jan 31, 1998
Vines planted in 1847 form the back-bone of this ripe and jazzy, full-throated roar of an Australian Shiraz that rides its raw power to a surprisingly soft landing. It’s a worthy discovery for its fresh plum, spice and berry flavours that gain momentum from a touch of smoky oak on the finish. Best from 2000. 3,000 cases made. Rating: 93 Points
THE AGE – June 3rd, 1997
Barossa Valley History in a bottle! The Shiraz Vines are 150 years old and the vineyard has been in the Schulz family since the 1870s. That core of low-yielding, ancient vines imparts rare concentration, class and complexity. Deep and dark, it has lovely blackberry, plum, spice and mocha notes on the nose and the palate is a seamless progression of flavour and texture. Tight berry fruit, liquorice, chocolatey richness, and vanilla notes are all in gorgeous balance. Rating: 18.5/20. Aging: 5-10 years. Best with: Slow pot-roasted beef ribs; oxtail casserole.
THE ADVERTISER by Philip White – Food & Wine July 16, 1997
There's no way of proving that the ancient Turkey Flat vines were never replanted after the vineyard was established in 1847; but one thing's certain: no living Barossan can recall any such intervention and nobody has stood up to refute Peter Schulz's claim that they're original. Whatever the fact, they’re undoubtedly some of the oldest bearing Shiraz vines in the world. And the wine is their precious essence; intense and packed with flavour waiting to explode, yet still showing all that polite Barossa softness. Rating: 86 Points
WINE SPECTATOR – 1997
Comes from 145-year-old grapevines in one of Australia’s prime winegrowing districts. A ripe Shiraz packed with flavour. Highly recommended. Rating: 93 Points