WINE SPECTATOR, July 31, 2003
Smooth, plump and generous with its peppery, slightly leathery black cherry and plum flavours, finishing on a tangy note. Impressive for its plush texture and sense of refinement. Drink now. Tasted twice, with consistent notes. 3,000 cases made. Rating: 90 Points.
THE AUSTRALIAN -Halliday's Top 100, 23 November 2002
Made from 1847 estate plantings and must surely contend for historical pride of place, notwithstanding the claims of others. Smooth, plum and black cherry fruit on the bouquet, then a supple, smooth palate with black fruits, spice cedar and vanilla. A masterpiece of understatement. Region: Barossa Valley, SA. Best drinking: 2004-24 Drink with: Venison. Rating: 95 Points.
SUNDAY LIFE/FROM THE VINE with Ralph Kyte-Powell July 21, 2001
Made from Barossa vines planted in 1847, this relies on classy old vine characters with oak a secondary contributor. Spiced blackberry and plum fruit of great concentration dovetail into ripe, fine-grained tannins in lovely balance. Go wintry and have steak and kidney pie.
JAMES HALLIDAY, www.winepros.com.au
The Turkey Flat Shiraz vineyard was planted in 1847, and hence boasts some of the oldest vines in Australia (and the world). They have never been irrigated, and the vast root system is well able to compensate for the varying conditions of each growing season, never failing to produce grapes of the highest quality. The wine spends 22 months in a mix of new and used French and American oak hogsheads. So far it seems to have escaped the notice of Robert Parker, and the price is but a fraction of other comparable wines from old-vine Barossa plantings. Medium to full red-purple; an ultra-smooth bouquet with rich, dark plum fruit, then a perfectly assembled palate with a core of dark, satiny fruit, sweet but in no way jammy. Oak travels in the back of the plane. Rating: 94 out of 10