THE WINE FRONT – Campbell Mattinson, January 2005
The shiraz wines from the 2001 Barossan vintage are generally concentrated and charming, with some reservations on their eventual longevity – which takes nothing away from their worth right now, nor over at least the medium term. This wine should suffer from no such reservation, because it's firm and shy and stuffed with concentrated black berry and plum flavours – with an oak-touched caramelly richness installed like built-in-robes to the overall design. It's going to be really good. Rating : 92 Points
WINE SPECTATOR - 30 September, 2003
Ripe and generous, open-textured and appealing for its cherry, tobacco and dusky spice flavours, finishing with impressive lift. Drink now through 2007. 500 cases imported. Rating: 90 Points.
SYDNEY MORNING HERALD - Good Living, Huon Hooke. October 28, 2003
A solid Barossa Valley shiraz that doesn't stint on flavour. You need to like oak, though: it has heaps. Camphor, eucalyptus andtoasty oak aromas. In the mouth, bags of sweet, very ripe fruit flavour that verges on porty. Best 2005-2012.
THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH - Stuart Gregor. November 26th, 2003
The wine is a classic Barossa shiraz with generous fruit and beautiful structure. Mercifully it is not engulfed in mountains of new oak - in fact less than 20 percent of the wine saw new oak, which is a tribute to the wonderful fruit and the winemaking restraint of New Zealander Peter Schell.
JAMES HALLIDAY, www.winetitles.com.au/shiraz
Winner - Great Australia Shiraz Challenge 2003 "I was delighted that the top award went to 2001 Turkey Flat Shiraz from the Barossa Valley, which encapsulates the very essence of Australia's best Shiraz. It comes from a vineyard (and vines) dating back to 1847, but has been made with finesse, allowing the fruit full expression. It is also very reasonably priced, if not under priced."