This has aromas of violets, earth and spice, as well as a blackberries, raspberries and bergamot. Spicy, earthy notes and cocoa powder, too. The palate is so full of interest with an ethereal texture to the tannin that holds so much information and detail. The purity of blue fruit here is enthralling and the effortless plum and violet flavors hold very long. Real old-vine fruit purity here. From vines planted in 1899.
96 points, Nick Stock, JamesSuckling.com (September 2020)
Deep red colour with a good purple tint. The bouquet is spicy and complex, elegant and restrained, with star anise and balsamic herb accents, a hint of Campari and attendant herbal bitterness, the palate full-bodied and powerful with a long-lasting aftertaste. A big, bold and very impressive shiraz. Some acceptable bitterness in the tannin/alcohol combination. A long-term wine.
95 POINTS – Huon Hooke, The Real Review