"Very good now, better down the track. Bargain++." James Halliday
Open-fermented, 5 days cold soak (at a seriously cold 8 ̊C), fermented at 25 ̊C, matured in small and larger oak barrels (30% new) for 9 months, not filtered or fined. A full-bodied interpretation of ’17, and has very good balance and varietal expression. Its future is absolutely guaranteed, with fine tannins a backstop. Very good now, better down the track. Bargain++. 14.5% alc. Drink to: 2032. Rating: 94 Points & Special Value Star; James Halliday. Wine Companion
The wine is superbly fruited and lifted on the nose showing blackberry, dark plum, vanilla, roasted beet and dark chocolate aromas, followed by a plush palate that is supple and velvety. It is sumptuous and generous with loads of gorgeous flavours, backed by fine tannins, leading to a persistent delicious finish. Rating: 95 Points. Sam Kim. Wine Orbit
Such good value, as ever. Blackberry, spice, something like Demerara sugar, dried herb. Medium-bodied, juicy blackcurrant/blackberry, light grainy tannin, saucy spicy flavours, sweetness of fruit with dry tannin mopping up the finish. Crowd-pleasing with a bit of sophistication thrown in. Drink: 2019 - 2024; Rated: 92 Points; Gary Walsh; The Wine Front
Where this wine comes from - Barossa Valley
The Barossa Valley is Australia’s best-known wine region and there’s a good reason why. The wines certainly live up to their international reputation, particularly Barossa Shiraz. With long, warm summers, the region produces full-bodied styles with power and panache. The reds are rich and luscious in their youth with dark-berried flavours, fruit intensity and fine-grained tannins, which mature gracefully with time in the cellar. But there’s more to the region than Shiraz. Grenache and Mourvèdre do more than play a supporting role in GSM blends, they’re standing on their own two feet as single varietal wines. And with a new school of winemakers at the helm, the region is in good hands for a long and healthy future.