"Hand-picked, the vinification very gentle to avoid extraction of aggressive tannins, matured in French puncheons (58% new) on lees with minimal additions until Dec ‘19. A truly great McLaren Vale syrah, as smooth as velvet, yet with layer upon layer of purple and black fruits that are hypnotic in their perfection. Drink by 2043."
99 points, James Halliday Wine Companion.
Special Value Rating, James Halliday Wine Companion.
Best of the Best, Shiraz, Halliday's 2021 Wine Companion Awards
"Deep, brooding red/purple colour, with a blackberry fruit aroma that is ripe and concentrated. The wine is full-bodied, fleshy and smooth, with savoury qualities and quite chewy tannins to conclude. There is density, depth and weight, and the wine has a lasting intensity through a very long aftertaste. Deep-set blackberry, cranberry, black cherry and dark plum flavours, with an earthy bass note. Delicious and long-term."
97 points, Huon Hooke, The Real Review.
Ranked #1 of 81 Shiraz from 2018 McLaren Vale
"Best bottle of McLaren Vale Shiraz in my life. This is a remarkable wine and cheap at $120. The understated wine making relies on vineyard or vine selection and elegant use of whole bunch. The tannins are very fine and the fruit length means you linger over sip the last glass as you don’t want it to end. Rare job, class act and a delight to know we are still getting better as a wine making country. Thanks Emmanuelle and Toby."
Rob Geddes MW.