"An exercise in complexity from start to finish in flavour, texture and structure. This has a European touch to the way intensity and elegance dance a pas de deux. It changes shape once again with a magical burst of flavour that lingers forever."
97 points. James Halliday. Halliday Magazine.
“The meaty bouquet seems a little forward-developed (that's the Grenache) and has aromas of charcuterie and a background raspberry hint. There's a fruit-sweet core and a savoury dryness that continues through the palate and finish. A savoury, complex, delicious blend.” 95 points, Huon Hooke.
“Only old 300L and 500L barrels are used for these wines and this is the key to their purity and cadence. In addition to the gentle oak treatment, the careful addition of whole bunches (20% in each wine) is perfectly judged too, bringing wistful hedgerow and briar perfume to puncture the glossy depth-charges of black fruit. The blend is the more powerful wine, using 69% Syrah and 31% Grenache to bring rippling muscle beneath its mill-pond-still surface. I like it enormously and it is a big, bold wine…” 18.5+/20 Matthew Jukes. (UK wine critic and author)
"This marries power with elegance in a seamless flow of brooding, dark fruit, judicious spice and luxurious tannins. A generous volume of perfume opens the wine, offering forest berries, garam masala spice with a seasoning of cedar and sweet herbs. The palate is succulent, exceptionally long and moreish showing some gentle sweetness and lick of refreshing acidity to close. It looks superb now, but I wager a decade will find it in full stride.”
Mike Bennie, Gourmet Traveller Wine.