93 Points – Drink 2023 – 2033
This part of Coonawarra which roughly bisects the region results in fruit that ripens earlier than most parts. As a result, the wine is distinctly different with slightly lighter body and more of that cooler climate leafiness. This has a spicy white pepper character on the nose overlaying the cherry and red fruits of this variety. Silky smooth and refined palate with super fine chalky tannins and a subtle lick of oak in support.
92 Points – Drink 2023 – 2031
The back beat is the thing here, that resounding beat of tannin that gives this wine drive. It keeps pulsing through what is clearly going to be a late bloomer. The modest 12.3% alcohol provides a clue as to the source of this wine’s delicacy and quiet impact at this stage.
To bring it out of its shell some air is needed and a very brisk swish and swirl. Red and blue fruits begin to emerge, Asian spice is coaxed, some florals, too. Warm toasty oak is giving a sign that it’s there. It is going to take some time to shine a light on this reluctant beauty.
91 Points – Drink 2021 – 2030
You don’t often say this about Coonawarra Shiraz but this wine is a real crowd pleaser with generous, open-knit fruits and it is already well and truly open for business. Deep ruby all the way to the rim, there is a wide array of powerful aromas on display – cranberry, red liquorice, black olive and white pepper to start with sweet cedary oak. It’s then round and rich in the mouth – ample fruit well supported by sinewy tannins that provide a supple backbone. It’s sweet compared to the more savoury angle of the Black Label Old Vines Shiraz.