Deep crimson with garnet hues. Enticing aromas of blackcurrant, blackberry and cassis are enveloped by herbal notes of sage and bay leaf that lead to subtle nuances of red fruits, black pepper, vanilla and cedar. A generous palate offers rich flavours of red and blackcurrant, dried herbs and black pepper, with great purity, balance and texture forming a delicious mouthfeel, while velvety tannins provide great length and complexity.
It's a fragrant, elegant wine, the fruit flavours akin to piano keys, a fine web of tannins and oak completing the picture. 95 points.
A traditionally wet winter, mild spring and excellent fruit set provided a great start to the 2015 vintage after four vintages with below average yields. Spring was dry and led into a very mild, dry summer with no disease, resulting in fruit with higher natural acidity, and incredible flavour and colour concentration. It was a dry, warm and windy start to January, with some welcome rain at the end of the month coinciding with the onset of veraison; perfectly timed for the old dry-grown vineyards. Mild weather followed from February through to April providing a fairytale vintage, eventually winding down at the end of April as the rain and cooler temperatures set in. The 2015 vintage has provided stunning signature regional varieties that show extraordinary flavour, purity of fruit and acid balance with the potential for exceptional ageing.
"It's a fragrant, elegant wine, the fruit flavours akin to piano keys, a fine web of tannins and oak completing the picture."
"A regional Barossa blend of old vine material. An unexpectedly fine and elegant expression of these usually big boy varieties, this is all silk and plush. The tannins are very fine, almost subliminal but create a fine backbone that the fruit rests on. Great length of flavour and a crushed rock finesse through the finish. Lovely stuff and feels like it would live for an age."
“The Shiraz and Cabernet mingle attractively on the nose, with its sweet plum, blackberry and subtly menthol, mint and eucalyptus nuances. With a cool backbone of acidity, the fruit is saturating in the mouth. It’s not without volume, but it lands elegantly, with impressive persistence, line and layer, revealing bitter chocolate, tobacco, bay leaf, black pepper, dried herbs and tapenade. Light touches. Nothing heavy-handed here. The tannins are fine, gently rounded and unobtrusive. On the first evening, sweet plum and red berry fruits pass the baton to the Cabernet, which brings marked blackcurranty drive to the finish. On day two, the velveteen palate is spicier, more savoury, with liquorice, dried herbs and tapenade. A hint of smoky charcuterie too, until intense and youthfully lively, the red and black berry and currant fruit re-asserts itself on the finish.”
"...Transparent dark ruby. Delightfully mellow, sun-baked and ripe but with freshness on the finish. Pure South Australia on the palate: warm and leathery but with a gentle texture..."
“…gently inviting nose displaying notes of hay as well as sweet ripe red fruit. On the palate…both warming and held together with firm tannins, which is everything we could want in a Barossa Shiraz…Although juicy red and blackcurrant were a big feature, but supported by herbal flavours of mint, dried grass, and even a touch of meat. …With its herbal notes, high acidity, enveloping tannins, and generous mouthfeel, this is a perfect wine for cold weather and red meat…” Gold – The Syrah Masters 2019
"Rich plum and plum-cake aromas with redder tones, too. Some dried-herb undertones. A ripe and rich style with plush and very rich, enveloping tannins that carry a very supple array of blackberries and plums. A blend of 66% shiraz, 19% cabernet sauvignon, 10% merlot and 5% cabernet franc. Drink or hold. Screw cap."
“A magnificent union between the spicy dark berries of Shiraz and the capsicum, leaf and fine-boned structure of Cabernet Sauvignon, lifted by the violet aromas of a dash of Cabernet Franc. Wonderful purity of crunchy, dark berry fruit depth is framed in impeccable, firm, fine tannins that promise a grand future. It exemplifies Stephen Henschke’s notion of what he dubs the “Super Barossan” blend.”
"The cabernet influence is clear. It sets the wine on a clear quality course; plum and blackcurrant flavours pour through bay leaves, dust and dried herbs, cedary oak tying it together. Tannin comes in fine sheets, and the aftertaste lingers appreciably. Excellent release. “A vintage like 2015 highlights how well these varieties work together,” Stephen Henschke notes. Gold medal quality in a canter."