Deep crimson with garnet hues. Fragrant aromas of cassis, violets, wild forest berries and crushed flowering herbs are supported by hints of graphite, black olive and cedar. The palate is rich and plush with excellent depth and structure, pure and focussed mulberry, blueberry and cassis flavours and long, layered fine-grained tannins.
Barossa cabernet on song. While potent and inky there’s beautiful glide and succulence to this wine. Layers of panforte, dark cherry, plum, smoke, black olive and salt bush here. Flavours extend long, the wine almost sinewy with fine tannin structure and laid back power... 94 points
Vintage 2019 shaped up to be a challenging one, with below-average yields, however the quality was very high, with beautiful expressions of varietal character and generally good balance and structure. Yields were down due to ‘hen and chicken’ (berries of different sizes), caused by cold, wet conditions during flowering. Shiraz yields were the most affected by these factors, influenced by hail and severe wind causing poor fruit set. A dry winter, spring and summer with warmer than average temperatures in January and February lead to the advancement of maturity of all grape varieties in the Barossa Valley and an early onset of vintage.
"Barossa cabernet on song. While potent and inky there’s beautiful glide and succulence to this wine. Layers of panforte, dark cherry, plum, smoke, black olive and salt bush here. Flavours extend long, the wine almost sinewy with fine tannin structure and laid back power. There’s a great deal of savouriness to this wine, a saline, minerally vein too. It’s kind of refreshing in a way too, the finish mouth-watering and clear. Wonderful drinking, great future ahead."
"Deep red colour with a tinge of purple in the rim. The bouquet is reserved and shy, with a note of blackberry jam, its sweetness on the bouquet turning very drying in the mouth thanks to pervasive tannins. There’s a hint of leafiness and the wine is linear and sinewy, long and slightly chewy in its aftertaste. There is undoubted concentration here but it’s young and firm with a slight tannic bitterness, and needs a bit more time to mellow."