The names refers to the rod and spur method of pruning, blend of Shiraz Cabernet this year. The classic Aussie blend. This wine is a real chameleon. The blend is sometimes dominated by Shiraz, other times by Cabernet. The Shiraz component giving spice and soft tannins and the Cabernet tightening up the palate and adding a lifted chocolate mint character.
"Two thirds shiraz, one third cabernet. Though when you drink the wine you’d be ok thinking it was the other way around. A potent cabernet year, here, it seems. Anyways, the Aussie classic rolls on.
It’s a delight, understated in a way though texture is loose-knit and supple while the perfume reeks of blue fruits, mint, gum leaf and salt bush. The palate does wonders in texture, gently staining the tongue, soft in the finish and yet a sense of ghostly train tracks of tannin makes things matter in structure and length. A deep sigh of red wine with flavour writ large, beautiful velvety feel and this great sense of freshness and lift too. Ripper drinking." 93Pts, Gary Walsh, The Wine Front