Region: Barossa Valley Grapes: Shiraz (72%), Grenache (15%), Mataro (11%), Viognier (2%) First Glance: High Toned, Spiced, Rich, Supple Acclaim: 95pts
The Wine: Viognier co-fermented with shiraz; grenache and mataro fermented separately. Matured in 100% seasoned French oak hogsheads for 8 months prior to blending and bottling. Deep crimson with violet hues. Fragrant aromas of raspberry, plum and boysenberry are layered with notes of sage, black pepper, mace and cocoa, and floral nuances of vanilla flower. A rich and supple palate of dark plum, cherry and crushed blackberry flavours is well-balanced by vibrant acidity and fine, savoury tannins that lead to a long, peppery finish.
The Review: Ray Jordan, Rayjordan.com - 95pts "The beautify of the season is captured wonderfully in this excellent blend of shiraz, grenache, mataro and a tiny amount of viognier. Bright high energy red fruits with a spicy lift on the finish. Its more in the medium bodied zone but it certainly packs plenty of palate intensity delivered with a degree of finesse largely as a result of the subtle use of seasoned oak. This is a wine that has moved from its early iterations to one of more sophistication and poise."