'Deep, bold purple/red colour, with a powerful sweet oak and ripely spicy, plummy fruit bouquet. Traces of nutmeg and mixed spices. The wine is full-bodied and firm, with lashings of tannin and grip, which lasts long on the farewell. A powerful, concentrated wine which has absolutely no fear of tannin. It cries out for a little cellar-time. Superb.'
97 Points - Huon Hooke
'Bold, rich, fruity, complex and appealing attractive bouquet. No mistaking the dark berries and peppery spices with black currant and raspberry, wild red flowers and black pepper. Dry, and fruity with flavours that match the nose, medium+ acidity and vibrant youthful tannins. Great textures and length. Drink now and through 2024.'
93 Points - Cameron Douglas MS
'Bold and sweetly fruited nose, adding cracked pepper, licorice and savoury notes. Powerfully fruited with an initial rush of tannins that begin to soften as the savoury elements build. Tannins and acidity still somewhat prominent in this powerfully youthful wine that will be even better with time. A good splash of air will be a friend to it now. Excellent.'
Mark Douglas, Otago Times