'Seduces with swathes of dark cherries dipped in kirsch, florals, ferrous and woodsy spices, with toasty oak sewn to the shape of the fuller-bodied palate. Everything is in its place, creating an immaculate whole - the fine-grained tannins, the length, the freshness and detail. It's polished and totally convincing.'
97 Points - Jane Faulkner, Wine Companion
'Cracking shiraz. Pure, ripe, spicy, bold, long, savoury: the lot. Exquisitely well set with tannin. Blue, black and red berries. Crushed dry leaves, not to mention spices. Cloves. Cured meats. Fruit and then more. It’s a beauty. It finishes like a kite in a stiff steady breeze; it just wants to go and go and go.'
96 Points - Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front
'Deepish red colour with a tinge of purple. The bouquet is slightly vegetal and humus-like, with spice and 'forest floor' touches. The palate is intense and deep, concentrated and dense, without special elegance but an appealing fruit-sweet middle. There are some whole-bunch hints. A big, brawling baby with lashings of tannins and abundant grip. It needs more time. It lacks this wine's customary spicy aromatic lift and grace, but certainly packs a punch.'
95 Points - Huon Hooke
'The most opulent S & S Shiraz in some time and such a success. Coffee mocha raspberry, the hearty palate un-Hills like but not overwrought. You could almost pick it as western Victorian even. Black jubes, black texta. It’s so plush. Less spice, more plush. It’s a genuinely high quality Shiraz, if somewhat atypical. Another winner from Shaw & Smith. Best drinking: Good now, and likely 15+ years.'
94 Points - Andrew Graham
'The cool climate has given us this delightful 14.5%, deep purple, potpourri-scented shiraz. The front palate has vibrant plum flavour, the middle palate shows mulberry, spice, coffee cream chocolate and savoury oak and the finish minty tannins.'