Colour Deep red with a ruby hue. Bouquet Layered and complex- blackberry, exotic spices, pastille, dried flowers, black pepper and dark cocoa. Palate Medium bodied with plush, slippery dark cherry fruits and fine long graphite tannins swirled with some tasty oak. Cellaring Will reward both short term to long term cellaring (20 years+).Awards:
JAMES HALLIDAY 2020 WINE COMPANION
From vines planted 1868, 1966, '70 and '92, hand-picked, sorted, fermented with 25% whole bunches, the
remainder whole berry, matured for 17 months in French barriques and hogsheads (20% new). The
deepest colour and largest build of the Best's Shiraz’s, here black and blue fruits have fine, but not
apologetic tannins running alongside the fruits - which don't give it (the fruit) even a passing glance.
Rating: 96 points Drink now to 2037
JAMES SUCKLING TASTING REPORTS 2019
This has an array of wild red berries with a gently creamy edge to the palate that carries long, plush and
silky tannin in a fine, precise style. Salty mineral kick at the finish. Drink now. Screw cap.
Rating: 94 points
THE REAL REVIEW – HUON HOOKE, June 2019
Sweaty, meaty, reductive aromas at first; youthful and bold, fresh and undeveloped. The wine is intense
and firm, with a little (pleasant) bitterness in the tannins, bright and bold, youthful and quite solid, in
need of some cellar-time. It has a very good depth and intensity of flavour. There’s a sweet-fruit middle
and considerable elegance. It showed more fruit and complexity with airing, including some pepper and
a slight balsamic-herb bunchy note. Potential plus. A superb wine in the making. Footnote: a day later,
exposure to air had brought more out of the wine. Wonderfully deep and complex.
Drink: 2021 – 2037 Rating: 97 points
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