The 2019 Brooks Road Shiraz showcases notes of bramble, blackberry, cassis, and espresso bean on the nose.The nose is followed by blueberry, spice and hints of minerality on the palate.The fruit was hand-picked, destemmed, sorted and 50% crushed to open top fermenters. Following cold soak, the grapes saw a gentle maceration principle of wetting the cap and only draining and returning when reductive. Drained after 20 days on skins, the free run went directly to barrel and no pressings were included.Awards:
This has such effortless depth and impressive measure. It delivers aromas of ripe red and dark plums with slate and blackberries, framed in fresh, subtly spicy and cedary oak. The palate is packed with ripe red plums, red cherries and mulberries, as well as deeper blueberries and darker plums. The power is innate and the palate so focused. Elegant and pure. Drink over the next decade or more.
jamesuckling.com, 29 June, 2022
Impressive, rich and fleshy, with blackberry, blueberry and huckleberry notes at the core, but shows tremendous depth, concentration and polish. Features accents of bittersweet chocolate, espresso, salted caramel and rosemary, with velvety tannins on the finish, with the flavors gaining extra torque and momentum. Drink now through 2038. 1,285 cases made, 396 cases imported.
Wine Spectator, 23 February, 2022
A blend of three distinctive blocks on loams, silt and clay. No whole bunch. Gently extracted by wetting the cap and racking/returning. Circa 20 days on skins. 6 months in puncheons. 6 more in foudres and a concrete egg. A corpulent wine, lush and full. Yet there is nothing jammy about it. Eclipsed by its Bordeaux varietal siblings perhaps, but as far as warm-climate shiraz goes, this is at the apex of the qualitative totem pole. Blue fruits, violet, anise, clove and pepper grind. Some salumi, too. But the tannins are this gorgeous wine’s opus. Ned Goodwin MW
James Halliday Wine Companion 2022, 13 August, 2021