(From 2012 Vintage) It was a deep dark red colour. On the nose there was blackberry, liquorice and chocolate. On the palate it was a big rich generous Shiraz with strong berry flavours and the lingering liquorice and chocolate.
(From 2009 Vintage) COLOUR: Glossy. Deep red with a magenta rim. NOSE: Varietal berried fruits laden with a spray of exotic spices from afar. Scents of red apple skin (Fuji, Pink Lady ?) and cold cured meats propelled … yes, an unusual pairing. French oak makes a late appearance … a sesame/tahini guise, not that of cedar. PALATE: Plush. Plummy, Persuasive. Convincingly Barossa by birthright and Penfolds by style: blueberry/ plummy fruits avec juniper; custom-built, trademark rich mid-palate. Charcuterie, cold (Polish) meat artefact that may well be Shiraz fruit-derived; moreover, peat/coal dust undertones that have, without doubt, been acquired courtesy of the oak and time. Tannins and a buoyant and balanced acidity court a long and persistent finish.
Wine Spectator(From 2009 Vintage) Rating: 91/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 09/19/2012
Robert Parker(From 2008 Vintage) Rating: 93/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 02/10/2012
Wine Spectator(From 2010 Vintage) Rating: 93/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 06/12/2013
Wine & Spirits(From 2005 Vintage) Rating: 93/100 - As reviewed by Wine & Spirits Magazine on 02/09.
Wine Spectator(From 2005 Vintage) Rating: 95/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 09/30/03.