(From 2012 Vintage) Deep colour; the bouquet adds to the expectation with sweet leather a la Hunter Valley, licorice and a caravan of spices. The sheer finesse of the palate brings the wheel full circle; French oak adds to the cedary/savoury/spicy elements behind blackberry and plum fruit.
(From 2012 Vintage) Deep red with a good purple tint; the aroma is well integrated with nothing standing out: nicely balanced spice and berry, smoke and toasty-barrel touches, earth and dark-plum and traces of black pepper. The palate is intense and full-bodied, with a good degree of elegance but also plenty of trad Penfolds bite and grip. A superbly rich, balanced and rounded wine.
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Robert Parker(From 2012 Vintage) Rating: 91/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 10/21/2014
Wine Advocate(From 1993 Vintage) Rating: 91/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 110 on Apr-97
Robert Parker(From 2010 Vintage) Rating: 92/100 - As reviewed by Robert Parker on 02/10/2013
Wine & Spirits(From 2003 Vintage) Rating: 93/100 - As reviewed by Wine & Spirits Magazine
Wine Advocate(From 2003 Vintage) Rating: 91/100 - As reviewed in Wine Advocate # 167 on Oct-06