(2008 Vintage) GRAPE SOURCE: Sourced from premium vineyards within the Limestone Coast, with the majority coming from the Coonawarra and Padthaway regions. Mild to warm conditions during the ripening period produce berries with excellent color and optimum flavor.
VINIFICATION: The Limestone Coast Shiraz was fermented in both small, four-ton open fermenters and 35-ton Roto fermenters. Selected wine parcels then received extended maceration to enhance palate weight and tannin structure. The outstanding parcels were pressed off skins and finished fermentation in fine-grained, medium-toasted oak barrels. Maturation for up to 20 months was in a combination of new and seasoned French and American oak barrels.
Wine Spectator(2004 Vintage) Rating: 88/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator
Wine Buyer(2006 Vintage) Deep, dark red with purple hues. Intense, lifted aromas of ripe, dark plum, blackberry, sweet vanilla and spice with light subtle hints of blueberry and blackcurrant fruit, all portend to a generous palate that is full flavored, balanced and long. The palate, though big and opulent, has an elegant, smooth texture, some mocha and cedar oak character combined with ripe, dark berry fruit and fine tannins. The mid palate's ripe berry flavors will, with time, reveal more complex characters such as dark chocolate, liquorice, wood smoke and warm leather, as the wine ages and evolves. A full bodied, rich rewarding Shiraz that expresses the warmth of the Australian vintage and the riper flavors, obtainable from the renowned Limestone Coast regions - a wine both generous and harmonious. Excellent drinking now but will reward careful cellaring for six to seven years.
Wine Spectator(2012 Vintage) Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 08/17/2015