"Every Australian winemaker playing with blending Viognier into their shiraz needs to buy this to see how it should be done. Exquisite, pure perfume of tangy, spicy red fruit and pepper, and a concentrated, elegant texture. Stunning."
- Max Allen, The Weekend Australian Magazine, August 6, 2005
"A first-rate wine of charm, focus and elegance. Its vibrant peppery perfume of pristine black and red berry fruits is both floral and spicy, revealing superbly integrated cedar/vanilla oak. Fine and supple, its smooth and silky palate bursts with intense flavours of blackberries, redcurrants and cassis wound tightly around some very classy and fine-grained tannins... Try to hang on to some, at least.
97/100, drink 2012-2016+"
- Jeremy Oliver, www.onwine.com.au, June 15, 2005
"Look hard and you see all the dizzying displays for which this wine is fast becoming famous: summer flowers, various cherries and berries and currants, firm cedary oak and inlays of star anise. This is becoming mildly ridiculous: four outstanding releases under this label in a row. Drink: 2006-2015. 95 points."
- Campbell Mattinson, Winefront Monthly, July 2005
"Lots of complexity and it's still a pup, roasted meats and cinnamon spice, fragrant lift, ... blackberry fruit aromas and finely ground pepper open the score as layer upon layer peels away in full seduction mode... The palate is impossibly silky, fine and long, really ridiculously long with beautifully articulated structure and a full array of complex characters. 97+ points"
- Nick Stock, The Adelaide Review, July 22, 2005
"Aficionados of this Canberra red keenly await each vintage. The just arrived '04 shows a little more Viognier influence than usual at this stage, with floral and apricot touches, but the core of rich, slightly gamey, plummy fruit remains seductive. Oak is subtle and the mouthfeel velvety, with mellow, ripe tannins in perfect balance. Five Stars"
- Ralph Kyte-Powell, The Age Epicure, August 2, 2005
Me, I tasted it from barrel last March with jcoldrey and Dan.
It... is worth the money, unequivocally. It is as transformative an experience as you can expect in life. I still get shivers thinking about what that wine tastes like.