2019 Paul Osicka Moormbool Shiraz
Sourced off 1950s plantings, specifically rows 30 to 58, growing on red quartz. A most individual shiraz, one that is both plummy and cherry-laden but also dark and savoury, blending both worlds through 18 months in seasoned French oak vats. Ripe cherry, bracken, woody spices, moving into a thick, velvety density, kept in check by savoury tannins. Drink by 2034.
Jeni Port - James Halliday's Wine Companion (February 2021)
One of my favourite Australia wine producers for a multitude of reasons, but amongst that a sense of integrity to their craft and unassuming ambition to greatness.
It’s the tannins that distinguish this wine. And perhaps the estate itself.
This is so gulpable and yet holds so much detail and structure. Serious wine, deep, rich, inky and potent, but misses the heft and lumbering gait of many regional counterparts. Amaro-like acidity and swathes of fine, lacy yet firm tannin help shape and drive this wine long. There’s a succulence and distinct sense of freshness despite the depth, the dark fruit, the clove-spiked orange characters and the myriad of botanicals running from eucalyptus through to river mint and pepperberry characters. There’s a great sense of gentleness despite all this. Such a delicious, compelling wine. Drink 2021 - 2035+
Mike Bennie - The Wine Front (May 2021)