2021 Mike Press Shiraz
Dense inky black colour with a deep dark red black hue. Uplifted aromas of liquorice, dark plum and black cherries infused with a mix of toasty vanillin oak, graphite and blackpepper fill the nostrils. Juicy red to dark plum, liquorice and dark cherry flavours carry ample weight and richness across a toasty vanillin oak and peppered meat back drop. Ripe sturdy tannin structure with relatively bright acidity and a spicy mid length toasty vanillin oak laden conclusion.
Drink over the next 3-4 years.
A wine that is at odds with its generous alcohol. It's medium- to full-bodied with a freshness contributed by its relatively open weave. The bouquet, too, is part of that freshness. Above all else, it is the variety speaking loud and clear in a vintage to be remembered for years to come. Drink by 2041.
James Halliday – Australian Wine Companion
Musky vanillin oak sits marginally separate to warm, sweet, cherry-plum fruit flavour, but there’s yet good shape and decent volume to this wine; give it another 12 months in bottle and it will integrate and drink a treat. Add toast and clove flavours to the aforementioned characters and you get the picture. This is a good release, frisky with acidity but well-flavoured and indeed textured. Drink 2023 - 2029.
Campbell Mattinson - The Wine Front (September 2022)