3rd January, 2014

Sarah Ahmed

From a stunning vintage for Australian reds, Tim Kirk’s ground-breaking cool climate Shiraz goes from strength to strength. Cathedral spices – arcs of incense and five spice – infuse this bright and beautiful wine’s plum, red cherry and berry fruit. Teased out by spice and a fine spine of tannin, this is long and ultra-persistent with a mineral undertow of acidity. Dare I say it, haunting, staying with you long after the swallow, for this is not a wine to spit!

The World of Fine Wine

1st January, 2013

Ken Gargett, 16.5 points

Pretty indeed, with some spice and pepper notes. Plum colour. It lingers nicely and is quite stunning for the vintage.

Australian Wine Companion

27th July, 2011

James Halliday, 95 points

Light, bright crimson-purple; a highly fragrant bouquet of red fruits and subtle spices leads into a medium-bodied palate; here more savoury characters join the red fruit flavours, lengthening the finish and aftertaste.


1st August, 2013

Andrew Jefford, 18 points

Sweet blackcurrant scents mingle with cut hay, pencil and cedar. The palate is intense, but light, gentle and fresh; at first you barely notice the plush fruits and finishing hint of chocolate. A perfect expression of high-country elegance.

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

30th April, 2012

Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, 93 points

Notes of spiced blackberry preserves, mulberries and black cherry compote with hints of anise, violets, peach blossoms and pepper, tinged with allspice and vanilla. The structure is seamless with a medium to firm level of velvety tannins and medium to high, pleasantly refreshing acid, finishing long and spicy.

Gourmet Traveller Wine

1st January, 1990

Nick Bulleid

Continues the reputation of this wine, which has done more than any other to set the standard for cool-grown shiraz... A superb wine.  Fragrant herbs and pepper, red and blue fruits with a hint of mint.  Intense and alive in the mouth.  Penetrating and fresh, lively yet not tart.  Elegant and intense, with good concentration.