Decanter Asia Wine Awards – “BEST AUSTRALIAN RHONE VARIETAL” – PLATINUM MEDAL – Rating 95
“Saturated deep red/purple colour. The bouquet is very ripe and appealing, with sweet blackberry to black cherry nuances, these flavours translating faithfully onto the very full-bodied palate. A powerful, deep-flavoured wine, with excellent structure and generous tannins. It has great balance in spite of its bigness. A luxurious wine.” Rating 97 Huon Hooke Date Reviewed: 31/05/2017
“Impenetrable, inky black colour with intensely concentrated black fruit, deep plum, spice and expensive chocolate richness. The wine, despite its big intense style, retains buoyancy and freshness of fruit. It is a powerhouse of a wine that will cellar for many years. A genuine tour de force. Rating 97 ” Date Reviewed: 1/08/2017 DMWP – Peter Nixon
This is a reserve release from Ulithorne and sits at the very top end of wines from McLaren Vale. It’s a wine of great concentration but maintains and elegance and finesse that exudes class. A dark red in the glass the nose has a beautiful combination of fruit and oak with dark plum fruit given an aromatic, seductive lift of vanillin oak and a background note of leather that takes it to another plane. The palate is awash with dark chocolate and plum fruit, oak gives richness, texture and depth with a flowing line of acidity that keeps the wines richer characters in check. The finish has a drying, earthen web of tannins and layers of dark berry fruit and chocolate notes. Optimal Drinking: 2017 – 2030″ Date Reviewed:03 25, 2017 Rating 96 PATRICK ECKEL, WINEREVIEWER.COM.AU
“Voluptuous and sumptuous, this gorgeous shiraz is made from grapes grown on their single vineyard planted in 1969. The powerful bouquet shows blackberry, dark plum, cedar and vanilla characters with subtle espresso and mixed spice complexity. The palate displays considerable weight and power, together with awesome fruit purity and intensity, wonderfully framed by velvety texture and polished tannins. A seriously good shiraz offering outstanding richness and length. At its best: 2018 to 2030.
Date Reviewed: March, 2017 Rating 96” SAM KIM, WINEORBIT.CO.NZ
“From estate vines planted in ’69, The colour is still a deep, dense crimson-purple, heralding and ultra-powerful and dense wine, its black fruit with an earthy, savoury undertow, licorice, spice and bitter chocolate all present to a lesser or greater degree. Needs time to welcome visitors. Rating 94 Drink to 2044″ JAMES HALLIDAY 2017 WINE COMPANION
“Fruit of the earth” apparently, to be released in May. Sweet fruit, oak, acid and tannin are all pushing for place at the moment. Patience will be needed, not only on release but for a year or two yet. The components are there but not yet together. Having said that, each of those components look very good to me, so a mean 93 on tasting but I have little doubt this wine will move past 95, and maybe to 97. Time will tell. If it’s for putting away, $85 is good value. – The Key Report