"A lifted, complex nose consisting of pepper, liquorice, violets, stone fruit, Satsuma plum, supported by toasty oak. Stone fruits and plum persist on the mid palate, while even, velvety tannins provide structure and length. Drink through 2044."
"The Clos Otto fruit is sourced from a small, eastern-facing block within the estate. The combination of the microclimate (missing only the late afternoon sun) and the soil (red clay loam with underlying red plastic clay) found on this block provides the perfect conditions for premium Shiraz production. Once fermentation was completed the wine was basket pressed to a combination of new (70%) and old French barrels, where it underwent natural malolactic fermentation. The wine was then returned to oak to mature for 22 months. No fining or filtration was used in the production of this wine. 14.5% alc."
"97 pts ... Dense, but bright colour; a sumptuously rich, velvety, full-bodied wine in inimitable Hentley Farm style; the deep well of black fruits is natural enough, particularly in this vintage, the magic lying in the savoury, bramble and tar nuances; these balance what might otherwise be overripe, raisined, fruitcake flavours. This is most definitely not in that category. Yes, it is full-bodied, but full-bodied with grace. Drink through 2052."
"93+ pts ... Very deep garnet-purple, the 2012 Shiraz Clos Otto gives youthful, primary fruit notes of crushed blackcurrants and blackberries over nuances of cedar, star anise, underbrush and earth. Big, full-bodied and packed with taut, muscular fruit, it has a solid structure of firm grainy tannins and lively acid, finishing long if youthfully restrained. Give it 3-5 more years in bottle."