"This wine was 100% barrel fermented and aged for 14 months in 65% new oak and 35% one year old oak. 80% of the oak was American and 20% was French. The nose is wonderfully fragrant with blueberry and dark cherry fruit, floral violet notes and a background of cocoa and spice adding complexity. The palate opens with dense berry fruit -- ripe and juicy, yet also very fresh. This develops further with savoury toasted spices and brioche characters coming through. This Shiraz is an elegant wine with a fine and silky tannin structure. It is drinking well now and will cellar for many years."
"94 pts ... The 2009 Shiraz was 100% barrel fermented and aged for 17 months in 60% new oak (65% French and 35% American). Very deep purple-black colored, it reveals aromas of creme de cassis, blackberry compote, dried mulberries and spice cake with underlying hints of cinnamon stick, toast, anise, cedar and sandalwood. The palate is very full bodied and voluptuous, packed with warm blackberry and spice flavors and supported with refreshing acid and a firm level of grainy tannins. The finish is long and complex with some youthful oakiness. It should drink best 2013 to 2021+. "
"92 pts ... Glass-staining ruby. Heady, smoke-tinged aromas of dark fruit liqueur, cola, candied violet and peppery spices. Shows very good depth and energy, offering sweet blueberry and cassis flavors and a suggestion of bitter chocolate. Chewy tannins give grip to the lingering spicy finish."