International Wine Cellar | Rating: 90Bright, deep ruby. Spicy, lively aromas of cassis, bitter chocolate and mint. Supple, intensely flavored and nicely focused; sappy berry and spice flavors are nicely framed by harmonious acids. Dense and concentrated. Youthfully firm finish features fine tannins and very good length.Author: Stephen TanzerIssue: July/August 2000
Wine Spectator | Rating: 87Firm in texture and fruit-forward in flavor, offering plum and berry notes up front that linger on the velvety finish. Shiraz and Cabernet Franc. 530 cases made.Author: Harvey Steiman
Wine Advocate | Rating: 96Readers looking for super-intense, ripe wines will be thrilled with the 1998 Shiraz/Cabernet JSM (2,500 cases). A blend of 61% Shiraz, 24% Cabernet Franc, and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon, it is loaded. Opaque purple-colored, with a sumptuous nose of black fruits and spicy new oak, it is explosive on the palate. With an unctuous texture, a full-bodied personality, and intense black cherry/cassis flavors, this is a sensationally layered effort with a 45-second finish. This kind of wine can only be produced in selected areas of California and Australia. It is the antithesis of the polite, restrained, austere style of Bordeaux for which France is so famous. Look for it to drink well young, yet last for 15-20 years.Author: Robert Parker
Self | Rating:Deep, dark color without much sign of its decade + age. Beautifully structured wine. Not sure I would have picked the blend very well but the combination of ripe shiraz fruits (still going strong) and cabernet backbone made it wonderful. Fun wineAuthor: MikeA
Self | Rating: 95This wine is outstanding. Had many bottles when it was younger, and this is the oldest Australian shiraz I've ever had. Wish I had more... Dark color and dark fruits with mild tannins. Not as thick as I recall but probably related to its age. I suspect this will keep several more years but why wait.Drink Dates: 2000-2015Author: botro
When the Watts family bought the 32 hectare Fox Creek Vineyard property in 1984, they were advised against planting vines as the soils in that area of McLaren Vale were composed of dense and heavy clay. The property had previously been used for growing barley and grazing sheep. Undeterred by the sceptics, they selected and planted fine quality cuttings and nurtured the young vines to fruition. Their labors bore fruit - extraordinarily high quality fruit - that was lovingly converted into wines of supreme quality. Under the skilled guidance of the winemakers, Fox Creek wines have achieved regional, national, and international acclaim and are now enjoyed around the world.
More than half of all Australian wine production takes place in the South Australia region—home to the -specializing as well as revered zones Clare Valley and . South Australia is too large and diverse to generalize about climate or topography, with both cooler coastal areas and warmer inland sections—but rainfall is generally low throughout and drought is a constant concern.
Collector Data For This Wine
- 367 bottles owned
- 80 collectors
- Average collector rating: 95
(Out of 80 collectors)