($75; aged in all new oak, one-third American and two-thirds French) Dark ruby. Smoky scents of oak spice, asphalt, tar, dark cherry and blackberry, along with a hint of fruitcake. Fat and oily in the mouth, with intense, slightly roasted blackberry, cassis and espresso flavors, accented by oaky vanilla, cinnamon and clove. Quite rich and thick but held back a bit by the aggressive oak treatment.
Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: July/August 2005
Wine Advocate | Rating: 94
It's a no-brainer with respect to the dense purple-colored 1998 Shiraz Stonewell. The wine is inky/purple-colored, with oodles of blackberry and cassis fruit intermixed with hints of honeysuckle, wood, earth, and pepper. This full-throttle, majestic offering is super-concentrated and rich, with a wealth of glycerin, fruit, and extract. There is plenty of tannin lurking under the surface, but it is nearly obscured by the wine's exceptional depth.
Author: Robert Parker
Wine Spectator | Rating: 90
Ripe, aristocratic and refined, with layers of tobacco- and green olive-scented black cherry and spice flavors, hinting at mint and cedar as it all lingers awhile, then fades slowly on the finish. Has wonderful depth without excess weight. 2,000 cases made.