($100) Deep ruby. Bitter cherry, red plum, espresso, pungent violet, magnolia, raw meat, bacon fat, fresh sage, shoe polish and a hint of cinnamon on the fascinating nose. Sweet, supple, concentrated and fresh, with flavors of sweet, creamy blackberry, cassis, boysenberry, cured tobacco, cracked pepper and exotic oak spices. Finishes creamy and thick, with youthful, tarry tannins. Should be a great wine with some cellaring. (Click Imports, Seattle WA)
Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: July/August 2005
Wine Spectator | Rating: 77
Excessively gamy, not a welcoming sort of red.
Author: Harvey Steiman
Wine Advocate | Rating: 90
The estate's flagship offering, the 2002 Shiraz Graveyard, is a tightly-knit, concentrated effort from a vineyard in the Hunter Valley planted on red clay with 34-year-old vines. Its dense ruby/purple color is followed by elegant aromas of plums, blackberries, vanilla, and briery, wild mountain fruit. This well-built, muscular Shiraz should hit its plateau of maturity in 2-3 years, and last for 12-15.