Bright and juicy, with explosive currant, cherry and sweet spice flavors that never get too gooey or heavy. Finishes with power but also a modicum of refinement, with well-integrated tannins.
Drink Dates: 2005-2015
Author: Harvey Steiman
Wine Advocate | Rating: 92
The finest offering in this portfolio is the 2002 Shiraz Freedom. Fashioned from yields of 1.5 tons of fruit per acre from a head-pruned Shiraz vineyard planted in 1844 (believed to be the oldest Shiraz producing vineyard in Australia), it spent 24 months in 90% French and 10% American oak. A dense ruby/purple color is followed by a rich, sumptuous perfume of blackberries, asphalt, pepper, earth, and a touch of truffles. Full-bodied, with great intensity, a big, chewy mouthfeel, and a large, nearly oversized finish, this spectacular 2002 possesses 14.5% alcohol. It should drink well for 15+ years.