($40) Saturated ruby. Powerful, room-filling aromas of dark berry compote, vanilla, chocolate, cola and espresso aromas show a head-spinning quality (this says 16.5% alcohol on the label). Fat, soft and oily, with sweet cassis, plum and blackberry flavors sweetened by mocha and vanilla. Doesn't seem especially tannic but maybe they're lurking underneath the wine's confectionary quality. An unctuous, jammy example of shiraz that could use more energy, but this style has its fans. (The other '05 releases I tasted from this producer were all solidly made but on the jammy side.)
Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: July/August 2007
Wine Advocate | Rating: 98
The 2005 Shiraz 9 (a 4,000-case cuvee that spends 18 months in new and one-year-old American oak) reveals a big, toasty, smoky nose, but the oak is beautifully absorbed by extravagant quantities of blackberry and cassis fruit intermixed with licorice, incense, and spice. This full-bodied, powerful, rich, layered stunner should drink well for a decade.
Enjoyed this bottle last night with a friend. I ran it through a vinturi and into the decanter. Drank it over 2.5 hours. The nose was nice and you could tell this wine would have a chewey feel before your first sip. Chocolate, Jam, and more. The alcohol is present but not overwhelming. We both liked it, but would stop short of saying we loved it.
Author: Waggoner Rick
Self | Rating: 96
faded slightly since last tasted a few years ago but the gamey, complexity is still there. oozing caramel, chocolate and green peppers. lovely wine hard to put down
Self | Rating: 96
If you like big flamboyant shiraz, it does not get much better than this. I've had this wine several times, and each has been consistent. The wine is very well integrated with smooth rich tannins and dark sweet fruit. The wine is very very forward and will stand up to most food. Really enjoyable if you are in the mood for this type of style. The previous taster hit it dead on - keeps you coming back for more - Cheers!
Drink Dates: 2009-2020
Self | Rating: 93
Really nice, actually. This has shed some baby fat and while still primary is developing some savory notes. ABV is 16.5 but the fruit stands up to it. Not buying much many Aussies these days but would like to see how this is drinking in a few years.