93 points Wine Enthusiast
"Shiraz expresses itself uniquely in the historic Hunter Valley, and this equally historic winery has produced a lovely example, fermented in open-topped vats and aged in 2,700 liter French oak casks. Lovely, heady aromatics of high-toned red berries, florals and licorice lead to a medium- to full-bodied palate that prickles with acidity amid juicy fruit, all wound together with soft yet taut, savory tannins and a long, saline finish."
Vinous Reverie Notes
Winery: Our Hunter Valley Shiraz is made to the same high standards that our flagship Vat 9 Shiraz receives. The grapes were picked before fermentation in the open top vats. The wine was then matured in older, large format French oak casks. These 2,700 litre casks highlight the fruit purity whilst making sure that oak isn’t the dominant character. Tasting Notes: Vibrant purple colour, with a lifted nose showing red fruits and some spice. The palate has wonderful concentration and depth yet still lively and fresh. The tannins are expansive yet remain soft and the acidity adds to the wines complexity. A wonderful example of the modern, medium bodied Hunter Valley Shiraz.