"About 40% new oak is used. It’s a nuts and bolts wine for the range. ‘We blend this wine before anything else; If we fuck up this one, then don’t buy anything that year’, always emphatic is winemaker-proprietor Dave Anderson. Sourced from seven or eight sites, ‘you can push and pull them like organ stops’, quips Anderson, ‘one of the few comprehensively cross-regional Heathcote shiraz wines produced’.
A real drinkability amongst the athletic, high octane feel. Limber tannins, succulent acidity, oak meshed through the black hole of black fruit, with fringes of sweet chewy cedar making a statement in its frame. Texture is mouthcoating and yet energetic, it lets you know from the waves of cassis, nougat oak and warm spice that flows from the glass. It’s all there, all pervasive and seductive in its own way. It will sit in cellars for an age, and drink well throughout." - Mike Bennie, The Wine FrontSku: 1312