2017 Barossa Valley Mataro Shiraz
Huon Hooke (huonhooke.com)
90 Points - Deepish red/purple colour with a youthful green herb and subtle mint aroma. The palate is lean and sinewy, medium-bodied and edgy; a bright, sharp-edged wine with liveliness and vigour. A very attractive early-drinking, well-balanced red. (670 bottles) 28/3/2018
Drink 2018 to 2029
92 Points - Such an approachable and easy drinking wine. Find something meaty and you find happiness. Great drinking.
Dried raspberry laced with some earthy touches. Whispers of smoke before blue fruit swoops late. Soft and rounded, more please!
Drink now to five years.
qwinereviews.com, 24 April 2018
2015 Barossa Valley Mataro Shiraz
2018 Wine Companion
95 Points - An 80/20% blend from the Ebenezer district. The colour is bright but light; a beautifully made wine that has the quality of fruit by picking at exactly the right time, and then keeping the oak where it should be. The flavours are of purple (plum) and blue fruits, the tannins fine and perfectly weighted. If owners look like their dogs, this looks like its elegant labels (front and back).
Drink by: 2024
James Halliday 2018 Wine Companion
WBM 100 of the Best
94 Points - 'Geez this packs in the flavour. It's a big fog of dark berries, briar, sweet earth and black pepper to sniff on, juicy, fleshy in the palate with a lick of vanilla through its close. Generous red that finds neat balance, great length and appealing density. Righteous. 14.1%'
WBM: Australia's Wine Business Magazine, March/April 2017
94 Points - 'Quite a satisfying and soothing piece here. Something to chill out with on a chilly evening - slippers on, chocolate at the ready to wedge into the side of your mouth with Sade's Smooth Operator or those golden tonsils of Barry White whispering in the background. You choose.
An 80/20 Mataro Shiraz blend from the Barossa sub-region of Ebenezer. I just want to get knee deep in this. Perhaps Adele's Rolling in the Deep may be the more appropriate tune?
Sumptuous dark fruits. There's a good whiff of oak plus gentle vanilla. A lift of boysenberry pulls away from the prominent dark plums. That calm wash of fruit covers the mouth graciously with a neat dab of earthiness, but that flavour profile refuses to back down. Fine spices litter the finish which sits long and urges another sip. Smart wine - Andrew Seppelt on song.
Run to this, just take your slippers off first.
Great drinking now and for the medium term.'
qwinereviews.com, August 2017