2016 Barossa Valley Shiraz

Huon Hooke (huonhooke.com)

95 Points - Deep, dense red/purple colour with a glass-staining saturation of colour. The bouquet mirrors this with tremendous chocolaty, concentrated richness. This is also evident in the mouth where it is very rich, powerful, mouth-filling and blackberry-ish. There is some star anise and licorice, too. The wine has formidable richness. A sumptuous, bargain-priced shiraz. (1058 bottles) 30/3/2018

Drink 2018 to 2036


2019 Wine Companion (Campbell Mattinson)

92 Points - Shiraz from the Ebenezer and Greenock districts. It spent 20 months in new and second use French oak. It's a thick, syrupy red with plum, blackberry and vanilla cream characters swooshing through the palate. This is the archetypal 'smooth red', the skin of oak as important as the body of fruit.

Drink by: 2028


QWine (www.qwinereviews.com)

91 Points - Big Shiraz not for the faint-hearted. From Greenock and Ebenezer vineyards, the fruit was hand-picked, fermented on skins for 18 days and sent to new and second use oak for 20 months.

Boldly dense in the glass, generous dark fruit and berries swamp the mouth. Milk chocolate adds some finesse as fig and caramel skirt the edges. The longer it sits in the glass a touch of smoke and char reveal themselves. Cocoa like tannins to finish.
A glass of this and char grilled steak = happiness.

Drink to 2028

Tyson Stelzer (www.tysonstelzer.com)

92 Points - A dense, brooding shiraz of deep black purple potency that delivers the might of Ebenezer and Greenock without sacrificing fruit integrity or balanced poised. Deep satsuma plum, black cherry and blackberry fruits are laced with fresh liquorice straps, high cocoa dark chocolate and a hint of game. Finely structured tannins and balanced acidity provide confident support. Serve it blind to any self-respecting Barossa lover and watch them guess it's worth double the price.

Drink 2019-2021

2015 Barossa Valley Shiraz

2018 Wine Companion

95 Points - A deceptive medium-bodied shiraz that reveals more about itself each time it is retasted, in particular the intense juicy black fruits that are wrapped within folds of new French oak and supple tannins. Ostentatious? No. Classy? Yes

Drink by: 2030

James Halliday
2018 Wine Companion

Winefront (winefront.com.au)

93 Points - From Ebenezer in the Barossa Valley. Some honest-feeling Barossa Shiraz here.

Generous sort of red with just enough tannin to keep the wine in a good rhythm while also being a good sign for further maturity. The scents are a mesh of red and black berries, currants, sweet earth, leather and liquorice. The palate does a similar dance, pushing to full bodied, spicy, peppery and ripped with salty acidity and ferrous tannins. If you wanted to show people good Barossa Shiraz, this would be ideal. It’s great drinking.

Mike Bennie
Winefront, January 2017

Huon Hooke (huonhooke.com)

91 Points - Good youthful colour with strong purple tints. The bouquet has chaff, coal-dust and tar notes, while the palate is rich and intense, savoury as well as deep in fruit flavour, with excellent ripeness and balance. Abundant tannins hold it all together. A very flavoursome wine. 3/10/2017

Drink 2017 to 2030

QWine (www.qwinereviews.com)

93 Points - I've seen four of the Hayes Family Wines now and to say I'm impressed would be an understatement. Andrew Seppelt is making a bold statement with the wines he is producing under this label; a statement which I feel is considerably appealing to many wine lovers. Better still, the pricing is quite modest - best you jump in while the going is good.

This oozes Barossa. It's aroma. It's look. It's feel. Get comfy and rip in.

From the sub-region of Ebenezer comes this slick Shiraz. Dark and red berries are generous. Aromas are hypnotic with cloves interwoven effortlessly. Oak is well balanced too. Medium bodied, there's earthiness. There's spice. There's lots of satisfaction. Go here.

Drink now to eight years.