2017 Vineyard Series Primrose Shiraz
95 Points - Super Shiraz! I may or may not have had more than a few glasses... One of those wines that speaks to you and resisting temptation to go back for more is futile. So, give me another.
I looked at this over a few days. Captivating on day one, it continued to evolve beautifully.
Time continued to peel back layers of interest and I revelled in what was on show. Blackcurrants, blueberries and whispers of mulberry all played a steady hand. Touches of nuts, some cedar and caramel added further appeal. Every crevice of the mouth filled with pleasure.
Soft and luscious, this just rolls on and on buffered by melted chocolate. Superfine spice just rides the fruit at ease finishing long and moreish. Divine. Give it time and you'll be rewarded.
Drink now to ten years+ 6/3/2019
2016 Vineyard Series Ebenezer Shiraz
2019 Wine Companion
95 Points - Single Vineyard, 100% new French oak, 50 dozen made. The oak is clear and obvious, but the fruit is right up to the task. Smoked cedar wood and meaty spice notes ripple through pure, ripe plum, clove and blackberry. For all its richness it feels manicured and controlled. It exudes class
Drink to 2032
Halliday Cellaring Selections 2018
Huon Hooke (huonhooke.com)
95 Points - Colossal colour: very saturated purple/red, with a concentrated plum juice aroma to match. The wine is very intense and concentrated, essency and mouth-filling, with tremendous power and density, at the same time impressively supple and smooth, fleshy and easy on the tongue. It borders on jammy but gets away with it. A lush, decadent style of shiraz. (620 bottles) 30/3/2018
Drink 2018 to 2028
93 Points - Here's a big brooding type. Old school Barossa if you will. As dark as the night's sky, this is all bulging biceps and chest pumped out.
Cedar, dark chocolate, wood smoke and strips of cured meat. The mouth is consumed by layers of interest peeling back effortlessly. Wood spices chime in with clove and chunky Christmas cake bites. A creaminess slides through in the background all while dark berry fruits fold over one another with absolute ease. Bitter chocolate tantalises on a long finish. Special friends and lovely piece of beef the go-to for wines like this.
Cellar comfortably beyond a decade. 17/3/2018
Tyson Stelzer (www.tysonstelzer.com)
94 Points - The power and might of this single block high in the hills of Ebenezer in the northern Barossa effortlessly swallows up 20 months in a new French puncheon. It has emerged a deep black purple, rippling with density of black fruits, black pastilles and coal dust. A wine for lovers of the full impact of the northern Barossa, yet with line, length, finely structured tannins and balance to support it.
2015 Vineyard Series Ebenezer Shiraz
94 Points - If I were charged with awarding a prize to the best newcomer for 2017, Hayes Family Wines would be right up there to take the gong. The quality across the range has been mightily impressive and is capped off in style by this Shiraz - their flagship.
Andrew Seppelt, take a bow. This is a glorious rendition of Barossa Shiraz. Veneers of interest peeling back at every turn.
Chocolate and caramel rolled in to one, Caramello Koala esque. Flirtatious spice courtesy of cardamon, clove with a finely tuned coconut husk and butterscotch touch. Sumptuous dark fruits evoke nothing but comfort. Creamy through the mouth, baking spices put the feet on the dash in cruise mode finishing long and very satisfying.
Still youthful, this will be even better in time as the acid has room to relax. Cellaring beyond a decade will be easily done.. 29/9/2017