2016 Vineyard Series Ebenezer Shiraz
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
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