"Fresh, focused and deftly balanced, this is replete with currant, plum and dark berry fruit that is shaded by hints of mint, fromage blanc and white pepper. Comes together seamlessly on the expressive finish. Drink now through 2020. 750 cases made. - HS"
"This Estate-grown cabernet is the top selection from the Thorn-Clarke vineyards, aged in French Oak. It's a seamless red, incorporating substantial tannins into pure black currant cabernet fruit. The herbal and green_olive accents in the tannins add flavors depth, and the wine gains extraordinary lenght of fragrance with air. A rich wine that will age on its tannins rather than its freshness, this should be closing in on its peak in another three to five years"
"This Eden Valley wine displays classic Cabernet structure. It’s full-bodied and powerful, but never jammy or soft, like some Barossa Cabs. Vanilla accents pristine cassis fruit, which shows enormous depth. Drink 2018–2025, and very possibly beyond."
"Full crimson-purple; while quite soft overall, both in fruit and tannin terms, the wine is full-bodied and fleshy, with dark chocolate and licorice joining the blackcurrant fruit and cedary oak. 14% alc."
James Halliday's TOP 100 over $20 (November 2012), 97 pts
"(aged for 16 months in new and used French oak hogsheads): Inky ruby. An exotically perfumed bouquet evokes fresh blackcurrant, cherry compote and pipe tobacco, with smoke and vanilla nuances adding complexity. Sappy and expansive on the palate, with vibrant dark fruit and floral pastille flavors showing liqueur-like depth and surprising vivacity. The gently tannic finish displays excellent focus, repeating spiciness and strong cling. - Josh Raynolds" - Vinous (March 2016), 92 pts
"Eden Valley, cabernet sauvignon and '12 is a potent combination, with guaranteed success, but excels itself in this wine with its joyous display of cassis, superfine tannins and all-encompassing freshness.- James Halliday"