Deep purple. Boysenberry and mulberry aromas with a hint of cedar and pepper. Similar berry fruits show through on the opulent, textured palate with a lingering finish.
|Vintage:||2013||Grape Varietals:||55% Shiraz, 45% Cabernet Sauvignon||ABV:||14.5%|
|Aging:||New and older French and American oak was used for the maturation of selected wine parcels over a period of 13 months.|
Fermentation took place over 10 – 12 days in a combination of open and static fermenters. The temperature was closely monitored to ensure the wine retains its natural fruit expression. New and older French and American oak was used for the maturation of selected wine parcels over a period of 13 months. These parcels were put together from our family estate to best demonstrate the depth and character of our fruit, balanced by integrated oak.
|Item Number||Unit||Units/Case||Type||UPC - bottle||SCC - case||SRP/Unit|
|A0EE156056SCL||750ml||12||Glass||7 84585 00895 7||1 07 84585 00895 4||$18.99|
"Dark black violet color. Aromas and flavors of wet earth, blackberry jam, saddle, and smoked poblano pepper with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry medium-to-full body and a peppery, refreshing, medium-long lavender, twigs and stems, and dried pomegranate finish with chewy, dusty tannins and moderate oak. Well-integrated aromas and flavors along with a rustic yet refined edge make wine drinkers seeking adventure beg for another sip."
- Tastings (March 2017), 93 Points - Gold Medal - Exceptional - Best Buy - Cellar Selection
"Medium to deep garnet colored, the 2015 Shiraz / Cabernet has baked plums and crème de cassis with nuances of eucalyptus and chocolate box. Medium to full bodied, the palate has plenty of juicy baked berry flavors and a chewy texture, finishing uncomplicated."
- Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #232, August 2017), 87 pts
"(raised in new and used French and American oak for 13 months): Bright violet color. Spice- and smoke-accented dark berry and cherry aromas pick up a suggestion of pipe tobacco with air. Supple, sweet and densely packed, offering bitter cherry and blackberry flavors and a refreshing jolt of cracked pepper on the back half. Supple tannins give shape to the energetic, spicy finish. - Josh Raynolds"
- Vinous (March 2016), 90 pts
The three red wines from this producer are all well above average efforts with lots of flavor as well as Australia's so easily obtainable, lush fruit. The 2013 Shiraz/Cabernet Sauvignon (55% and 45% respectively) exhibits a dark ruby/purple hue along with a layered, peppery, berry fruit-scented nose revealing licorice and meaty notes. From a much lighter vintage, it is a supple, easygoing red to enjoy now and over the next several years. - Robert Parker"
- Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate (November 2014), 87 pts
"Vibrant, with juicy plum and herb flavors on a lively frame, gaining breadth and a light grip of tannins as the finish lingers. Drink now through 2016. 5,000 cases made. - HS"
Wine Spectator (October 31st 2013), 88 pts + Daily Wine Pick
"More interesting, the 2012 Shiraz Cabernet, a blend of 55% Shiraz and 45% Cabernet Sauvignon, was aged in a combination of new and used French and American oak barrels. It offers notes of mint, pepper, spice and blackberries in a rich, medium to full-bodied, silky textured, plump, juicy style. Enjoy it over the next 1-2 years."
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #208, August 2013), 88 pts
The 2012 Shiraz/Cabernet Sauvignon (55% Shiraz and 45% Cabernet Sauvignon) is slightly richer than the 2013, revealing slightly more body and opulence as well as a similar bouquet of blackberries, licorice and hints of spring flowers as well as spicy wood. Nicely textured, lush and slightly longer than the 2013, it can be drunk over the next several years. - Robert Parker"
- Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate (November 2014), 88 pts
"Vivid ruby. Musky, smoke-accented aromas of dark berries and cherry compote. Juicy and sharply focused, offering bitter cherry and cassis flavors and a hint of dark chocolate. Dusty tannins add a firm edge to the finish, which lingers with good, spicy persistence. - Josh Raynolds"
- Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (July / August 2013), 88 pts
"Rich elegant fruit aromas with very subtle mocha. Delicate palate with plenty of attractive varietal fruits working seamlessly with the oak."
Australian Wine Showcase (April 2013), 91 pts + Silver Medal