Vibrant purple-crimson colour introduces a rainbow array of black cherry, blackberry aromas, the palate standing out as New World, mouthfilling and long, the perfectly pitched oak (36% new, mainly French) added a dimension in tandem with ripe, fine-grained tannins. Drink to 2030. 96 points, James Halliday, winecompanion.com.au
Deep red/purple colour, very youthful for its years. Floral and dried spice aromas, with some nutmeg and walnut hints. Tar and black olives. Oak has been sensitively used: the fruit does the talking. A very good wine: full-bodied and mouthfilling, with stacks of flavour and ample soft, powdery tannins to back it all up. It's rich and has superb texture. Balanced and lingering -- a satisfying mouthful of Shiraz. Drink to 2036. 95 points, Huon Hooke, huonhooke.com.
Located three hours south of Perth, Margaret River is Western Australia’s most prestigious wine-growing region. Serious vineyard development began only in the late 1960’s following the publication of a report by John Gladstones in 1965 stating that the area had a similar climate to Pomerol or St Emilion, with low frost risk, plenty of sunshine and equable temperatures within the growing season promoting even ripening. Margaret River’s climate is warm and maritime, with some cooling influence provided by southeast trade winds. The soils derive from granitic and a gneissic rock over which laterite has formed. The region can be divided in three sub-regions: the cooler south between Yallingup and Karridale with predominantly lateritic gravelly loamy sands and sandy loams; the warm and sunnier Willyabrup in the centre with predominantly gravelly loams, but some gritty sandy loams and granitic gravels; and Margaret River in the north with similar soils, but slightly cooler temperatures. This is entirely consistent with style; the wines from Willyabrup being more generous than the highly structured wines of the north and the elegant styles of the south. Margaret River is best known for high quality Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc Semillon blends and top notch Cabernet Sauvignon and Bordeaux blends. Over the years, the region has established an astonishing reputation illustrating a consistency in quality and a strongly focused winemaking culture.