This two acre vineyard was planted in 1920 in the foothills of Willunga. The soils are deep, gravelly loams and this block always show great old vine complexity with a suppleness of Willunga soils. A very different wine to those produced from the Coriole estate. The nose shows blueberry and sage with hints of charcuterie. The palate is very soft and rich, beautifully framed by very fine tannin and finished by a floral rose lift.
"Deep and dark purple colour in the glass. Cherry Ripe aromatics of dark chocolate and ripe berry fruit. Oak is toasty. Graphite and licorice add earthy charm. Gently round when sipped, an initial burst of mulberry fruit channels quickly into lovely, lifted red cherry acidity. Modern and lively. Loads of length. Kudos. 96 points"
Nick Butler, The Real Review
"An old site established in 1920 services the name. This is a smooth ride. Dense. Mocha, black olive, mulberry, blueberry and spice, with a spool of pepper-doused acidity towing the rear long and effortless. The cedary oak glosses the fabric, rather than ripping it apart. Exceptional warm climate shiraz. 95 points"
Ned Goodwin, James Halliday's Wine Companion
"Deep, dark and perfumed. Dark chocolate, damp earth, lavender and spice, ripe blackberry and raspberry, black olive rolled in dried herbs. It’s full-bodied, rippling with earthy and ferrous tannin, saline and fragrant, has grip and depth of flavour, and rolls out very long, with a distinct toasted hazelnut flavour as it goes. Powerful and distinctive. 95 points"
Gary Walsh, The Winefront