Our Riesling Block vineyard was first planted in 1919 to a mixture of varieties. In the late 1970s it was planted to riesling before eventually grafted across to shiraz is the late 1980s. Just 4 barrels produced (120 dozen).
"Sourced from a vineyard replanted with shiraz in 1988, after a dally with riesling. Destemmed before the usual 10 days on skins, here. Pressed to oak (20% new) for 18 months. This has a noble detail that transcends its Soloist and Estate siblings. Terra Rossa. Meaning, a limestone substrata. A finessed tannic weave is melded to a mineral chord, pulling dark/blue fruits and licorice flavours long. Standard baking spice and cocoa oak. Yet the attraction lies in the texture. 94 points"
Ned Goodwin, Halliday Wine Companion
"Very deep purple/red colour, with a dark chocolate and black fruit bouquet, the palate intense and full-bodied, potent and long finishing, with plenty of firm tannins that are nevertheless in balance. It's concentrated, essency and driving, a very smart young shiraz with a big future. 93 points"
Huon Hooke, The Real Review
"Fresh blackberry, cocoa, spice, white flowers. It’s medium-bodied, cocoa and spice, a freshness and lively feel to it, almost a Viognier white flower and apricot kernel character, succulent and yet savoury, perfume and chalky tannin grip, with a brisk blue fruited finish of good length. Kind of frisky, but good. 92 points"
Gary Walsh, The Winefront