96.5 Points Robert Parker
The 2008 Old Bastard is 100% Shiraz off 115 year old bush vines. Very deep purple-black colored, the nose is youthfully mute giving subtle notes of damp soil and underbrush over a floral scents, dark cherries, crushed blueberries, mulberries, nutmeg, allspice and a whiff of cardamom. With coaxing, aromas of chocolate and menthol emerge. The palate is very full-bodied and richly fruited with a high level of enlivening acid, firm, very finely textured tannins and a long mocha and baking spice finish. Consider broaching this beauty from 2013 and drink to 2022+.
Source: Robert Parker (Wine Advocate) by Lisa Perrotti-Brown. January, 2010
95 Points James Halliday
Exceptionally old vines from 1893 have produced a dark and uncompromisingly dense offering full of black fruits, charred meat, fennel and bitter chocolate; thickly textured, the wine is epic in every regard. This is a take no prisoners wine. Drink to 2040.
Source: James Halliday. January, 2011
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