Very meaty, savoury, animal and a touch of funk. Palate a bit hollow and harsh, some hardness, just OK. Falls away a bit short. Passable.
87 Points James Halliday
Like the Filsell Vineyard shiraz, only more so, driven throughout with rich, vanillin American oak. However, there is a lot of concentrated fruit deriving from the old vines, giving plenty of flesh and sweetness to the mid-palate, finishing with soft, chewy tannins. Retasted on half a dozen occasions through the latter part of 1995 with consistent tasting notes; lots of warm chocolatey fruit and seductive oak. Retasted yet again late '96 with the American oak all pervasive. Some just love the style. Drink to 2003.
Source: James Halliday. October, 1996