93 Points Robert Parker
This wine sees plenty of French oak and is structured, with high levels of extract as well as tannin. It is built for 15-20 years of cellaring. The 1996 Command Shiraz is a big, full, powerful offering. A muscular, powerful wine, it requires another 1-2 years of cellaring, given its robust personality. Anticipated maturity: 2003-2018.
Source: Robert Parker (Robert Parker Wine Advocate) by Robert M. Parker, Jr. June, 2001
89 Points James Halliday
Medium red, starting to show some development. The bouquet is scented, with plush leathery, oaky aromas. The palate is complex, with that ultra-ripe, ultra-minty fruit which is undoubtedly one of the regional characteristics of ripe Barossa Shiraz, and which seems to be intensified by the vanilla oak. Drink to 2006.
Source: James Halliday. June, 2000