Ranked #27 of 50 2003 Shiraz from Barossa Valley
Very good colour for its age. Somewhat subdued bouquet with youthful plummy fruit, and a patina of development. Herbal notes, too. Surprisingly good for the year: nice firm but powdery tannins and balance.
Drink: 2014 to 2021
92 Points Robert Parker
One of this estate’s flagship cuvees, the 2003 Shiraz exhibits a dense ruby/purple hue along with a classic nose of smoky creme de cassis, blackberries, licorice, spice, and pepper. This deep, velvety-textured, full-bodied Shiraz will offer a substantial mouthful of wine over the next 7-8 years.
Source: Robert Parker (Robert Parker Wine Advocate) by Robert M. Parker, Jr. October, 2005
96 Points James Halliday
A classic wine, seriously underpriced, coming predominantly from the 1847 estate plantings. Superb structure and mouthfeel, with blackberry fruit, and seamless French oak in the background. Drink to 2023.
Source: James Halliday. August, 2005