Ranked #30 of 50 2003 Shiraz from Barossa Valley
Deep red, slight purple, slight brickred edge. Lots of dusty earthy toasty oak-derived characters, still has some mocha and chocolate, palate soft and broad, slightly syrupy, oily, plenty of richness and texture, tannins are finer and suppler, I think, than earlier wines. Better than a lot of '03s. Not a refined wine, though. Some alcohol warmth and tannin rasp.
93 Points Robert Parker
The flagship 2003 Meschach comes from the oldest portion of the Filsell Vineyard with vine age close to 100 years. It was aged for 20 months in French and American oak and given another 30 months in bottle prior to release. It offers up aromas of cedar, spice box, truffle, blueberry, and blackberry. On the palate it has plenty of succulent fruit, enough structure to evolve for several more years, and excellent balance. This tasty, complex Shiraz will be at its best from 2010 to 2018.
Source: Robert Parker (Robert Parker Wine Advocate) by Jay S Miller. February, 2009
90 Points James Halliday
Has managed to largely surmount the challenges of the very difficult vintage, with good colour and an abundance of quality American and French oak helping the cause. Drink to 2018.
Source: James Halliday. March, 2008