Ranked #17 of 23 2010 Shiraz from Coonawarra
Deep, rich red/purple colour. Shy nose, with some plum and licorice aromas. The palate is intense, full-bodied and chewy tannic, showing the effects of liberal use of oak. Indeed, the tannins taste a little oaky. This is still quite immature and needs years to show its best. It's just a bit clinical and lacks sex appeal.
Drink: 2016 to 2040
94 Points Robert Parker
Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2010 Michael Shiraz is a little closed on the nose to begin, with savory scents of raw meat and yeast extract over a core of black plums, crushed blackberries and mulberries plus a touch of pepper. Tightly knit and well-structured in the mouth, it has a firm level of rounded tannins, lively acid and a long, layered finish. Drink it from 2014 to 2024+.
Source: Robert Parker (Robert Parker Wine Advocate) by Lisa Perrotti-Brown. February, 2013
97 Points James Halliday
Convincing crimson-purple colour sends an early signal of a complete wine with a virtually limitless future thanks to admirable control of alcohol, starting in the vineyard and finishing in the winery. This is in turn expressed by red cherry (of itself unusual in Coonawarra), black cherry and spiced plum. The extensive new oak ageing means the wine needs a minimum of 7 years from vintage to reach a long plateau thereafter. Drink to 2040.
Source: James Halliday. August, 2013