Ranked #90 of 141 2010 Shiraz from Barossa Valley
Good colour: deep red/purple; the bouquet oaky and toasty from a long time in barrels. It's oak-driven and needs time to mellow. A hint of creosote. The palate is very gripping and tannic, the flavours a little forward and lacking freshness and primary fruit. The finish and aftertaste are very firm and there is a finishing taste of oak. I hope they haven't overdone the oak: it seems that way today. Give it a few years in the cellar and hope for the best.
Drink: 2016 to 2030
91 Points Robert Parker
Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2010 Stonewell Shiraz opens to aromas of creme de cassis, warm blackberries and black cherry coulis with hints of dark chocolate, espresso, Chinese five spice and underbrush. Medium to full-bodied, it offers a nice harmony of warm blackberry and exotic spice flavors framed by medium to firm, rounded tannins and balanced acidity before finishing with very good persistence. Drink it now to 2020+.
Source: Robert Parker (Robert Parker Wine Advocate) by Lisa Perrotti-Brown. April, 2014