WA 95-97 A barrel sample of the spectacular 2003 Shiraz Greens Vineyard revealed great stuffing, intensity, and more alcohol, glycerin, texture, and persistence than its older sibling. It will be a classic Barossa Shiraz to drink over the next several decades. This is one of the most brilliantly run wineries in Australia, and the quality of the entire portfolio is impressive thanks to the enviable talents of winemaker Kevin Mitchell ... also one of South Australia’s “good guys.” RPJ Oct 2005
WA 95 A new offering from Kevin Mitchell is the 2003 Shiraz M Reserve, which is fashioned from a single vineyard in McLaren Vale. Aged 24 months in French and American oak hogsheads (40% new), this unfiltered blockbuster possesses fabulous stuffing along with sweet cassis and blackberry fruit, truffle, camphor, flower, and melted asphalt characteristics. With enormous flavor dimensions and a multi-layered texture, this is Australian Shiraz at its biggest, richest, and most intense. It should drink well for 15+ years. RPJ Oct 2005
WA 97. The blockbuster 2003 Shiraz Oracle, aged in 300 liter French hogsheads (50% new and 50% 1-year-old), possesses classic blackberry, graphite, and cassis notes, a full-bodied, powerful style, great definition and purity, and surprising elegance and lightness for a wine of this size and richness. Approachable now, it should age nicely for 15 or more years. RPJ Oct 2006.
WA 96-98. The stunning 2003 Shiraz Reserve was fashioned from low yields of one ton of fruit per acre, and aged in 100% new French oak hogsheads. It boasts an inky/purple color, off the charts concentration, and a spectacular, full-bodied nose of blackberries, blueberries, graphite, and smoky espresso. Rich and intensely concentrated, with an inky taste as well as tremendous thickness, it’s not for everybody, but it is neither over the top nor out of balance. Patience will be required. Anticipated maturity: 2008-2020+. This is one of the most brilliantly run wineries in Australia, and the quality of the entire portfolio is impressive...