1973 planted 8 acre block of Shiraz at the western extremity of the Yarra Yering vineyard.
Hand-picked from the '73 planting, 75% whole berry/25% whole bunch, open-fermented, 10-14 days on skins, matured for 12 months in French barriques (30% new). The fragrant and oh so vitally fresh red and purple fruits, spices and pepper are a serenade to the vintage. Drink to: 2037; Alcohol: 13%; Rating: 97 Points & Special Value Star; James Halliday Wine Companion
Deepish red/purple colour with a pepper-dominant aroma, black pepper is uppermost among a basket of spices. There's a hint of vegetal note, too; definite whole-bunch nuances. The fruit flavour wins. The palate is deep in sweetly ripe dark cherry, raspberry and blackberry flavours and the tannins are nicely rounded. It has a lovely fruit-sweet core. Utterly delicious shiraz. (Single vineyard wine, vines planted 1973. Fermented with some stalks and whole berries, and aged in 500-litre puncheons). Rating: 96 Points; Huon Hooke; The Real Review
Wow. This is deep and full of character with soft and fine tannins that frame beautiful ripe fruit, spices and smoke. Extremely long and flavorful. Balanced and real. Drink now. Screw cap. Rating: 95 Points; James Suckling
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