91 pts Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar (JR)
Bright ruby. Fresh red and dark berry aromas are complicated by dusty minerals and Asian spices. Brisk, sharply focused raspberry and blackberry flavors are unfettered by tannins and pick up a subtle graphite quality on the back end. Finishes with tangy mineral bite and a strong echo of dark berries. This is already delicious.
90 pts Robert Parker Jr.'s The Wine Advocate (JM)
The 2005 Shiraz was aged in 30% new American oak for 18 months. Opaque purple-colored, the nose offers up cedar, pepper, game, bacon, and blueberry. Layered, savory, and dense, this nicely balanced Shiraz will evolve for 2-3 years and perform at its best from 2010 to 2018.
87 pts Wine Enthusiast Magazine
Shows some nice complexity marrying earthy undertones with tart berry fruit and peppered meat, but comes across a crisp verging on lean before falling away on the finish. A bit European, or at least cooler climate in style.