92 pts Robert Parker, Jr.'s The Wine Advocate #173
The 2005 Shiraz Reserve raises the bar. It was aged for 18 months in 50% new American oak and 50% used French oak. Purple/magenta in color, it presents an aromatic array of pain grillé, scorched earth, plum, game, and blueberry. Layered and sweet, this full-bodied Shiraz has a solid structure, superb balance, and a long, pure finish. Give it 4-6 years to blossom and drink it through 2024.
91 pts Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar 2007
Inky ruby. Explosively perfumed nose displays exotic red and dark berry liqueur, Indian spices, cigar box and licorice. The juicy raspberry and cassis flavors are firmed by supple tannins and expand nicely through the finish. Impressively precise for a wine with such punch, finishing with outstanding persistence and a candied licorice quality.
91 pts Wine Enthusiast 2008
This is a full-bodied, firmly structured Shiraz with plummy, intense aromas tinged with licorice and framboise. Bits of chocolate, mint and spice accent the plum and raspberry flavors, and the wine finishes crisp, dry and deeply textured. It should drink well from now through 2015.