90 pts Wine Enthusiast Editors Choice 4/1/2007
Round and plush, this is immediately accessible, and should be consumed over the near term. Vanilla, cedar and a hint of caramel accent the blackberry jam flavors. The fruit is a bit cooked, but it picks up a nice peppery edge and some coffee notes on the finish.
88 pts Robert Parker, Jr. The Wine Advocate #167
Longwood’s well-made, straightforward 2005 Shiraz (aged in primarily American and French 300 liter hogsheads) exhibits a dense ruby/purple color along with plenty of licorice, blackberry, and cherry fruit. Enjoy this mouth filling, chewy, fleshy effort over the next 2-3 years.
88 pts Wine Spectator. Web Only (2007)
Ripe and spicy, with a distinct star anise and cinnamon bark note adding interest to the ripe berry flavors that linger on the toasty finish.