Aged primarily in older American and French oak, unlike most entry level wines which are aged in tank with oak ‘alternatives’. Bottled earlier than the other Tim Smith Shiraz wines to provide a wine that is fruit forward, with the older oak providing a countering oak tannin balance to the palate.
'Dark cherry, liquorice and vanilla. Full bodied, red and black fruit, savoury coal kind of stuff, smattering of sage and assorted dried herbs, grainy but pliant tannin, and a satisfying finish. It’s Barossa Shiraz ready to go. Not too heavy, not too light. Good stuff.'
91 points - Gary Walsh, winefront.com