Rufus Stone Heathcote Shiraz
by James Halliday on Mon, February 1st 2016
91 Points - Promises throaty flavour and delivers it well. Blackberry, cloves and mint with a slip of well-measured chocolatey/creamy oak. Seals the deal through the finish. Reliably good.
by Tony Love on Wed, July 29th 2015
4 1/2 Star - Star, An immediately attractive shiraz with plenty of generous, mid-dark plum fruit highlights given a regional and genre enhancing under layer of what we now see typically as cooler-climate characters — some white pepper rather than darker, exotic Asian spices, a palate neatly balancing cleverly oak-tinted elements, and fresh, dark cherry fruit crunch. It holds itself up with a delicious ripeness and is immensely enjoyable.
by John Lehman on Sat, June 27th 2015
Hunter Valley wine legend Bruce Tyrrell reckons his 2013 Rufus Stone Shiraz, which began being shipped out from his winery yesterday, is on par with the peerless 2002 vintage. This Heathcote beauty finds the sweet spot, combining generous dark fruits with savoury elegance. A gold medal winner for sure and worth every cent of its $25 price tag.
by Gary Walsh on Fri, June 19th 2015
91 Points - Mint chocolate, blackberry, some pepper and pretty vanilla oak in the back. It’s big, but soft and juicy with well bedded tannin, balanced acidity and plenty of depth and flavour. Layers of plum and chocolate on the finish, but has fresh berried perkiness too. Smooth. Post purchase, I don’t think anyone will come away feeling disappointed.
by Huon Hook on Fri, June 12th 2015
93 Points - Very deep, dark red/purple colour; rich, ripe black fruit aromas, with subtle deftly handled oak. The wine id full-bodied and ample, with abundant tannin in good balance, the finish long and full, while the flavour is mineral and ‘iron tonic-like’, typical of Heathcote. Long, firm finish, with a minerally quality which lingers and a major final grip.