Nick Stock, www.jamessuckling.com
98 Points - A brooding nose, deep inky iodine-like notes as well as dark cherry, plum and redder berries, this is a statement of purity and concentration, really impressive craftsmanship too. The palate has a silky and luscious feel, beautifully realised tannins, velvety, even and flawless, a core of sweet red plum flavour and a long, pure fruit finish. Masterful wine. Drink now and for 15+ years.
97 Points - This is stellar. The length, the breadth, the form, the immaculate rollout of tannin. It shows cherry plum, earth, violet and spice, but the sum of such humble parts is so much more than that. Milk chocolate from oak simply goes with the flow. We stand in the presence of something resembling greatness.
Gary Walsh, WineFront
97 Points - This is a super Vat 9. The best since the miraculous 2007. NB: Private Bin members price is $60. Textbook clean Hunter Shiraz – sweet mixed berry fruit, subtle perfume of vanilla and violet florals, slight licorice richness. So beautiful, so svelte and composed, medium bodied, supple juicy fruited, superb milk chocolate tannin, super length. Depth. Seduction. Superlatives. One out of the the box. A true flagship. Will keep for as long as you want to keep it.
96 Points - An outstanding Hunter shiraz from a great year. It has a deep, bright colour and a bouquet of dark fruits, spices and earthy, meaty notes. It’s full-bodied, intense and concentrated. The length is augmented by ample fine-grained tannins. 5-30
One of the great early lessons I learned about Hunter Shiraz was watching the 1991 vintage of Vat 9 morph from a bright, fruit-sweet and polished two-year-old wine - very similar to this one now - into a deeply earthy and satisfying, classically regional red over the ensuing five to 10 years.
John Lewis, Newcastle Herald
From a superb Hunter red vintage, this won a gold medal at the 2015 Hunter Valley Wine Show. It is bright crimson, with purple tints, has gamey aromas and registers 13.9 per cent alcohol. Vibrant Satsuma plum flavour zips onto the front of the palate and Morello cherry, spice, licorice and subtle savoury oak meld on the middle palate. Persistent berry fruit and earthy tannins combine at the finish. Get it and the 2015 Johnno’s Semillon at the Broke Road, Pokolbin, cellar door and at tyrrells.com.au