2014 Shaw + Smith Balhannah Vineyard Shiraz
JamesSuckling.com - Top 100 Wines of Australia - January 2017
A cooler 2014 vintage has sent this into peppery, stony and spicy mode. Indeed, it's really complex and nicely layered, especially in terms of the aromatics where wild red plums meet blackberries, and the oak is nicely integrated too. The palate has impressive finesse and finely detailed tannin texture. There's some spark to it, just as peppery cherries, raspberries and blackberries hold fresh and lively. A wine that speaks of purity and place, and one that's pared back and focused. Drink now to 2025+.
Huon Hooke - The Real Review - July 2016
Deep ruby colour with a tinge of purple. Intensely spicy aromas, with a trace of white pepper and a whiff of foresty stemmy character from the 70% whole-bunch fermentation. Background smoky notes; traces of chocolate and vanilla. The palate is medium to full-bodied and very elegant, the tannins chalky and fine-grained, running the full length of the palate and contributing to a cleansing, refreshing finish. Very intense, focused and long. A superb cool-climate style of shiraz. (Altitude: 380 metres). Drink 2016 to 2034.