96 Points - James Halliday "Hand-picked, 14 days on skins, 20 months in French barriques and hogsheads (72% new). Good depth to the colour; a powerful, medium to full-bodied shiraz expressing place, variety and vinification to maximum benefit. The black cherry and satsuma plum fruit has the usual cool grown exotic spices, and the tannins do their job to perfection."
Barossa Super 100 Classification – Wines over $100
With over 100 wines featured in the Classification the list represents the depth of collectible wines of distinction being made in Australia’s most famous wine region.
95 Points – Jay Miller (erobertparker.com)
The 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Ashmead is a single vineyard selection aged for 18 months in new French 300-liter barrels (aka hogsheads). It offers up a superb bouquet of pain grille, pencil lead, scorched earth, espresso, spice box, black currant, and blackberry liqueur. Opulent on the palate, it has gobs of succulent black fruit, well-concealed ripe tannins, impeccable balance, and a long finish. Cellar it for 5-7 years and drink it from 2014 to 2028.
International Wine Challenge: Gold 2008
92+ Points - Stuart McCloskey
The multi award winning Shiraz (Gold at the IWC & 94 points Robert Parker) is a benchmark for Shiraz and for the Barossa region. The ’05 occurred slightly later than usual, resulting in excellent quality fruit with higher Baume, good natural acid and superb flavour. Ten years has taken the wine to a wonderful meaty edge not to dissimilar to a great Syrah from the Northern Rhone. Incredibly wine and value to boot.
97 Points - James Halliday
The wine lives up to its reputation as one of Australia's greatest chardonnays, and you wonder why it isn't more frequently mentioned in dispatches. The answer is at least partly due to the very small amounts judged by Petaluma to be up to the strict standards set. Grapefruit leads the superb flavours of the palate, white peach in close attendance. The acidity is precise, the oak merely a means to an end.