97++ Points - Stuart McCloskey “A lovely range of colours from balsamic black to a rim of tawny and brick red. The assortment of aromas is quite extraordinary – Blackberry conserve following decanting to smoked meats, tea, liquorice, menthol, cedar, soy, wood smoke following 1-2 hours of aeration. The palate is graceful, sensual, supremely elegant and balanced to perfection – very Margaux in texture. The entry is sweet, but less extravagant than many would expect, which I believe defines this amazing wine. Classic and straddles the new and old world effortlessly. It is difficult to pin exact flavours – the focus centres around unforced, unpretentious splendour (perhaps a little dried orange peel). Silky with a touch of tannin grip. This is a beautiful wine and shows Henschke skill to perfection. Granted, this is not for the cellar and should be consumed over the coming 1-3 years. It’s sad to see the end of a beautiful wine but is as nature intended. Do not serve with food (it’s too special). Decant for 1 hour and use Zalto’s Bordeaux glassware”.
94 Points - James Halliday "Medium red-purple; the moderately intense bouquet is fragrant, with an appropriate array of spicy, foresty, cedary aromas, the fine, light to medium-bodied palate with berry, cedar and olive flavours supported by fine, ripe tannins. Stylish and elegant."
94+ Points - Robert Parker
The 2005 Shiraz Cambrian reveals more chocolate and scorched earth characteristics than the 2004 as well as fuller body, more abundant fruit, and huge tannin, muscle, and extract. Only connoisseurs with great cellars as well as abundant patience should consider purchasing this monster. Anticipated maturity: 2010-2025+.
94 Points - James Halliday "A substantial wine in all respects, with more richness and mouthfeel than many of the 1980s and ’90s; the array of black fruits with a twist of cassis is perfectly balanced, as is the oak and tannin support."
Robert Parker "Revealing a cooler climate style, the 2004 Shiraz reveals abundant richness, but more nuances as well as a more streamlined character, which Europhiles will find more palatable than the bigger-than-life 2003. The 2004 should drink well young, yet age nicely for 10-12 years. This red is a concentrated, full-throttle effort representing a classic example of Barossa winemaking, and, like so many Australian and New Zealand wines, it is finished with a screw cap."
James Halliday "Medium to full red-purple; medium-bodied, and quite elegant, with gently savoury/earthy edges to the spicy/black fruits."
93 Points - Jay Miller (erobertparker.com)
The 2006 Cambrian Shiraz spent 18 months in 50% new French oak. Purple-colored, it reveals an alluring nose of wood smoke, leather, violets, mineral, blueberry, and blackberry liqueur. Full-bodied and structured on the palate, it should evolve for another 5-7 years. It has tons of spicy blue and black fruits, excellent balance, a lengthy finish, and should be at its best from 2013 to 2026.
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97 Points - James Halliday "This wine breaks all the accepted rules/wisdom. Hand-picked, whole bunch-pressed, barrel-fermented in used barrels; matured for 11 months with some lees stirring; once bottled it is held for 18 months' further maturation. Glowing straw-green; it is a truly remarkable wine, with rapier-like intensity and prodigious length to its display of nectarine, gooseberry and citrus before the flinty acidity on its finish. 280 dozen made."
17 Points - Julia Harding (JancisRobinson.com) "Winemaker Stuart Pym was founder/winemaker at Stella Bella. Importer Vinorium have snaffled all the Flowstone library stock. But volumes are very small. Extremely smoky and reductive – flinty more than struck match. Dog Point Section 94 style with excellent freshness and intensity. Drive and length and complexity in that reductive style and deliciously fresh on the long finish. Complex but no loss of vibrancy."
Barossa Super 100 Classification – Wines over $100
With over 100 wines featured in the Classification the list represents the depth of collectable wines of distinction being made in Australia’s most famous wine region.
95 Points - Jay Miller (erobertparker.com)
The 2004 Shiraz “Gregor” was sourced from a younger vineyard and includes some partially dried fruit in the style of Amarone. The wine spent 2 years in new French oak hogsheads. It is more deeply colored than its sibling and has a liqueur/port-like character to its aromas and flavors. Powerful, rich, and layered.
Robert Parker "The 2004 Grenache Clarendon Hills exhibits a lovely dark ruby color along with a big, sweet kiss of black cherry liqueur intermixed with hints of tobacco leaves and resiny pine forest scents. Aromatic, smooth, velvety textured, and sexy, this is a full-bodied, delicious Grenache."
17.5 Points – Jancis Robinson "Bright ruby. Tarry nose. Sinewy texture à la North Rhône. Very polished. I would find it impossible to guess this was not a northern Rhône if it were served blind. Wonderfully fresh, succulent and satisfying."