94 Points - James Halliday "80% cool-fermented in stainless steel, 20% as cloudy juice in used French oak. This gives a tactile flavour expression equalled by few other Australian sauvignon blancs. It's not about Marlborough, but the Loire Valley/Bordeaux of France at half the price."
Jay Miller "The 2006 John Speke GSM is a blend of 50% Grenache, 30% Shiraz, and 20% Mourvedre sourced from vines over 60 years of age. Dark ruby-coloured, it has an enticing nose of spice box, scorched earth, forest floor, cherry, and blueberry. Velvety-textured and elegantly-styled, this savoury blend conceals beautiful silky tannins."
95 Points Stuart McCloskey “The bouquet unfurls beautifully with brambly fruits, undergrowth, leather, saline and touches of fireside hearth (the morning after) which developed over time. There is something comforting about this wine, which I find particularly attractive. Refined, effortless and silken in texture. It’s one of those wines which puts a smile on your face. The wine has clearly melded beautifully since bottling with a solid core of sweet, ripe fruit hugged by silky-smooth tannins which add texture and balance. Like the bouquet, this is delightfully comforting with each sip tempting you back for another. Quite a wistful gem…”