92-95 Points - Robert Parker
It is always easy to pick out the Blewitt Springs Grenache given its flamboyant, jammy blueberry and black raspberry style. The full-bodied, rich, showy 2005 Grenache Blewitt Springs is deeper-colored than the Clarendon Hills and Hickinbotham as well as super-pure.
92-95 Points - Robert Parker
The wine shows an abundance of layered flavours and with careful wine making practices has made a fuller yet softer style, well structured, balance and the palate has great length.
92 Points - Jeremy Oliver
Deeply flavoured, elegant and fine-grained, with an alluring, wild, earthy and floral bouquet of redcurrants, dark plums and blueberry confiture backed by meaty, musky nuances. Supported by fine, bony tannins, it’s long and elegant, with a seamless length of vibrant red and blue fruits, finishing quite savoury with notes of cloves and licorice.
95 Points - Jay Miller (erobertparker.com)
The 2005 Syrah Onkaparinga delivers scents of toasty oak, crushed rock, pencil lead, game, bacon, and blueberry. Voluptuous but impeccably balanced, it has enough structure to evolve for 8-10 years and should drink well through 2030.
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.
Petit Verdot can rarely stand on its own, but Craneford’s 2004 is an inky/blue/purple-coloured offering displaying notes of incense, liquid minerals, black fruits, and damp earth.
92 Points - Lisa Perotti-Brown (erobertparker.com)
The 2008 Hickinbotham Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon has a very deep garnet-purple color and intense notes of black currant juice, Provence herbs, kirsch, chocolate, espresso, pencil shavings and iron ore. Full-bodied, very crisp and rich with a high level of fine tannins, it has a long coffee laced finish. Drink it 2012 to 2018.
90 Points - Jay Miller (erobertparker.com)
There are 9,000 cases of the 2005 Explorateur Old Vines Shiraz (with 12% Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend). It was aged for 12 months in French oak and bottled unfiltered. Purple-colored, it displays reticent aromas of toast, scorched earth, tar, blueberry, and blackberry. Ripe and sweet, with some elegance, it has good depth, moderate tannin, and a medium-long finish. Give it 3-4 years in the cellar and drink it through 2020.
90 Points - 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.