95 Points - Robert Parker
The exotic, full-throttle, high velocity, mouth-staining, unctuously textured, dense ruby/purple-hued 2003 Grenache Old Vines Blewitt Springs is classic southern Australian Grenache. Pushed to the limit, but not over the top, it is a spectacular wine.
95 Points - Robert Parker
93 Points - Robert Parker
The 2002 Ironstone Pressings GSM may be the finest example of this cuvee I have yet tasted. A blend of 75% Grenache, 20% Shiraz, and 5% Mourvedre, its deep ruby/purple color is accompanied by an explosive perfume of dried herbs, black fruits, ground pepper, licorice, and old oak. This full-bodied, powerful, opulent blend boasts loads of fruit, wonderfully sweet glycerin, and a long finish with outstanding purity, definition, and structure.
94 Points - Jeremy Oliver
A wild, heady and briary perfume of raspberries, red cherries, redcurrants and dark plums overlies a meaty, musky background of baked earth, spice and blueberries. It’s rich and voluptuous, robust and powerfully flavoured, with deep Black Forest Cake-like layers of intense, brambly berry influences supported by fine, drying undercarriage and finishing with lingering suggestions of black jelly beans. Likely to thicken out further.
96 Points - Jay Miller (erobertparker.com)
The 2005 Syrah Moritz Vineyard was sourced from “only” 30-year-old vines. It offers floral notes, cassis, bacon, smoked meat, and blueberry compote. Opulent and sweet with gobs of flavour.
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.
92 Points - James Halliday
Strong colour; medium to full-bodied; generous cassis/plum fruit, supple and smooth.
Dark red. Textbook merlot notes of minty cherry and chocolate on the nose, with a deeper coffee tone. Fat and almost oily, with bitter-edged cherry and licorice flavors showing a meaty, earthy character. Powerful, chewy and dense, the dark cherry note repeating on the finish. This needs some air.
92 Points - Jay Miller (erobertparker.com)
The 2006 Grenache Onkaparinga was reviewed as a barrel sample in Issue 173. Purple-colored, it has a reticent bouquet of black cherry, plum, and boysenberry. Layered on the palate with ample sweet fruit.
94-96 Points - Robert Parker
Roman Bratasiuk’s newest baby looks to be fabulous. From the gravel/ironstone soils of the Onkaparinga Vineyard, the 2005 Grenache exhibits exotic notes of kirsch, boysenberries, blackberries, white chocolate, and flowers. Beautifully spicy, exotic, full-throttle Grenache.
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.