90 Points - Wine Enthusiast
A blend of Shiraz (70%), Cabernet Franc (20%) and Cabernet Sauvignon (10%). The Cab Franc comes through loud and clear on the palate and the long finish, where the plum fruit is taut, even a little tart. The fleshy berries and plums on the nose, though, say Shiraz. Well-behaved, and a successful if unusual blend.
94 Points - Jay Miller (robertparker.com)
The 2006 Pressings Shiraz Caravan of Dreams was aged for 18 months in new American oak. It offers an expressive nose of cedar, spice box, pencil lead, game, and blueberry compote. Dense, full-bodied, and structured on the palate, it has a big core of concentrated, savory blue and black fruit, with pepper and chocolate notes making an appearance. Give it 6-8 years of additional cellaring and drink it from 2015 to 2030.
“...AKIN TO YOUR YOUNG LATOUR BEING SOFTENED WITH LE PIN” Garagiste, Seattle
The Shiraz from Heathcote has incredibly inky black colour, the underlying difference between the two regions is fruit flavour and palate structure. The wines of McLaren Vale tend to be more voluptuous, almost pure fruit bombs but do not have the finesse and tannin structure that the wines from Heathcote deliver. The pure concentration of the black pepper and red berry flavours of Heathcote compliment the rich character of the McLaren Vale. The result of Ben’s dream is Trademark Shiraz.
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.
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+.
1 x Caravan of Dreams Shiraz 2006
1 x Trademark Shiraz 2006
2 x Cambrian Shiraz 2005
2 x Cambrian Shiraz 2006
91 Points - Robert Parker
This 2002 reveals the vintage’s cool climate character in its restrained aromas and flavors as well as its European-like elegance and ripe flavor. The 2002 Shiraz 1914 spent 22 months in 50% new American and the rest older French and American barrels. Reminiscent of a Northern Rhone offering, it is a pure, elegant Shiraz exhibiting notes of tapenade, black cherries, berries, flowers, licorice, and barrique.
92-94 Points - Jay S Miller (erobertparker.com)
The 2005 Shiraz 1914 is similarly styled to the 1928, but with slightly greater depth and concentration. It can be enjoyed over the next 10-15 years. The J. J. Hahn wines are made by Rolf Binder from two vineyards separated by 50 yards, one planted in 1914 and the other in 1928. Both were tasted from barrel samples. They were aged in American oak, 30% new.
This 2002 reveals the vintage’s cool climate character in its restrained aromas and flavors as well as its European-like elegance and ripe flavor. The 2002 Shiraz 1928 (from a vineyard planted that year) was aged in a combination of 40% new American and 60% used French wood. Dark ruby-colored, with an attractive bouquet of black currants, cherries, berries, dried herbs, earth, and spice box, it is an elegant, finesse-styled, medium-bodied Shiraz.