Made by a scion of a prominent Barossan winemaking family, it perhaps should be no surprise that the 2016 Mon Pere Shiraz is a top Tasmanian example. Prominent cracked pepper notes accent ripe cherry fruit in this medium-bodied wine that combines the weight and feel of Old World Syrah with the bold fruit and expressiveness of the New World. Perhaps most akin to a top Saint-Joseph, it's the sort of Shiraz that is winning new converts to the variety.
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+.
Decanter World Wine Awards: Platinum 2018
98 Points - James Halliday
From two old vineyards in McLaren Vale with an average age of over 80yo, wild yeast open-fermented, plunged, basket-pressed. Deeply coloured, this plum, blackberry and dark chocolate wine has countless layers of tightly wound fruit, the gently savoury finish providing flavour and texture balance beyond compare. Oak? Yes, it's there somewhere.
Jason Schwarz – Located in the quaint township of Bethany, this special block was planted with Shiraz vines by my parents in 1968 and has been hand tendered by them ever since. Low yielding and dry grown it produces fruit of great intensity and depth. I hope you will enjoy this wines as much as I enjoy making it.
92 Points - James Halliday
Intense purple-red; floods the mouth with full-on confit black fruits, sufficiently luscious to largely carry the alcohol; heroic style, but a good one, particularly in 20 years or so.
92 Points - Robert Parker
Winemakers notes - "To create Shiraz Reserve, only the best vines in perfect balance, and the best bunches from those vines are harvested from two specific, low yielding sites (the 30 year old Original Vineyard at the winery, and the 26 year old Mt Pleasant Vineyard some 30km to the north. Applying gentle hand plunging ensuring extremely fine tannins, the wine is softly basket pressed into 100% new French oak barriques and was matured for 25 months resulting in an immensely structured, full bodied wine that will age gracefully for up to 20 years."
98 Points - Joe Czerwinski (RobertParker.com)
Produced from vines planted in 1905 overlooking Flaxman Valley, Hobbs's 2015 1905 Shiraz was made with the assistance of neighbor Chris Ringland. Despite being aged in 100% new French oak puncheons, raspberry and chocolate aromas mark the nose, while the palate is full-bodied and creamy-textured. The wine is dense yet fresh, vibrant and actually made my hair stand on end when I tasted it—it's that exhilarating to taste such a magical amalgam of richness and drinkability. At around 150 cases produced, it may not be easy to find, but for true Shiraz lovers it should be a required quest.
93 Points - James Halliday
Medium to full red-purple; medium-bodied, and quite elegant, with gently savoury/earthy edges to the spicy/black fruits.