James Halliday "Blackcurrant, blackberry, plum and dark chocolate in a medium- to full-bodied frame; built-in tannins and moderate length."
90+ Points - Robert Parker
Produced from 34-year-old vines, the dense ruby/purple-tinged 2004 Shiraz Amery offers up dusty, loamy earth, black fruit, spicy oak, and roasted meat and herb-like aromas.
92 Points - Robert Parker
90 Points - Wine Enthusiast
Fox Creek made no 2003 Reserve Shiraz, so this Short Row is the year's top wine. It's plummy and elegant on the palate, with some red pencil eraser and bread flour accents, and a seeped-tea bite on the finish. Aromas—wheat flour, red fruit, licorice—are pretty, too.
This deeply coloured Syrah from the renowned Gimblett Gravels expresses aromas of dark red fruits, black pepper, spices and florals. Showing good fruit intensity, depth of flavour and length this wine is well balanced and supported by fine approachable tannins.
Much fresher on the nose with primary fruit more prominent than the wine closed under cork. Layer upon layer of fruit builds up on the palate in a complex, yet balanced structure. Black raspberry and blackberry are in abundance, both kept in check by lively acidity. There is an invigorating note of herbs (sage in particular), a touch of kirsch, which adds to the wines overall complexity. Long and persistent finish.
94 Points - James Halliday
Exceptional focus and structure; seamlessly woven tannins and quality oak through abundant black fruits; medium-bodied, just where it should be.
92 Points - James Halliday
Much more depth than many such blends; an attractive mix of black fruits, chocolate and red fruits; supple, ripe tannins. Mourvedre/Grenache.
China Wine & Spirits Awards: Best Value 2018
Perth Royal Wine Awards: Gold 2017
Margaret River Wine Show 2017: Gold Medal
James Halliday's Best Australian Red Wines Under $25
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.
93 Points - Robert Parker