Very dark purple with bright magenta hues. Shows lashings of chocolate, violet and delicious cedar. Rich and generous, the wine has wondrous dark chocolate, plums and black pepper flavours that persist through to a fleshy finish. It is held together beautifully with refinement and amazing focus.
The Wine AdvocateA spectacular offering, the 1998 Command Shiraz (which spent 3 years in French and American oak) is the type of wine that is impossible to duplicate outside of selected Barossa and McLaren Vale vineyard sites. An opaque purple color is followed by spectacular aromas of toasty oak, camphor, blackberry liqueur, and asphalt. It is humongous in the mouth, decadently rich, and luxuriously fruited, with a viscous texture as well as a 40-second finish. Low acidity and ripe tannin add to the succulent impression.
Australian Wine CompanionMedium to full red-purple; the deep and complex bouquet has an array of rich, dark berry, plum, chocolate and vanilla aromas, the rich palate with an unctuously sweet fruit, chocolate and vanilla mix; the overall extract is well handled, and this is a very good example of the full-on American oaked Shiraz style.