This is a big, full-bodied Shiraz, showing colors of
inky, ruby red and purple tints. The nose displays intense aromas of black fruits: blackberry, raspberry and mulberry, along with hints of violets and nutmeg. The palate is dense, with flavors of plums, licorice, black cherry, coffee and spice. The tannins are finely grained and unobtrusive, while the finish shows excellent length This wine will develop even further complexity with age.
"Deep vibrant colour; lush blackberry, licorice, mocha/vanilla flavours all coalesce on the medium- to full-bodied palate; well-balanced oak and tannins; long finish.
Australian Wine Companion
"The 2005 The McRae Wood Shiraz spent 15 months in American oak. It is opaque purple-colored with an enticing bouquet of cedar, spice box, bacon, and blueberry. Layered, with excellent depth, it has plenty of spicy, savory fruit, excellent balance, and a lengthy finish. Give it several years of additional cellaring and drink it from 2011 to 2020. "
The Wine Advocate
"Opaque ruby. Powerfully scented nose offers a suave bouquet of boysenberry, candied blackberry and smoky herbs. Broad and concentrated, with deep dark berry flavors of liqueur-like richness and texture. Subtle minerality adds energy and keeps this wine from going over the cliff of richness. Finishes with impressive cling and length, echoing the boysenberry note. This will need rich food."
International Wine Cellar
"Supple, generous and appealing for a strong peppermint quality to the red cherry and raspberry fruit. Aims for sleek texture, but the tannins get a bit raw on the finish. Needs time to settle in. Best from 2010 through 2017. 200 cases imported."