Dense, latent and strapping, this flaunts the flawless purity that
can be leached from the famed sandy flints of Vine Vale. Tightly
wound with its cards close to the vest, deep-set aromatics of
coal, pressed currant and black truffle are foiled by redolent
tones of tilled soil, beef broth and slow roasted meats. Dark
and brooding with immense concentration, persistence and
energy it is somewhat of a heroic style but is gently laced with
a long fine cloak of silken tannin. More reticent than its stable
mate, it shows wonderful staying power for those with immense
patience and cool, dark cellars.
"The 2006 Shiraz was sourced from a single parcel of 98 year old vines yielding a minuscule 0.5 tons of fruit per acre. It was aged for 36 months in seasoned French oak. A glass-coating opaque purple color, it offers up a superb, room-filling bouquet of cigar box, baking spices, smoked meat, lavender, blueberry, and blackberry liqueur. On the palate this harmonious, velvety-textured effort is voluptuous, full-flavored, succulent, and exceptionally long. It has enough structure to evolve for 4-6 years but will be hard to resist early on. Its prime drinking window will extend from 2014 to 2026. "
The Wine Advocate