A loaded bouquet of fresh espresso, vanilla bean, stewed plums, toffee, tar, creosote, roasted almonds, smoky pine nuts, soy and fresh cut flowers. The bouquet is a complete kaleidoscope of deep dark berry aromas with other notes appearing as the wine gains air.
This wine is immediately thick, coating the entire palate and has amazing length. The flavors are all dark fruits with a burst of chocolate and liquorice, moving evenly from entry through the mid to late palate. The tannins remain fruit filled throughout, resulting in a soft rewarding end palate leaving a lingering generous mouth-feel. This is one of best Ares to date and will last a long time in a good cellar.
" Big and brawny, with a dense core of fresh blueberry, currant, raspberry and dusky spice flavors that sprawl over a layer of prickly tannins. It all melds together on the finish, shooting off sparks of espresso and licorice. The afterburners kick in and this sails off into a long coda. Needs time to soften. Shiraz. Best from 2011 through 2019. 1,200 cases made."
"Opaque purple. Explosive, seductively perfumed bouquet evokes boysenberry, blueberry, sandalwood, potpourri, licorice and Asian spices. Wonderfully juicy and lively on the palate, with candied flowers and smoky minerality framing and lifting the dark fruit liqueur flavors. Becomes fresher with air, finishing on energetic notes of raspberry and violet pastille. This refuses to let go of the palate."
International Wine Cellar
"The 2007 Ares is 100% Shiraz from Barossa and McLaren Vale aged for 24 months in barrel, the last 12 in 100% new French. A glass-coating opaque purple color, it displays an aromatic array of toast, smoke, game, lavender, and blueberry. Dense, ripe, and savory but slightly compact (a common trait in this vintage), this is a solid effort that does not come close to justifying its extravagant price.
The Wine Advocate