A palate of depth and intensity with dark fruits, violets, and floral flavours help to unveil the richness of this wine. Soft, refined tannins give balance and structure. This wine is made for medium to long term cellaring.
"The 2004 The Octavius is 100% Shiraz aged for 22 months in American and Hungarian oak, much of it new. Inky black/purple, it coats the glass with legs. It has an alluring perfume of toasty oak, plum, licorice, blueberry, bacon, blackberry, and a hint of chocolate. Voluptuous and youthful, it has intense flavors, plenty of well-concealed structure, and a 60 second finish. Cellar it for 8-10 years and drink it through 2035."
The Wine Advocate
"Quite possibly the best Octavius yet; features explosive Shiraz aromas of raspberries and peppery spice. Is the usual intense barrel treatment more restrained, or the fruit just that much more expressive? The texture is wonderfully lush and creamy, with an expansive mouthfeel and complex flavors of berries and spice that linger elegantly on the finish. Probably best from 2010–2020.
"Plenty of oak comes through on the bouquet, but the power of the wine is unmistakable; layered with flavour and aroma, this is built on sheer brute force."
Australian Wine Companion
"Dark and tarry in aroma, with lots of ripe cherry, chocolate and spice flavors carried by an open frame. Has intensity, but manages to feel elegant and lively. Best from 2011 through 2020. 150 cases imported."