The color is a deep, intense purple. On the nose it is aromatic and complex, with a combination of fruit and spice, cinnamon, white pepper, cajun spices, mocha, liquorice and blackberry. On the palate it is immensely approachable with hints of menthol, spearmint, violets and boysenberry, with soft suple tannins.
"A rich and multilayered full-bodied shiraz, with an array of black fruits, licorice and dark chocolate; fine but persistent tannins to finish. Striped screwcap a design feature that works well."
Australian Wine Companion
"Polished and appealing for its blackberry and white pepper flavors. Finishes harmoniously, with well-buffed tannins. Drink now through 2014.
"The 2007 The Lodge Hill Shiraz is a single vineyard cuvee which spent 14 months in seasoned American and French oak. It displays a nose of cedar, pepper, lavender, smoked meat, and blueberry. This leads to a full-bodied, plush, easy-going wine with plenty of flavor and length. It way over-delivers for its modest price."
The Wine Advocate
I reviewed this wine some time ago. Tonight, paired with 2" New York strip and passed through a specialty aerator, it rocked up around 94 points. Lacks complexity to compare with Lagier-Meredith or other high end wine, but was just super.
I thought this Shiraz matches any 92 pointer, even though WS only awarded 90 points. This wine paired well with ribeye steaks and presented extraction that held up well with an onion-pepper compote. Lacks some finesse, which I expect will resolve over time. Lacks enough complexity to compare well with pricier Syrahs.
Nicely balanced wine. I bought a case and served it to family and friends. It was a hit with all. It was great by itself or w/ cheeses or spicy foods. Excellent for the price.