Considered an excellent vintage in the Claire, the 2009 Covenant is intensely focused on the nose and expressive of dark fruits, licorice, wild olives and quality French oak spices. The palate has layers of complexity, fruit weight and flavor persistence, combining dark fruits, cooking spices and chocolate notes. This is all beautifully supported by the characters of quality French oak.
"Deep garnet-purple, the 2009 Covenant Shiraz displays intense notes of blackberry and black cherry preserves with hints of blueberry pie filling, cinnamon and anise plus a whiff of pepper. Full bodied and richly fruited, it has very crisp acidity and a medium to firm level of grainy tannins, finishing long with lingering notes of anise and dried mulberries. Drinking now, it should cellar to 2020+."
The Wine Advocate
"Medium red-purple; the amount of French and American oak on the bouquet is alarming, but the medium-bodied palate has abundant juicy red and black fruits plus fine tannins to provide overall balance..."
Australian Wine Companion
"Bright purple. Oak-accented aromas of blackberry and blueberry, with vanilla and cola qualities gaining strength in the glass. Lush and creamy in texture, offering impressively deep, sweet dark fruit flavors. Becomes smokier with aeration and finishes with serious power and cling. Definitely give this big boy some decanter time."
International Wine Cellar