Bright red in color with distinctly youthful crimson hints. Powerfully scented yet subtle at the same time, the nose is a rush of chocolate, dark berry fruits and perfumed charry oak. Viscous and textured, the 'M' Reserve combines powerful dark fruits, cocoa and mocha flavors with a velveteen complexity that only extended time in quality oak can provide. Fine grained tannins both complement and extend the lingering palate.
"A new offering, the 2004 Shiraz M Reserve, aged in 80% French and 20% American oak hogsheads (40% new) for 24 months, was neither fined nor filtered. A monumental example of Shiraz, it is as dark and opaque as a moonless night. Revealing gorgeous notes of roasted herbs, blackberries, sweet cherries, plums, fennel, new saddle leather, and a hint of toasty oak, this full-bodied, powerful, still young and backward 2004 will benefit from 2-3 years of bottle age, and should drink well for two decades or more.
The Wine Advocate
"Strongly regional, though once again the moderating influence of the vintage suppresses the alcohol impact; black fruits, dark chocolate and a spicy/savoury finish.
Australian Wine Companion