Very deep crimson in color. Satsuma plum and blueberry perfume, typical of this old vine wine, emanate from the glass with wisps of smoke, savory gamey notes and lovely biscuit characters. The aromas flow onto the palate beautifully with extra Briary Spice cutting through the sweet fruit. A rich mouth feel with velvety fine tannins extending the finish and add to the slightly savory, earthy complexity.
"The extreme age of the vines (oldest in SA) manifests itself as much in the length as the depth of the wine, but also manages to carry the alcohol; medium-bodied, and highly polished tannins after two years in 70% new French oak."
Australian Wine Companion
"The 2005 Shiraz "1843 Freedom" comes from a dry-grown vineyard planted in 1843 which is believed to be the oldest surviving pre-phylloxera Shiraz vines in Australia. The wine was aged for 24 months in 70% new French oak and bottled unfined and unfiltered. Purple-colored, it gives up a sexy perfume of pain grille, smoke, violets, blueberry, and blackberry liqueur. Surprisingly light on its feet, the wine is full-flavored, opulent, and very long. Give it 5-7 years to blossom fully and drink this hedonistic effort through 2025."
The Wine Advocate
"Bright ruby. Explosively perfumed bouquet combines boysenberry, potpourri, minerals and fresh flowers; this could scent a room. Fleshy dark berry fruit demonstrates liqueur-like depth and richness without coming across as sweet, and vibrant minerality helps to extend the flavors. The finish refuses to let up, eventually leaving vibrant red and dark berries and zesty minerals in its wake. "
International Wine Cellar
"Ripe, round and expressive. A complex range of flavors hang easily on a sleek frame, with cherry, boysenberry, roasted red pepper and savory accents that play themselves out harmoniously. This finishes well, but not quite as expressively as it might. Drink now through 2015. 500 cases made."