The Little Venice Shiraz has a lifted nose; currants, plums and pepper with cedary spice all wrapped up in fresh potter's clay. There are appealing notes of saline fruit, forest floor and truffles that bring complexity. The palate starts with plenty of concentration and weight, then there's a pile of red and dark currants and plums to bring freshness and vibrancy. The tannins are long and mineral laced, finishing with a twist of crushed ants, meatiness and mushrooms that are becoming the hallmarks of this vineyard. While restrained in youth, with bottle age it will open up to reveal more layered and complex secondary characters. With careful cellaring this wine will drink well until at least 2030.
"The soil is shallow brown earth over a limestone base. Deep, bright purple-crimson; fuller and deeper than the Fruit Bat, with plum, black fruits, licorice in a layered tapestry, finishing with ripe but firm tannins."
Australian Wine Companion
"With a deep garnet purple color, the 2010 The Little Venice Single Vineyard Shiraz offers a fruit-forward nose of ripe black cherry and blueberry notes intermingled with baking spices, star anise and chocolate box aromas. This medium to full-bodied wine is well-poised in the mouth, has a medium to firm level of rounded tannins and lively acid that gives a backbone to the expressive fruit, and has great persistence on the finish. It is approachable now and will drink to 2023+.
The Wine Advocate
"Glass-staining purple. Powerful aromas of cherry liqueur, blueberry, cola and licorice, with a peppery topnote. Lush and deeply pitched, offering ripe dark fruit flavors and a touch of bitter chocolate. Becomes spicier with air and finishes on a palate-numbing note of Szechuan peppercorn, with excellent cut and length."
International Wine Cellar