2012 ‘The Armagh’ Shiraz – 94 POINTS
Truffle, leather and heightened blackcurrant aromas/flavours dominate all the initial impressions, marking complexity as a main driver at the expense of pure fruit power. This isn’t the blockbuster you might imagine; the flavour profile too is exotic, if not downright quirky. It will fascinate fields of drinkers for many years.
2012 ‘Pb’ Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon – 94 POINTS
Soft but sturdy. Blackberry and blackcurrant comes with a melt of dark chocolate draped seductively over the top. There are saltbush and herb notes here but they are second stringers to the main game of fruit and oak. Tannin is fine and discreet but has a strength to it. Now or later, no problems.
2013 ‘The Veto’ Shiraz – 94 POINTS
Grown on the Lodge Hill vineyard. It takes brutality and covers it in cotton wool. The core is strong, intense, all saturated plum and coffee grounds. But the edges are softer, spicier, creamier, even fractionally leafy. The core will keep it going for many a year; the edges make it attractive now.
2015 ‘The Veto’ Riesling – 94 POINTS
From the Lodge Hill Vineyard, a small parcel of high quality fruit was left on the vine for a further week, the juice cold-settled, but not filtered, 10% barrel-fermented in used French oak, all held on lees for 6 weeks. Cruises along on the supple palate until the finish, when it grows another leg. Has time to grow a fourth leg.