A cooler, later and mellower vintage that has a more reticent nose with attractive, fragrant spices, fresh-baked pastry and an array of dark cherries and red plums, as well as some tarry notes. The palate has a big, rich and intense fruit presence with such lusciously layered, dark-plum flavors. Spicy oak runs bold on the finish. A big wine. Try from 2025 and for two decades after that.
96 points, James Suckling (Jun 2020)
The current release 2015 The Armagh Shiraz is the biggest of the recent bottlings of this icon. Full-bodied, dense and rich, it takes concentrated blackberries and boysenberries, then frames them in oak spice and maple syrup, yet it remains somehow savory and dry. The tannins are supple on the mid-palate, then firm on the finish, accented by crisp acids.
95 points, Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate (Feb 2020)
Strong barrel ferment aromas lead off, scenting this fully flared wine with deli meats and smoked backstop aromas. Then the fruit: blue and black allusions all. Anise, clove, cardamom and vanilla-cased oak. Lots. Yet while it confers a guideline to the riot of fruit and warmth, it is nestled within the ensemble rather than smothering it. The tannin management: creamy and luxuriant, yet authoritative, is this wine's focal point.
95 points, Ned Goodwin, Halliday Wine Companion (Aug 2018)