The Ashmead family farms three shiraz parcels in Barossa, including their home vineyard in Nuriootpa, most of the vines dating to the 1940s. This 2016 is typical of the powerful shiraz they produce, a dense wine, thick in its up-front concentration, then lasting through an expansive finish, where detail in the tannins keeps yielding flavor, from floral notes to salty edges and tangy, tarry, cool freshness. It leaves a brisk impression, ready to take on slow-braised short ribs.
91 points, Wine & Spirits (Feb 2019)
An impressive hearty Barossa shiraz with blackberry and dark-cherry aromas, feeding into a succulent, long palate. Plenty of hearty flavor here. Drink or hold.
91 points, James Suckling (Aug 2018)