Australian Wine Review by Andrew Graham www.ozwinereview.com April 2012
The star here is undoubtedly the organically grown (since 1995), 100% estate grown Shiraz grapes at the core. To add complexity this includes a little cordon-cut, vine-dried Shiraz fruit too. Plenty of joy here from what is shaping to be a superb vintage for Vale reds.
Dense blood red colour. Lovely choc moccha berry Vale richness on the nose but with the a certain restraint. Squished red berries with a hint of candied spice which I think comes from the cordon-cut fruit. Wonderfully generous palate is ripe and slippery but not sweet. Not hard to like a juicy, ripe, no-nonsense Vale Shiraz like this.