95 points James Halliday (Wine Companion): "First release. Hand-picked fruit from vines in Moculta, planted 1968. Wild fermented, basket pressed then matured 23 months in new and seasoned French oak hogsheads. Impressive hue of deep, vibrant purple, heralding an all-new Barossa shiraz of presence and distinction. Ticking all the boxes of impact of black fruits, licorice, coffee bean and dark chocolate oak. It holds integrity and poise, harmonised by an even acid line and most of all, by a fine, taut frame of impeccable tannins. Line and length promise great things in time. Special. Closure: Cork. 14.9% alcohol. Drink by 2033. (1/26/21)"
93 points Josh Raynolds (Vinous): "[$40 list] Inky violet color. Powerful aromas of blackberry, cherry-cola, violet and woodsmoke are complemented by a hint of vanilla that builds with air. Sweet, seamless and expansive on the palate, offering sappy cassis, blackberry, cherry preserve and licorice flavors that are supported by a core juicy acidity. Deepens and becomes spicier on the clinging finish, which features well-knit tannins and repeating florality. Drink: 2023-2033. (Dec 2021)"
93 points James Suckling: "Very attractive aromas of spice, bark, and black truffle to the ripe blue fruit. Full-bodied, layered and rich with lovely density and richness. Firm yet layered tannins. I like the opulence with firmness. Drinkable now, but better in a few years. Try after 2022. (12/29/20)"