The Syrah block of the Clifton Hill vineyard is only about eight acres in size, and produces elegant and concentrated wines year after year. Though tighter than some vintages, the 2005 vintage is no exception to this high standard.
The wine is a dark ruby in color, with a purple edge, and it appears viscous in the glass. The nose is a savory mix of cedar, orange peel, plum and, blackberry. Pinpoint balance is the theme. From the warm, weighty attack full of blackberry, plum, grilled meats, dark chocolate, and underlying mineral notes to the high glycerin, almost creamy mid-palate that unfolds into a lingering, sexy, cocoa and port-like finish.
2005 vintage Wine Spectator 92 points
2004 vintage Wine Spectator 92 points