Vinous 95 points - Inky purple. Heady, exotically perfumed aromas of black and blue fruit liqueur, licorice pastille, sandalwood and vanilla, with smoky Indian spices adding complexity. Broad and deeply concentrated, offering sweet cassis and cherry-vanilla flavors and suggestions of mocha, candied violet and cola. Reaches every corner of the palate and shows superb power and lift on the long, youthfully tannic finish, with the cassis and smoke notes echoing.
Wine Spectator 95 points - Plush and powerful, with a salvo of black cherry, blackberry, currant and spice box pushing through layers of fine tannins and coming out the other side with exuberant aromatics. The finish loses no momentum carrying these flavors in a big but relatively agile package. Best from 2017 through 2025. From Australia.H.S. (Sep 24 2014)