95 POINTS || JAMES HALLIDAY
Excellent hue and depth, an early harbinger of a very good vintage, the bouquet and palate living up to the promise. It is a broad-shouldered, luscious and rich wine, borrowing some dark chocolate from McLaren Vale, adding licorice and plum fruit flavours.
-James Halliday - Wine Companion
95 POINTS || Tony Love
Top of the pile Shiraz expression where subtle volatiles rise out of a dark fruit and fine oak matrix lying deep in the glass. As you taste, a tempered richness reveals itself, gathering momentum with pure fruit to the fore, encouraged though not dominated by 12-14 months of French and American oak maturation, 40% new. Impressive for that alone, this wine’s completeness and assured medium- bodied styling are rendered superbly.
-Tony Love - Wine Pilot
95 POINTS || SAM KIM
Wonderfully rich and opulent, showing black/blueberry, vanillin oak, cake spice and dark chocolate characters, its gorgeously appealing in the mouth with terrific power and persistency. Impressively weighted and plush with layers of delicious flavours, making it highly enjoyable. At its best: now to 2032
-Sam Kim - Wine Orbit
In appearance, an opaque mulberry core softens to a thin crimson rim. The nose is blackberry jam with complimentary aromas reminiscent of a Turkish spice bazaar. The palate offers purple fruit with hints of refreshing rosewater and rich aniseed. The finish is long and refreshing.
The grapes are selected from some of the best Shiraz vineyards in the region. These vineyards are chosen for the consistent intensity and texture of the fruit. The strictest pruning techniques are used. The fruit for Directors’ Cut Shiraz was harvested at night and then crushed to small open top stainless-steel fermenters. After 24 hours of skin contact fermentation was commenced with our Rhône isolate yeast. Following 10 days of cool fermentation on skins and pumped over 3 times daily, the wine was transferred to French and American oak hogsheads for 12-14 months maturation. In the 2019 vintage we have limited ourselves to 40% new oak to ensure the fruit remained the focus.
Except for the January 24 heat spike that affected every growing region, Langhorne Creek stayed reasonably cool with average temperatures nearly 10 degrees below Barossa and McLaren Vale.
Despite all the usual fears it was a trouble-free and high-quality harvest. This why the quality and consistency of Langhorne Creek is gaining acknowledgement around the world.