95 POINTS The 2019 Savitar Shiraz was my pick of the bunch. This is serious, precise and driven and, again, sourced from Whites Valley, as is the 2019 GAM Shiraz. The maturation rolls out in 100% French oak. The extract here is savory and firm; the fruit is driven by tannins, and they really screw down the fruit and compress it in the glass. It’s tight. One can see that the longevity of this wine may outweigh that of the others, making it quite a layered and exciting wine to drink—certainly now, but in the future too. Erin Larkin, Wine Advocate, October 2022
94 Points Classically dense and modern, the 2019 Savitar is a massive crowd-pleaser that will knock your socks off. There is immense colour - it's almost black as the ace of spades. The nose is hit with wave after wave of dark fruits, liquorice, blackberry, chocolate and spice. It's big but balanced; luscious flavours and sweet oak provide a long, supple finish. An excellent vintage of Savitar. Angus Hughson, Vinous, February 2023
94 Points Medium deep crimson. Black cherry, blackcurrant, dark chocolate mocha aromas with hint oyster shell notes. Inky deep with ample dark cherry, blackberry, fine supple tannins and underlying mocha oak complexity. Finishes chalky/muscular firm and minerally. Andrew Caillard MW, The Vintage Journal, December 2022
94 Points Denser, more oaky and built for a longer life, perhaps, than its G.A.M. shiraz sibling. A regional stalwart, in the classicist mould. Coffee beans, vanilla, cedar and dark fruit allusions. Raspberry bonbon sweetness expands with air, sousing the finish. A bit hard to get past the oak at this stage, but time will surely imbue the benefit of the doubt. Ned Goodwin, Wine Companion, July 2023
94 points This classically dense and modern example of McLaren Vale Shiraz is a massive crowd pleaser that will knock your socks off. You will find immense colour – it’s almost black as the ace of spades. Then wave after wave of dark fruits from liquorice, blackberry, chocolate through to cocoa and spice. It’s big, but balanced too with luscious flavours and sweet oak providing a long, supple finish. An excellent vintage of Savitar. Angus Hughson, Winepilot, August 2022
90 Points Purple-black and very dense in appearance. Some powerful aromas of blackberry jam, plum, dusty spices, old leather and polished wood. In the mouth it's medium bodied with plenty of intense dark fruit, black olive savouriness, and a good measure of toasty oak in the mix. Tannins are appropriately firm and drying but not dominating. A little one-dimensional on the palate at the moment, it needs time to evolve. Ralph Kyte-Powell, The Real Review, January 2023
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