2008 Vineyard Blend

James Halliday Australian Wine Companion – Tasted 5 Sep 2011

Rating 94/100

Dense, almost impenetrable colour; the bouquet has an exotic array of spice, cassis and black fruits, the full-bodied palate no surprise after the lead up. Licorice and dark chocolate join the band, along with appropriately powerful tannins and oak. Full of individuality, and great for lovers of big reds for long ageing, all this for next to nothing.

Screwcap. Alc: 14%. Drink by: 2030.

Max Allen, Gourmet Traveller, “Best Buy wines – $20 and under”, October-November 2011

Australian winemakers have always been big blenders, happily mixing different varieties together or throwing grapes from one region into a vat with grapes from another if they think it’ll produce a more delicious result.  For this terrific-value red, Dom and Krystina Morris have added dollops of cabernet, shiraz and Nebbiolo to a base of petite sirah (aka durif), and made a dark, inky, black-fruited red with a distinctively Central Victorian iodine-and-sandalwood twang.