Dense, opaque purple-crimson; makes no bones about its full-bodied power; 'don't mess with me' is the message of its inky black fruits, licorice and tannins. We will never know how good the wine might have been at 14% alcohol, but you can't ignore the consistency of its message. Rating 94 - Drink by 2037, James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion (SEP/2014).
Saltram isn’t averse to putting out a 15% whopper under its Mamre Brook label. Take the RRP with something of a grain of salt.
Densely coloured and flavoured. Syrupy-soft too. Essence-like plum and blackberry with clovey, gumleaf-like tones. Creamy oak has settled into the wine nicely, giving it a smooth sheen. It’s simple but substantially seductive. On a cool evening, this could well be the perfect transport. Horses for courses. I’d probably drinking it young though of course it will hold. Rating 93 - Drink by 2025, Campbell Mattinson, winefront.com.au (FEB/2015).