A cracker of a wine for the price, this is a blend of cabernet sauvignon and shiraz with a glug of merlot and a drop of pinot noir. While there's plenty of ripe fresh blackberry and compote, it's very much in the savoury spectrum. It's earthy, funky, with leather nuances, some proscuitto and dried herbs that follow through on the palate. Sweet, cedary oak sits alongside the ripe tannins. Best to match this with spicy lamb kofta. Drink Douglas now and for the next couple of years."
2009: August 2013 James Halliday (James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2014)
The colour is developed and the wine is starting to show secondary aromas and flavours in the kaleidoscope of the fruit contribution, juicy/spicy berries to the fore. Rating 92 points."
2010: 10 May 2014 Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)
Eclectic blend of cabernet sauvignon (47%), shiraz (20%), pinot noir (18%), merlot (9%) and malbec. Tobacco and herb notes from cabernet; stalk and dried spice from pinot noir. This is highly expressive red wine, light and acidic yet flamed with scent and all-round personality. Truffle notes are at home here. If there were any such thing as Burgundian cabernet, this would be it. It's a savoury, spicy, truffle riot. 93 points. Drink 2015-2022"
2012: Feb. 2015 James Halliday (winecompanion.com.au)
A 64/27/9% blend of cabernet, merlot and shiraz. One of the outliers in the Bannockburn range that doesn't always work, but has done so here. Mind you, this is no sugar baby, the autocratic nature of the cool-grown cabernet is still front and centre, and it hasn't spat the dummy in being blended with fruitier merlot and shiraz. 94 pts.""