Wine Spectator – 2016 Release Reviews

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Brennecke Seppeltsfield 2016 Grenache

96 Points | $250 | 150 cases made

Velvety, aromatic and detailed, with sandalwood, bacon, and mahogany notes that leap out of the glass, giving way to equally precise blueberry, wild blackberry and plum compote elements. Features tremendous density and presence on the long, expressive finish. Drink now through 2028. -MW

Steinert Flaxman’s Valley 2016 Shiraz

95 Points | $625 | 200 cases made

Dense but supple, giving an air of elegance to the mix of gingerbread, fresh loam, cedar and espresso flavors, with a toasted chestnut accent to the core of dark fruit. Polished and refined, lingering effortlessly. Drink now through 2028. -MW

Barossa Valley Grenache Shiraz Mataro 2016

94 Points | $45 | 1,000 cases made

Distinctive, floral details of plum blossom and bergamot lead the way, featuring a fleshy core of cherry and raspberry flavors that are juicy and ripe, with a whiff of gunpowder tea on the finish, where the tannins provide some grip. Grenache, Shiraz and Mataro. Drink now through 2028. -MW

Barossa & Eden Valleys Shiraz 2016

93 Points | $45 | 1,000 cases made

Whiffs of eucalyptus and white pepper announce the massive, dense and concentrated blueberry and blackberry flavors, with Earl Grey tea— and clove-scented notes on the finish. There’s no denying the power here. A good candidate to evolve with mid-term cellaring. Drink now through 2032. -MW

Loechel Eden Valley Shiraz 2016

92 Points | $110 | 400 cases made

Dense and smooth, this strikes a balance between juicy, licorice-scented red fruit flavors and more concentrated notes of fresh loam, rosemary, cigar box and savory bacon fat. Harmonious and expressive on the generous, long finish. Drink now through 2028. –MW

Riverside Grenache Mataro Shiraz 2016

90 Points | $20 | 3,000 cases made

Shows a floral, fragrant accent of dried lavender to the firm, robust black cherry and blackberry flavors at the core, with velvety tannins and persistence on the finish. Grenache, Mataro and Shiraz. Drink now through 2028. –MW
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