This was tasted recently at home, feeling compelled to try one after reading all the hype. The following is a review by Campbell Mattinson and Gary Walsh following its trophy at the Sydney Royal. I think they have it covered far better than I could; and I must say I agree with it all. This is just one very appealing wine to drink, and will gain even more appeal with a little time in your cellar. The alcohol is a pleasing 13.5%
“It announced itself as the wine of the year the instant we tasted it. We wanted a red that best captured the essence of the year – a wine that combined both quality and value better than any other…Wow. What a fabulous drink.
Just a ripper of a wine. A drink and a conversation in a bottle. They made 2000 dozen of this, and they are going to fly – get in quick. Brilliant wine. Sure, we rated a few reds higher, but this Adelaide Hills beauty slays them for value and, more simply, tastes fantastic. It has so many things going for it: complexity, charm, moderate alcohol and a vast array of flavours. It is a beautiful wine, full of X-factor. Welcome to centre-stage, Starvedog Lane – you deserve it.”
Value ***** 95 Points,
The Big Red Wine Book;
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh