2005 ESTATE SHIRAZ
CAMPBELL MATTINSON, THE BIG RED WINE BOOK 2008
This wine was made by exceptionally talented winemaker Tom Carson at Yering Station. He's massaged some really good shiraz grapes into a really interesting shiraz wine. You have to be of a certain bent to enjoy this - but if you are, you're in for a hell of a ride. It's medium-bodied but rushes powerfully through the mouth, dark cherries and chocolate combining with violets and cedarwood to create quite an impression. It finishes bitter and twiggy which is mostly where individual differences will determine whether you like it. Its tannin profile is both expansive and perfectly formed. It's not a bruiser; it's elegant and lovely.
PATRICK WHITE, SOMMELIER, OTTO, SYDNEY GOURMET TRAVELLER WINE, April/May 2008
Rave Wines: Red
Hooray for a shiraz you can actually drink without being belted over the head by a jammy oak stave.
RALPH KYTE-POWELL, THE AGE EPICURE, August 28 2007
Toolangi's fame rests on its excellent chardonnays, grown in prime Yarra Valley sites. Shiraz is a newcomer but it promises much. This one starts off subdued but quiet complexity builds. There's a subtle hint of bacon-like oak, succulent berry fruit, hints of spices and herbs, and smooth, seamless texture backed by fine tannins.
Ageing? Drink over four years.
Food ideas: Roast topside; Lebanese-spiced winter vegetable pie.
4 out of 5 stars
Value: $$ Reasonably priced relative to quality. A fair deal.
JENI PORT, THE AGE EPICURE, August 14 2007
Vibrant colour, peppery herbal edge with violets and lifted aromatics. Made at Yering Station.