Fresh cherries, blackberries, raspberries and blueberries, with peppery and weet spices. The palate reflects the nose with spices of anise, nutmeg, coffee and chocolate notes. Silky and savoury finish; fine tannins, good acidity and well balanced. ABV at 15.5% feels high though. With a funny wine label.
A lot of good comments such as:
Wine Companion 2017 -95pt
100% shiraz from the Nuriootpa vineyard planted in 1893; hand-picked, matured in French oak (35% new). To say it is full-bodied is a masterly understatement: it is huge in every respect. But there is balance, and the display of multi-berry fruits is not obscured by tannins or oak even though they are omnipresent. Not my style, but commands respect
Wine Advocate - 97pt
Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2013 Shiraz Old Bastard has a slowly emerging, complex nose of incense, cloves, star anise, tar, underbrush and earth with a blackberry and blackcurrant core plus a touch of wild thyme. The big, full, opulently fruited palate delivers tons of flavor layers and wonderful structure with firm, rounded tannins and a racy acid line supporting the generous fruit through the very long finish.