Winery notes (2014 Vintage)
"Joseph Osborn was a successful racehorse owner and Footbolt was the pride of his stable. In 1912 he made the hard decision to sell his horses to purchase the d'Arenberg property.
McLaren Vale through and through! Here is the epitome of great Shiraz from our world renowned region. This is a wine that seduces. The nose is loaded with black pepper and baking spices. Liquorice and aniseed aromas are lifted by bucket loads of red and black plummy berry fruit. It's not just fruit and spice on the nose here though.This is a complex wine showing fresh mushroom and forest floor characters with subtle hints of aged oak and scented glimpses of seasoned leather and pipe tobacco. The seduction continues on the palate with a foreboding rush of dark fruit,blood orange, charcuterie, and peaty earth.All wrapped around a robust concentrated core of chewy, round tannin. This vibrant tannin line carries through to a long, spicy,mineral finish. A wine any lover of Shiraz will happily be seduced by."
93/100 James Suckling (2014 Vintage)
"Aromas of blackberry and blueberry with walnut, dark chocolate and cigar box. Full body, round and juicy. Lovely savory finish. Love the intensity and structure to this."
90/100 Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front, December 2016 (2014 Vintage)
"The profile is thick, ripe and sweet and that’s why it’s good. If you’re looking for a good, gutsy red at an affordable price, then go shopping for The Football Shiraz this year. Vanilla, plums, blackberry and a ferrous-like quality. Tannin is fractionally jumbled but the fruit gushes through it. The style: hearty but soft."