Winery notes (2016 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."
92/100 James Suckling (2016 Vintage)
"A cherry-flavoured nose that also offers up aromas of blackberry pie, cedar and spices. Medium to full body, grainy tannins, lots of fresh blue and black fruit and a chewy finish. Drink in 2021."
90/100 Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front, June 2018 (2016 Vintage)
"Mid weight at most. This is really quite slender for a warm-climate shiraz, though its bones are good and there’s just enough creaminess to the texture to give you something to latch onto. All up it’s a pretty decent package. Fumey in part but berried, smoky, flashed with salted herbs and well shaped. Hard wine to score in some ways, better suited to drinking, but just into 90 territory."