Yalumba Patchwork Shiraz 2010
90 points - "It is not organic, but it claims another ethical virtue. It is "vegan and vegetarian friendly.” Translation: No animal-derived clarifying agents, such as milk or egg whites. Rich and boldly fruity, this Barossa Valley red delivers concentrated plum and blackberry flavours supported by vanilla, spice and tangy acidity. Pair it with substantial red-meat dishes."
Beppi Crosariol, www.theglobeandmail.com, 25 April 2013
91 points - "This is an intense, edgy and lifted young shiraz with a salty undercurrent that is actually very effective. The nose is lifted with cassis, menthol, wood smoke and pepper - classic Aussie shiraz, with an added hint of florality (petunia perhaps). The density and vibrancy are impressive - but it's edgy and hot and tannic. Excellent length. Best 2014 to 2018."
David Lawrason, Wine Align, April 2013
93 points - "Full purple-crimson; a blend of material from higher altitude, cooler sites and warmer valley floor vineyards; the ambiguity lies int he use of the term ‘Barossa’, which covers both the Eden and Barossa Valleys; it is a generous wine, with sweet red and black fruits, mocha and fruitcake, the tannins soft and plum. Drink to 2020. Five stars."
James Halliday, James Halliday's Wine Companion Magazine, February/March 2013
92 points - "A generous, full-bodied, supple red with attractive aromas of black plum, blackberries and black raspberries. Incredible concentration and depth. Great for dinner parties featuring steak, lamb or pork. Food matches: pork rib ragu, rigatoni. Drink: 2012-2020."
Natalie MacLean, nataliemaclean.com, 4 January 2013
91 points - "Intense and flavoursome shiraz from the Barossa. There is a delightful purity of fruit here with some nice plummy fruit flavours, a sprinkle of dry earth and some sweet oak to finish. The tannins are silky and fine and the palate delightfully friendly and approachable. Nice drinking over the next few years."
Ray Jordan, The West Australian, 27 December 2012
4 stars - "Note the use of Barossa without the "valley" indicating grape-sourcing from cooler, sub-regional vineyards (Eden Valley) as well as the floor to forge a “house style” that brings out bright, fresh crimson fruits, a soft touch, ease of flow and ultimately, contemporary, drinkable shiraz pleasures. Food: lamb tagine."
Tony Love, Top 100 Wines - The Advertiser, 7 November 2012
88+ points - "Inky ruby. Oak-spiced blackberry and cherry on the nose, with complicating notes of licorice, vanilla and cola. Lush, sappy and open-knit, with sweet dark berry preserve and vanilla flavors lifted by gentle acidity. Closes on a sweet note, with lingering mocha and licorice notes. On the oaky side but there's a lot of rich, fleshy fruit here as well."
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (USA), July 2012
"Dark red in colour with an aroma of mixed forest floor flavours, balanced with dried plums and an earthy, savoury complexity. This medium to full bodied Shiraz wine has a balance of red fruits and earthy, cedar textures and finishes with fine, earthy tannins. One of those wine that you can drink the day after and it is just has good, We were very impressed with this wine. Great now, but will reward a further 3-5 years in a cellar." Read more
www.thewinestation.com, 18 June 2012