96 points Robert Parker: "The profound 2004 Shiraz was cropped at a measly .5 tons of fruit per acre, and aged almost entirely in new French oak. It is a killer wine in a killer line-up from De Lisio in 2004. Dense blue/purple to the rim, this highly extracted (but not overly extracted) effort reveals notes of crushed rocks, blueberries, blackberries, camphor, lead pencil shavings, and spicy oak. Boasting great purity, a full-bodied, opulent texture, huge richness, but no sense of pruniness or flabbiness given its precision and refreshing structure, this is a well-balanced, potentially complex McLaren Vale blockbuster. It should drink well for 15+ years." (10/05) 90 (+?) points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep violet. Powerful aromas of cherry, candied licorice, smoked meat and bitter chocolate. Concentrated cherry preserve and chocolate flavors show very good focus and are supported by a serious tannic structure. Finishes with notes of dried cherry and iron, and firm tannins. This needs time in bottle to unwind." (Jul/Aug 06)
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