James Halliday


Silken Beastie Shiraz, Barossa Valley 2015



"90% Barossa shiraz from Kalimna/Koonunga/Ebenezer, 90% destemmed (not crushed), 10%
whole bunches, 10% old bushvine grenache from Blewitt Springs, open-fermented with
30% whole bunches, matured in French oak. The very complex vinification has been its
own reward – this is the best Thistledown red I have tasted, with delicious red and
black cherry, plum and blackberry fruits handsomely framed by fine, ripe tannins and
quality French oak. At the moment that oak needs to pull in its horns, but a couple of
years will give it no alternative but to do just that.'


Gary Walsh


Silken Beastie Shiraz, Barossa Valley 2015



"Great name for a wine. You’d want to say it with a Scottish accent to best effect, I’d say. Billy Connolly would do a great job.

Richness, chocolate and perfume, boysenberry ripple, dried mint, stalk and spice. Medium to full bodied, a bit of grainy tannin here, so not entirely silken, with a slightly too enthusiastic nip from acidity, and a kind of raspberried freshness to the pretty long finish, gently stalky tannin dragging it out'.


Huon Hooke


Silken Beastie Shiraz, Barossa Valley 2015



"Deep red/purple colour. Oak is the most evident note on the nose, and the wine is medium to full-bodied and smoothly-textured with good intensity of fruit and the oak is supportive on the palate, not running the show. Sweet middle and a clean finish.'





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