Wine Advocate 90 points - Firm and upstanding, a solidly built yet lithe wine packed with smoky, peppery blackberry and cherry flavors, persisting nicely as the finish revs up. Drink now through 2010. 500 cases imported. –HS
Wine Spectator 91 points - The 2004 Shiraz Bad Impersonator (which sees about 25% new oak) reveals a Pinot Noir-like sensitivity. From older vines, it displays a dark ruby/purple color, wonderful elegance, and plenty of creme de cassis, blackberry, espresso roast, and white chocolate notes as well as a hint of barrique. Consume it over the next 5-6 years.
Full Bodied - Cloves, Asian spice, rhubarb, cedar and dark cherry backed by a meaty tannins and liquorice notes.
Deep black in color, darker than normal. The nose is full of cloves, Asian spice, rhubarb, cedar and dark cherry backed by a meaty, liquorice note. The palate is not viscous and dense but more filling and subtle, it starts out with moderate intensity but builds through the mid palate where it is over run by loads of fine grainy fruit filled tannin.