James Halliday 96
James Halliday's reviews: The difference between this and The Wark Family shiraz, aside from the price, is Big Jim apparently showcases the best fruit off the Stonewell vineyard and is aged 18 months in French barrels, 40% new. An impenetrable dark purple hue; moves into bigger, bolder, riper territory without falling over, with shades of satsuma, black and tart plums, currants, savoury notes of hot bitumen and roasted coffee beans, all completely absorbing the oak while adding a layer of sweet cedary flavours. Full-bodied, tannins and acid the key - velvety yet powerful, refreshing and uplifting respectively.
Drink by: 2030