The Laird 2017: 98 points
from Tyson Stelzer for The Barossa Mag
“The Laird has arisen to towering new heights under Hongell and Blieschke. Powerful, voluminous, dense. Exotic like none before it. The colour is astonishingly deep and impenetrable, and yet still vibrant at a full five years of age.
A veritable Moroccan souk of intoxicating aromas that step up to even higher intensity on the palate. Black fruits of all sorts, dark chocolate, orange cream, liquorice and coal. It completely transcends its season. Oak has been perfectly played to its proportions, amplifying fine-grained tannins that effortlessly carry its considerable volume long and strong. Best yet? Hands down.”