2012 Reserve Shiraz: "Firm but not chewy, with an upright feel to the cherry and boysenberry flavors, shaded by mint and rosemary notes as the narrow finish lingers.. Drink now through 2019." (Harvey Steiman)
2012 Reserve Shiraz: Rated by Joe Czerwinski.
2009 Reserve Shiraz: "A dark and focused red, with vibrant, mocha-inflected plum and blackberry fruit, segueing into black olive as the finish lingers. This has intensity and refreshing balance. Drink now through 2016." (Harvey Steiman)
2006 Reserve Shiraz (No. 57 on The Enthusiast Top 100): "A hugely oaky wine, but one that manages to taste awfully good nonetheless, with layers of vanilla and toast leading into a full-bodied, supple wine loaded with notes of maple syrup and brown sugar. Drink now."
2004 Reserve Shiraz: "The nose reveals notes of cedar, wood smoke, tobacco, blueberry, and boysenberry. Medium to full-bodied, the wine has a solid core of blue and black fruits leading to a compact finish..."
2001 Reserve Shiraz: "Supple, generous and open-textured, offering a nice range of dark berry and cherry flavors shaded with mineral, tar and licorice notes that sing harmoniously against lacy acidity on the finish. Drink now through 2016."
2000 Reserve Shiraz: "Displays a classy nose of vanilla, black cherries, cassis, and obvious wood. It is medium to full-bodied and nicely structured, with good sweetness, flesh and purity."
2000 Reserve Shiraz: "Rich and generous, a lively mouthful of peppery blueberry, plum and creamy oak flavors that linger effortlessly on the velvety finish."
2000 Reserve Shiraz: "The wine is dominated by a nutty, amaretto or liqueurish note, with tangy oak on the finish. There's firm plum fruit and a piquant sweet-tartness that grabs on midpalate, though, that's quite nice."
Wine & Spirits
2000 Reserve Shiraz: "This wine's lean cherry fruit and sandy tannins are balanced by a sweet close of oak. The freshness of the fruit manages to shine through."
2000 Reserve Shiraz: "Big, pungent aromas of fig, fruitcake spice and tar. A molasses-like sweetness marks flavors of plum, black earth and ample oak. Long, warm close."
Travel & Leisure Golf
2000 Reserve Shiraz: "Potent blackberry jam on the nose and lots of juicy blackberry fruit ending on a black-coffee note. Powerhouse Shiraz. Impressive stuff."
2000 Reserve Shiraz: "Dark, deeply intense, multi-faceted flavors, aromas and heavily berried fruits linger on the palate, bringing some chocolate and spice to the equation."
2000 Reserve Shiraz: "What was most surprising to us when we gathered the rankings was that everyone agreed on the best and weakest wines in the tasting. Greg Norman Padthaway Reserve Shiraz, the top ranked wine, was hugely popular. Everyone loved the rich ripe fruit aroma with hints of black licorice and chocolate mint. Many of the tasters also remarked on the long finish of this wine."
2000 Reserve Shiraz: "This is a pretty remarkable wine, as it is dense and flavorful. Seriously concentrated and intense, it is also formidably fortified with oak. This wine has no intention of sitting still for you to study. It doesn't conform to anyone's notion of sophistication or gentility, but those looking for a wild ride won't be disappointed."
1999 Reserve Shiraz: #8 (in Top 100): The Classic-Scoring Releases of 2004: "Golfer Greg Norman launched his own wine brand in 1999; this is the most impressive release we've seen to date. Winemaker Andrew Hales blended grapes from the old vines of Mt. Ida's Coppermine Vineyard in Victoria and the limestone soils of Coonawarra. Fermentation took place in small, open-top tanks; the wine was aged in new and 1-year-old French and American oak barrels for two years."
1999 Reserve Shiraz: "Twelve classic-rated wines top this year's reds from down under. Broadening the regional focus could lead you to Greg Norman Estate... Its sensational... Blend sources in Coonawarra in South Australia and Mt. Ida in central Victoria. This red vibrates with ultraripe fruit balanced by juicy acidity, finishing with remarkable harmony."
1999 Reserve Shiraz: "Dark, deep and powerful, it's an explosive wine, vibrating with ultraripe raspberry, blackberry, licorice, sweet peppers and spices, all balanced with juicy acidity, finishing with remarkable harmony and tremendous length. A real knock out."
1999 Reserve Shiraz: "A stunning red for its ripe raspberry and licorice flavors, not to mention its attractive price for such high quality. It earns a Highly Recommended nod."
1999 Reserve Shiraz: "This Shiraz has medium body...A dried spice, or clove, note that shows on the nose comes around again to accent the palate's bright, juicy plum fruit; brown sugar and caramel components... The wine comes to a medium-long close."
1999 Reserve Shiraz: "Rich and warm with grainy tannins and a huge peppery, vanilla, black cherry, licorice flavours, this shiraz should appeal to 'big wine' lovers."
1999 Reserve Shiraz: "Outstanding. One terrific bottle of wine: lush, ripe, black fruit, with the intense fruit covering the entire palate. The balance is well-nigh perfect, too. Not here yet... Wine to look out for, though. It was the best Shiraz I tasted in 2002."
Colorado Wine News
1999 Reserve Shiraz: "It has an inviting bouquet of chocolate, vanilla, charred, oak, blueberry, boysenberry, blackberry, and black raspberry. Everything repeats but with the fruit first as nicely sweet flavors laced with very fine tannins...Well balanced, structured, and integrated. It will continue to improve...Very Good."
1998 Reserve Shiraz: "An opaque purple color accompanies a sweet perfume of licorice, black fruits, smoke and camphor. This full-bodied, opulently-textured, low acid 1998 is rich, concentrated, and persistent."
1998 Reserve Shiraz: "The winemakers responsible for Greg Norman Estates get to pick some of the best fruit from Beringer Blass' vineyards, and it shows in the wines. The eye-opening reserve Shiraz 1998, an astonishingly majestic wine at the price, is the standout."
1998 Reserve Shiraz: "Has full-on fruit on the palate (blackberry jam, and a host of berries) plus eucalyptus and vanilla. It's big and rich in the mouth, with a medium-long finish that sings of eucalyptus and vanilla."
1998 Reserve Shiraz: "Greg Norman Wine Estates has operations in Southeastern Australia and in northern and central California... His wines consistently garner top praise from American critics, particularly his 1998 Reserve Shiraz. "It has such a deep, intense flavor," he says, "filled with tannins that are pronounced but not overbearing, and a hit of blueberry. There is so much depth to this wine."
1998 Reserve Shiraz: "This wine is aging beautifully, with its rich black currant and berry fruit, layers of black licorice, black pepper and tobacco notes swirling and evolving. Beautifully integrated flavors. Finishes long and elegantly."
1998 Reserve Shiraz: "Not every winemaker in Australia makes a reserve Shiraz, but Mr. Steel feels he has the right fruit to make this one work. This reserve has good body, but still the opulent berry fruit and spice that make Shiraz such a nice drink."
1998 Reserve Shiraz: "Very Highly Recommended. Deep blueberry and ripe plum/cassis aroma; slightly minty taste with full, rich, ripe fruit and a layer of tannin." - Dan Berger
1998 Reserve Shiraz: "Among the very richest and most effusively fruity of the Aussie bunch. Tempers its generosity with a surprising sense of polish. Big without being blustery, it shows a broad range of complex cocoa, spice, smoke and dried-flower qualities while remaining ever fixed on fundamental fruit, and its lengthy finish lingers on and on. Its careful mix of prettiness and potency is a model worthy of emulation by any and all who would make syrah."
Whitley on Wine Report
1998 Reserve Shiraz: "Exceptional... Pure ripe aromas of blackberry, raspberry and blueberry are rich and opulent on the palate in this remarkably powerful but well balanced red that is easily the finest to date under the Greg Norman banner."