97pts Jeb Dunnuck
The 2016 Shiraz Loechel is certainly the value play in the lineup, and it’s up with the two flagship releases priced at five times the rate of this beauty. Beautiful notes of blueberries, camphor, bloody meats, smoke tobacco, and spiced bacon all emerge from this medium to full-bodied, layered, seamless Shiraz that has a focused, tight, almost backward vibe on the palate. It’s a beautiful wine, and while it unquestionably delivers loads of pleasure today, it will be better with short term cellaring and keep for 15-20 years.
96pts Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
From 70-year-old vines on granitic soils in the Eden Valley, the 2016 Loechel Shiraz features bright, floral aromas, hints of crushed stone and a tight, unyielding core of blueberry fruit. It's medium to full-bodied, firm and concentrated, with plenty of aging potential. It's perhaps the most Northern Rhône-ish of these offerings.
The Loechel shows generous dark ripe fruits of blackberry, cherry liqueur and cassis which is supported by dark chocolate and mocha tones and subtle herbs and spice. The palate reveals pronounced dark fruits, underscored by smoky, savory and meaty notes: olives and charcuterie with subtle reductive funk. The palate is medium to full-bodied, yet maintains a mouth-staining inkiness to provide a long and satisfying finish with a persistent orange-rind like acid backbone.