| Wine Advocate 89 points (Oct 2005)
A wine that merits interest, the flagship cuvee 2003 Shiraz Oscar Semmler is a smoky, peppery, woody, black fruit-scented, medium-bodied, tightly-knit, elegant offering that lacks personality and soul. It is a good, but hardly inspiring Barossa Shiraz to consume over the next decade. This line-up of Dutschke wines was less impressive than I had hoped. Offerings that did not make the grade because of a lack of texture and monolithic, unexpressive personalities include the 2004 Shiraz Brick Road, 2003 WillowBend Proprietary Red, and the 2003 Shiraz St. Jakobi.”
Wine Spectator 92 points
Dark and juicy, a dense mouthful of berry and spice flavors, picking up an earthy note as the finish persists impressively against ultrafine tannins. Has intense power but it ends up being graceful. Drink now through 2013. Score: 92. —Harvey Steiman, December 15, 2005.