The dense ruby/purple-colored 2004 Shiraz The Distance exhibits plenty of blackberry and cassis fruit as well as smoke, graphite, and pepper characteristics. Full-bodied, powerful, and rich.
Wine Spectator 93/100
A big, dark, brooding style, with a core of black cherry and peppery licorice flavors. This is balanced with tangy acidity, finishing with a supple, polished texture. The tarry, floral overtones add particular interest. Has depth and power. Needs cellaring.
James Halliday 94/100
(Comments on 2006): Very good colour; the wine is at the opulent, baroque end of the spectrum, but does not suffer from that; velvety depths of blackberry, blackcurrant and licorice are the drivers, tannins and oak trailing along behind.
The 2004 Distinction Shiraz is considerably more expressive aromatically with notes of smoked meat, game, bacon, pepper, violets, and wild blueberry all making an appearance. Opulent on the palate, this powerful Shiraz will profit from another six years of cellaring and offer prime drinking from 2014 to 2032.