"91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Inky purple. Pungent aromas of blackberry, mulberry, olive and cracked pepper on the cool but ripe nose. Supple and sweet but firm, with deep, spice-accented flavors of dark berries, licorice and black pepper. Nothing shy about this. Finishes with broad tannins, persistent sweet fruit and hints of succulent herbs and spicecake. For a rich wine, this is surprisingly lithe and precise." (Jul/Aug '09) 90+ points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2008 The Wild Pixie is a blend of 95% Shiraz and 5% Roussanne aged for 12 months in mostly seasoned French oak. Opaque purple-colored, it offers up an enticing perfume of cedar, smoke, game, bacon, and blueberry. Firm and flavorful on the palate (from fruit picked before the heat wave), this savory, lengthy wine will evolve for 2-3 years and deliver prime drinking from 2012 to 2020." " I tasted this wine last year at d'Arenberg before it was released, and was very impressed. Taking a cue from the immensely popular "Laughing Magpie" Shiraz-Viognier, this inaugural release of the "Wild Pixie" combines Shiraz with another Rhone white varietal, Rousanne. The wine is lifted with blueberry, violets, some smokey meaty notes, earth and pepper spice. There is the classic d'Arenberg cloak of fine tannins that are seamlessly integrated with fine balance and length." Jim Chanteloup K&L Aussie Wine Buyer."