Critical Acclaim


Mariginiup Shiraz 2010
The West Australian
FRESH - Ray Jordan's Top 100 Australian Reds
Thursday, July 6, 2012

Quite simply this has to be the best Paul Conti wine I have tasted. Soft and generous yet with remarkable persistence and power, sustained with fine silky tannins quality oak. There's loads of fruit in here yet it caresses more than assaults the senses. A beauty.

Mariginiup Shiraz 2010
Winestate magazine, Special Edition 2011
Vol 34, Issue 7

Nose has attractive, sweet, new oak and rich fruit with nice ripe fruit and oak derived flavours.

A well balanced wine with good mouthfeel.




Mariginiup Shiraz 2009
The West Australian Wine Guide 2012 by Ray Jordan
The West Australian, FRESH liftout, p.6, Thursday, March 22, 2012

A robust, earthy and very plump shiraz loaded with dark plums and black currant with a liberal dose of vanillin oak. It’s earthy and lavishly textured. Lots of chocolate and ground coffee and sweet dark plum flavours. Tannins are ripe and firm. A wine with some medium-term cellaring potential while it retains its youthful nature. 91/100

Mariginiup Shiraz 2009

James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2011 Edition

Purple-crimson; the vineyard seldom fails to deliver top-quality grapes, and excelled itself this vintage, with plum and blackberry fruits on the smooth and supple medium-bodied palate, tannins and oak in precise support. Rating: 94 points To: 2024

Mariginiup Shiraz 2008
Winestate magazine - World's greatest shiraz challenge
Sept/Oct 2010

Earthy/licorice nose and lively, rich, layered, dark, vibrant fruit palate with some complexity, and good quality oak in the background. 4-stars

Mariginiup Shiraz 2008
James Halliday Wine Companion 2011 Edition

For several decades before shiraz assumed cult status, was the flagship wine of Paul Conti; has very good colour and excellent balance; the black fruits of the medium-bodied palate are supple and fine, tannins in perfectly judged support. 92/100


Mariginiup Shiraz 2008
Ray Jordan's 2011 WA Wine Guide

Plenty in here with the powerful fruit coming from very low yielding vines. It's rich and concentrated with an endless flow of dark plum, cherry and earthy dark chocolate. Firm tannins and a solid oak treatment for a wine that will cellar in the medium term. 89/100

Mariginiup Shiraz 2007
Ray Jordan's 2010 WA Wine Guide

An immensely powerful shiraz still wrapped in a blanket of substantial oak. Beneath it though, there is fruit of concentration and depth with opulent flavours, firmish tannins and stacks of lingering power. A wine that will cellar in the medium-term. 89/100.


Mariginiup Shiraz 2007
David Foster
Retired wine writer and enthusiast

June 2009

What a humdinger!!!  Has twice the life and joy of its predecessor and shows a welcome return to the style we have loved over many years.  Attractive, lifted fruit flavours, full of berries and joy, matched with a gorgeous shot of wood.  If ever a wine showed the smile of the winemaker, this is it.  Congratulations.  Beaut wine.


Mariginiup Shiraz 2007
Winestate Magazine
May/June 2009
Vol 32 Issue 3, p. 106

Smells like chocolate pudding with caramel sauce! Oak tends to cover some great ripe fruit. Good level of drying tannins.


Mariginiup Shiraz 2006
Winestate Magazine
Special Edition 2008 - Wine of the Year
New Releases
Vol 31 Issue 7, p. 109

4 stars

Dark purple wine with an estery, lavender-like nose showing a touch of leatheriness. The palate is big, powerful and oaky. Put it away for a while.

Mariginiup Shiraz 2006
David Foster
Retired wine writer and enthusiast
June 2009

Dense colour, the intensity of which is repeated on the nose and palate.  Nose has distinct blackberry/nettle nuances and signs of ripe fruit.  Palate is remarkably full-on for the established style of the label and a what-you-taste-is-what-you-get impression is inescapable.


Mariginiup Shiraz 2005
SCOOP Magazine
Winter Edition June to August 2008, p. 199
16 points (Bronze)

In this wine is a mouthful of complex flavours encompassing coffee bean, vanilla, blackberry and raspberry jubes held together with soft tannins to form an approachable shiraz that sings oh so sweetly in the glass.

Mariginiup Shiraz 2005

Ray Jordan’s Guide to Wine 2008, p.42

Plenty of dark ripe fruits overlayed with substantial oak that’s just a little edgy at the moment. With time, the plump juicy ripe fruit will emerge from beneath the cloak of oak. Balanced and elegantly poised. 88/100

Mariginiup Shiraz 2004

James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2008 Edition

Medium-bodied; supple, smooth, blackberry, cherry and plum, with touches of sweet leather; good oak. The old faithful for Paul Conti, now coming from vines of distinct seniority. Rating: 92 points To: 2019

4 ½ star rating

Mariginiup Shiraz 2004
The Sunday Times - 2007 copy (STM Magazine)
By Peter Forrestal

This is about as good an example of this wine as  have tasted.  It’s a cracker.  Beautiful oak treatment, great fruit and a sensationally fine and poised palate.  The flavours are intense and expertly harness with the oak and tannin mix.  As stylish as it gets. 93/100
Drink: Now to 2012
Score: 4

*Scores are out of five and judged on a value for money basis
1-2 below average; 3 good; 4 very good; 5 excellent

Mariginiup Shiraz 2002
Ray Jordan's Guide to Wine 2004/05
p. 34
92/100 Rating

Boy, this packs such solid flavour into an impressive package. Huge whack of concentrated fruit showing characters of coffee, licorice and chocolate with hints of savoury plum and earthy notes. The palate is deep and plummy with a firm solid thread of oak and tannin. Impressive and good for the cellar.

Mariginiup Shiraz 2002
Western Australia Edition 2005 p. 19
3 ½ Stars

Smells dense and earthy and is thick, sweet and rich in the mouth. The savoury palate has a firm tannic structure.

Mariginiup Shiraz 2002
West Coast Magazine
Uncorked WA's best shiraz buys
January 2005 p. 8
4 Stars

Big, rich, ripe style we've come to know and love from Mariginiup. Soft and complex with the fine tannins and perfectly balanced with new and seasoned American and French oak. Over delivers for the price.

Mariginiup Shiraz 2000
West Coast Magazine
Shirazamatazz – the WA bunch
December – January 2002/03 p. 1-7
4.5/5 Stars

It’s all here: generous ripe, medium to full bodied with voluptuous fruit surrounded by a cradle of mainly American oak and a little French. If you want a finer, more elegant style, look elsewhere. This is soft and full and friendly, yet complex balanced by long gentle tannins. Bingo!

Mariginiup Shiraz 1999
Winepros Notes by James Halliday
October 15, 2001
Rating: 91 out of 100

Deep red-purple; the complex bouquet has an abundance of dark berry/mulberry fruits supported by subtle oak, the palate rippling with rich, dark berry/savoury/dark chocolate flavours. Good tannin and extract management round off a classy wine.

Mariginiup Shiraz 1998
All About Town Magazine
October 2000, p. 9-11
“ Shouting About Shiraz”

A rich and ripe, complex bouquet leads to a wonderland of flavour: full bodied, well balanced style of plummy, dark chocolate fruit with clever use of new and seasoned American and French oak. Unanimously voted a great and “friendly” wine. 4 stars

Mariginiup Shiraz 1998
James Halliday, Sept. 16, 2000
Rating 92/100 Gold medal rating

Medium to full red-purple; a clean & smooth bouquet with gentle ripe black cherry fruit & correspondingly gentle oak is followed by a generous, ripe & rich palate, offering black cherry, chocolate & soft tannins, again complimented by attractive oak.


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