Andrew Peace was the first to plant one of Italy's premium varieties, Sagrantino in Australia and now has the largest plantings in the country. The Australia Felix Sagrantino 2013 has a gorgeous nose of ripe red berries, black currant and cherry and hints of quality spicy oak. It is generous in the medium to full bodied palate with the lashings of fruit balances by textural acidity ending savoury. It is screaming out for a pasta or pizza or cured meats. Says Halliday; It rushes out with sweet fruit and then is pulled back by coffeed, earthen tannin. Breathe out, breathe in. Fruit is jubey and juicy; the overall shape and feel of the wine has...
"50% Merlot, 40% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Petit Verdot from the Sexton Vineyard, fermented separately...blended Jan ’14 and matured in French oak (40% new) for 18 months. Pussyfooting with Cabernet and Merlot doesn’t pay off, especially where you have the depth and varietal clarity of the grapes here, the Petit Verdot providing a rock solid bridge between the two varieties." 95 points, James Halliday
"James Halliday - Published on 01 Aug 2017 The Bordeaux blend meticulously conceived and brought alive by Jeffrey Grosset. It is old money, seeing no reason to flaunt its character; the bouquet and palate bring an elegant parade of black and redcurrant, wild herbs and finely ground tannins to the table, oak chairs to complete the setting." 95/100
Clare Valley – 3200 bottles produced. Unrated at the moment. The 2014 was 97 points James Halliday. Fascinated by the art of blending, Jeff has trialled shiraz-based wines for years. This release is shiraz with just a small amount of nero d’avola which adds a touch of perfume and freshness, matured in French oak (35% new barriques) 18 months. The second vintage of this wine remains distinctively a cool Clare Shiraz blend and very different from the popular style of warm climate Australian shiraz. Much more savoury both in its fruit and the general feel of the wine: there’s a dry gentle grip on the finish which reflects the overall...
A vibrant wine, bursting with flavours of blackcurrant, mint and licorice. Aroma — Cinnamon, cherry and leather Palate — Black cherry, vanilla bean and mocha Provenance — Grown in red and black loam over limestone on our family vineyards in Padthaway Winemaking — Harvested in earlymid march, this wine is fermented with oak in tank Maturation — 60% French and 40% American oak for 6-8 months Composition — 76% Shiraz, 24% Cabernet Sauvignon
~ Buy Six and Pay $69 net~ “A blend of shiraz, cabernet sauvignon, merlot and cabernet franc which says more about the vineyard and the Henschke winemaking expertise than the fruit composition. All the flavours are, as usual, fused together, oak and tannins providing context.” James Halliday Wine Companion,October 2016 95/100
JH 96. Purple-crimson; it's not hard to understand why Dean Hewitson boldly puts 'cellaring potential 20 years' on the front label, for this complex and intense wine coming, as it does, from exceedingly old vines; satsuma plum, liqueur cherries, spice and fruitcake fill the palate from start to finish, the tannins fine and ripe, oak merely a vehicle. (28-Aug-2012) James Halliday. WA 93+. Deep purple-black in color, the 2010 Private Cellar Shiraz, Mourvedre shows off pronounced cassis, macerated blackberry and black plum notes over lavender, damp earth, black olives, sage and black pepper nuances. Medium-bodied, it is nicely poised in the...
Cellar door price 88aud. Jeremy Oliver 95 points. A beautiful wine of sensual perfume and charm. An earthy bouquet of dark plums, prunes,baked earth and animal hide lifted by scents of red flowers, cinnamon and exotic spice has a pinot-like appeal.Silky and refined,with a delightful depth and brightness of pure,succulent fruit underpinned by fine,loose-knit tannins,it finishes with genuine length of flavour, meaty and savoury qualities plus a refreshing acidity. Jeremy Oliver The Australian Wine Annual 2014. The Old Garden vines were planted in 1853 and are the oldest mouvedre vines in the world. They are completely dry grown and hand...
Powerful, yet very well-balanced, the two varieties reacting synergistically; a mix of plum, black cherry and blackberry, with fine but persistent tannins; has swallowed 20 months in French oak; 20-year cellaring ex the label conservative. Only available in magnum. James Halliday 94/100 Drink to 2040
James Halliday 96 points. "Outstanding texture and structure....precisely controlled."
~ Buy Six and Pay $45 net each ~ JH 96 Good colour to a wine highlighting the synergy between old vine shiraz and mourvedre; the bouquet has an array of sultry black fruits which the palate builds on with its complex flavour, texture and structure all harmoniously interwoven; perfect line, length and balance; the 20-year cellaring suggestion on the label is conservative. (09-Jan-2011) James Halliday WA 94+ "garnet-purple in color, 2008 Private Cellar Shiraz Mourvedre has a pronounced earthy / meaty nose over a core of warm black cherries, blackberries and mulberries plus wilted roses, chocolate and allspice. The palate is medium to full...
~ Buy Six and Pay $90 net Each ~ JH 96 Good colour to a wine highlighting the synergy between old vine shiraz and mourvedre; the bouquet has an array of sultry black fruits which the palate builds on with its complex flavour, texture and structure all harmoniously interwoven; perfect line, length and balance; the 20-year cellaring suggestion on the label is conservative. (09-Jan-2011) James Halliday WA 94+ "garnet-purple in color, 2008 Private Cellar Shiraz Mourvedre has a pronounced earthy / meaty nose over a core of warm black cherries, blackberries and mulberries plus wilted roses, chocolate and allspice. The palate is medium to full...
James Halliday 97 points. Tasting note: Light, clear crimson; given the medium-bodied weight of the wine, the intensity and length of the wine is prodigious; unlike the '08, red fruits are the main theme, rather than black, on the aromatic bouquet and through the palate. Made from very old vines, and comes with a 20-year cellaring guarantee; French oak and fine tannins complete the story of its ultra-limited production. (05-Sep-2011) [James Halliday]
Established as a collaboration with the Hahn family in 1997, today Barossa winemaker Rolf Binder continues to produce the wines under the same label, with the JJ Hahn range now available in many countries. These are classic Barossa reds that represent exceptional drinkability and value. A full-bodied, full-flavoured classic is the promise behind the very deep brick red colour. Notes of tea leaf, cedar, sweet berries, spice, chocolate and cigar box aromas fill the glass. Ripe black forest fruits and spice are balanced by rounded tannins and seamless structure. The palate reflects the nose with flavours of cedar, stewed fruit and cigar box....
The finest and most elegant of the Majella wines with lower alcohol, though this is partly a function of the season. Undoubtedly a wine for the purist; watch for the '05. (05-Aug-2007) James Halliday
JH 91. The colour is vibrant deep ruby red with a garnet hue. The wine itself is seductive, smooth and fruit driven with dark, perfumed berry fruits with hints of mint and Eucalyptus, supported by subtle soft tannins that give excellent balance.
95 Points James Halliday. Constructed from Estate mataro (34%) fermented with partial stalk inclusion, 33% early harvested 150yo bush vine grenache and Tanunda Shiraz.The secret ingredient that invests the wine with savoury spoces and freshness is the alcohol, usually 14.5% and above in the Barossa Valley. The length and finish have zest and braille, important in establishing the texture of the wine. 14% alc. 5 Stars, drink to 2029 James Halliday. 94 points The Winefront. Blend of Barossa Valley mataro, grenache, and shiraz, pretty much in equal parts. The mataro included some stalks in the ferment. The grenache is off extremely old vines,...
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~ Buy Six Bottles and Pay $69 per bottle net - WA 94 The 2006 Shiraz (66%) – Cabernet Sauvignon (34%) “Enchanted Path” was made entirely from McLaren Vale fruit. Opaque purple-colored, the wine has a fragrant bouquet of pain grille, leather, smoked meat, game, blueberry, and blackberry. This is followed by a structured wine with intense, spicy black fruit flavors, full-body, and superb balance. It is still tightly wound and will benefit from 6-8 years of cellaring. This promising effort should drink well through 2030. JM Oct 2007.
97pts – Jeremy Oliver 95pts – James Halliday "A top-drawer Mount Mary red that would appear to contain significantly more merlot than its mere eleven percent. Its deep, dark & briary aromas of violets, cassis, blackberries, dark plums & plain chocolate reveal undertones of dried herbs & bramble. Beautifully controlled & contained, its silky & elegant palate conceals its ample power & strength beneath an exterior of spotlessly fresh, pure blackcurrant & dark cherry fruit, camera-shy oak & tannin so delicate & fine that its genuine impact could easily be ignored. Evenly ripened, it also reveals classic nuances of dried herbs." – Jeremy...
JO 93/ JH 90 Light colour; very savoury and slightly minty overtones to the red berry fruits; surprisingly light-bodied for the vintage. (20-Feb-2011)James Halliday
WA 93 The 2005 Heinrich, a blend of Grenache, Mourvedre, and Shiraz (15%, 30%, and 55% respectively), reveals a dark purple hue along with a sweet perfume of crushed rocks, blueberries, creme de cassis, creosote, vanilla, and spice. It is a full, earthy effort to consume over the next 7-8 years. RPJ Oct 2006.
WA 94 The 2005 Shiraz (65%) – Mataro (35%) “Hubris” was aged in French and American oak puncheons, 50% new. It delivers aromas of spice box, clove, damp earth, pencil lead, black cherry, and blueberry. This is followed by a ripe, layered, structured wine with superb length. It merits 6-8 years of further cellaring and will drink well through 2025. JM Oct 2007.
Only 500 dozen produced. 96 points James Halliday, AWC 2016. "85/15% blend matured in French oak (90% new). The first thing you notice is the liveliness of it, the second is the easy-going complexity, third is the long chain of tannins. Tobacco and earth run through boysenberry and blackcurrant, smoky oak plays a subtle role."
The Butchers Block is a traditional Barossa blend made with grapes selected from the Turkey Flat vineyards, including some from the original old vine plantings. It is a blend of Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvédre (Mataro), with the proportions of each variety varying from vintage to vintage. Included in Jane Thomson's (of the Fabulous Ladies' Wine Society) Top 25 under $25 list for 2016. "It’s right in the zone. It’s an attractive blend of red and black berried fruit flavours, teamed beautifully with anise, leather and those dried, almost rusty spice characters so common in Barossa reds. It’s balanced, it’s ripe, it’s warm but not...
~ Buy Six and Pay $35 net Each ~ 5 stars Epicure 5 stars JH Dense purple with ruby hues, aromas of ripe blackcurrant, blackberry and dark cherry fruits with a hint of eucalypt and spice and cedar oak barrel complexity. From exceptional vintages over the last decade Warrenmang has kept aside the robust and powerful basket pressings of Pyrenees Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. With their fortress-like tannin structures when young, these wines have mellowed with the years to become the basis of a palate that is rich and mouth filling. By carefully selecting and blending the best of the barrels this wine has been assembled to exhibit immense power...
Buy 6 or more and pay 45sgd/bottle. Outstandingly rich and powerful red blend made in honour of the founder. Only made once. The best parcels of fruit were taken for the final blend which consists of: Shiraz 41%, Cabernet Sauvignon 36%, Cabernet Franc 13%, Merlot 10%. James Halliday 95 points. "Dense purple-red, the wine encased in a massive bottle; a core of delicious blackberry and blackcurrant fruit, then a display of fine, ripe tannins (plus oak) on the finish."(02-Mar-2008) James Halliday.
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