The Shiraz Vioginer is a selection of the best Shiraz Viognier parcels, crafted from the Murrumbateman vineyard. One of the greatest vintages of this wine. It has a super complex array of white and black peppers, hard brown spices, leaves, flowers and fresh wet earth, as well as graphite-like dark stony notes. The palate is immaculately detailed, long and silky with flavors of blackberries, red cherries, red plums, dark cherries, blackberries and dark chocolate. The palate is delivered with steady elegance and power, showing unwavering build and a seemingly never-ending trail of fresh and spicy fruit flavors. With the most immaculate...
James Suckling 99 points and No 41 in Top 100 Wines of 2019. "Incredibly complex aromas of baking spices, fresh red fruit and a fine and elegant, floral edge, as well as red cherries, raspberries and red plums. This is phenomenal, so precise and concentrated with such detail and power, delivered with elegance and precision. The palate is super long. The best vintage made at Clonakilla to date! Perfection! Drink now, but better from 2026. Screw cap." Huon Hooke 98 points. The colour is medium to deep red/purple and the bouquet is lifted, spicy, aromatic and floral, with refinement and tension in the mouth. Fragrant herbs, mint, subtle pepper...
James Halliday 94 points. Medium dark red colour with purple tints. Spicy berry fruit aromas and hints of cedar and oak influence on the nose. The palate is refined and smooth, showing flavours of ripe blackberry and red currant characters. Fine, ripe tannins round out the wine, with lingering dried herb and savoury nuances on the finish.
Cullen Diane Madeline 2018 (79% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 6% Cabernet Franc and 5% Malbec.) The wine was aged in 80% biodynamic barrels of which 50% were new. The wine will age for up to 50 years. Huon Hooke: 97/100 & #1 Winery in Australia 2020 Gary Walsh 97/100 Ray Jordan 99/100: “I've been waiting for this wine to be released, knowing how good the 2018 vintage was in Margaret River. In fact, it goes further than my lofty expectations. Super-concentrated deep blackcurrant, mulberry and dark, plummy, chocolate flavours. There is an extraordinary brightness and vitality on the nose with exotic violet perfumes. Impeccably poised. A...
BLEND 85% Malbec, 11% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Shiraz COLOUR Deep violet red. AROMATICS Pronounced notes of Satsuma plum, blueberry pudding, mocha and vanilla pod. PALATE The plush palate is layered with plum compote and maraschino cherry flavours. Supple tannins and bright acidity support the vibrant fruit flavours and lingering oak spice. OAK MATURATION 25% new French oak barrels and 20% new French oak staves in tank. AGEING POTENTIAL Drink over next 5-10 years.
BLEND Petit Verdot 47%, Malbec 29%, Cabernet Sauvignon 13%, Cabernet Franc 11% COLOUR Bright violet red. AROMATICS Lifted notes of Turkish delight, mulberry, dark chocolate and star anise. PALATE A rich palate of black forest fruits, delicate florals and vanilla oak spice compliment the fine tannins delivering a poised presence and length. OAK MATURATION 18 months. 19% new French balance in 2nd and 3rd year French. AGEING POTENTIAL Drink over the next 5 – 10 years.
93 Points - James Halliday - Halliday's Wine Companion Malbec seems to be quite at home in this region; as a varietal or blended the wines are often very good. Attractive aromas of raspberry and rhubarb are bright and lively. The palate is just medium-bodied, but fresh and buoyant with red fruit and cedary flavours framed by light astringency. Good drinking now and likely to be better with a bit more time in bottle. A very appealing style. Deep red with purple hues. A display of blackcurrant, cherry and hints of cloves. Similar fruit expression on the palate with some mocha flavours followed by soft tannins and lingering finish.
James Halliday 93 points. At Gemtree they farm their estate vineyards organically and biodynamically. This philosophy rewards them with fruit full of flavour and purity; these are the gems from which they craft their fine wines. This medium bodied GSM blend is seamless, a bright and lively wine bursting with delicious cherry and raspberry flavours. Ready for immediate consumption. Certified organic, biodynamic, low preservative and vegan friendly.
Gold Medal 6 Nations Wine Challenge 2019. James Halliday 95 points. Only 1920 bottles made. Huon Hooke "Deep purple/red colour, with a quite herbal aroma, which is lightly floral also; young and fruit-driven, with a trace of reduction. The tannins are very firm and grippy, the wine is full-bodied and bold, with good concentration and depth of flavour. A rich, fruit-sweet core and a cleansing tannin finish. Excellent. (1920 bottles made) 22 APR 2019." Drink 2019 - 2031. Mataro McLaren Vale Our Mataro is made in very limited quantities, free from convention, free from restraints. It is a dark and brooding wine of dense blackberry fruits that...
95 Points - James Halliday - Halliday's Wine Companion 30yo vines, hand-picked, destemmed, whole berries, open-fermented, 8 days on skins, only free-run juice, 3 months in old puncheons, 3 months in a concrete egg. A rare thing: a mataro that is full of juicy fruit and soft tannins. WINERY NOTES: Aromas of forest floor, blackberry and thyme. It is an amazing wine with true presence and vibrancy. Rich, juicy, textural and earthy with delicately balanced acidity. Cellar now — 2033. Total production 1920 bottles.
Five Stars The Real Review #2 of 32 - Cab Sauv Blends from South Australia -2017 Huon Hooke 95 Ralph Kyte Powell 95 "Medium to full red colour with a trace of purple and a complex bouquet of damp undergrowth, tobacco, raspberry and briar. More savoury than fruity. The wine is medium to full-bodied and deliciously smooth, supple and easy on the gums. Fresh acidity cleanses the finish. An elegant style, very good now and has cellaring potential. 28 MAR 2020" HH The Grosset Gaia 2017 has brooding briary, brambly, black cherry and blackcurrant aromas that lead to a palate showing similar flavours. These are ripe, lively and fine, well-balanced,...
~ BUY SIX AND PAY $49 NET EACH ~ Clare Valley – 3200 bottles produced. Real Review 94 points Toni Paterson, The Real Review, 24th January 2018 Predominantly made from Clare Valley shiraz with a dash of nero d’avola. Supple and joyous with a plush, dark-fruited palate. Fragrant dark cherries and mulberries, with a little blackberry on the finish. Excellent mid-palate fleshiness and intensity. A beautifully balanced, elegant red wine with gentle savouriness and pleasing restraint. 94 Points. 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...
"50% grenache, 30% mataro and 20% shiraz from 25-76yo vines, wild yeast-open fermented with 10% whole bunches, 14 days on skins, daily plunging and pumpovers, 500 dozen made. Beautifully and harmoniously structured and textured, clarity and purity its watchwords." James Halliday 96/100, Aug 2020 This is the second style of wine to be produced under the ‘HEAD RED’ range and like the ‘HEAD RED’ Shiraz is essentially a barrel de-classification. Always picked on the cusp of ripeness with some whole-bunches retained for the fermentation which is more of an infusion than an extraction. The fruit here is sourced from 5 different Grenache...
Buy 6 or more and pay 72sgd per bottle. Decanter 95 points. James Halliday 95 points. 66% Shiraz 19% Cabernet Sauvignon 10% Merlot 5% Cabernet Franc. Deep crimson with garnet hues. Enticing aromas of blackcurrant, blackberry and cassis are enveloped by herbal notes of sage and bay leaf that lead to subtle nuances of red fruits, black pepper, vanilla and cedar. A generous palate offers rich flavours of red and blackcurrant, dried herbs and black pepper, with great purity, balance and texture forming a delicious mouthfeel, while velvety tannins provide great length and complexity. ...It sets the wine on a clear quality course; plum and...
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...
Originally released to investors at 250sgd. 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]
James Halliday 94 points. "A blend of 60% cabernet and 40% malbec, estate-grown. Dark red with bright hues, vibrant black fruit, hints of bay leaf and nicely judged oak support. But it's the flow across the palate that is key. Expansive, soft of tannin but without losing line or length. David Bicknell Published 01 August 2019" The Rock of Solitude is a special place in the Ironcloud vineyard, a single flat rock facing west, overlooking Geographe Bay in Western Australia. In the quiet of the early morning and evening this is the perfect place to seek seclusion and regain energy from the earth. A blend of estate grown Cabernet and Malbec...
James Halliday 96 points. IRONCLOUD Rock of Solitude GSM 2017 features vibrant aromas of cherry and sweet spice on the nose. The palate is a balanced and medium bodied elegant wine with flavours of strawberry and dark cherry supported by sweet spice and silky tannins with a lingering finish. JH 96. winemaking The 2017 Purple Patch is a traditional Rhone style blend of 50% Grenache, 25% Shiraz and 25% Mourvedre. The fruit for this wine was estate grown from vines planted in 1999, Mourvedre being the exception which was planted in 2006 as the link between the Grenache and Shiraz, tying the structure together. The Grenache, Shiraz and Mouvedre...
70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Shiraz Region Coonawarra Winemakers Comments 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 soft tannins that give excellent balance. Cellaring: The Musician is made to enjoy now or cellar for up to 5 years.
WINERY NOTES: It took us a while to get this one right, when we were first experimenting with Petite Sirah the tannins were so pronounced that tasters actually started howling as it crossed their palate. We later planted other naturally tannic varietals Tannat and Saperavi, softening the tannins so the only howl we hear now is one of enjoyment. Taken from Dadd’s Block on the high side – sandy loam with long sunlight hours and low rainfall. The best of these varieties is selected each year, either on their own or as a blend. The Wine: Black as night and laden with an abundance of natural structure and personality, the palate surprises...
James Halliday 95 points. "Mataro grenache shiraz. Teetering on the edge of being too ripe and yet the rich flavours and voluminous palate somehow suck you right in. Blackberry pastilles, all manner of baking spices with pliant and plump tannins yet there is a freshness throughout." JH. WINERY NOTES: Grape Variety: Mataro 49%, Grenache 28%, Shiraz 23% The Moonlight Run was our midnight drive back to the Barossa after working vintage in the Clare Valley in 1999. We would crave a soft slurpy wine to wash down a hard night’s work, so we decided to make our own. We take inspiration from Southern Rhone wines and this is our take on them. The...
94 Points Sam Kim. Super-smooth and comforting, this delectable red shows blackcurrant, dark plum, mocha, game and black olive characters on the nose, followed by a sumptuous palate that is filled with ripe fruit flavours and velvety mouthfeel, finishing extremely long and silky. Sam Kim Wine Orbit #primitivo
James Halliday 94 points. Gary Walsh, Wine Front, 95+ points. A blend of 70% Shiraz and 30% Pinot Noir. Small production. Big heart. It’s a wine that most often brings a smile to my face, and for a slightly jaded animal such as myself, that’s something of a small joy. Fine, perfumed, juicy, supple, are words that roll quickly off the keyboard as I taste. In terms of detail, well I’m thinking raspberry, a touch of smokiness, chocolate wrappers and other happy things. There’s a gentle graininess to the tannin, a coolness to the acidity, and a fine almost savoury finish. It’s a beautiful wine. Something different, and quite special I...
Wine Advocate 97 points. Standish's 2017 The Relic Shiraz-Viognier includes 2% Viognier, just enough to soften the wine's considerable tannins and add a floral element on the nose. Gorgeous scents of brambly blackberries and anise lead into a wine that's full-bodied and plush, long and silky, adding hints of cocoa and espresso on the finish. JC Nov 2019.
Wine Advocate 96-99 points. Despite being only 2% Viognier, in its current state, Standish's 2018 The Relic Shiraz-Viognier shows prominent notes of stone fruit and spice, plus the blackberries and blueberries of the Shiraz. Full-bodied, lush and creamy-textured, with a long, silky finish, this beauty should drink well for a couple of decades after its release next year.JC Nov 2019.
The Wine Front 94 points. VARIETY 100% MATARO 8TH RELEASE Encounters with unblended Australian Mataro (also known as Mourvèdre) are rare. The origins of Mataro are almost certainly Spanish where it is often called Monastrell. It is the principal black grape of the five appellations that cluster on Spain's South-eastern Mediterranean Coast. A very late variety in both bud break and ripening season, the Barossa Valley is one of the few areas in Australia that can successfully ripen Mataro. One of the original grapes grown in the Barossa Valley, Mataro thrives in the hot and dry conditions of a Barossa summer. The wine produced from Mataro’s...
ARRIVAL DECEMBER Decanter Magazine....Top 10 Wines of Australia 2020. “Renowned for producing fine wines in Jerez, Pedro Ximènez (or PX) can really excel in other part of the world. Intense marmalade aromas with some sweet spice and dried figs. The palate is lusciously rich with some pure marmalade and dried figs characters, very long, sweet and rich finish but with a good freshness.” Decanter, Top 10 Australian Wines. This fortified Pedro Ximénez was made from grapes grown specifically for us by a number of traditional Barossa grape growers. Pedro Ximénez are amongst the last grape varieties to be harvested each vintage in the...
WINERY COMMENTS: What a difference a couple of generations can make. In the mid 1980s South Australia’s old Grenache, Mourvèdre and Shiraz vines were being removed due to a lack of demand. Brave Faces is a tribute to the men and women that loyally tended their vineyards, allowing them to remain intact today. “Brave faces face the boardroom, the oak stained walls fall silent, they leave lined with defeat, and they got those tears in their eyes, well it makes no sense to me.” Brave Faces MIDNIGHT OIL, 1981 Colour: Deep purple in colour with a flicker of red hue Aroma: The nose is bright and fresh with dark cedar, ripe cherry, dried...
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