James Halliday 98 points. "When placed next to '16 O'Riada, the colour seems light (though bright), but the perfumed, spicy bouquet with red flowers and fruits doesn't prepare you for the intensity and piercing length of the beautifully balanced medium-bodied palate. This is a truly glorious wine that draws you back again and again to explore the wealth of red fruit flavours, and the majesty of its textures and flavours."
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...
WINERY NOTES: COLOUR Medium dark red colour with purple tints NOSE Spicy berry fruit aromas and hints of cedar and oak influence on the nose. PALATE 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. WINEMAKING Cabernet from one of our oldest blocks in the Carbunup River Vineyard, in conjunction with a rich batch of Merlot from our Cellar Door Vineyard (Yallingup) were destemmed to separate static tanks and inoculated immediately with a Bordeaux yeast strain. Each tank was pumped over twice daily...
So dense and brooding, concentrated, and yet has a lightness and vigour that makes it so appealing. Black fruit, ripe raspberry, cedar and biscuit spice, dark chocolate and violets, bay leaf, with a sort of wet clay/mineral character in the mix. Tannin is firm and silty/slatey, fresh feel despite all that dark chocolate flavour, and the finish is long, with a black tea perfume trailing. Wonderful. Tasted: Apr 2021; Alcohol: 13%; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2022-2030+; Rated: 95 Points; Gary Walsh; The Wine Front. #CULLEN
BLEND 86% Malbec, 8% Shiraz, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Cabernet Franc COLOUR Deep violet red. AROMATICS Plum pudding, black cherry, cocoa, coffee and vanilla pod aromatics engulf the senses. PALATE Flavours of concentrated blackberry sorbet and maraschino cherry are prominent on the palate. 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.
Decanter World Wine Awards 2020 - 97 points Platinum Medal - 97 Points The Real Review, Huon Hooke 2020, 96 points. Deep, youthful red/purple colour, bright and fresh, as is the bouquet. The wine has excellent concentration of fruit - cassis, blackberry, cedar and blackcurrant aromas, driven by its fruit, its oak tucked neatly into the background, and the palate tremendously long and beautifully balanced. This is great now and has a massive future. It's quite essency and concentrated but does it so effortlessly. Cellar 2022–2040. 96 points Halliday wine companion 2020, 95 points. An even but satisfying flow of elegant flavour. It's ripe...
Trophy, Best Other Varietal, Wine Show of WA 2020. Trophy, Best Other Varietal, Margaret River Wine Show 2020. Colour Dark red, glazed cherry Aroma Perfumed aromas of citrus and violets with an earthy-graphite nose. Palate This rarely seen straight varietal has perfumed aromas, fine silky tannins and impeccable balance. Cellaring Drink within five to ten years from vintage.
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.
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,...
Following the style of the three previous harvests of the wine and celebrating the cool edge of the Clare Valley’s climate, the Grosset Nereus 2017 rejoices in its restrain, medium-body and healthy rusticity. There is a hint of underlying earthiness to the wine rather than the lusty oakiness which many Australians have come to expect of the variety. In 2017, the Grosset Nereus has primal aromatics of dark plum, black cherry and mulberry which flow through onto the palate. This features a hint of pepper and well-integrated briary oak that is evident yet never dominant. Its satisfying fleshy texture is balanced by tongue-coating gentle...
ARRIVAL EARLY AUGUST 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...
COLLECTION RECOMMENDED. THESE BOTTLES ARE AGEING PERFECTLY BUT WILL EXPERIENCE SOME SEEPAGE AS A RESULT OF NATURAL HEAT TRANSFERANCE BETWEEN CHILLED STORAGE AND YOUR HOME. PLEASE NOTE THAT IF YOU WISH TO TAKE DELIVERY THIS WILL BE AT YOUR OWN RISK. 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...
COLLECTION RECOMMENDED. THESE BOTTLES ARE AGEING PERFECTLY BUT WILL EXPERIENCE SOME SEEPAGE AS A RESULT OF NATURAL HEAT TRANSFERANCE BETWEEN CHILLED STORAGE AND YOUR HOME. PLEASE NOTE THAT IF YOU WISH TO TAKE DELIVERY THIS WILL BE AT YOUR OWN RISK. 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...
James Halliday Wine Companion 2021 96 points. "57% cabernet sauvignon, 29% malbec and 14% petit verdot. Machine-harvested, crushed and destemmed, a mix of wild and cultured yeast, 2-3 weeks on skins, a soft press to barrel (30% new) for 18 months maturation. A full-bodied, complex wine, the fruit singing soprano, tannins the base. An imposing wine by any standards, it does need time." Wine Pilot 95 points. ‘Deeply coloured, this is a brooding, concentrated, and youthful red that brings with it those sweet earthy tones of malbec. The fruit is compact and concentrated – inky, blackberry fruits are dense, ripe and well balanced with toasty...
Cabernet 56%, Malbec 44%. colour Crimson. nose Vibrant and fresh, blueberry laced with violet and spice palate Juicy and round, medium bodied bright berry fruits, delicious blackberry and plum intermingled with fine lengthy tannin. winemaking The 2019 Purple Patch was crushed cool for fermentation to static fermenters for eight days, peak temperature 28 degrees Celsius. Drained and pressed to French oak for maturation.
Not rated yet but the the last 2 vintages were JH 95 and JH 96 respectively. Wehave similar expectations for this vintage. Grenache/Shiraz/Mourvedre 56/29/15%. WINERY NOTES: Vibrant aromas of cherry and sweet spice. A balanced, medium bodied elegant wine with flavours of strawberry and dark cherry supported by sweet spice and silky tannins with a lingering finish. The 2019 Purple Patch is a traditional Rhone style blend of Grenache, Shiraz and 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...
"A quintessentially Australian blend of 85% shiraz and 15% cabernet sauvignon, this is all violet, black cherry, cassis and root beer sass. Gently extracted to maximise the wine's energy, this is a fun parry of bright fruits, set against a thrust of acidity and dusty tannins. 91 Points. Date when Tasted: 02 Jan 2017 Alcohol: 13.5% Drink: 2020 Closure: Screwcap" - Ned Goodwin, winecompanion.com.au. 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...
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...
Notes sourced from McWilliam's Wines Hanwood Port is a smooth, rich and mellow tawny port. The average age of this blend is 10 years as opposed to 5 years for most other ports. These extra years maturing in small oak casks, combined with six generations of port-making skills perfected by the McWilliam family since 1877, are what make Hanwood such a fine old port. Deep red colour with brown hues. The nose displays complex intense aged rancio characters. The palate is filled with rich fruit and aged integrated spirit. Good length with a mellow soft tannin finish. 18.5% alcohol volume.
TOP GOLD 2019 ROYAL HOBART WINE SHOW 2019 RIVERINA WINE REGION/OPEN WINE SHOW GOLD 2018 SYDNEY ROYAL WINE SHOW (KPMG) 2019 PERTH WINE SHOW 2019 MELBOURNE WINE SHOW 2019 NATIONAL WINE SHOW CANBERRA POINTS 95 pts – 2019 JAMES HALLIDAY WINE COMPANION 2020 95 pts – 2018 JAMES HALLIDAY WINE COMPANION 2019
GOLD 2018 SYDNEY ROYAL WINE SHOW (KPMG) 2018 RIVERINA REGION WINE SHOW – GI SHOW 2018 ROYAL HOBART WINE SHOW 2018 ROYAL MELBOURNE WINE AWARDS 2019 ROYAL HOBART WINE SHOW 2019 PERTH WINE SHOW POINTS 98 pts – 2019 JAMES HALLIDAY WINE COMPANION 2020
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 feel. GW. WINEMAKERS...
Trophy Best Dry Red Blend - Melbourne International Wine Competition 2019. The red wine for everyone. A perfect blend of cabernet sauvignon (65%), shiraz (25%) and merlot (10%) makes this red wine balanced and smooth, deliciously easy to drink and impossible not to like. Pair with spaghetti and meatballs, baked pasta dishes such as lasagne and similar veggie bakes, bean dishes with smoked ham or chorizo, pepperoni pizza.
Stuart McCloskey 99-100 points. "Ripe black fruits tinged with orange rind flood the palate. Totally effortless, sensual, precise and without fault. An astonishing wine and one that will provide 50 years of pleasure..."
TOP GOLD MEDAL Royal Adelaide Wine Show – 2018 JAMES HALLIDAY’S TOP 100 WINES OF 2018. 95 Points “Shiraz, grenache and mataro sourced from some of the 150yo vines on the estate. The price is extremely low for a wine with such history. Red, blue and black berry fruits are woven together by a gently savoury film of tannins and subtle oak justifying the choice to drink it now or much later”. James Halliday WINERY NOTE: BUTCHERS BLOCK RED SHIRAZ • GRENACHE • MATARO (46%) (38%) (16%) BAROSSA VALLEY Named in honour of our family’s original use for the building that now houses our Cellar Door, the Butchers Block Red is a structured,...
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 Barossa Valley. 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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