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...
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...
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 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.
4 Gold Medals so far....plus 3 scores of 95 points... James Halliday, wine companion 2020, 95 points. Gold medals from the WA, Adelaide and National Wine Shows. The varieties were vinified separately, matured for 18 months. Attention to detail has captured all the fruit needed without any heavy-handed work in the winery. Simply delicious, simply elegant - just a juicy play of cassis/red berries/fine-spun tannins. Huon Hooke, the real review 2019, 95 points. Very bright, youthful, deep red/purple colour. The Bouquet is superbly fresh and vibrant, with stylish oak augmenting violets, blueberries and red berries that overflow from the glass....
Gold Medal 6 Nations Wine Challenge 2019. 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 demands your full attention.
James Halliday 98 points. (Highest rated cabernet blend of the year). Estate-grown cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc, the certified organic vines 33yo. A breath of fresh air, pulling my lips up and out of the Dante's inferno of other wines in this particular tasting. Supple and immaculately balanced, every flavour, texture and beautifully nuanced fruits that are 100% within the varietal makeup, the tannins almost lustrous, so fine are they. AWC 2020.
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...
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...
"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...
Gold Medal - Royal Melbourne Wine Show 2018 (96 Points) - Royal Melbourne Wine Show 2018 Gold Medal - Rutherglen Wine Show 2018 Gold Medal - Rutherglen Wine Show 2017 94 Points & Special Value Star - James Halliday A 70/30% blend, fermented in stainless steel and oak, matured for 6 months with minimal oak contact before blending. Great colour; one of life’s sweet mysteries is keeping the price identical to that of the first release in ’04. It is a joyous wine, revelling in its blend of blackcurrant, blackberry and plum fruit. Made with minimal oak contact, retaining maximum fruit freshness. Drink by: 2026; Date Tasted: Jul 2018; Alcohol:...
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 Wine: Mataro gives roasted cumin, cinnamon, peppercorn and savoury profile that is complimented by dark cherry and kirsch nuances from the Grenache. Some raspberry sweetness from the Tanunda Shiraz complete a truly complex and intriguing blended wine. A true reflection of the heralded 2018...
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
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
*Trophy - Best Red Blend - National Wine Show of Australia 2019 *Gold Medal (Top) - National Wine Show of Australia 2019 *(95 Points) - National Wine Show of Australia 2019 *Gold Medal (Top) - Royal Adelaide Wine Show 2019 *Gold Medal - Royal Perth Wine Show 2019. Miles from Nowhere is all about a passion for winemaking. Careful consideration was given to the best location & unique sites for the vineyards. Margaret River has such a diverse range of micro climates and unique terroir, so having the right foundation for the vineyards is fundamental to their success. Combine this with the talented, award winning winemaking team lead by Rory...
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...
Huon Hooke 96/100 Five Gold Stars - The Wine Review "Deep, dense red/purple colour, with a bouquet of rich spice and chocolate and dark fruit aromas all well-balanced in the mix. The berries of cabernet and the earthy/spice of shiraz are both identifiable. It's a very full-bodied, rich, dense, concentrated wine, with lashings of tannins which are firm and gripping on the finish. A very long carry. A very big wine, massively structured and impressive, with great power and ageing potential. A wine that manages to tread the fine line between big structure and softness and accessibility. Still, I would cellar it a few years before broaching....
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 RELEASES 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...
TOP GOLD MEDAL Royal Adelaide Wine Show – 2018 JAMES HALLIDAY’S TOP 100 WINES 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, fruit-...
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