James Halliday 96 points. Whole-bunch pressed, wild fermented French puncheons, matured for 10 months. A lovely wine, having opened it's arms to the cool vintage, Applejack Vineyard adding to the purity of the grapefruit, apple and stone fruit flavours. JH.
James Suckling 95 points. Apples and honeydew melon with pie crust and poached pears in a fresh, attractive mode. The palate has a smooth, evenly paced and sleek feel. Polished texture and good depth of fresh white peaches and pears. Drink or hold. Screw cap.
LANDS TUESDAY 17 SEPTEMBER Top Gold + Trophy, National Wine Show 98 points, James Halliday 95 points, James Suckling Love the aromas of tea, strawberries, cherries and freshly cut flowers, which follow through to a medium to full body. Tight and silky tannins and a long, flavorful finish. Shows focus and finesse with structure. Drink now or hold. JS.
"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
Arriving Tuesday 17 September Coal River Valley In our obsession with Single Vineyard Pinot Noirs from great Pinot growing areas around the world, we have gone as far south (and as cold) as you can go in this country. Despite the cool temperatures, the sunlight hours are long and intense and we are intrigued by the depth of palate and colour that is possible from this landscape. While it is made with the Giant Steps gentle winemaking approach, the result is clearly a world apart in terroir. "Typical Tasmanian extra dimension of colour, and of power and presence. Black cherry and blood plum fruits are held in a tight embrace by rippling...
James Suckling 96 points. James Halliday 96 points. There is purity and finesse to this young pinot with sliced-strawberry and lemon character. Tight and polished with beautiful finesse and length. Goes on for minutes. Love the brightness and focus. Drink or hold. JS 96.
James Suckling 95 points, James Halliday 95 points. Very attractive, succulent style with intense and energetic white-peach and lemon aromas and flavors. The drive and depth on the palate really impress here. Drink or hold. JS. “One of the cornerstones of the estate-owned vineyards, the low yield obvious on the bouquet, shifting to purity and precision of the palate and lingering aftertaste”. JH.
James Suckling 95 points, James Halliday 96 points. A finely textured and delicious pinot with ripe-strawberry and floral aromas and flavors. Medium body. Fine tannins. Flavorful finish. Always a gem. Drink or hold. JS.
"This is rich, fine, seamless, quartz-like. It’s complex in an integrated way; no bells, whistles or alarms but plenty going on regardless. Grapefruit and white peach, spent matches buried into the fruit, a smoky mineralogy. It turns the power on but is long and gorgeous." - 95+ points, Campbell Mattinson OTHER ACCOLADES: Gold Medal, 2016 Yarra Valley Wine Show 95 points James Halliday 93 points Huon Hooke Winery Notes: Season: 2017 was a textbook cool climate vintage. The preceding winter was cool to cold (good vine dormancy) with good rainfall and ground saturation as the valley moved into spring. The growing season was characterized by...
Huon Hooke 95 points. "Very youthful purple/red colour, deep and bright. The bouquet is young and fresh, very primary and showing a little reduction. There are meaty, pepper, spice and dried herb notes, too. The wine is raw, callow, concentrated and very primary, unready just yet, with lots of pepper, graphite and earthy nuances. It does seem to have tremendous potential. The texture is already delectable." "The flow of the wine has a bit of majesty to it. It’s all shot up with spice, pepper and deli meat characters but the black cherried, undergrowthy, herb-infused fruit just rides on through, not a hiccup, not a strain, effortless. The...
Top Gold & Trophy, 2018 Yarra Valley Wine Show. 95 points, Huon Hooke. 95 points, James Halliday. James Suckling 94 points. A very composed and attractively elegant chardonnay that has an impeccably smooth array of lemon and peach-sorbet aromas with very subtle, fresh-nutty notes. The palate has such smooth build. Really refined and elegant. Drink or hold. JS.
Arriving Tuesday 17 September HH 92/100 Mike Bennie 93/100 The vineyard is tucked into a corner of the Pisa District, Central Otago, close to the Wanaka/Cromwell Highway SH6. Situated on river and glacial terraces, sheltered to some extent from the worst of the cold south winds by ‘Sugarloaf’, a local landmark feature which marks the physical end of a previous glacial advance. The dominant Pisa Range to the west reaches 1964 metres. These mountains create a rain shadow effect, meaning that the annual rainfall received on our vineyards of around 400mm per annum is approximately one third less than is received the other side of the range...
"Slightly dusty, sulfury overtones over subdued fruit aromas. There's a nutty, almond or malty aroma note, while the palate is very dry and restrained, with good intensity and length. The sulfur could be subduing it just a little, especially on the nose. Still the quality shines through. This has more to give in time." 95 points, Huon Hooke OTHER ACCOLADES: Gold Medal, Royal Queensland Wine Show. Owned by Hand Picked Wines, Wombat Creek Vineyard is the highest altitude vineyard in the Yarra Valley, making it an ideal location for the production of extreme cool climate wines. The vineyard was originally planted in 1988 with the intention of...
James Suckling 96 points. Gold Medal, Royal Melbourne Wine Show. 96 points, James Haliday. 95+ points, Mike Bennie. 95 points, Huon Hooke. Super fine aromas of limes and chamomile with hints of beeswax, apple pie crust, pears and white-almond paste. The palate has a very sleek, steely and resolute line of mouthwatering fruit, cast in the lime and white-peach zone. Super fine and long. Wow! Drink or hold. JS.
LANDS TUESDAY 21 SEPTEMBER James Suckling 97 points. Wow. This is complex and structured with dried strawberries and fresh flowers. Full body. Wonderful depth and intensity. The texture is so impressive. Give it time, but hard not to drink it. JS.
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