"From the estate vineyard at Blewitt Springs on 750 million-year-old soils. Cold soaked, cool-fermented, 14 days on skins, matured in old French and American oak for 18 months. The finish is lively and textured, black cherry dipped in dark chocolate." James Halliday 95. WINESTATE MAGAZINE 5 Stars/Gold Medal, World's Greatest Syrah Competition 2020. WINERY NOTE: These grapes are from our organic Shiraz vineyard which sits on ancient sands over clay and silt stone which dates back 750 million years. This wine has been cold soaked, basket pressed and matured for 18 months in new and seasoned oak. Our viticultural practices are organic and...
JH 95. The year was unusual, with cabernet and shiraz ripening at the same time (shiraz is usually first). 50% of this wine was co-fermented and left on skins for a month, the other parcels separately vinified, all parcels matured in French hogsheads. A very complex wine of high quality. Whether it captured '17 is another question. James Halliday Published 01 August 2020. #95
James Halliday 97 points. "Selectiv-harvested at night, open-fermented, maceration pigeage, 9 days on skins, maturation in French hogsheads and puncheons (30% new) for 18 months. A shiraz of great quality and style, with the dark berry fruits, the tannins and the oak in perfect harmony. 220 dozen made." WINERY NOTE: Max & Me Shiraz 2017 is from our Boongarrie Estate ‘House Block’ Shiraz, a small ironstone-rich block planted in 1998 with cuttings from the old-block Shiraz on Poonawatta Vineyard, a legendary local Eden Valley source block. Pick date: 13/04/17. Winemaking continued methods used for the previous 3 vintages, where harvesting...
JH 95 From the east-facing bottom block, Selectiv'-harvested, primary fermentation in grape bins, 65% of the must (cuvee) 35 days maceration, the other portion on skins for 16 days, the combined parcels matured in French hogsheads (30% new) for 17 months, 190 dozen made. It flaunts its sexy oak in a devil may care reprise. James Halliday Published 01 August 2020. #MAX
JH 97 points. Hand-picked in the first flush of berry ripeness, allowing 30% whole bunch inclusion in small open fermenters and pigeage for maceration, 10 days on skins, pressed to old French puncheons for 12 months, 140 dozen made. The Max & Me wines all have a touch of magic, this a bit extra as the fruit flavours float above the tannin and oak components. James Halliday Published 01 August 2020 #max
High-toned blossom/flower scents fill the bouquet. The palate is juicy with Rose's lime juice and crisp, clear acidity to give balance now and join forces with the fruit as the wine gains texture and complexity with prolonged cellaring. Max & Me 2021 ‘Mirooloo Road’ is from grapes grown by Michael Mason on his Flaxman Valley vineyard. The site (on Mirooloo Road) is cool, with a southerly aspect. Natural yield restraint occurs due to the limited fertility and soil-depth of the quartz and mica schist with shallow underlain sandstone bedrock. Pick date: 04/03/2021. An idyllic growing season preceded Vintage 21. Winter 20 gave good rainfall...
WINERY NOTE: Single Vineyard Shiraz, fruit sourced from ‘Springs Hill Vineyard’, Blewitt Springs, McLaren Vale grown by the Whaite family Dry Grown on Holocene Sand, North/South aspect 205-210m altitude. Planted 1998. A vineyard we both have worked with in previous roles and one we were instantly drawn to for our Shiraz. 2020 is our third release of this single vineyard wine. Hand-picked fruit, wild-fermented in a 132-year-old wax lined concrete open fermenter, 22% whole bunch (foot trodden for tannin extraction from ripe rachis), remainder destemmed. Cold soaked for 5 days, plunged and pumped over during peak of ferment, 13 days on...
James Halliday Best New Winery 2021. James Halliday 95/100 James Halliday Top 100 for 2021 “Improbably, it may seem, this has similar weight and mouthfeel to a classy 2yo pinot noir. Its floral bouquet nearly makes way to outright perfume, the palate a delicious offering of small red fruits. It's not profound, but what there is, is faultless, the length ditto.” - 95 Points - Halliday Top 100, The Weekend Australian. 45% Grenache, 30% Mourvèdre, 25% Touriga 265 dozen made 13.1% Alc/Vol WINERY NOTE: The ‘Entrada’ range of wines are made in a modern, approachable, drink now style. Inspired by Winemaker Alan Varney’s time in the small...
Rated #1 in the Rosé Category in Drink Easy Awards, 2021. Halliday Wine Companion 91 points. Tank-fermented cool. A smaller portion, fermented spontaneously in used barriques. Noble bush-vine material from Blewitt Springs. Brisk, dry and thirst-slaking. Solid rosé. Strawberry, mint, piercing redcurrant riffs, musk, jasmine and a smattering of herb pulsing long. Ned Goodwin MW Published 10 November 2021. The ‘Entrada’ range of wines are inspired by winemaker Alan Varney’s time in the small Portuguese town of Entradas, in Alentejo, where he lived a vintage in 2017. “Early picked bush vine Grenache from the Blewitt Springs sub-region...
James Halliday Best New Winery of the Year 2021. GT Wine Magazine, Top 12 Verdelho. “From one of McLaren Vale's most exciting producers comes this number from up the road, inspired by Alan Varney's time in Portugal. True to its name, it's vibrant and thirst-quenching but not short on complexity, with notes of bay leaf and honeysuckle, and pebbly acidity.” - Dom Sweeney & Csilla Swain, GT Wine. The ‘Entrada’ range of wines are inspired by winemaker Alan Varney’s time in the small Portuguese town of Entradas, in Alentejo, where he lived a vintage in 2017. “Bright and fruit driven with vibrant acidity, this wine is styled on the...
On skins for 24 hours before cold pressing. Cool-fermented in used French barriques, with frequent lees stirring. Alan Varney certainly knows what he's doing. The scented, slightly peppery bouquet is a logical forerunner to the skilfully engineered, grapefruit-accented palate. A wine to stand tall with any food style. James Halliday Published 20 November 2021. 95 points. “This is a savoury, tactile wine on the palate with touches of citrus and a hint of saline sea-spray. Matches beautifully with seafood and cuts through richer pork based dishes. This wine drinks well after some months of bottle maturation and will continue to develop...
Old Bush Vine Grenache of 70+ years sourced from two distinguished sites in the McLaren Vale sub-regions of Blewitt Springs and Seaview. Harvested slightly early to retain natural acidity and vibrancy. Hand-Picked. Cold soaked. 50% whole bunch wild fermented carbonic maceration. 14 - 18 days on skins in headed down open fermenters. Pressed to seasoned French Hogsheads. Matured for 6 months and racked once prior to bottling. 100% Grenache 100 dozen made 13.8% Alc/Vol. THE VINEYARD Old Bush Vine Grenache of 70+ years sourced from two distinguished sites in the McLaren Vale sub-regions of Blewitt Springs and Seaview. WINEMAKING Harvested...
Three varieties very well suited to McLaren Vale. Bush Vine Grenache provides aromatic lift and bright red fruit characters. Shiraz lends powdery tannin, spice and mid-palate weight, while Mourvèdre rounds out the blend and contributes balance and structure. This wine is a fun and challenging puzzle to assemble each vintage and will age gracefully up to a decade after release. 45% Grenache, 30% Shiraz, 25% Mourvèdre 285 dozen made 14.0% Alc/Vol. 96 Points - Ned Goodwin MW, Halliday Wine Companion, Top 100 Wines. “45/30/25% grenache/shiraz/mourvèdre. Seldom do GSMs in this country resemble their prototypes in the southern Rhône. Perhaps...
93 Points - Angus Hughson, The Wine Pilot “Alan Varney sources parcels of fruit from McLaren and the Adelaide Hills for his newish range – the Shiraz coming from a combination of the two. It feels much more like your classic McLaren Vale with its bright, deep ruby colour and then robust, generously fruited style. The aromas are in the blackberry, tar and leather spectrum with a dusting of spice and red liquorice coming in to add attractive delicacy. That fleshy fruit is then joined by a chewy, slightly rustic palate where sinewy tannins and cedary oak provide a firm backbone. It drinks well now, and is quite a serious version of McLaren...
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