James Halliday 96 points. James Suckling 96 points. "The bright hue and perfumed, spicy red berry bouquet run true to type for this modern classic, setting the bar for the co-fermented blend many years ago. It has a set of flavours that are unique, and can fool even expert tasters in blind tastings, its cross-thatched flavours need careful navigation to decide whether it's from Cote Rotie or Canberra." James Halliday, 96 points. A deep-set nose, brooding almost; this has beef stock, high quality dark chocolate and cocoa powder notes, opening to reveal a wealth of ripe and bright summer berries, dark plums and a granite-like layer. This has...
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...
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.... 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. The wine is medium to...
5 Star Winery Rating, James Halliday. Dark crimson with plum hues. Aromas of liquorice, blackberries and dark chocolate. The medium bodied palate has a generous mouth-feel with fine dusty tannins. Flavours of dark fruits and mocha. Forest Hill Vineyard is not only the oldest cool climate Vineyard in Western Australia, but also planted on one of the Mt Barker regions first farms. Settled in the 1840’s, Highbury Fields is a site of historical agricultural significance in the Great Southern, which over the past century has been farmed for apples, dairy, grains, lamb and wool.Purchased over 15 years ago, the Highbury Fields property is today...
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.
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...
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...
~ Buy Six and Pay $90 net Each ~ JH 96 Good colour to a wine highlighting the synergy between old vine shiraz and mourvedre; the bouquet has an array of sultry black fruits which the palate builds on with its complex flavour, texture and structure all harmoniously interwoven; perfect line, length and balance; the 20-year cellaring suggestion on the label is conservative. (09-Jan-2011) James Halliday WA 94+ "garnet-purple in color, 2008 Private Cellar Shiraz Mourvedre has a pronounced earthy / meaty nose over a core of warm black cherries, blackberries and mulberries plus wilted roses, chocolate and allspice. The palate is medium to full...
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...
"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...
We will be tasting these wines over two nights with Brian (Prof) Lynn on Thursday/Friday 2/3 July at 7pm Online. This lineup of wine is very rare and the chance to drink them with Prof will be a bit of a bucket list experience: The Wines: Thursday 2nd July @ 7pm: Majella Coonawarra Shiraz 2006 2013 (JH 94) : "Good colour; a fresh and vibrant bouquet and palate both send the same pure message of delicious red berry fruits, spice and a faint hint of licorice, the savoury tannins providing both context and the necessary structure." 2014 (JH 95) : "Fermentation completed (after pressing) in hogsheads, matured for 18 months in French and American...
JH 94 Estate-grown saperavi, no vineyard sprays, destemmed, wild-fermented, neither fined or filtered. The black fruit flavours could have come from the River Styx, the bouquet super-complex, the texture likewise - the latter creates and almost airy feel to the palate.
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
*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...
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....
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