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...
Nick Stock 98 points. “Instantly engaging nose, this rolls out a complex fragrant offering of dried flowers, red and blue berries, spices, pepper, cocoa powder and more. The palate is composed of fine yet rich tannins that carry ripe red and dark cherry, blackberry and blueberry flavours.”
"Supple, concentrated and lithe, this bounds with cassis, mulberry, raspberry and aniseed. Plenty of very soft tannins frame the fruit and chorale it through to the finish. Lovely." Wine Companion 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...
Bob Campbell MW 93 points. Very deep, dark purple colour. The bouquet is tremendously concentrated and powerful, talcy, sandalwood, and concentrated black berries and plums. Subtle florals. Very fresh and clean. The wine is bright and bold, intense and powerful, with concentrated fruit flavour and abundant tannin providing an excellent backbone for ageing. It's very young and arguably unready. Potential-plus. (81% malbec, 19% petit verdot). BC #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.
Halliday Winemaker of the Year 2021. Grenache (80%), Mataro (20%) Vineyards: Stonegarden 1858 Grenache (36%), Krondorf 1903 Grenache (22%), Magnolia 1950 Grenache (21), Krondorf 2014 Bushvine Mataro (21%). 1734 bottles produced. No Fining, No Filtration. The Grenache-Mataro combines three stunning and very old Grenache blocks, our Magnolia 1950, Krondorf 1903 and the Stonegarden 1858 with an average age between them of 117 years. The Mataro is from our Krondorf bush vines planted in 2014, not that old but already producing exemplary fruit. The wine has vibrant raspberry cola and raspberry cream aromas with finer details of rose, ferrous/iron...
Halliday Winemaker of the Year 2021. Grenache (95%), Mataro (3%), Shiraz (2%). Vines planted: 1858 (100%). 773 bottles produced. No Fining, No Filtration. The Stonegarden Grenache is from one of the oldest vineyards in Australia dating back to 1858. This Grenache is from the original bush-vine planting with a total area of 8.5Ha planted at 2.4m x 2.4m vine spacing. While predominantly Grenache the block also contains Mataro and Shiraz and is usually the last parcel of fruit to be harvested in the Eperosa vintage. The wine is remarkably powerful and complex while sitting in a bright, distinctly Grenache profile. Aromas of ruby-red grapefruit,...
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. "A 70/22/8% blend, the grenache and mataro hand-picked, the shiraz by Selectiv'-harvester. The result is whole berries, open-fermented, 7 days on skins, transferred to French oak for completion of fermentation and maturation. Great colour, bright, full and clear. The texture of the wine is likewise bright. Good now, seriously good 2-5 years hence." Drink by 2027. JH. 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...
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.
“A blend of cabernet, merlot and petit verdot from the single vineyard planted by Phil Sexton in '97. It is of a style seldom encountered in the Yarra Valley, rich cassis fruit cut by finely ground tannins on a long palate. Quite something.” 96 points, James Halliday OTHER ACCOLADES: Top Gold + Trophy - Yarra Valley Wine Show 96 points, Nick Butler 95 points, Campbell Mattinson
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,...
Wine Front 93 points. 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...
"50% grenache, 30% mataro and 20% shiraz from 25-76yo vines, wild yeast-open fermented with 10% whole bunches, 14 days on skins, daily plunging and pumpovers, 500 dozen made. Beautifully and harmoniously structured and textured, clarity and purity its watchwords." James Halliday 96/100, Aug 2020 This is the second style of wine to be produced under the ‘HEAD RED’ range and like the ‘HEAD RED’ Shiraz is essentially a barrel de-classification. Always picked on the cusp of ripeness with some whole-bunches retained for the fermentation which is more of an infusion than an extraction. The fruit here is sourced from 5 different Grenache...
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...
LADNDS MID OCTOBER 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...
James Halliday 94 points. 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 was crushed cool for fermentation to static fermenters for eight days, peak temperature 28 degrees Celsius. Drained and pressed to French oak for maturation.
Sam Kim , Wine Orbit 95 points. 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 together. The Grenache, Shiraz and Mouvedre grapes were harevested and fermented...
"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...
Grape Variety: Primitivo Every Wednesday evening as the sun was setting, my family used to walk a well worn path across an empty paddock behind our house to our friends house for dinner. One night over a glass of wine, the property owner suggested we plant this bare land to vineyard so they didn't have to keep maintaining the area. At the turn of the century we planted on this site some varities that are new to the Barossa such as Primitivo, Tannat, Saperavi and Petit Sirah as well as some old favourites Mataro and Cinsaut. Sub Regions: Southern Moppa Winemaking: Primitivo from dry grown vines on the rose quartz soils of our Dadd’s Block...
93 Points Dark and brooding but bright and bouncy. Handy combination. Sweet cherries, blackberries, iodine and wood smoke. It's one of those wines where the flavours all feel familiar, though they're arranged in a slightly different way. It works here. In the end it's an easy wine to like, full of fruit and character. James Halliday 2019 Wine Companion 93 Points Beefy red of amplitude and generosity, imbued with dark cherry, black currant fruit and a lift of violet florals. It’s heady stuff, done superbly, loose and juicy with anough grunt of graphite tannin to give structure and needed chew. Really enjoyable drinking here. Mike Bennie,...
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
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. WINE NOTES Colour: deep crimson Aroma: cassis, black plum, mulberry, cedar, spice Palate: dark berries, black olive, dried herb, fine silky tannins Cellar: up to 10 years VITICULTURE Region: Yarra Valley Vineyard: Melba...
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..."
Campbell Mattison for James Halliday Wine Companion 94 points. 25% whole bunches. 50% new French oak. It’s a wine in complete command of matters. It’s balanced, svelte, well powered and exceptionally well finished. Sweet fruit, top notes of spice, a suede leather aspect and (dark) chocolate-infused tannin. It’s very good. CM. VARIETY 100% MATARO 11TH 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...
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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