James Halliday 95 points. 83% cabernet sauvignon, 12% malbec, 5% merlot. This is a delight - and a surprise. Instead of the usually slightly bony/hard mouthfeel of most of the Blue Pyrenees red wines, this is luscious and round, cassis, redcurrant and plum all intersecting, pliable tannins doing nothing to diminish the pleasure. Alcohol: 14.5%. Closure: screwcap. Tasted: Mar 2018. Drink By: 2030. Rating: 95/100. James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion. Gold, Australian Single Vineyard Wine Show 2018 Gold, Australian Cool Climate Wine Show 2017
Fifth Leg Shiraz Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon Fifth Leg is the quirky off-shoot of renowned Margaret River winery, Devil’s Lair. Full of fun and larger than life, Fifth Leg has developed a reputation as somewhat of a ‘refined larrikin’ – serious about wine and the good things in life, but not at the expense of simple, easy-going fun and a good laugh. Grape Variety Shiraz, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon Maturation This wine spent nine months in French oak. Colour Vibrant purple with garnet hues. Nose Lifted ripe mulberries and spice with subtle berry fruit perfume and hints of vanilla. Palate A rich and luscious fruit filled palate of mixed...
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 producing exceptional fruit with the...
LANDING MONDAY 17 SEPTEMBER "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
"James Halliday - Published on 01 Aug 2017 The Bordeaux blend meticulously conceived and brought alive by Jeffrey Grosset. It is old money, seeing no reason to flaunt its character; the bouquet and palate bring an elegant parade of black and redcurrant, wild herbs and finely ground tannins to the table, oak chairs to complete the setting." 95/100
~ 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...
~ Buy Six and Pay $72 net~ “A blend of shiraz, cabernet sauvignon, merlot and cabernet franc which says more about the vineyard and the Henschke winemaking expertise than the fruit composition. All the flavours are, as usual, fused together, oak and tannins providing context.” James Halliday Wine Companion,October 2016 95/100
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...
Cellar door price 88aud. Jeremy Oliver 95 points. A beautiful wine of sensual perfume and charm. An earthy bouquet of dark plums, prunes,baked earth and animal hide lifted by scents of red flowers, cinnamon and exotic spice has a pinot-like appeal.Silky and refined,with a delightful depth and brightness of pure,succulent fruit underpinned by fine,loose-knit tannins,it finishes with genuine length of flavour, meaty and savoury qualities plus a refreshing acidity. Jeremy Oliver The Australian Wine Annual 2014. The Old Garden vines were planted in 1853 and are the oldest mouvedre vines in the world. They are completely dry grown and hand...
Powerful, yet very well-balanced, the two varieties reacting synergistically; a mix of plum, black cherry and blackberry, with fine but persistent tannins; has swallowed 20 months in French oak; 20-year cellaring ex the label conservative. Only available in magnum. James Halliday 94/100 Drink to 2040
James Halliday 96 points. "Outstanding texture and structure....precisely controlled."
~ 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]
"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...
Once again an exceptional wine at the price: vibrant, unmistakably Coonawarra to smell and taste, bursting with flavours of blackcurrant, mulberry and herbs, and fine, elegant and juicy in the mouth. The wine is quite low in oak, with just a smidge of vanillin showing faintly on the mid palate, but otherwise the brambly, blackcurrant flavours demand all the attention. Fine silky tannins integrate with the fruit and minimal oak treatment to produce an approachable well rounded wine with an extended length. Quite a complex wine! Drink now, but it should age beautifully for 3 - 5 years Majella "High pitched red and black currant aromas are...
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.
95 Points James Halliday. Constructed from Estate mataro (34%) fermented with partial stalk inclusion, 33% early harvested 150yo bush vine grenache and Tanunda Shiraz.The secret ingredient that invests the wine with savoury spoces and freshness is the alcohol, usually 14.5% and above in the Barossa Valley. The length and finish have zest and braille, important in establishing the texture of the wine. 14% alc. 5 Stars, drink to 2029 James Halliday. 94 points The Winefront. Blend of Barossa Valley mataro, grenache, and shiraz, pretty much in equal parts. The mataro included some stalks in the ferment. The grenache is off extremely old vines,...
ARRIVING - END OCTOBER 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
JO 93/ JH 90 Light colour; very savoury and slightly minty overtones to the red berry fruits; surprisingly light-bodied for the vintage. (20-Feb-2011)James Halliday
Gold Medal, Hunter Valley Wine Show. 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...
~ Buy Six Bottles and Pay $99 net Each ~ 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...
James Halliday-5 Star Winery. Gold Medal, Singapore Airlines Wine Awards WA, 2018. This winery is on a very impressive roll. The Quarrum Rocks range represents the best value we have seen in a very long time. Too cheap in our view and long may it stay that way. 75% shiraz/ 25% cabernet sauvignon. Great Southern region of Western Australia. COLOUR Deep red with purple hues NOSE Lifted aromas of dark berries, cassis and plum, with an underlay of spice and subtle toasty notes of cinnamon and nutmeg. PALATE Medium bodied, soft fleshy mouthfeel with well balanced acidity and fine, chalky tannins. Flavours of sweet juicy blackberries and...
WA 93 The 2005 Heinrich, a blend of Grenache, Mourvedre, and Shiraz (15%, 30%, and 55% respectively), reveals a dark purple hue along with a sweet perfume of crushed rocks, blueberries, creme de cassis, creosote, vanilla, and spice. It is a full, earthy effort to consume over the next 7-8 years. RPJ Oct 2006.
WA 94 The 2005 Shiraz (65%) – Mataro (35%) “Hubris” was aged in French and American oak puncheons, 50% new. It delivers aromas of spice box, clove, damp earth, pencil lead, black cherry, and blueberry. This is followed by a ripe, layered, structured wine with superb length. It merits 6-8 years of further cellaring and will drink well through 2025. JM Oct 2007.
The Butchers Block is a traditional Barossa blend made with grapes selected from the Turkey Flat vineyards, including some from the original old vine plantings. It is a blend of Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvédre (Mataro), with the proportions of each variety varying from vintage to vintage. Included in Jane Thomson's (of the Fabulous Ladies' Wine Society) Top 25 under $25 list for 2016. James Halliday 94 points. "A shiraz/grenache/mourvedre blend, part sourced from some of the oldest (1865) vines on the Turkey Flat vineyard. Excellent colour; a warm and spicy bouquet introduces a medium-bodied palate with red and black berries, plus good...
James Halliday 94 points. A shiraz/grenache/mourvedre blend, part sourced from some of the oldest (1865) vines on the Turkey Flat vineyard. Excellent colour; a warm and spicy bouquet introduces a medium-bodied palate with red and black berries, plus good mouthfeel and length. Oak plays little or no part in framing the palate, fine tannins doing the trick. JH. The Butchers Block is a traditional Barossa blend made with grapes selected from the Turkey Flat vineyards, including some from the original old vine plantings. It is a blend of Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvédre (Mataro), with the proportions of each variety varying from vintage to...
James Halliday 95 points. “Open-fermented with 20% whole bunches, matured for 6 months in French oak (50% new). Altogether elegant, likewise fresh and vibrantly juicy. The whole-bunch inclusion has worked very well, bringing a not of spice that will increase in the years ahead. Attention to detail is one of the many strengths of Turkey Flat. Drink: until to 2027." JH.
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