3 Rings is a collaboration of the famous Hickinbotham family of the Barossa Valley. Their vineyards are well known to be some of the very best in the region and have been contributors to the wines of such greats as Chris Ringland. The vineyards for 3 Rings Shiraz lie on an east-west slope with predominantly north-south rows, at an average age of 35 years. Cedary up front, with an appealing layer of smoke and spice to the bright, supple and ripe cherry and raspberry fruit flavors. Notes of tobacco and clove gain presence on the finish. WINE SPECTATOR 89 points. Notes of wild herbs bring added interest to this wine's cherry fruit. It's...
Wine Front 94 points. "This wine has been made for some fifteen years now. A long term relationship with Heathcote, on the side, kind of. About 25% whole bunch and 90% of the oak barrels are used, pinot noir ones. Super inky colour. Dark fruits, anise, new leather, graphite and, curiously, something that reminded me of the scent of wasabi peas. It’s a friendly, intriguing perfume. Thick silk texture – a touch coarse underside but the gloss is all there on top. Concentrated, dense, but a freshness alongside. Moody dark fruits, anise, sweet spice, molten dark chocolate tannins with mocha powder in the mix. Fine nectar." Mike Bennie, The...
Vineyard Shiraz fruit comes from the original By Farr vineyard, planted in 1994. It lies on a north-facing slope, and the red volcanic soil has a base of limestone with deep-set sandstone. Vinification All fruit is hand-picked from the VSP trellising, with 20 per cent left as whole bunches in the fermentation. Most years we co-ferment between 2 and 4 per cent viognier with the shiraz, the date determining whether or not the former is co-fermented and bled back. It is a natural fermentation, with the fruit remaining in the tank for 19 days before pressing. Shiraz sees 18 months in French oak, 20 per cent being new, and is bottled under...
James Suckling 94 points, Wine Advocate 94 points. Deep garnet with a touch of purple, the 2009 Cluster M45 Shiraz has notes of fragrant earth and forest floor over youthful black fruits and tar. Full-bodied and built like a brick house with firm chewy tannins and a nice acid backbone, it has a wonderfully long, earthy finish.WA 94. LPB Feb 2015. # jasper
WA 97 Deep garnet-purple, the 2010 Cluster M45 Shiraz has lovely floral and herbal notes wafting over a solid core of youthful blackberries and black cherries with nuances of Chinese five spice and cloves. Great intensity and balance in a rather modest medium-full body with great graininess to the tannins and plenty of freshness. It finishes long. Note that no 2011 Cluster M45 was produced. LPB Feb 2015. James Halliday 95 # Jasper
WA 95+. Medium to deep garnet, the 2012 Cluster M45 Shiraz presents lovely red and black cherry notes, black raspberries and kirsch with hints of menthol, aniseed, pepper and lavender. Medium-bodied, elegant and showing very fine tannins, it has just enough acid to lift the rich fruit and a good long finish. It should age very well. Note that no 2011 Cluster M45 was produced. LPB Feb 2015. James Halliday 97 # Jasper
Wine Advocate 97/100 "The purple/black 2005 Evil Incarnate Shiraz (230 cases) was aged for 36 months in new French oak (now entirely absorbed by the wine) and offers up an other-worldly, kinky perfume of liquid slate, licorice, pencil lead, smoked meat, blueberry, and blackberry jam. This high-octane Shiraz is full-bodied, voluptuous, thick, and rich, with gobs of succulent, spicy blue and black fruits, enough ripe tannin for 6-8 years of further evolution, and a long, pure finish. It should be at its best from 2015 to 2035. " WA 97/100 Feb 2009
WA 95-98 The 2006 Evil Incarnate Shiraz stains the glass as it delivers aromas of sage, rosemary, blueberry, and chocolate. Rich, full-bodied, super-concentrated, and succulent on the palate, this impeccably balanced effort has sucked up all its oak. It has enough structure to evolve for several years and should drink well through 2021. JM Oct 2009.
WA 96-99 The 2006 F U Shiraz exhibits aromas of pencil lead, scorched earth, espresso, truffle, and blueberry compote. It, too, is tasting surprisingly forward but, according to Ringland, “it will go into a black hole and emerge in a new dimension”. JM Dec 2009
WA 98 There are 230 cases of the stupendous, generically named 2005 The Wine Shiraz (a bit of understatement akin to calling The Band a generic rock group). This hulking, brooding effort was aged for 36 months in new French oak and offers up a splendid bouquet of smoked meat, bacon, mineral, scorched earth, blueberry compote, and blackberry liqueur. Opulent, multi-tiered, and thoroughly hedonistic, this sexy, super-intense Shiraz will amply reward a decade of cellaring and should drink well through 2040. JM Oct 2009.
WA 92 The 2005 Syrah Bakers Gully offers fragrant aromas of smoke, bacon, tar, mulberry, and blueberry compote. Perhaps the most forward of the Syrah selections, it can be enjoyed in its youth but should drink well through 2020. JM Oct 2007.
WA 95 The 2006 Syrah Brookman Vineyard was aged in 100% new oak. Complex both aromatically and on the palate, it will benefit from extended cellaring of 8-10 years. JM Dec 2009
WA 93 The 2007 Syrah Brookman features violets, blueberry compote, and blackberry liqueur-like aromas leading to a dense, flavorful, rich Syrah with plenty of underlying tannin. All components are well-integrated but this is a backward effort that will require extended cellaring the winery suggests a drinking window of 2017 to 2040. JM Dec 2009.
WA 92 Very deep garnet-purple colored, the 2008 Brookman Vineyard Syrah has a few reduced, rubbery notes to begin leading to warm cassis, scorched earth, smoked meat, black pepper, cassia and cedar. It’s very rich and condensed on the palate, giving and high level of grainy tannins, refreshing acidity and a long savory finish. Drink it from 2013 to 2020+. LPB Dec 2010.
WA 93 The 2008 Hickinbotham Vineyard Syrah is deep garnet-purple in color and gives a minty / eucalypt laced nose with a core of kirsch, blackberry compote, crushed blueberries, mace, vanilla and anise. Crisp and well balanced in the mouth, it has medium-firm fine textured tannins, a good amount of fleshy fruit and a long finish with some earth notes poking through. Approachable now, this Syrah should drink well to 2020. LPB Dec 2010.
WA 97 The 2005 Syrah Hickinbotham Vineyard is opaque purple-colored with aromas of crushed rocks, toasty oak, tar, licorice, bacon, blueberry, and blackberry. Muscular and large in scale, it will profit from a decade of cellaring and drink well through 2030. JM Oct 2007.
WA 93 The 2007 Syrah Hickinbotham has slightly muted aromas of mineral, underbrush, spice box, blackberry, and blueberry. On the palate it displays a stern personality with plenty of underlying structure and some austerity. It has excellent balance, depth, and length which will be fully exhibited in another 4-6 years. JM Dec 2009.
WA 93 The dense purple-hued 2003 Syrah Liandra Vineyard reveals robust, meaty, smoky bacon fat characteristics along with black fruits and a hint of tar. Long and substantial, with a pure, well-balanced finish, it will drink well for 10-15 years. RPJ Oct 2005.
WA 92 The 2004 Syrah Liandra was fashioned from 100-year-old vines grown in clay and sandy soils. Its inky/purple color is followed by a big, sweet nose of creme de cassis, blackberries, tar, and hints of smoke and bay leaves. Full-bodied, opulent, and rich with low acidity as well as sweet tannin, it can be drunk young or cellared for 10-15+ years. RPJ Oct 2006.
WA 93 Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2008 Liandra Vineyard Syrah has earthy, slightly musky notes over warm berry fruit, cassia, nutmeg, vanilla and anise. Full and voluptuous, it’s well supported by medium-firm rounded tannins and high acidity, lending pleasant texture through the long finish. Drinking now, it should develop nicely and cellar to 2018+. LPB Dec 2010.
WA 92+ The 2007 Syrah Liandra is a bit more reticent aromatically. On the palate it has plenty of sweet black and blue fruit, pepper, and other savory notes as well as outstanding length. It will benefit from 2-3 years of cellaring and drink well through 2019. JM Oct 2009.
WA 95 "The exceptionally fragrant, dark purple 2003 Syrah Moritz Vineyard boasts an extraordinary perfume of acacia flowers, blackberries, cassis, roasted meats, and subtle wood. With fabulous concentration, an expansive, savory texture, well-integrated acidity, alcohol, and wood, and a remarkable finish with plenty of sweet tannin, it can be drunk now or cellared for 12-15 years. " Wine Advocate Oct 2005
WA 95 An amazing performance, even better than last year’s showing from tank, the 2004 Syrah Moritz is produced from one of Clarendon Hills’ youngest vineyard sites (planted in 1975). The wine was aged in 42% new French oak for 18 months prior to being bottled unfined and unfiltered. Gorgeous aromas of flowers, blueberries, cassis, and meat jump from the glass of this cuvee. With huge body and a rich, intense style, Bratasiuk claims it is his hypothetical blend of a Cornas and Hermitage, although it possesses more fruit than most of those wines. It should drink well for a minimum of 15 years. Roman Bratasiuk is one of Planet Earth’s...
WA 96 The 2005 Syrah Moritz Vineyard was sourced from “only” 30-year-old vines. It offers floral notes, cassis, bacon, smoked meat, and blueberry compote. Opulent and sweet with gobs of flavor, it should have a 20 year lifespan. JM Oct 2007
WA 95 The 2006 Syrah Moritz Vineyard is more structured, with 5-7 years of aging potential. Roman Bratasiuk’s Clarendon Hills is one of the world’s great wine estates. The wines are all 100% varietal, produced from Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah. The vineyards are all ungrafted, planted on their own roots, most of them with very old vines. 100% new French barrels are used for the Merlot and Cabernets, and 50-100% new for the Syrahs depending upon the vineyard. The wines typically spend 18 months in oak prior to bottling without fining or filtration. All of the above 2006 bottlings were reviewed from barrel samples in Issue 173. The...
WA 94+ The more statuesque 2007 Syrah Moritz delivers a complex perfume of meat, hung game, Asian spices, incense, and blueberry. Mouth-filling and structured on the palate, this well-balanced effort has superior grip and concentration. It should be in full form with 5-7 years of cellaring. JM Dec 2009.
WA 93 The 2008 Moritz Vineyard Syrah possesses a deep garnet-purple color and offers warm blackberry and black currant notes with some vanilla, toast, cumin seed, fennel seed and damp earth plus a whiff of truffles. Full-bodied with medium-firm grainy tannins, concentrated fruit and high acid, it finishes long with lingering Indian spice flavors. Delicious now, it should keep to 2018. LPB Dec 2010.
WA 95 The 2005 Syrah Onkaparinga delivers scents of toasty oak, crushed rock, pencil lead, game, bacon, and blueberry. Voluptuous but impeccably balanced, it has enough structure to evolve for 8-10 years and should drink well through 2030. JM Oct 2007.
WA 94. The 2006 Syrah Onkaparinga was reviewed as a barrel sample in Issue 173. From a better vintage, it is a fragrant, relatively forward, spicy, layered and friendly Syrah that will evolve for another 4-6 years. JM Dec 2009.
WA 93 In a vintage that seemed to produce lean, structured, sinewy wines, the 2007 Syrah Onkaparinga borders on opulence, a rarity in 2007. Complex aromas of incense, violets, spice box, bacon, blueberry, and blackberry are followed by a medium to full-bodied, dense, sweetly-fruited wine with layers of flavor, excellent density, and well concealed structure. It will improve in the cellar over the next 4-6 years and drink well through 2022 and even longer according to the winery. JM Dec 2009.
WA 92. The 2008 Onkaparinga Vineyard Syrah is very deep garnet-purple in color, revealing notes of tar and tires over fruit conserve, warm black currant, licorice, loam, vanilla, cedar, meat and damp leaves. Ripe and fleshy in the mouth, it has a solid backbone of high acid and medium-firm fine tannins, finishing long and earthy. It should be best from 2013 to 2020+. LPB Dec 2010.
WA 97 The 2005 Syrah Piggott Range is quite backward currently. Glass-coating, it is deep crimson in color with mineral notes, violets, spice box, black pepper, espresso, smoked game, and blueberry aromatics. Deceivingly opulent, it has enough structure to merit 8-10 years of cellaring and should make old bones. Drink it through 2035. JM Oct 2007.
WA 95 The 2007 Syrah Piggott Range offers a kinky, sexy bouquet of earth, bacon, game, incense, and assorted black and blue fruits. Rich and layered, this is a dense, packed, and impeccably balanced powerhouse that will require 8-10 years to reveal its full potential. This lengthy effort will easily provide pleasure through 2027. JM Dec 2009.
Buy 6 or more and pay 42sgd/bottle. Wine Front 94 points. I’ve liked a great many of the previous releases of this wine but this is my favourite of the lot. It’s a ripper. Balanced, well fruited, spice-laden, perfumed, floral and then sweetly exotic. It smells and tastes beautiful, and is so finely etched with tannin; it has everything exactly where you’d like it to be. I’d send a case of this straight into the pool room but I’d like my stash kept a lot closer to me than that and, besides, I don’t have a pool room anyway. Buy. Tasted: Jul 18; Alcohol: 14%; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2018-2035+; Rated: 94 Points; Campbell...
Buy 6 or more and pay 52 sgd/bottle. James Halliday 97 points. This has class stamped all over it from the moment you first taste it, sweeping away any necessity to describe the colour or bouquet; it creates a sparkling river of dark fruits that run from the tip of the tongue through to the elegant, but oh so complex, finish and aftertaste. Exhilarating. Drink by: 2045; Price: $45.00; Alcohol: 13.5; Rating: 97 Points & Special Value Star; James Halliday Wine Companion, 94 points, Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front: “I hope and pray that Clonakilla O’Riada Shiraz remains at this price level. It’s not about me but: I love this wine....
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...
Matured in a mixture of new and used French and old American oak barriques. Magnificent impenetrable inky black core with an equally deep vibrant dark red black hue. Potent blackberry, liquorice and ripe black cherry aromas are trailed by hints of dark chocolate, vanillin oak, inky earth, subtle black olive and spice notes. Full bodied, rich and possessing a stern tannin structure, although it’s not as firm and astringent as recent vintages, luscious black fruits and liquorice swamp the palate with underlying elements of vanillin oak, earthy black olive and blackpepper also evident. The tightly wound tannins then kick in leaving a dry firm...
Huon Hooke 95 points. James Halliday 95 points. Gold Medal China Wine and Spirits Awards 2019 Gold Medal China Wine and Sprits Awards 2017 Gold Medal Royal Adelaide Wine Show 2017 . "Deep, youthful red/purple colour. The bouquet is mellow and has a slight creosote note from oak. The wine is dry and savoury, full-bodied and lavishly flavoured: a big, generous, rounded wine with softness and fleshy texture. There are blackberry flavours which remind of cabernet - but this is possibly just Margaret River regional character. A very smart wine, ageing gracefully." Huon Hooke. WINERY NOTES: Colour Deep purple/black with a bright red rim. Aroma...
James Halliday, Wine Companion 2020, 95 points. Hand-picked, cold soaked with a whole bunch inclusion, matured in new and used French oak for 12 months. A very intense wine that has an exceptionally long finish and aftertaste, black cherries and black berries continuously dancing around each other. 3 Golds so far.... China wine & spirits awards 2019 Perth Royal wine awards 2019 Royal Hobart wine show 2019
The Wine Front 94 points. Geelong shiraz at the hand of Nick Farr. Some whole bunches and wild ferments but the fruit is the thing. The fruit feels ripe but it also feels fresh and juicy. You’d call this an elegant wine but the swoosh of boysenberry, redcurrant and black cherry certainly fills your mouth with fruit flavour. Herbage, peppers, coffee, nuts and florals all make positive appearances. It’s a walk in a green garden in full bloom. It’s seamless and yet there’s so much going on. Yes. This is excellent. WF 94. This Shiraz fruit comes from an original By Farr site planted in 1994. It is a black cracking clay soil, which dries...
James Halliday 96 points. Gold & Trophy Best WA Red at Perth Royal Wine Show 96 Points – Ray Jordan. Intense vibrant purple hues. Lifted aromas of spice particularly black pepper and fennel seed, olive tapenade and florals. Palate is packed with blackberry and spiced plum flavours. Silky tannins and intense persistence.
Gold Medal , Royal Melbourne Wine Show 2019. Top 100, Ray Jordan. James Halliday 93 points. Intense bright purple hues. Lifted aromas of blue fruits, satsuma plum with spice notes. Flavours of blueberry and spice. Medium bodied but dense with ripe tannin and well balanced natural acidity. WINERY NOTE: Our Shiraz was picked then de-stemmed into a combination of small open fermenters, maintaining as many whole berries as possible. In addition, we also filled small vessels for 100% whole bunch fermentation. Fermenters were pumped over or plunged by hand twice a day; temperature was held around 25°C. The wine was then pressed to Burgundian oak...
Gold Medal-Global Organic Masters Competition. 95 points - The Real Review (Toni Paterson). 95/100 Halliday's Australian Wine Companion, James Halliday (Aug 2018) "20-120yo vines, sophisticated sorting of bunches and/or berries, open-fermented, matured in French barriques (45% new) for 18 months. Opaque colour; ultra full-bodied, tannins stitched through black fruits. Very good wine, but has to be given more time to open up and welcome visitors." Drink by 2047. Winemaker notes on current 2017 vintage "Inky black with purple hue. Complex aromatic profile with intense richness, currants, dark berries, creamy oak, cacao nib, plums, cinnamon and...
Winery Note: Obsidian is a naturally occurring volcanic glass born from the earth...it is a dark, lustrous and powerful stone. Our Obsidian shiraz is also born of the earth and like the gemstone, when formed into a wine it is it is dense, brooding, complex, structured and powerful. It is a wine to age, appreciate and savour. Tasting Notes Colour: Magenta black Nose: Dark cherry, Satsuma plums, currants, dark chocolate, liquorice, marshmallow and creamy vanillin oak. Palate: A multi-dimensional, powerful wine that displays a diverse spectrum of flavours. The front palate Certified Organic Australia is rich and generous, dominated by dark...
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...
This Monopole vineyard is exclusively owned and controlled by Hewitson. It is a Sélection Clonale from one ancient surviving Shiraz vine planted in 1853 and resurrecting an ancient clone of pre-Phylloxera Shiraz. Appearance Deep inky red Aroma Rich black fruits with floral notes. Palate Intense mulberry and raspberry, chocolate and seamlessly integrated tannins. Body full.
95 Points Halliday Wine Companion, April 2017 "Serial winner, vintage by vintage, of show awards, this winning gold at the Yarra Valley Wine Show in '16, matured in french oak. It has very good hue and depth, it gets you attention from the first whiff, the first sip. The black fruits have special texture and structure, demanding you take the next mouthful before finishing the first, the tannins also add to both flavour (spicy) and texture (fine, persistent)." Trophy Best Shiraz and Shiraz Dominant Blend 2016 Yarra Valley Wine Show Gold Medal 2016 Yarra Valley Wine Show 2016 Perth Royal Wine Show 2016 Royal Melbourne Wine Award 2017...
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