“This is an epic wine with about as perfect a nose as can be imagined outside of Chambolle.” Matthew Jukes. In Halliday's Top Ten for Ten Years in a Row... Classic Gary Farr in every way. Every aspect of the wine is comforting and nostalgic. It is looking great already and will get even better over the next 12 months and beyond. James Halliday 96 Halliday Top Ten for Ten Years in a Row,,,, Nick and Gary Farr stand side by side, but aren’t afraid to go head-to-head when their opinions differ. Each generation has developed a distinctive winemaking style based on his individual experience and taste, and their respective lines—By Farr by...
Hands down the leader of the pack. Crackling and nervy. A dramatically constructed wine that is supremely good. It was hard to think of a better rendition from these guys. A new benchmark for Giant Steps. Supplies will be gone by Xmas. Top Gold + Trophy, National Wine Show 96 points, James Halliday 95 points, James Suckling Love the aromas of tea, strawberries, cherries and freshly cut flowers, which follow through to a medium to full body. Tight and silky tannins and a long, flavorful finish. Shows focus and finesse with structure. Drink now or hold. JS.
The Block Five vineyard is about half of one hectare in size on a sheltered, north facing, and very quartz riddled site. It is a wonderful natural vineyard exposition. The wine is always darker in fruit expression and immediately more spicy and earthy that the Original Vineyard. It is less immediately perfumed and has more tannin and fruit power. The wines from this vineyard require more bottle ageing to develop the same suppleness and delicacy as the Original Vineyard but even in their youth these wines are more profound. The wine spends 15-17 months in French barrels of which about 35% are new. This wine is never oak driven but can...
James Halliday 93 points. The Bindi Dixon Pinot Noir is based upon declassified grapes from the Original Vineyard planted in 1988 and grapes from the new Block K, planted in 2001. The ideal of this wine is to produce a delicious, perfumed, spicy harmonious, textured wine that is not as intense, complex nor ageworthy as our individual vineyard wines. Even when the outstanding Block K vines are older we will continue to declassify sections or barrels from each vineyard and produce this wine. The wine is fermented the same way as our other Pinot Noirs in that it is ostensibly 100% de-stemmed and gently worked in small open vats. The wine spends...
The Bindi Dixon Pinot Noir is based upon declassified grapes from the Original Vineyard planted in 1988 and grapes from the new Block K, planted in 2001. The ideal of this wine is to produce a delicious, perfumed, spicy harmonious, textured wine that is not as intense, complex nor ageworthy as our individual vineyard wines. Even when the outstanding Block K vines are older we will continue to declassify sections or barrels from each vineyard and produce this wine. The wine is fermented the same way as our other Pinot Noirs in that it is ostensibly 100% de-stemmed and gently worked in small open vats. The wine spends 11 months in French...
Jeremy Oliver 93 points. The Original Vineyard has over its history become know for its signature perfumed bouquet and silky, pure palate. This relatively quartz riddled, gently north sloping three acre vineyard produces very fine, spicy, fragrant wine that has high natural acidity and develops beautifully given 6-10 years careful cellaring. As it ages the depth of aroma increases in and the palate becomes increasingly harmonious and is characterized by a sweet fruited, textured flourish. In comparison to the Block Five this wine is more seductive and delicious in its youth whilst still significantly rewarding cellar time. The wine spends...
James Halliday 95 points. 27yo MV6 clone, hand-picked, 95% whole berries, 5% whole bunches, 16 days on skins, matured for 15 months in French barriques (30% new). The brilliantly clear colour signals a super-fragrant wine, spicy/savoury nuances attesting to the very cool climate of the Macedon Ranges, its balance and length impeccable. JH. The Original Vineyard has over its history become know for its signature perfumed bouquet and silky, pure palate. This relatively quartz riddled, gently north sloping three acre vineyard produces very fine, spicy, fragrant wine that has high natural acidity and develops beautifully given 6-10 years careful...
Wine Front 93 points. Raspberry and red cherry brightness with savoury, earthy elements are immediately evident on what is a super fragrant, seductive nose. There are fine layers of spice, flint and an delicious seductive richness. The palate is fresh, zesty, balanced, creamy, gently chewy and long. Another four years will further complete the wine’s silky, flowing palate and it will live well for a decade and more. The Original Vineyard has over its history become know for its signature perfumed bouquet and silky, pure palate. This relatively quartz riddled, gently north sloping three acre vineyard produces very fine, spicy, fragrant wine...
A meld of Dijon clones and the domestic stalwart, MV6, this abuts the lauded Sangreal Vineyard, albeit, the vines are younger, of a cooler disposition and hailing from darker soils over a limestone substrata. Hand-harvested and fermented under the aegis of wild yeast with a good whack of whole-bunch fibre, this exotic and sturdy pinot was ten raised in Allier wood for 18 months or so, with a single racking. Darker fruit allusions in a pinot context, corralled by an expensive kirsch richness across the mid-drift, hints of orange zest acidity, ginger and ample clove, cinnamon and turmeric-clad tannins, slinky, a bit edgy and expansive. Drink...
JH 98. A multifaceted blend of pinot from tightly spaced propitious sites, all on an exposed hillside: loams, gravel, clays and limestone abutting sandstone. This complex geology imparts a depth and multitude of textures to the resultant wine, a delicious and sumptuous potpourri of sour cherry, strawberry, damson plum, five-spice and lilac. Beautifully perfumed and all soprano; the tannins a curtain of a detailed weave. Plenty of whole-bunch spice, too, as is the estate's wont Buried. Barely discernible. Delicious. Balletic and verging on effortless. Drink by 2026. 98 points Ned Goodwin - James Halliday's Australian Wine Companion The...
Decanter Magazine 97 points. Huon Hooke 95 points. 97 POINTS DECANTER Focused clean lingering wild berries with a soft delicate background. Rich layers of flavours, focused and clean with luscious tannins at the end. 95 POINTS HUON HOOKE - THE REAL REVIEW Medium to full ruby colour with a purple tinge, the bouquet tremendously complex and very foresty with strong stalky nuances. Very good flavour and weight, generous fine-grained tannins and good length. It's very floral and multi-layered. A superb and delicious pinot. The Sangreal vineyard was planted in 1994, making it the oldest vineyard for the Farrs. It lies on a north-facing slope and...
We’re on the road here though. We are journeying. We’re sweeping through leaves, digging through undergrowth, licking at the sap and running through the forest in search of berries. In our wake; strings. Of tannin and spice and smoky acidity. It has intensity without feeling forced; it has such momentum through the finish that you feel carried along with it. The Farrs know how to farm a wine. Tasted: Apr 20; Alcohol: 13.5%; Price: $120; Closure: Cork; Drink: 2021-2029+; Rated: 95 Points; Campbell Mattinson; The Wine Front. The pinnacle of the By Farr Pinots, the Tour Pres vineyard was planted in 2001 on a special, and somewhat intriguing...
Arriving Tuesday 17 September Coal River Valley In our obsession with Single Vineyard Pinot Noirs from great Pinot growing areas around the world, we have gone as far south (and as cold) as you can go in this country. Despite the cool temperatures, the sunlight hours are long and intense and we are intrigued by the depth of palate and colour that is possible from this landscape. While it is made with the Giant Steps gentle winemaking approach, the result is clearly a world apart in terroir. "Typical Tasmanian extra dimension of colour, and of power and presence. Black cherry and blood plum fruits are held in a tight embrace by rippling...
James Suckling 96 points and no 70/ Top 100 wines of 2019. James Halliday 96 points. There is purity and finesse to this young pinot with sliced-strawberry and lemon character. Tight and polished with beautiful finesse and length. Goes on for minutes. Love the brightness and focus. Drink or hold. JS 96.
James Suckling 95 points, James Halliday 96 points. A finely textured and delicious pinot with ripe-strawberry and floral aromas and flavors. Medium body. Fine tannins. Flavorful finish. Always a gem. Drink or hold. JS.
Huon Hooke 92/100 Mike Bennie , Wine Front 93/100 The vineyard is tucked into a corner of the Pisa District, Central Otago, close to the Wanaka/Cromwell Highway SH6. Situated on river and glacial terraces, sheltered to some extent from the worst of the cold south winds by ‘Sugarloaf’, a local landmark feature which marks the physical end of a previous glacial advance. The dominant Pisa Range to the west reaches 1964 metres. These mountains create a rain shadow effect, meaning that the annual rainfall received on our vineyards of around 400mm per annum is approximately one third less than is received the other side of the range in the...
James Suckling 97 points and no 19/Top 100 of 2019.. Wow. This is complex and structured with dried strawberries and fresh flowers. Full body. Wonderful depth and intensity. The texture is so impressive. Give it time, but hard not to drink it. JS.
Predominately sourced from Giant Steps Yarra Valley vineyards, this years blend also includes 8.5% Pinot Noir from Giant Steps Tosq organic vineyard in Central Otago, New Zealand which adds a touch of structure. 40% whole bunches were included in the ferment with maturation taking place in French oak of which 10% was new for a period of 8 months. Semi translucent bright dark red colour with black tinged edges and a light vibrant red hue. Perfumed scents of violets, dark cherries, ripe strawberries and anise sail out of the glass followed by light forest floor, dried clove and spice notes. Delicious red to dark fruits fill the mouth,...
Gold Medal , National Wine Show ACT 2019. Gold Medal. NSW Wine Awards. A true expression of the rich diversity and elegance of high altitude wines, the McW 660 range is a testament of McWilliam’s Wines understanding of the relationship that exists between the land, the climate and the winemaker. Harvested from vines grown at an average of 660 metres above sea level, these wines are medium bodied with intense flavour.
Wine Front 94 points. It is a little known fact that the block of Pinot Noir directly in front of the Mount Pleasant winery is one of the oldest plantings of the famed MV6 (Mothervine 6) clone in Australia and that the majority of the plantings in this country have been propagated using cuttings from this block.
Winery Notes: Wine Notes Colour pale pink hue Aroma rose petals + red berries Palate savoury, textural + refreshing Cellar 3 years +. Vintage Notes “In contrast to the warm and compact growing season of 2016, Vintage 2017 saw a return to more traditional conditions. A cool and wet spring delayed budburst and flowering and consequently we had a later start to harvest in early March. Some truly ideal weather followed with about three to four weeks of blue skies and temperatures in the high 20’s with no heat spikes. The even temperatures, cool nights and long ripening period provided us with some excellent fruit across all varieties.” Rob...
Winery Notes: Only 500 dozen made. 2016 was one of the most compact growing seasons the Yarra Valley has experienced. A warm spring followed by a warmer than average Summer forced an acceleration of ripening process but also a retention of fresh acidity due to the cool nights resulting in Pinots with plenty of ripe, generous characters. Twenty percent of the fruit was whole bunch fermented with maturation taking place in a mixture of new (30%) and seasoned French oak hogsheads for 9 months. Semi translucent dark red colour with a crimson hue. Fragrant scents of ripe red cherries and strawberries are overlaid by subtle dried clove notes,...
James Halliday 94 points. "I am yet to taste a Western Australian pinot that I thought tasted like, well, pinot. Until now. Sensual, crunchy red-fruited pinot billowing sex appeal along chiffon-like tannic rails, powdery and fine, with a burst of acid perk across the finish? None. Until now. This is it. Nothing floozy. Nothing too sweet." Ned Goodwin for Wine Companion Published 01 August 2019 COLOUR Deep Crimson with a purple hue. NOSE Elegant perfumed bouquet of bramble fruits and savoury spice. PALATE The palate displays considerable fruit concentration of plum and dark berries. The fine ripe tannins are very well integrated with fruity...
Trophy 2018 Perth Royal Wine Show Gold 2018 Perth Royal Wine Show Gold 2018 Australian Single Vineyard Wine Show Gold 2018 Adelaide Wine Show Gold 2018 Melbourne Wine Awards Gold 2018 Melbourne Wine Show. James Halliday 96 points. "Hand-picked, open-fermented with 30% whole bunches, matured for 8 months in French oak (30% new). Bright, clear colour; the bouquet is fragrant and true to the variety. An elegant palate, once again with red cherry varietal fruit, oak in support, no more; good length and balance." JH 96. This wine forms part of Seppelt’s prized Drumborg Vineyard Range, sourced from the mature, cool-climate Seppelt Drumborg...
James Halliday 95 points. An intriguing palate, with flavours in the darker fruits spectrum, with savoury olive tapenade and blood orange lift. The tannins are quite gripping, reflective of the small berry size of the vintage, with a firm savoury structure led by a strong core of fruit, with just enough sweetness in an ever expanding palate. A blend of the best six vineyards, normally single vineyard releases, two-thirds matured in French puncheons (19% new) for 10 months. Has an exceptionally bright hue and an extremely long, intense and complex palate; red and black cherry fruits have a strongly savoury/foresty counterpoint providing both...
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