“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...
Wine Front 93 points. The vineyard (planted on original rootstock in 2001) is located in the heart of the Western District Farming country, approximately 150 kilometers south-west of Melbourne. The soils across the slope of the site are a mixture of grey sandy clay loams at the south end to dark brown loams with fragments of buckshot and quartz gravels towards the north. All with underlying brown to yellow clays. Overall the soils remain very moist throughout the year because of the clay based soil profile and annual rainfall of 885mm, resulting in the very attractive damp earthiness character in the fruit and wine. Nick Farr has been taking...
“This feels like a very different release of Block 5, even more symphonic, sure, there’s a lot of that always going on with this wine, but around central Bindi Block 5 thematics, dark fruit, finesse, power, texture, structure, there’s something almost avant garde here – high toned floral and peppery/mezcal notes, lavish garrigue characters, amaro too. It’s a wine that seems vividly complex and shape-shifted dramatically over four days open. Perfume is wild, brambly, sweet-sour fruits and light woody spice. The palate is silky but in a way that feels brushed the wrong way, in the best sense, where tannins overlap and grip gently....
James Suckling 94 points This delivers a very confident, concentrated and seamlessly structured pinot noir, which has a rich array of ripe red cherries, sappy undergrowth and nicely placed spicy oak. The palate opens up with expansive, bright and fleshy red and darker cherries. The tannins curl effortlessly around the long, expansive finish. JS. 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...
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...
James Halliday 96 points. Oak provides a modest spruce, but fruit, spice, tannin and a pure line of acidity all work here towards something wonderful. Complex flavours run along precisely drawn lines; tannin taps at the edges with the touch of a watchmaker. 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 cellaring. As it ages the depth of aroma increases in and the palate becomes...
“This is great pinot noir. Silky, satiny, sumptuous but bright, held in its sheath by tat-work of lacy tannins. A sense of purity, fresh fruit, gently sweet, a nibble of bright acidity and pleasing bitterness, cool flow, exceptional length and such a delightful, gentle flow of all this. It tastes refreshing, in a way, or gives off a sense of that feeling. Effortless and straight up delicious, with plenty of architecture, particularly in the sense of smooth rock and slate-like minerality embedded in the subtle fruit characters of the wine. This is pure class, pure feeling, wonderful drinking, sparks imagination and calls you back to the...
James Suckling 98 points. #63 of Suckling Top 100 Wines for 2020 "This really sings with intense, ripe pinot fruit in an irresistibly complete style. Deeply complex, intense aromas of fresh dark cherries, orange-peel and violets, as well as blueberries and a subtle, earthy edge. Wet stones here, too. The palate is so very silky and has a plush, vibrant and fluid texture with seamless delivery of ripe red and dark-cherry flavor in supple and silky mode. This is very open and drinkable. Very complete and long. Drink or hold. "
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...
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...
Top Gold and Trophy, Yarra Valley Wine Show 2020. James Halliday 98 points. This wine shouts Applejack from the rooftops: it's perfumed, elegant and relatively light-bodied, but with a fireworks display of red fruits and complex, savoury tannins. As with all Giant Steps pinots, it's not fined or filtered. 13.5% alc, screwcap 98 points, drink to 2030.
“Light red colour with the merest tinge of purple. The bouquet is lightly spicy, meaty and somewhat charcuterie-like, bresaola rather than prosciutto. The wine has weight and grip beyond what its colour implies. A very smart pinot, with a fruit-sweet core as well as charm and complexity. Delicious.” 95 points, Huon Hooke.
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.
“This has soulful, complex style with a fresh blueberry and dark-cherry edge, some earthy, forest wood and stony elements. Subtle aromas. The palate opens nicely, peeling away in layers of powerful red cherries and delivering a rich, flavorful impression and layers of fine, compressed tannin. Long finish. Best from 2023.” 96 points, Nick Stock for James Suckling. Sexy Sexton Supple, soft and come-hither pinot noir. Cherry, red berries, nougat, subtle spice and a good lick of juicy acidity. It feels broad but well honed, lots of flavour, lots of space in the palate, finishes spicy and fresh. A very seductive pinot with lots of detail in...
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...
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. Giant Steps winemaker Steve Flamsteed is a pinot noir obsessive. Steve is fortunate to have access to some of the very best pinot vineyards in the Yarra Valley. The estate is a blend pinot noir from Giant Steps famed single vineyards such as Sexton, Applejack and Tarraford. Signature pinot aromas of...
Winery Notes: A strong vintage for Pinot Noir in the Yarra Valley, both upper and lower. The wines benefited from the longer hang time provided by a cool January and February, allowing flavours to fully develop. 100% Yarra Valley fruit, predominantly hand-picked Harvested Feb-March 2019 10% whole bunch fermented Hand plunged in open fermenters Combination of yeasts including indigenous fermentation Matured in French oak for 9 months, 10% of which was new 4 days of cold soaking at 10C preferment Drink now or cellar for up to 5 years
95 Points - Campbell Mattinson 2021 Halliday Wine Companion "Roars back into form. One word: character. Clean character. It's firm, red-fruited, sure-footed, a little spicy and low in oak. It's light but it feels confident. You just feel as though you're in good hands. Lengthy finish. A good strike of earthen tannin. Wood smoke as afters." 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...
James Halliday 94 points. 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 special I...
Trophy: Pinot Noir of the Year for Australia and NZ - Winestate 2019. WINERY NOTES: WINE NOTES Colour: plum red, hints of purple Aroma: black cherry, blueberry, five spice + potpourri Palate: supple, berry fruits, bright acidity, gentle tannins, structured, lingering finish Cellar: mid term cellaring - 10 years VITICULTURE Region: Yarra Valley Vineyard: Willowlake Vineyard, Gladysdale Mandala Vineyard, Yarra Junction Harvest: handpicked 15th + 18th March 2017 WINEMAKING Process: gently destemmed, whole berry, 20% whole bunch Fermentation: open pots, 4 day cold soak, partial wild ferment, foot stomped, warm ferment to 34 degrees c, no post...
Gold Medal: Asia International Wine Competition 2019. The perfect example of a Yarra Valley pinot noir, taken from vineyards throughout the region. Ruby red, bright and fresh; this pinot is fruit forward, with a little spice, and very easy to drink.
James Halliday 95 points. Gold Medal: Melbourne International Wine Competition 2019 "An instantly delightful and classy nose, loads of ripe red berries with a spicy oak-driven underbelly. Acidity is measured with a red cherry accent, oak-derived caramel and nougat on the mid-palate, rhubarb savoury finish. A lovely wine - loads of complexity and moving parts "06 FEB 2020 Drink 2020–2026 93 points Nick Butler MW therealreview.com WINERY NOTE: Our flagship Pinot Noir, taken from cooler Yarra Valley sites for freshness and bright fruit. Everything you’d want in a top-quality Yarra Valley Pinot Noir; red fruits shine up front with layers of...
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...
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