90 Points - Natalie McLean. “Great value on this big (15% abv) and robust Shiraz from the Barossa Valley. Deep ruby in the glass, with oodles of dark raspberry and blackberry aromas, spicy and rich with crushed raspberry, blackberry, dark chocolate, black pepper spice, anise and cedar spice flavours layered and lush on the palate. Pair with barbequed ribs. Shiraz food pairings: hamburgers, espresso and cocoa-rubbed flank steak, black bean soup, cheese.” Winemaker Notes Rich, dense and intense with a mulberry to ink like hue. A subtle and sophisticated nose, leads to a powerful palate of ripe black cherries, the darkest and richest...
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...
James Halliday 94 points. This is ultra full-bodied, not because of alcohol or extract, nor tannins, simply the density of its sultry black fruits, licorice and spices. JH.
James Halliday 95 points. Clearly the result of a peak vintage. It's cool, spicy, powerful and satiny at once. Cherry-plum, sandalwood, cloves, meat and peppers. It glides through the mouth and on through the finish, offering both power and freshness throughout. JH.
An exceptional, northern Rhône-style shiraz that is already drinking beautifully.' 97 Points - Huon Hooke 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. 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....
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
James Halliday 95 points. "This is Barossa Valley at its effortless best, with deep black fruit aromas on the bouquet, the spice/earth/mocha/leather spotlights to the abundant black fruits of the medium-bodied palate telling you to enjoy some bottles over the next 10 years, but keep some for the magic that will unfold another 10 years on." JH 2014.
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. #RINGLAND
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 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 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...
Gold Medal Royal Hobart Wine Show 2017. Sam Kim, Wine Orbit, 95 points. The 2018 Credaro Kinship Shiraz offers rich black fruits with mulberry concentration and vibrancy. Hints of dusty chocolate structure lift the fruit profile. Traces of star anise and Chinese five-spice help drive the palates line and length. Fruit density and spicy savouriness is the key to this palate. COLOUR Deep purple/red in colour NOSE Intense brooding, dark berry fruits and floral characters with hints of spice and leaf. Forest floor earthy complexities; give a savoury tone underlying the pristine fruit. PALATE A rich and concentrated palate, with dark cherry and...
BLEND 92% Shiraz, 6% Merlot, 1% Viognier, .5% Cabernet Franc, .5% Malbec COLOUR Deep vivid violet red. AROMATICS Rich aromas of raspberry pie, boysenberry and spiced redcurrants. PALATE A dense generous palate offering blackberry, cherries and dark chocolate framed eloquently by vanillin oak, supple chewy tannins and a driving acid backbone, providing great purity, length and balance. OAK MATURATION 33% new French and American barrels for 15-18 months. AGEING POTENTIAL Drink over the next 5 – 10 years.
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. 95/100 Halliday's Australian Wine Companion, James Halliday (Aug 2020). This Shiraz has a complex aromatic profile with intense richness of liquorice, blackberry, cinnamon, cherry liqueur and creamy oak nuances. The 2018 Ernest Allan is a wine of class, showcasing a dense and focused palate. Sweet, blackcurrant fruit flavours are tightly wound, giving our fifth release of this wine an elegant and integrated finish. Cellar now — 2033. 20-120yo vines, sophisticated sorting of bunches and/or berries, open-fermented, matured in French barriques (45% new) for 18 months. Ernest Allan Rivers was a...
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...
Gold Medal and 95 points, McLaren Vale Wine Show 2019. James Halliday 95 points. Winery Notes: "Unfined, unfiltered, uncompromising and unquestionably our brand ‘hero’, this wine delivers the goods year in, year out. Uncut refers to the uncut gem in its raw form, nothing added from vineyard to bottle. It’s a true expression of McLaren Vale Shiraz from our quality vineyards grown bio-dynamically. Beautifully balanced, integrated and seductive. This wine will give you drinking pleasure over the next decade." Tasting Notes Colour: Dark black impenetrable core with deep red to purple hues. Nose: Aromas of black forest cake, red currants...
"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." 95 points, Huon Hooke. OTHER ACCOLADES: Gold Medal, Yarra Valley Wine Show 95 points, James Halliday 95 points, James Suckling 95 points, Christina Pickard.
"Includes 10% grenache. The old vines range between 35 and 160yo, all situated in the Eden Valley, open-fermented, 14 days on skins, matured in French oak (20% new), 250 dozen made. It is a highly fragrant wine, the grenache contributing to the fresh red and black cherry fruits." JH 96 Aug 2020 Very small parcels of fruit from vineyards up to 100 years old are hand-picked, fermented with some whole-bunches and blended to make this traditional Barossan wine. Racked once during elevage of 12 months in larger barrels (some new) and always with a small addition of Old Vine Grenache for balance. Showing all the richness of fruit you would expect...
"“From the limestone-base soils of Stonewell, this has a very complex and spicy dark-plum and blackberry nose. Espresso and dark-chocolate notes, too. The palate is deeply flavored with blackberry, black-cherry and blood-plum flavors, as well as toasted spices and mocha. Smooth tannins. Medium-to full-bodied, very concentrated and very drinkable already. Drink or hold. Screw cap.” Suckling 96. “The vineyard in Stone Well at 280m practises sustainable farming techniques, including straw mulches. Open-fermented, 100% whole bunch, matured in French oak, 300 dozen made. Delicious surge/uplift on the finish.” James Halliday 95 Aug 2020...
“Aromas of rich blackberries, cocoa powder, rust, dark chocolate, red and dark plums and tar. This has a very deep, almost chasmic shape on the palate with some long tannins that wind out deep into the finish. Rich dark-plum, berry and chocolate flavors. Ironstone and clay soils of Moppa here. Drink or hold. Screw cap.” James Suckling 96 "“Hand-picked, wild-fermented with 20% whole bunches, matured in French barriques (40% new), 200 dozen made. Deep colour; a profound and rich wine — a marriage of elegance and opulence.”" James Halliday 95 From a Shiraz vineyard planted on top of Moppa Hill at 380m, the highest elevation on the...
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