Recent Reviews

GRENACHE

2017

GOURMET TRAVELLER MAGAZINE’S TOP DROPS
Max Allen
The 2017 reds are the finest I can remember tasting from this top producer. The Grenache is gorgeously spicy, perfumed, vibrant and elegant; the meaty, firm 2017 Mourvèdre is brilliant, too.

THE WINE FRONT
Campbell Mattinson
McLaren Vale grenache in light, frisky form. The mid-palate is juicy and fruit-driven, but the edges are nervy with spice. There’s crackle to the pops of flavour. Redcurrant, crushed dry leaves, graphite and woodsy spice notes. It scoots along in a carefree manner and yet a good level of tension is maintained. It’s a complex offering. Drink 2019 - 2025+

HALLIDAY WINE COMPANION
Jane Faulkner
It's not often the words pretty and McLaren Vale join up, but they do with this pinotesque grenache. Pale-red hue; it’s gentle with wild strawberry flavours, red liquorice, warm earth and musk. The palate is lighter framed with soft tannins and sweetish fruit, so it’s ready now.

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TEMPRANILLO

2018

JAMES SUCKLING
James Suckling
This showcases violets, dried lavender, vanilla and spices. Full body, chewy tannins and plenty of soft fruit. Drink now.

2017

GOURMET TRAVELLER WINE
November/December 2018
A character-filled red wine all about blackberry, dark cherry and richness. Big, generously flavoured with abundant ripe tannins in good balance with the fruit, the aftertaste long-lasting.

 HALLIDAY WINE COMPANION
Jane Faulkner
A whorl of dark cherries and spices meet more meaty, earthy flavours across the racy palate. It's on the shy-side of medium-bodied with stealth like tannins kicking in at the end but so does the acidity and minerally thread bringing everything together neatly.

 THE REAL REVIEW
Huon Hooke
Medium to full red colour with a trace of purple. The bouquet is all about sweet blackberries, dark cherries and rich flavour. A big, generously flavoured wine, with abundant ripe tannins in good balance and a long carry. An excellent, impressive, character-filled red. Drink 2018 - 2033

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GRACIANO
2018
 

THE WINE FRONT
Campbell Mattinson
Beauty. As much McLaren Vale as it is Graciano in that it's sizable and plush. It also shows a great deal of oak. But it's silken, berried tipped with exotic woodsy spicy notes and seductive at every turn.

2017

THE REAL REVIEW
Toni Paterson
Excellent dried cherry flavours with palate brightness. There is an impressive supple element to the fruit. The acidity is perfectly integrated, and the oak plays a secondary role. Drink 2019 – 2022.


THE WINE FRONT
Campbell Mattinson
Graciano is such a beautiful name for a grape variety. And so fittingly, this is a beautiful wine to drink. It’s fresh, light and frisky but it’s polished and complex, or at least complex-enough. Cherry-berry flavours, five spice, peppercorns and a certain ferrous quality. It’s dry and savoury but fruit-driven at heart. It’s quite beautifully done.


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James Suckling
While meaty and rich, this is also vibrant and colourful with blueberries, aniseed and spices. Full bodied, framing juicy fruit, bolstered by driven acidity. Drink 2018 - 2033

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MOURVÈDRE

2017

THE REAL REVIEW
Toni Paterson
I adore the blueberry and mulberry fragrance of this wine. The palate is cool, rich, yet measured with appropriate tannin and acid. I like the flecks of peppery spice and the general composure of the wine. Drink 2019 – 2024. 

THE WINE FRONT
Campbell Mattinson
Mataro/mourvèdre is something of an unsung hero. This is a dry, serious style. It’s medium in weight, dark in its berried heart, flashed with leather and boot polish flavours and ripped with saltbush and tar. It’s not a big wine but it’s sturdy and dependable; it’s a characterful red wine.

HALLIDAY WINE COMPANION
Jane Faulkner
While it has all the appealing savoury, meaty/smoky flavours of the variety, it also has a core of lightly sweet pulpy fruit and plenty of spice. Medium-bodied, soft, pliable tannins and an appealing ironstone-minerally edge putting this in the pleasurable drinking zone.

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SHIRAZ

2017

JAMES SUCKLING
James Suckling
A peppery and heady shiraz in check with brambleberry compote, dark cherries and some tea leaves. Full bodied and juicy with succulent tannins. Drink now.

THE WINE FRONT
Campbell Mattinson
15% carbonic maceration, 18 months in French oak (20%) new. Spot on. Svelte, stylish and sustained. A power of plum-drenched flavour, tips of bitumen, redcurrant and dried herbs, slips of dark chocolate. It feels measured and immaculate even as it lays it all on. Drink 2020 - 2030+

HALLIDAY WINE COMPANION
Jane Faulkner
No mistaking from where this hails, the McLaren Vale stamp is strong and satisfying with its dark plum, choc-mint, smoky-earthy tones and roasted coffee beans. Full-bodied with ripe yet velvety tannins with a touch of bitter choc on the finish. It has some heft but it’s not over the top.

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