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97 points James Halliday: "Hand-picked, whole bunch-pressed directly to French puncheons for wild ferment; 11 months maturation on lees. From the heart of the Upper Yarra (and its oldest vineyard), this has unequalled finesse and brightness to its fruit profile, ranging through grapefruit and white peach on the bouquet and palate alike." (9/2015) K&L Notes: Oakridge's wines re-define what many people think of Australian wines...they're the polar opposite of the over-ripe, over-extracted, "Fruit Bombs" as any wine can be. These wines are about balance, elegance and refinement. Winemaker David B... Read More »
95 points James Halliday: "Estate-grown, wild yeast-fermented in French barriques with extended lees contact. Full of character and vitality; grapefruit and white peach figure skate with each other, the line perfect, the length admirable thanks in no small measure to minerally acidity." (6/2014) 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Chardonnay opens to a peachy, tropical fruit nose with underlying notes of cedar, toast, butterscotch and roasted cashews. Medium-bodied, it has a pleasant creamy texture and good amount of stone fruit and tropical flavors before finishing with persistent, honey-toast notes. (LPB) ...Read More »
92 points James Halliday: "From the Beenak, Coldstream, Gladysdale and Woori Yallock districts, all hand-picked. Has masses of fruit that could only come from the Yarra Valley, its length unmistakable, but not at the expense of mid-palate presence." (9/2015) K&L Notes: Last vintage we sold thousands of bottles of this wine from K&L direct import Oakridge Estate. Made by 20+ year veteran, Yarra Valley winemaker David Bicknell. David is considered by many as one of the best Chardonnay producers in all of Australia. The "Over The Shoulder" label is basically estate fruit that didn't quite make th... Read More »
92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Chardonnay has a gorgeous honeysuckle, ripe apricot, pink grapefruit and candied ginger scented nose with a touch of toasty / yeastiness. Medium-bodied, the satiny palate offers wonderful intensity with stone fruit, savory and spice layers, finishing very long. 92+ (LPB)" (8/2016) K&L Notes: Winemaker's notes: "The wine displays fragrant lemon zest, fresh white stone fruit aromas and cut apples and pears with a hint of vanilla and brioche. The palate is a mix of citrus (in particular lime), white stone fruits, fresh apples and raw almonds with a slightly cre... Read More »
95 points James Halliday: "**Special Value Selection** About as delicious as chardonnay gets. Beautiful white peach-and-pear fruit, pure and sunny, angles slowly down to a sustained, toasty, mealy finish. A joy to drink." (7/2016) 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Clonale Chardonnay gives a ginger and warm peach nose with nuances of cinnamon toast, orange blossoms and honeysuckle. Light-bodied and wonderfully delicate on the palate, it has great flavour intensity and oodles of freshness, finishing with very good length." K&L Notes: Winemaker's Notes: "The 2015 Clonale offers a highly aromatic nose displaying notes of li... Read More »
96 points James Halliday: "You can't make great wine by numbers, but the seamless balance of the wine stems from the perfect ripeness linked to its alcohol (or vice versa). Having taken on board the complex white flowers bouquet, it flows across the palate like a shower of confetti, dispensing stone fruit, grapefruit and splashes of balanced acidity." (9/2015) 92 points Vinous: "Light yellow-gold. Complex scents of pear skin, peach pit, tangerine, chamomile and iodine, with a smoky mineral flourish building in the glass. Supple and expansive on the palate, offering intense, mineral-tinged citrus and o ...Read More »
92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "(92+ points) The 2015 Riesling is a step-up from the previous vintage, offering gorgeous floral, jasmine and lemon drops notes with hints of crushed stones, beeswax and yuzu. The palate is intense, zesty and very tightly knit with tons of freshness and an appealing steeliness carrying the taut flavors to a long finish. 600 cases produced. (LPB)" (10/2015) K&L Notes: 92 points Wine Front: "Pure, crisp, refreshing. Delicate and driving. Has bright fruit, fine lacy acidity, really tangy but succulent and energetic. Fragrant of florals, citrus, wet pebbles and just-ripe ... Read More »
Wine Spectator: "Fresh herb and saline notes accent the smooth and juicy mix of grapefruit and passion fruit flavors. (MW)" (6/2016)
92 points Vinous: "Light, hazy yellow. Smoky, assertively perfumed aromas of poached pear, melon and lemon curd are complemented by suggestions of fennel, jasmine and vanilla. Supple and broad on entry, then more taut in the middle, offering juicy orchard fruit and orange zest flavors and a hint of toasty lees. Shows a suave blend of power and finesse and finishes sappy, smoky and very long, with a sexy floral quality. This complex wine reminded me a lot of a top-notch white Bordeaux. (JR)" (3/2016) 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Youthfully mute with a subtle lemon curd and apple-laced nose, plus nuances ...Read More »
92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The Mesh 2015 Riesling is gorgeous with an expressive lime cordial and orange blossom nose, with hints of petrol, honey and coriander seeds. This Riesling is light-bodied, dry and crisp, and there are plenty of citrus and spice flavors leading to the perfumed finish. (LPB)" (6/2016) 92 points Wine Enthusiast: "This joint venture between the Grosset and Hill Smith families continues to shine. It’s tight, lean and austere at this young age, showing the delicate yet powerful notes of tart lime and crushed stone that bode well for aging up to 15 years or so." Wine Spectator: "Very crisp and refreshing. A n ...Read More »
91 points James Halliday: "Generosity personified, with Meyer lemon and Bickford's lime juice aromas and flavours letting nothing else get into the act (including acidity). Ready now." 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2015 Riesling is intensely scented of lime cordial, white peaches, lemon curd and honeysuckle with a waft of talc. Light-bodied, dry and with a lively acid backbone, it delivers a burst of expressive citrus flavor and great length. (LPB)" (6/2016) K&L Notes: This delivers exactly what I want from Eden Riesling - clean precise citrus driven flavors, juicy (not austere) acidity and good texture on the palate. Th... Read More »
91 points Wine Enthusiast: "This light- to medium-weight wine is drinkable now—try it with Coffin Bay oysters if you can - but should also age well for up to 15 years. Notes of citrus, lime and crushed stone are mouthwatering and refreshing." K&L Notes: Eden Valley Riesling is one of the most sought after wines in its category for its distinctive aromas and classic character. This wine is no exception. From the winery: "The specific topography and mineral profile of this Single Vineyard provides ideal conditions for Riesling. Gun Metal describes the grey-coloured stone amongst the vineyard whil... Read More »
Kanta is a partnership between Germany's renowned winemaker Egon Müller and Michael Andrewartha, of Australia's premium wine retailer-importer East End Cellars. Having flown all around Australia to find the perfect cool-climate fruit for their Riesling, the partners found it in the Balhannah vineyard in Andrewartha's home turf, the cooler-climate Adelaide Hills.
A fantastic, refreshing, aromatic white that is a field blend of 40% Savagnin, 25% Gewurztraminer, 25% Pinot Gris and 10% Chardonnay. This is crisp, floral and ultimately drinkable. Perfect with lighter food, Asian spices or sushi.
90 points Vinous: "Light, green-tinged gold. Fresh citrus and orchard fruits on the nose, with hints of chalky minerals and ginger adding vivacity. Juicy and penetrating on the palate, offering vibrant Meyer lemon and green apple flavors that flesh out with air. Shows depth and well as vivacity and finishes tangy and long, with a suave floral note sneaking in late. (JR)" (3/2016)
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96 points James Suckling: "An eerily Germanic accent to the nose of this wine (just as you get from the name), this has a fascinating fragrance to it with deep and ripe fruit aromas of nectarine, peach and baked yellow apple, plenty of spice, yellow and white flowers too. It sharpens aromatically with air, turning more citrusy and tight. The soft texture of this riesling really caresses the palate, smooth and even; it makes a hint at sweetness and yet has immense clarity and pared back zesty appeal. This is packed with rich lime fruit flavor. A clever wine from the pristine island ...Read More »
90 points Wine Spectator: "Ripe, rich and polished, with apricot-scented pear and floral flavors on a generous frame. Not heavy, but well-formed. Drink now through 2018. 287 cases made."