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91 points James Halliday: "Traditional style. Little sign of oak, sweet core of fruit, deceptively assertive tannin but an overall impression of softness. It doesn't look to be an ageworthy style but it will be. Blackberry, iodine and raspberry notes. Ferrous tannin. Good length." (3/2014) 91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Vivid ruby. Intense red and dark berry aromas complicated by notes of rose, white pepper and licorice. Explosive black raspberry and cherry compote flavors are firmed by a touch of bitter chocolate and show very good depth. Dusty tannins give grip to a long, focused finish. This wine acts like a ...Read More »
96 points James Halliday: "*"Special Value Selection" and a "Wow Factor Wine" of 2015* - Jeremy Gordon has a light touch in making chardonnay, the wine with freshness and balance the keys to its personality, enhancing, rather than inhibiting, its varietal expression. Oak has simply been a tool allowing the focus to fix onto the seamless blend of white peach, melon and grapefruit and its blue sky finish. - Top 10 Margaret River Chardonnay" (3/2015) K&L Notes: Winemaker's Notes: "A fragrant bouquet of grapefruit,melon and pear with notes of nuttiness and flinty characters. The palate is soft and... Read More »
96 points James Halliday: "An unambiguously top class version of a distinguished lineage; the colour is as bright as the spicy red fruit aromas of the bouquet, the palate with a cascade of red and black fruits, spice, licorice and bitter chocolate flavours, yet providing all this with finesse and calm." (2/2014) 93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2010 Dead Arm Shiraz has slightly evolving blackberry notes wafting over a core of forest fruit coulis and dried mulberries accented by suggestions of sandalwood, Indian spices and dried Mediterranean herbs. Medium to full-bodied with loads of ...Read More »
96 points James Halliday: "Bright crimson-purple; the fragrant cassis-filled bouquet sends its unequivocal message of that rarest of beasts: a totally delicious young cabernet that has a mellifluous palate of redcurrant and blackcurrant fruit supported by superfine tannins and subtle French oak." (2/2014) 95 points Decanter: "Lively, lifted cherry fruit. Medium body with impressive intensity and persistence. Vivacious, feminine and silky smooth, yet also with loads of stamina and energy." 94 points Wine & Spirits: "The purity of this Cabernet is impressive, it's clear black currant flavors fresh and crisp, uninhibited by its oak ag ...Read More »
96 points James Halliday: "* Special Value Selection* From the east-facing Guerin Vineyard in the Upper Yarra Valley; open-fermented whole berry fermentation and maceration for 3 weeks, followed by 11 months maturation in French oak. The flavours positively dance in the mouth, red fruits glistening in a superfine web of slinky tannins. Lovely now, and in 5 years time." (10/2014) Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Pale ruby in color with a hint of purple, the 2013 Local Vineyard Series Guerin Vineyard Pinot Noir has an earthy nose of mossy bark and damp loam with a good core of redcurrants and red cherries and just a ...Read More »
91 points James Halliday: "Nicely put together. Gives an impression of integrity. Choc, mulberry, blackcurrant and bay leaf notes. The flavours swing through the palate with relative ease, but curls of tannin build as the wine progresses through the mouth. As is customary with Stella Bella wines; balance is judged just so." (7/2015) K&L Notes: Rich, full bodied, powerful Magaret River Cabernet at an exceptional price. Packed full of blackcurrant, cassis, dark chocolate tones, toasted spices from French oak maturation. The texture is ripe, juicy and mouth coating, with lashing of fruit, and fin... Read More »
90 points James Halliday: "Pepper-laden shiraz. Meaty, mid-weight style. Cherry-flavoured fruit. Has enough interest, flavour and form to satisfy. Chewy finish. Toasty/spicy oak tops it off nicely." (2/2014) K&L Notes: All estate fruit from Oakridge Estate in Yarra Valley. The wine shows lovely perfumed notes of red currant, raspberry and toasted spices. The palate is medium bodied with great vibrant energy and fine soft tannins. Flavors of ripe red berries with some darker richer fruit emerghing, exotic spices, a little lick of classy french oak, and some warm earth notes in the finish. Great... 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. Made to be enjoyed right now." 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... Read More »
95 points James Halliday: "This comes from two vineyards at Blewitt Springs and Willunga, 30-80yo; matured 30% new French and 70% used French and Russian oak for 2 years, plus 6 months' bottle age. Powerful and focused, immaculate balance and length engendering elegance with its mix of black cherry, licorice and spice flavours. Delicious wine. 300 dozen made." (12/2014) K&L Notes: Winemaker's Notes: "Deep crimson red in colour. Vibrant aromas of mulberry and black cherry accompanied by mocha, roasted spice and subtle forest floor notes. Plush and softly textured on the palate with rich black f... Read More »
97 points James Suckling: "The Vale is the old shiraz grenache blend but re-named to give extra focus to the fact that this really speaks loudly of place rather than grapes. The aromas are made of layers and layers of different forest berries, red to blue to purple tones, there's also dark plum and liquorice as well as sweetly fragrant baking spices. The palate has an intriguing mix of rich dark fruit flesh and seemingly weightless balance, tannins are fine and hold long but never heavy, superb. Drink now." (2/2016) 95 points James Halliday: "A blend of Shiraz and Grenache, old vines the source of the grapes. ...Read More »
93 points James Halliday: "Bright crimson-purple hue, although not deep; a 30/37/24% blend; particularly attractive wine in the context of '11, with abundant sweet dark berry fruit without any Turkish delight/confection flavours; there is a seamless flow of flavour from the first sip right the way through to the aftertaste." (7/2013) 91 points Wine Spectator: "Smooth and expressive, brimming with coffee-accented blackberry and purple plum flavors, tumbling through the open-textured finish. Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvèdre." (5/2014) K&L Notes: Sons of Eden is a new project from two guys who really know what they're doing. W... Read More »
96 points James Halliday: "Classic claret-style cabernet. Medium-bodied and refreshing with fine flavours of pencil, chocolate, mulberry and crushed leaf. Firm but well integrated tannin. Knows exactly what style it wants to be and sets about nailing it." (2/2015) K&L Notes: Winemaker's Notes: "Bright, vibrant purple reds. Fragrant, ripe Cabernet - cassis, blackcurrant and violets underpinned by redcurrant, chocolate and pencil lead. The presentation is of a fine, elegant medium bodied claret style that has weight and firmness yet retains its refreshing line and length. It will cellar well ove... Read More »
98 points James Suckling: "This is a scintillating wine that fuses concentrated fruit presence and power with assertive structure and bracing acid drive. The nose has chalky notes with fresh hazelnut and a flinty, attractive reductive edge, plus stone fruits and citrus intermingled. The palate has commanding weight, neatly crafted shape and impressive length, with winding white peach and an array of citrus fruit flavors long into the finish. Enlivening, modern Aussie Chardonnay at its finest." (2/2015) 97 points James Halliday: "An exceptionally complex Chardonnay both in terms of texture and flavour; hand-pi ...Read More »
96 points James Halliday: "Whole bunch-pressed straight to French puncheons for wild ferment on solids, then 11 months maturation on lees. Has the Oakridge stamp all over it: a complex, slightly funky bouquet and great drive to the long, elegant, perfectly balanced palate, oak merely a vehicle." (10/2014) 92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2013 Local Vineyard Series Guerin Vineyard Chardonnay is intensely scented of lemon curd, lemongrass, lime leaves and mandarin peel with touches of struck flint, toasted cashews, cedar and ginger. Medium-bodied, the palate delivers a beautiful satiny texture and plenty of livel ...Read More »
97 points James Halliday: "From the near-40yo estate vineyard at Mount Barker; separate lots were either pressed at dryness or given post-ferment maceration, and kept separate during 20 months maturation in French oak (40% new). Picture perfect, not a hair out of place as the blackcurrant fruit, a touch of black olive and cedary oak flows seamlessly along the supremely elegant palate." (7/2015) 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The 2012 Scotsdale Cabernet Sauvignon is a very deep purple-black 100% Cabernet Sauvignon made with fruit from 33-year-old vines. At first the nose is slightly closed giving subtle notes of c ...Read More »
95 points James Halliday: "*Special Value Selection* Free-run juice from Great Southern/Margaret River grapes has been partially barrel-fermented, the slightly smoky bouquet leading into an intensely focused palate, with the length and clarity more frequently encountered with high quality Riesling, a comparison heightened by attractive citrus notes that accompany stone fruit and gooseberry flavours."
92 points James Halliday: "Bright, youthful hue; an appealing medium-bodied palate brings cassis, spice and cedary French oak onto centre stage, tannins in the wings. A good commercial cabernet from the right region." 92 points Wine Enthusiast: "*Editors’ Choice* Full bodied and richly textured, this is an approachable wine that should nonetheless drink well through at least 2025. Toasted coconut accents cassis and blackberry fruit, folding in hints of vanilla on the long, mouthwatering finish." (3/2015) 90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Youthful purple color. Vibrant redcurrant and cherry scents are complemented by peppery spice and mineral nua ...Read More »
97 points James Halliday: "*Special Value Selection* Estate-grown 40yo vines, and only free-run juice, gives the wine a flying start. Its intensity is exceptional, driving along the palate with high speed, the Bickford's lime juice flavours running unabated through the finish and well into the lingering aftertaste. An exceptional wine."
96 points James Halliday: "Both opulent and fine at once. The bullseye has been hit dead centre here. Oak, fruit, acid and tannin all pull together. Excellent wine, builds its own landscape. Blackcurrant-like flavour, luscious, is slipped with coffee-cream, leather, cigars. Dusty, fruit-filled tannin winds its way through, inexorable, unhurried, a river flowing over smooth long stones. The longer you sit with it, the lower the price seems." (7/2015)
95 points James Halliday: "Spent 18 months in new and 1-year-old French barriques. As the Shiraz vines in Margaret River have become mature, so has the depth of the fruit intensified, this wine a prime example, as its layers of black fruits and almost creamy tannins show; needless to say, the cedary impact of the French oak also plays a significant role." (2/2014) 95 points Sam Kim: "A lovely, perfumed bouquet: aromas of dark plum, blueberry and floral with hints of white pepper and cocoa on the nose. The palate is ripe and silky with an abundance of appealing flavours and polished tannins. It is linge ...Read More »
94 points James Halliday: "A vintage well suited to this blend of 66/23/11% shiraz/grenache/mataro, creating a wine of even flow, lively acid balance and firm, finely textured tannin support. Violet fragrance and well-defined berry fruits are layered with pepper and spice, confirming a restrained, poised and ageworthy Bin 138, set to go down among the greats." 93 points James Suckling: "The blend in 2012 is shiraz (66%), grenache (23%) and mataro (11%) and shows a wealth of red and blue fruits on offer with attractive brambly summer berry aromas, quite fresh and fragrant, some tarry blue fruits too. The palat ...Read More »
95 points James Halliday: "A slightly brighter, more red, hue than Romulus; a complex, luscious wine that shows its 22-month maturation in mainly new French oak; the fruit flavours are in a black cherry and spice spectrum, the tannins plentiful but ripe, reflecting the minimal fining." (3/2013) 94 points James Suckling: "Clean blueberry and blackberry character with hints of flowers. Full body, wonderful fruit and subtle black pepper and sandalwood. Balanced and refined. Better in 2016, when everything will be in harmony, but beautiful now." (5/2014) 92 points Wine Spectator: "Polished, expressive and focused, with juicy flavors of black ...Read More »
96 points James Halliday: "Bright straw-green; hand-picked, whole bunch-pressed, wild yeast-fermented in French oak; the result is a resplendently complex chardonnay with white stone fruit, creamy cashew and bright acidity forming a circle of continuous flavours." (9/2014)
94 points James Halliday: "An opulent, full-bodied pinot noir, flexing its muscles from the bouquet through the palate and the finish in particular; it is the finish that saves the wine from the 'dry red' description, the ultimate insult to a pinot noir; here there is a vibrant and intense line of dark cherry and plum that is pure pinot. It will age very well indeed." (7/2014) K&L Notes: Wine writer Huon Hooke says, "Sit back and watch, as Dalwhinnie etches a name for itself, not only among the great wines of Australia, but the world."
95 points James Halliday: "Elegance is its middle name but there's still a good core of limey fruit. It's a dry, structural style but its moreishness is right up there. Apple blossom and talc flavours aid this impression, as does a line of mouthwatering acidity. It's build to age, arguably, but as a young wine it's delicious." K&L Notes: "Freya" was the foremost goddess of ancient Germanic lands where the Riesling grape originated. This wine honours early German settlers who cultivated the first Riesling vine in the exemplary microclimate of the Barossa’s Eden Valley. Winemaker's Notes: "Aroma... Read More »
94 points James Halliday: "A 55/29/16% blend; 83% of the wine was matured in used French oak barrels for 8 months, the remainder kept in stainless steel. Bright purple-crimson; while all about cassis and plum fruit, it is no lollipop wine, for the tannins are in the background standing by for the future; long and complete." (9/2013)
95 points James Halliday: "*Special Value Selection* Burly Cabernet with essence-like fruit flavour. Big revs of berry-soaked tannin, blackcurrant and truffle, mint and clovey herbs. Fruit builds tremendous momentum before tannin applies the brakes. Monty for the cellar." Wine Spectator: "Grippy tannins surround a bright core of currant and pear flavors, picking up sage and savory spice as the finish lingers against the tannins. (Web-2015)" K&L Notes: Big, full throttle Cab from Biodynamic producer Kalleske in Barossa Valley. Packed with ripe dark fruit, scorched earth, oak spice and floral lift. I love the comb... Read More »
97 points James Halliday: "A 71/29% blend, wild yeast-fermented, with no acid additions; 87% of the wine was matured for 5 months in French barriques (62% new). Follows in a long and proud tradition of exceptionally complex wines that rely on gentle persuasion, not brute force or, if you prefer, seduction rather than rape. The flavours are so attractive and mouthfilling now, it is easy to forget the wine will mature with grace for well over a decade." (3/2014) K&L Notes: Stunning Bordeaux style wine blend with so much concentration, flavor and drive. Truly great wine worthy of any cellar. Very... Read More »
97 points James Halliday: "From the estate vineyards in Mount Barker, Porongurup and Margaret River; hand-picked, and chilled overnight before hand sorted, whole bunch-pressed direct to barrel (30% new French) for wild fermentation, matured on lees for 9 months, part with mlf. Iron fist in a velvet glove, more common with red wines than chardonnay, but this has awesome power, concentration and length to its pink grapefruit, white stone fruit and pistachio, nougat accents from the mlf."
94 points James Halliday: "*Special Value Selection* Rip of grainy tannin here gives the tide of leathery, plummy flavour a sense of sure footing. Brighter notes of raspberry and fennel add life and lift. You'd have to be pretty hard to please not to thoroughly enjoy this wine." 92 points Wine Spectator: "Impressive for the supple, smooth take on plum and strawberry flavors, with gingerbread and fresh mint notes adding depth and length. Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvèdre. Drink now through 2022. - M.W."
91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Deep garnet with a purple rim, the 2010 Blacksmith Cabernet Sauvignon opens with wonderfully intense, slowly evolving notes of creme de cassis, dried plums and menthol over hints of cigar boxes, cinnamon stick, dried herbs and potpourri. Medium to full-bodied with mouth-filling black fruit preserves and baking spice flavors, it has a medium level of fine-grained tannins, refreshing acid and a finish with very good length. Drink it now to 2019+. (LPB)" (2/2014) 90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Saturated ruby. Sexy dark fruit and cedary oak aromas are complemented by deeper-pitched suggesti ...Read More »
95 points James Halliday: "Single vineyard; wild yeast-fermented with fine solids in new (66%) and 1yo French barriques, aged on lees for 16 months with natural mlf, no stirring. A focused and elegant wine, balance the key, but also having exemplary length to its white stone fruit flavours; the lingering finish and aftertaste also score." (1/2015) K&L Notes: Winemaker's Notes: "Mid straw in colour with a hint of green to the hue. The aroma shows citrus fruits in the company of exotic tropical notes of pineapple and guava, accents of spice and wood smoke add to the complexity. The palate is in ... Read More »
90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Made with fruit from the Pyrenees and Yarra Valley, using indigenous yeast and a high percentage of whole bunch, the 2013 Harem La Syrah has a medium to deep garnet-purple color and is scented of black berries and mulberries with a savory undercurrent of bacon fat and marmite toast. Medium-bodied with a solid backbone of rounded tannins and lively acid, it offers plenty of earthy/meaty flavors right through to a good, long finish. (LPB)" (2/2015) James Halliday: "Sourced from both the Pyrenees and the Yarra Valley. It's a chunky, meaty wine with clove/peppercorn notes as i ...Read More »
97 points James Halliday: ""If price wasn't a concern we'd all just want to drink bucket loads of this. It's all class and quality but the drinkability factor is extremely high. It's like sitting with someone expert in the art of conversation; it makes you laugh and cry and lean in closer. Fruit, oak, texture, acidity, length: a hand full of aces, neatly arranged, trim and terrific."" 96 points Decanter: "Great to see Margaret River’s most recognized Chardonnay in such good form. This has all the power one associates with Leeuwin – with the 100% new oak being totally absorbed by the fruit – while the pa ...Read More »
95 points James Halliday: "A 91% (Cabernet) 9% (Merlot) blend, destemmed and berry-sorted prior to fermentation, matured for 17 months in new and used French oak from the best coopers. This wine over-delivers at every point along the way, starting with its opulent bouquet, with its mix of red and black fruits, then a velvety, rich cassis-driven palate before moving into cedary, lingering finish, there supported by persistent, fine-grained tannins." (3/2014) 93 points Wine Spectator: "Focused and expressive, layering the red berry, black plum, licorice and pumpkin pie notes with finesse and density. The flavor ...Read More »
95 points James Halliday: "Crimson-purple; has everything you could wish for, everything in its right place, everything in balance: expressive blackberry/black cherry fruit; some regional earth and spice; and ripe, balanced tannins to carry it through the coming decades." (9/2011) K&L Notes: LDR stands for Lovedale Road, the address of the De Iuliis family vineyard, where Shiraz grapes were planted on heavy clay soils in 1990. This unique Single Vineyard Shiraz displays all the hallmarks of a Hunter classic: Elegant, medium-bodied, earthy and savoury, a hint of cherry, plum, and blackcurrants ... Read More »
94 points James Halliday: "Is already settling into a sound drinking place. It's all strung on a taut line of acidity but the lemon, apple, hay and spice notes give something to enjoy now. That said, it shows all the signs that, over the medium term at least, it will mature deliciously." (7/2014) 91 points James Suckling: "Sliced apples and peaches on the nose follow through to a full body, bright acidity and a tropical fruit aftertaste. Drink or hold. Screw cap." (10/2013) K&L Notes: The Hunter Valley is renowned for producing some of the best Semillon in the world. This wine displays fresh, lifted citrus characters, a l... Read More »
95 points James Halliday: "From bush vines planted '46 in Blewitt Springs' sandy soils; hand-picked, mechanically sorted, 50% whole berries, cold soak, open-fermented, wild yeast, on lees in used French oak for 9 months. Bright crimson; a Grenache with serious intent, its tightly focused and structured palate way above the norm, the pure core of bright red fruits precisely delineated and very long. A grenache for the long haul." (7/2015) 90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Medium ruby/purple, the 2013 Grenache Old Vine has intense aroms of red and black cherries, black raspberries and anise with pepper, violets and me ...Read More »
Inventory: Redwood City
92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Light, hazy red. Intense, spice-accented red berry and potpourri scents show striking energy and pick up notes of sassafras and incense with air. Offers gently sweet raspberry and rose pastille flavors and a strong note of spicecake, with tangy acidity adding lift. Clean, sharply focused Pinot with superb finishing energy and length. This expressive wine was fermented on its skins for 100 days and made with 30% whole clusters. (JR)" (7/2014) 90 points Wine & Spirits: "The name of the wine references skin contact, in this case, 100 days on the skins, although tasted blind, the wine d ...Read More »
96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2013 Amon Ra has youthfully toned-down notes of blackcurrants, blackberry preserves, plums and cracked pepper with nuances of licorice, dark chocolate, cedar and black earth. The palate has wonderful balance and elegance for its commendable concentration and fullness, with tons of muscular fruit and spice layers framed by grainy tannins and just enough freshness, finishing with great persistence. (LPB)" (6/2015) 95 points James Halliday: "From vines between 50-130 yo, yield 2t/ha; open-fermented in 1 and 2-tonne pots, post-fermentation maceration, mat ...Read More »
95 points James Halliday: "In immaculate form. Fresh fruit, firm tannin, oak folded snugly within. Both longevity and pleasure are assured. It tastes of blackcurrant, boysenberry, spearmint and an assortment of red berries and dry, leafy herbs. Tannin flicks firmly through the finish, as it should with a wine of this gravity." (7/2015) 92 points Wine & Spirits: "Savory black cherry flavors and dark chocolate tannins give this a classical Coonawarra profile. It's not green or vigorous, though the aroma carries a hint of mint and persimmon. Those notes add nuance and earthy textural detail, making this an elega ...Read More »
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 »
95 points James Halliday: "Dense red-purple; the bouquet offers a rich amalgam of ripe black cherry fruit, dark chocolate and spicy French oak; the sumptuous and dense palate has a similar chewy mix of ripe fruit and spicy/toasty oak, sustained by ripe tannins. Irresistible Show style." (10/2002) 94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Full, dark red. Complex, musky, exotic nose combines violet, cassis, mint, spices and black pepper, with cedar and vanillin notes and a suggestion of meatiness. Plush on the palate, with intense, minty, slightly meaty cassis, plum and prune flavors harmoniously knit with creamy chocolatey o ...Read More »
Inventory: Main Warehouse
96 points James Halliday: "The grapes were grown on Barossa Valley terra rossa: oxidised iron red soils over limestone, and the wine was matured in used French oak. The vivid colour of the wine attests to its moderate alcohol, as does the joyful display of red and black fruits; the tannins are supple, the oak subtle but evident. Fantastic value." (12/2013)
95 points James Halliday: "Sourced from the high quality Greenstone Vineyard; given a 4-day cold soak with 60% whole bunches in the hand-plunged, wild yeast ferment; spent 25-40+ days on skins, followed by 10 months in French oak (25% new). Deeply coloured, it has an exotic, strongly spiced bouquet, followed by an intense, full-bodied palate that, despite its power, remains light on its feet; the flavours of the palate are particularly wide ranging, dark berries and spicy, herbal notes the most obvious; excellent structure and length." (7/2014) 93 points Wine Spectator: "Sturdy, focused and beautifully knit, ...Read More »
97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Medium to deep garnet-purple colored, the 2012 Eligo has a profoundly scented nose of crème de cassis, blackberry pie, licorice, dark chocolate and blueberry preserves against an earthy/meaty background of bacon fat, forest floor, beef dripping and black loam. The densely packed, full-bodied palate manages almost paradoxical elegance and restraint with velvety tannins and lively acid giving closure to the long, multilayered finish. (LPB)" (6/2015) 93 points James Suckling: "Lots of ripe dark fruit, spices and hints of black pepper. Full body, round tannins and a rich, juicy, savory ...Read More »
96 points James Halliday: "As remarkable as it sounds/seems, this label makes shiraz in Tasmania look easy. This is a top-notch wine in anyone's language. It's cool climate by nature but mostly it's exquisitely well polished. Peanuts, licorice, bright cherries, cloves and a wide assortments of spices. It all unfolds slowly, magically, inexorably. Quite mesmerising." 94 points James Suckling: "Plenty of sweet biscuity spices on offer in this rare Tasmanian shiraz, this has bright raspberry and red plum fruits on the nose, some musky florals and fine-ground peppery elements too. Good complexity. The palate deli ...Read More »
93 points James Halliday: "No mistaking its appeal. Berried flavour, complexing notes of tobacco leaf and leather, a general savoury/earthy/spiciness and the sweetness of fruit to keep you tipping back for more. Integrated tannin. More or less unresolved on the finish but time will take care of that."
94 points James Halliday: "Full, clear crimson-purple; an exceptionally velvety, rich pinot at the start of its life; over the next 5+ years all manner of enticing aromas and flavours are certain to develop; I seldom give points for what I think a wine will become (let it wait its turn) but this is an exception. So if you buy it, drink a bottle, but keep the others." (2/2014)
93 points James Halliday: "Bold aromatics. Combines sweetness and savoury, herbal notes to great effect. Ripe, juicy raspberry and strawberry fruit flavours come face to face with dry woody spice, aniseed and sweet smoke. It's an unusual profile but its appeal is clear."
Inventory: San Francisco