It's only just into medium-bodied territory, but it's mouthwatering in its intensity, red fruits flying high like a gaudy scarlet kite." 99pts James Halliday (Halliday Wine Companion)
A Northern-Rhone inspired Shiraz with tiny contributions from Marsanne and Viognier and, interesting, Mataro.
"Follows Bailey Carrodus's method of co-fermenting small amounts of viognier, marsanne adding floral notes, and mataro adding spice. It's another exquisite wine from '17, capturing all the senses immediately you assess the bouquet and palate. It's only just into medium-bodied territory, but it's mouthwatering in its intensity, red fruits flying high like a gaudy scarlet kite." 99 points. James Halliday (Halliday Wine Companion)
"Deepish red colour with a purple tint and a reserved bouquet of red and darker fruits, laced with subtle spices. A hint of oak char. It's medium to full-bodied and very elegant in the mouth, with fine-grained tannins and some appealing cinnamon nuances to the mixed spice aromatics. The wine has a refined, silky texture and glides through the mouth. Red cherry and raspberry fruit flavours predominate. It's not a big wine, but the aftertaste lingers on for a very long time. Outstanding! (Shiraz co-fermented with white grapes)" 97 points. Huon Hooke - The Real Review.
Where this wine comes from - Yarra Valley
Just 50 kilometres from Melbourne, Victoria’s Yarra Valley is a star of the wine regions surrounding the city, known as the ‘Melbourne Dress Circle’. With plenty of microclimates and sub-regions, the Yarra Valley doesn’t have a weak link. Certainly the region’s reputation has been built on the quality of its cool climate Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. As far as Chardonnay goes, Yarra Valley strikes the right balance of ripeness, without going over the edge. There’s white peach, lemon pith and Fuji apple supported by a fine spine of citrus-like acidity complemented by supportive oak maturation. The region’s Pinot Noir certainly produces that ethereal quality that Pinot-philes go crazy for – with lifted cherry notes, texture and length. Pinosity? It’s here in spades. Don’t discount Yarra Valley Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon, which also have a long history in the region and are being recognised for producing their own unique regional styles. Game on!