"While there’s a lightness of touch, it’s layered and complex. A complete wine full of style, elegance and substance.” 98pts, Jane Faulkner, Halliday Wine Companion
Halliday Wine Companion 'Winery of the Year' 2022
98 points - Jane Faulkner, Halliday Wine Companion
97 points - Huon Hooke, The Real Review
97 points - Tyson Stelzer, Wine Business Magazine
'Excellent' - Langton's Classification of Australian Wine
Shiraz from vines planted in 1969, co-fermented with minute proportions of Viognier (3%), and Mataro (1%) from vines planted from 1984 to 1995. The wine was aged for 15 months in French oak barriques, 30% new before blending and bottling.
"It’s easy to be bowled over by this wine’s beauty, from its bright colour to its heady fragrance of violets, Middle Eastern spices, fresh currants and blue fruits. Then magic happens. It is superfine, graced with perfectly formed silky tannins. The oak is seamlessly integrated, then flavours builds across the barely medium-bodied palate. While there’s a lightness of touch, it’s layered and complex. A complete wine full of style, elegance and substance.” 98pts, Jane Faulkner, Halliday Wine Companion
"Very youthful purple colour with crimson at the core, the bouquet similarly youthful and bright, with spicy, meaty-charcuterie, confit cherry and gentle oak-char aromas of great character. Some floral grace notes emerge with time in the glass. The wine is full-bodied yet very elegant, with an effortlessness to its drive and intensity, without heaviness or excessive grip. Long, long carry. A lovely, graceful wine that drinks well already but will surely last a couple of decades." 97pts, 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!