"The 2010 Vieux Télégraphe Châteauneuf-du-Pape is one of the all-time great Vieux Télégraphes I have tasted in the last 3+ decades..."
The Wilson Vineyard Watervale Riesling 2012: "Bright quartz-green; the highly aromatic bouquet leads into a precisely framed palate, where citrus, a touch of passionfruit and cleansing acidity coalesce to provide a riesling of considerable distinction and exceptional value. Rated 95 points " - James Halliday Australian Wine Companion - Read More
"An acknowledged classic, created with a clear but different vision to most top-end Coonawarra reds. Vivid purple-red, the bouquet is satin smooth, with perfectly integrated red currant/cassis fruit and French oak, the supple, round, medium-bodied palate again showing impeccable balance and integration of fruit and oak. Iron glove, velvet fist. Rated 95 points" - James Halliday Australian Wine Companion Petaluma Coonawarra Re-release 2000 - Read More
There's no denying that 2011 was an extremely difficult vintage for winegrowers in much of south-eastern Australia. It was cold, and it rained, and rained, and rained. Remember the floods? Not exactly great conditions for great red wine, or good news for wine drinkers. The best wineries somehow squeeze something good out of the toughest conditions. Kilikanoon (which earlier this year was awarded James Halliday's Winery of the Year 2013) is amongst the very best in the country. In an average-to-good year, Kilikanoon winemaker Kevin Mitchell will produce 10 or 20 really top-shelf, limited-run shirazes that sell for $50, $100.. - Read More
Yesterday, we tasted Moppity Vineyards' latest Reserve Shiraz - the 2009. Since we first began selling Moppity Vineyards Reserve Shiraz, beginning with the 2006 vintage, it has amassed an amazing number of gold medals, trophies, and high scoring wine reviews from the critics. Those awards include two trophies for "Best Shiraz in the World" at the London International Wine and Spirits Competition. This is a really serious wine from near-40-year-old vines in the New South Wales region of Hilltops. There's no doubt that if it sported a "glamourous" region such as Barossa or McLaren Vale on the label, it'd be selling for twice.. - Read More
Torbreck’s amazing range of wines, from the affordable and juicy Woodcutter’s Shiraz to the stratospherically priced The Laird, is, well, amazing. There is a thick, liqueur-like, essency character to these wines that can almost overwhelm the drinker with flavour. The Steading has always been a little different. There’s an almost gentle, old-fashioned elegance to it. Torbreck winemaker David Powell spent part of his apprenticeship working at that most traditional of Barossa wineries, Rockford, and The Steading is perhaps the juice that most closely emulates the style of Rockford winemaker Robert O’Callaghan’s wines. Don’t get me wrong: it’s still very much.. - Read More