Heirloom Vineyards Alcala Grenache 2019
2 x Trophies, 2 x Gold Medals, 96pts McLaren Vale Wine Show, 96pts Halliday Wine Challenge (runner up for best Grenache of the year)
Selected from Heirloom’s best McLaren Vale vineyard. We saw musk, cherries, earthiness, black pepper, blackberries and more. A delicious, complete, complex, yet playful Grenache and clearly one of Australia’s best... Sumptuous and refined simultaneously!
Two Sisters Wine Co. Barossa Valley Shiraz 2016
97pts Kim Brebach
The 2015 edition was a stunner, earning the following praise from wine writer Kim Brebach... 96++points. Penfolds would charge $200 for a wine like this. The 2016 is even better, offering intense black and blue fruits, spice and perfectly integrated oak. Brilliant drinking now and over the next 10-15.
Lienert Vineyards 'Sieben Klon' Barossa Valley Shiraz 2019
94pts Kim Brebach
The Lienert’s have been farming in the Barossa for 150 years and added grapes to the mix about 20 years ago. Their first harvests (2004 and 2005) went straight to the pool room, aka into Penfold’s St Henri. For this very special wine, seven clones were harvested and fermented separately with the harvest date chosen to allow each grape to express its best characters. The EVOS12 (Eden Valley clone) was harvested earlier than the others to allow for a beautiful perfume and liveliness in the final blend. Fermentation is done in tiny open top fermenters which are hand plunged up to four times a day. Certain clones are fermented cooler to better express delicate aromatics whilst some are plunged and pumped over to achieve a more structural element. The trick is finding the right balance. Anyways, we love this wine and encourage you to give it a rip.
Through the Tasting Glass 'Mad Hatter' GMS 2017
95pts Kim Brebach
A truly beautiful and fruit driven blend of Grenache, Mataro and Shiraz. The Grenache here brings spice, confected notes, raspberries, rhubarb and sour cherry. The Mataro offers chocolate, brooding brambles and other slightly angry things sourced from dungeons deep. The Shiraz brings blue and black fruits, chocolate and fine, fine tannins. It’s a mad mélange this, one we’ll tip our hat to, whilst asking for it to be filled.
Through the Tasting Glass Cheshire Cat Barossa Shiraz 2018
96pts Kim Brebach, 94pts Sam Kim
Stunning modern Shiraz from one of the best vintages in the Barossa Valley in living memory. Polished black with exceptional intensity of black and blue fruits this is stunning now and will just keep getting better over the next 10 years.
Nugan Estate Alfredo Passo Appassimento Shiraz 2016
This is a Shiraz made in the Appassimento style made famous by the Amarone wines of Valpollicella. High quality fruit is picked and then air dried before fermentation, building concentration, colour, smoothness and richness. This one is juicy and rich with an incredibly smooth palate and great depth of flavour. There are blue and black fruits, pudding spices, plenty of acid and fine tannins.