Glorious wines one and all which have qualified for inclusion in this pack by picking up a score of 97 points. Here’s a little more detail on each...
Pertaringa 'Tipsy Hill' Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
97 points James Halliday, RRP $295 per bottle
The Tipsy Hill Cabernet Sauvignon is from Bec Hardy’s low yielding, ‘handkerchief sized’ vineyard in the Blewitt Springs sub-region of McLaren Vale. This is the first release and offers the classic Cab characters of cassis, cedar, violets, tobacco and dark chocolate. A stunning wine you can drink now or at any time over the next 30 years.
Richard Hamilton Little Road Shiraz 2019
Gold Medal (97pts Royal Adelaide Wine Show)
This is the best Hamilton Little Road we have seen to date, including the one which won the Great Australian Shiraz Challenge. The 2019 has just pulled down a staggering 97 points at the Royal Adelaide Wine Show and offers dark fruits, spice, vanilla, aniseed, cedar and fine, chalky tannins. Looks quite a lot like its older brother, the Centurion Shiraz, which retails for $80 per bottle.
Martins Vineyard Limited McLaren Vale Shiraz 2016
97pts Sam Kim, 95pts James Halliday, 94pts Patrick Eckel, 94pts Tony Love
Medium to full bodied, this offers exceptional clarity of blue and black fruits... drink any time over the next 10 years.
Picardy Pemberton Pinot Noir 2018
97pts Erin Larkin, 93pts The Wine Front Magazine, 92pts Huon Hooke
Pinot Noir is Bill and Dan Pannell’s great love, especially the Pinots of Burgundy. With every year Bill and Dan get a little closer to making ‘perfect Pinot’ and this, the 2018, is clearly the finest so far. When our buyer Matt left Picardy (he was vineyard serf and assistant winemaker until 2003), the wine was made from 5 clones, including the highly prized Burgundian selection ‘777’ which Bill Pannell spent close to a decade getting into Australia. You’ll now find a number of Aussie wineries with 777 planted, all thanks to the hard work of the Pannells. Today the Pinot is made from 11 individual clones, 6 of which have been sourced from Burgundy. Whilst the wine was excellent back in the early 2000s, it is now superb. The 2018 is supremely balanced and succulent, presenting with raspberries, truffle, olive, spices, black pepper and more... keep looking and you’ll keep seeing nuances reveal themselves. The perfect balance of fine boned acidity, mouthfeel and texture makes this wine seem elegant and effortless, yet it is incredibly powerful and deep. Magnificent./p>
Kilikanoon Meymans Shiraz Cabernet 2018
97+pts Kim Brebach
Kim Brebach describes the wine as follows: "Gorgeous wine, makes you wonder why the reds from Clare aren’t rated more highly. ‘The fruit from Meymans vineyard provides the foundation for our Kilikanoon Covenant Shiraz,’ says the website. It’s not hard to see why: the fruit is gorgeous, rich and generous, the wine is big but civilized, and the oak handling reminds me of Wolf Blass in his heyday. Texture of velvet, perfect pitch, stunning wine. Already drinking well but the balance suggests it will last for 10 years or more. 97+ points. It’s a serious bargain at $35 from winedirect.com.au.".