A Doctor & Protagonist Lead an Army of Reds to Chalk Hill

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A pack laden with this much bling wouldn't be much chop on a forced march but it sure looks good on the dining room table... Curtis Family Vineyards have their 2015 Cabernet with 94 James Halliday points and their elegant Limited Series Grenache. James Halliday has also given Chalk Hill 95 points for their Shiraz and Zonte’s ‘Lake Doctor’ has bagged 4 Golds already. ‘The Protagonist’ Shiraz from Hesketh stacks up really well for complexity, sweet fruits and is blacker than the black in camo face paint.

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We’d definitely go into battle for this pack. There’s a couple of stellar vintages from Curtis Family Vineyards with their 2016 Limited Series Grenache and 94pt 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon. The Grenache is ripe with blue fruits, a hint of confection and plenty of spice and generous length where the Cabernet shines with its plush black fruits, cedary oak and fine tannins. Chalk Hill’s Shiraz has just scored 95 points from James Halliday and is vibrant and glossy with ripe purple fruits and spice - given a bit of time, crunchy red apples come out to play also. The 2014 quadruple Gold Lake Doctor from Zonte’s offers a complex palate of spice, chocolate, dark fruits and aniseed and it’s our undisputed favourite vintage to date. ‘The Protagonist’ Shiraz from Hesketh has done the rounds of WDHQ already and we love it - it’s laced with jammy fruits and spice on the nose and shows a fruit forward palate with bright cherries which offers something different than the big, bold anecdote we all know (and love). Milton Park’s Shiraz is here too, sporting a ‘Best Entry Level Shiraz’ accolade. It’s got juicy berries and plums and spice lying over a palatable medium-bodied finish. Did you get all that? Great, these Reds have already got their marching orders. Salut!

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