We love these reds which deserve a paragraph apiece in their praise…
Yarra Yering Dry Red No.1 2018
98pts Tyson Stelzer, 98pts Huon Hooke, 96pts Campbell Mattinson
An incredibly youthful wine that ideally needs 5 years before you open your first bottle. It will comfortably improve for 20 years, potentially more. Most of the fruit for this wine comes from the original 1969 plantings. Incredible fruit power, wood shavings, straw, red fruits, rhubarb, sage, Christmas cake spices and black olive brine. A stunning wine which needs time.
Cooper Burns Reserve Barossa Shiraz 2010
95pts Kim Brebach
Cooper Burns is the coming together of Mark Cooper who was a senior winemaker for Treasury and Russell Burns who used to make wines for Torbreck. These two mates now produce tiny quantities of excellent vino from the best fruit they can get their hands on. The 2010 Reserve is old vine, barrel select Barossa Shiraz aged to perfection. Just 100 dozen bottles were made. It is explosively rich, thick and unctuous, oozing chocolate and liquorice, blackberries and plums, moving into leathery notes and finishing with fine tannins. A massive wine softened to perfection over the passage of years.
Heirloom Anevo Fortress McLaren Vale Grenache, Touriga, Tempranillo 2018
95pts Kim Brebach, 95pts Decanter
Selected from Heirloom’s best McLaren Vale vineyard. We saw musk, plum skin, spice, cherries, earthiness, Earl Grey tea, blackberry and black pepper. A sense enveloping and incredibly beguiling wine finished with a dusting of fine powdery tannins. Magical.
After Five Wine Co. Barossa Shiraz 2017
96pts James Halliday, 95pts Campbell Mattinson, 94pts Wine Showcase, Gold Medal
A brilliant single vineyard Barossa Shiraz brought to you by the Purple Hands team, made by Grant Burge Chief Winemaker Craig Stansborough from fruit off his own vines. Great colour and depth of fruit here with dark chocolate coating raspberries, plum and liquorice. Great intensity.
Pertaringa ‘The Yeoman’ McLaren Vale Shiraz 2017
97pts James Halliday
This is a very full-bodied wine, squid ink black in colour, its massive size held in check via supreme balance between the fruit, acidity and tannins. An amazingly profound drinking experience. If you are going to rip the lid off now, consider decanting for a few hours before drinking. Otherwise, cellar for a long as you like.
Dandelion Firehawk Farm McLaren Vale Shiraz 2018
97 pts Kim Brebach, 2 Gold Medals
This is just the second release of Firehawk Farm which is produced from Dandelion’s finest vineyard. There is mammoth concentration of fruit here and perfect integration of fruit, oak and acid. Closed on opening, this morphs into an absolute stunner as is breathes and opens over several days. Sweet fruit, searing acidity, savoury complexities, chocolate, graphite and blue fruits are all on show along with earthiness, cedar and plenty of tannin. This might just be the McLaren Vale’s best Shiraz.