6 exceptional wines – read on for all of the details
Serafino GSM 2019
95pts The Real Review (at time of writing this made it the #1 2019 Australian Grenache blend in Huon Hooke’s Real Review)
Winepilot Trophy #1 Grenache blend
96pts James Halliday – highest pointed 2019 McLaren Vale GSM in Halliday’s Wine Companion at time of writing
Young and super tight, this GSM has a long future ahead of it. Drop it in a decanter or vroom it through a vinturi if you are going to drink it now. The good stuff is as follows... blue fruits, black tea, cherries, plums, spice, musk, focused acidity and silky tannins. In the bad stuff column... nuttin!
Two Sisters Barossa Shiraz 2016
97pts Kim Brebach
The 2015 edition was a stunner, earning the following praise from wine writer Kim Brebach: ‘Penfolds would charge $200 for a wine like this. 96++points.’ 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. Brebach scored it a whopping 97 points.
Dandelion Lionheart Shiraz 2018
Trophy – best Shiraz at the Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition USA
Platinum Medal – as per above – denoting a good enough score to qualify this wine for the Trophy judge off (which it went on to win)
4 x Gold Medals
We reckon this is pretty flash, with gorgeously cedary French oak framing a palate awash with sticky black and blue fruits, cigar box, Chrissie pudding spices and dark chocolate. Acid and fine tannins give it a backbone and the potential to improve for up to a decade. That said it’s so delicious now, few bottles will reach 10 years of age...
Heirloom Alcala Grenache 2016
Trophy - San Diego International Wine & Spirits Competition – best Grenache of Show
6 x Gold Medals
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.
Curtis Cavaliere Cabernet 2015
Top in category Winestate Magazine
94pts James Halliday
94pts Tony Love
A superb first release Cabernet under the Curtis Cavaliere label and as good as you’d expect if you’ve had the Cavaliere Shiraz previously. Lots going on here, with chocolate, spice, cedary oak and plentiful fine tannins. Decant for an hour or so if you want to try it now or stick it in the broom closet for up to 10 years.
Kilikanoon Meymans Shiraz Cabernet 2018
97pts Kim Brebach
95pts Sam Kim
Kilikanoon is one of Australia’s most storied wineries – not bad for a mob who have only been around for 25 years. 2021 marks the 5th year in a row (and 6th in total) that Kilikanoon has been crowned Australian Winery of the year at the Mundus Vini Grand International wine awards. In 2018 Kilikanoon was named best Australian Winery at the International Wine and Spirits Comp in London. In 2013 James Halliday awarded Kilikanoon his winery of the year.
Kim Brebach has just scored this wine 97 points, saying ’perfect pitch, stunning wine. Already drinking well but the balance suggests it will last for 10 years or more. 97+ points. This is deep, rich, black and voluptuous, the oak controlled and cedary, the tannins fine and plentiful. Magical.