99 Points - James Suckling "The aromas here are so spellbinding with shitake mushrooms, wet earth and moss, as well as tree bark and, finally, dark fruit. The palate is incredible as it builds and grows with full body, but always tight and reserved. It shows so much depth and complexity. Please try not to touch this until 2025."
Vinorium Award - 2019 White Wine of the Year: Silver
97+ Points Stuart McCloskey "Sharply focused, linear with a vibrancy which I wasn’t expecting. The floral character comes to the fore which compliments the nashi pear, peach, melon and suggestion of jasmine brilliantly. The palate is expansive with swathes of buttered citrus fruits underpinned with a core of minerals. I’ll be brutally honest, I was expecting a voluptuous Barossa bombshell. Instead, I received an unexpected balancing act between litheness and precision which is extremely impressive. This is one of those rare wines which floats on the palate but delivers to every millimetre. Drinking beautifully now (decant for 20 mins) but will cellar for 8-10 years."
Top Rated Cabernet Sauvignon - 2020 Wine Companion Awards
97-98 Points - Magdalena Sienkiewicz "The perfume is incredibly complex even though the wine is a touch cold when I first pour it into my glass. Still, it oozes gracefully with blackberries, red and black currants, pen ink, pencil shavings and a whole array of beautifully lifted floral notes. Bay leaf, mint, tobacco leaf with a whiff of star anise complete the stunning bouquet. The palate offers plenty of class with an abundance of morello cherry, graphite, dried herbs and tobacco. There is an overwhelming sense of purity with svelte and slightly dusty tannins which add lovely texture and a luxurious palate feel. Impeccably crafted, impressive and immensely pleasurable. Decant for 2-3 hours and watch it unfurl. Sampled using Zalto Bordeaux glassware."
98+ Points - Jeb Dunnuck
Another tour de force, the 2015 Syrah John Lewis offers more lavender, violets, and minerality, as well as incredible black and blue fruits. This peppery, meaty, rich, full-bodied effort has building tannin, awesome purity, and integrated acidity, and it's certainly one of the finest Syrahs in the vintage. It's more tannic than the Lagniappe Cuvée and is going to benefit from short-term cellaring, with two decades of overall longevity. Bravo! This vintage comes from a single block in the Les Collines Vineyard, in Walla Walla, isn’t destemmed, and spends 19 months in 7% new French oak puncheons.
99 Points - James Suckling
Even better than the debut and great 2014. Perfumed and vivid with strawberry, raspberry, flower leaf, cedar, stone and flint. Full body yet compacted and compressed giving it an ultra-fine palate profile. Tension and finesse. Light citrus finish. Polished to almost perfection. Seamless finish. 500 cases made. Drink now.
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98+ Points Stuart McCloskey "The aromas waft from the glass with consummate ease… Touches of smoked, grilled meat, redcurrant, liquorice, dried orange rind, blood orange, spice (black pepper & cinnamon) and rose hip. Very Burgundian. The palate is medium bodied with tannins as long and fine as one could imagine. As with their Chardonnay – This wine shows an amazing level of control. Not a millimetre is out of place. The fruit conveys a cool-climate, saline elegance which is far from sparing. Unfurling, charming, precise and certainly built for the cellar (5-10 years). There are two Aussie Pinot Noirs which I go to and this is one… Such is the brilliance, Paul & Gilli should pay Burgundy a tutelage visit. For now, I award 98+ points but I believe this will increase over the coming years. This is a fantastic Pinot Noir and a benchmark against which other Aussie wines should be measured. Decant for one hour and serve using Zalto Burgundy glassware"
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97+ Points - Stuart McCloskey "A stupendous Pinot Noir from Devotus, which is getting better and better with each passing week. Wonderful aromatics of plums, spice, sour cherry, petal, cedar and warm earth. The palate is medium-bodied, tensile, layered, incredibly balanced with fine, grained tannins. The sweet entry is adorable which would lead most to the wrong conclusion; this is a regal, fine-boned Pinot Noir executed perfectly by a supremely skilled winemaker. Furthermore, a wine which happily outshines any Burgundy at this price level. My advice is that fans seeking energy, quality, and a laser-like focus should flock to this fabulous wine. Only 2,502 bottles produced. Served using Zalto Burgundy glassware."
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99+ Points - Stuart McCloskey “After 12 hours in the decanter, it’s purring like a pussycat. The bouquet is blessed with a heady, almost exotic mix of lilac and violet – incredibly floral. Sweetness comes in the form of cassis liqueur, red liquorice and cardamom. The aromatics are extraordinarily pure with a good dose of mineral earth. The palate feel is as close to the sensation of cashmere as you are likely to find – dreamlike, as is the balletic balance. There’s a charming broodiness which is such an attractive quality. The tannins are pensive and provide astonishing structure - the symmetry and feel are almost Burgundy like. The fruit is lavish and fills the palate with cooling waves of black raspberry, raspberry, mulberry and damson – an entire smörgåsbord of deeply flavoured black and red fruits. A multifaceted, multidimensional masterpiece which remains an utter privilege to sample. There are very few new world wines which offer such a profound wine experience. I would love to see Lamella entered into the Judgment of Paris - France vs. Australia. Served using Zalto Bordeaux glassware. Drinking now, but it’s a baby, to 2040+.” Tasted 24 Nov 2020
97+ Points - Robert Parker
This wine exhibits beautifully pure notes of creme de cassis, blueberry liqueur, pen ink, graphite and hints of toast and vanillin. The wine is full and rich, and although aged in 80% new oak, the wood is a subtle background component. This beauty will take longer to round into shape than the dramatic and compelling 2009. Forget it for 5-8 years, and drink it over the following three-plus decades.
97 Points - James Halliday "The bouquet provides a perfect idea of what is about to follow on the full-bodied palate: towering blackcurrant fruit with bay leaf, black olive and earth all dripping from the fruit where they meet implacable tannins and a poultice of French oak."