This deeply coloured Syrah from the renowned Gimblett Gravels expresses aromas of dark red fruits, black pepper, spices and florals. Showing good fruit intensity, depth of flavour and length this wine is well balanced and supported by fine approachable tannins.
90 Points - Robert Parker
One of Australia’s most traditional winemakers, Colin Kay fashions old style, high quality, distinctive Australian reds. The spicy, earthy, tobacco, cherry, and currant-scented 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon is borderline rustic, but spicy, big, chewy, and attractive. It is by no means from the refined school of winemaking, but it possesses so much personality and soul, it is hard not to give it a high rating.
92 Points - James Halliday
A rich, voluptuous medium- to full-bodied wine saying more about the region and the high quality vintage than the variety, but the French oak is well-handled.
Jason Schwartz – "My family first planted Grenache vines here at the end of World War II. With over 60 years of generous attention these beautiful gnarled vines continue to produce fruit of deep character and complexity."
17.5 Points – Julia Harding “Made by Jason Schwarz, the son and grandson of pruning champions, based at Bethany. Dry-grown fruit. Sweet meaty aromas. Big and bold with bags of character but manages to remain fresh even with 15% alcohol. Juicy, even a little bit wild and herbal.“
Robert Parker once called the ’02 Henry's Drive Cabernet Sauvignon “Sexy, hedonistic and Australia’s version of a hedonistic vintage of Lynch Bages” which is a powerful statement. Today, there is a typical Pauillac nose of cedar wood, pencil lead and cigar-box. Lots of new saddle leather too. The palate is very elegant, beautifully balanced with slightly dusty tannins – the texture smooth and sensuous. This is Cabernet Sauvignon which offers sophisticated drinking pleasure. Still impressive and never fails to put a smile on my face (including several Oz winemakers who have taken a bottle whilst visiting). A stupendous wine showing all the hallmarks of a mature Claret. Just a joy.
92 points - Jeb Dunnuck (erobertparker.com)
Another terrific vintage for this cuvee, the Syrah and Grenache-dominated 2014 Cotes du Roussillon Villages Latour de France Occultum Lapidem was harvested between the 12th of September and the 3rd of October with miniscule yields of 28 hectoliters per hectare. Completely destemmed and aged all in concrete tanks, its ruby opaque color is followed by complex notes of garrigue, leather, plums and violets. Medium to full-bodied, elegant and layered, with a great texture, this fruit-forward, balanced Roussillon is already hard to resist, but will continue drinking nicely for 6-7 years.
94 Points - Robert Parker
A good value in old vine Barossa Shiraz, the inky/ruby/purple-hued 2005 Shiraz Stonehorse (100% Shiraz from 15- to 45-year-old vines aged in used oak for 15 months) exhibits an explosive nose of sweet black cherries, cassis, tar, spice box, and licorice. This full-bodied, sexy, up-front effort is impossible to resist.
90 Points - James Halliday
Bright, clear crimson; full of pretty red fruits. It simply can't have been fermented with no pigeage for 10 days on skins then matured in used hogsheads - with no pigeage it would reach 2-3% alcohol intracellular fermentation and then cease all activity.
Tim Shand, Head Winemaker
‘Notes of Campari, red liquorice and boysenberry. On the palate – bright, fresh and bursting with juvenile charm’.
94 Points - James Halliday
Exceptional focus and structure; seamlessly woven tannins and quality oak through abundant black fruits; medium-bodied, just where it should be.
Decanter Regional Trophy 'Best In Show'
This Decanter World Wine Awards Regional Trophy Winner is produced from a blend of 85% Tempranillo and 15% Cabernet Sauvignon from selected plots of vineyards averaging over 45 years of age and the time in the barrel is extended to 20 months...