96+ Points - Stuart McCloskey
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99+ Points - Stuart McCloskey
La Judith is a tribute to Nick’s late mother and produced in tiny quantities (251 bottles). I’ll confess, I was nervous when I first sampled the wine as I could not imagine how cool climate Tasmanian Pinot Noir would handle 3 years in brand new oak barriques. Surely a gimmick resulting in a wine of excessive oak which throttles the aromatics and perfume of the grape? How wrong I was… The bouquet is breathtakingly heady and fills the room with black & red cherries, plums, violets, rose and sweet spices. The selection of the Pinot Noir must have been a tireless act as the sheer power (not what one expects from Tasmanian Pinot Noir) is a skyscraper in size and something I have never encountered from the apple isles. The palate is exquisite and judged to absolute perfection. Seamless and endless layers of sweet, deep, exotic fruit. Mineral-rich, spicy with a touch of bitter orange peel. Signs of earth / truffle notes but these are ten years away from taking centre stage. Truly spectacular with a finish which never ends (thank goodness). A New World masterpiece and the stuff dreams are made of. The back label is minimalistic with a small quote from Nick “She will be praised”. She will certainly be proud, that’s for sure…
Nick Glaetzer's incredible 2014 La Judith Shiraz smells something like pfeffernüsse and cherry preserves, offering layered aromas of cracked pepper, star anise, cinnamon, nutmeg and red fruit. It's medium to full-bodied, feeling bigger and more expansive than its modest 13.7% alcohol, while being rich, silky and long. The oak, entirely new, has been nicely absorbed into the wine, contributing spice and texture without getting in the way of the fruit. It's a tour de force of Tasmanian Shiraz, albeit one produced in micro quantities of 232 bottles. If Mon Père is Saint-Joseph, this is Hermitage.
Made by a scion of a prominent Barossan winemaking family, it perhaps should be no surprise that the 2016 Mon Pere Shiraz is a top Tasmanian example. Prominent cracked pepper notes accent ripe cherry fruit in this medium-bodied wine that combines the weight and feel of Old World Syrah with the bold fruit and expressiveness of the New World. Perhaps most akin to a top Saint-Joseph, it's the sort of Shiraz that is winning new converts to the variety.
It's a testament to the power of the fruit that the 2015 Reveur Pinot Noir spent 19 months in 40% new French oak and yet emerged with such profound purity and freshness. Hints of tea and roses add complexity to ripe cherries and clean compost, which infuse the palate from front to back in richly textured layers of flavor. It's medium to full-bodied, with plenty of tannin, yet it remains approachable and should drink well through at least 2024.