Made in a semidried, Vin Santo style where the grapes are handpicked at optimum ripeness and acid balance, they are then placed on racks and dried before crushing and fermenting. This wine has no botrytis or fortification. Sublimely sweet and rich, bursting with pure pear, pineapple and cream aromas and flavours. A refined acid structure balances the sweetness to give a lingering, velvety finish.
James Halliday "A blend of sousao, graciano, touriga national, tinta cao and tempranillo, a blend to end all blends in this idiom. The clear, bright colour leads into the fragrant berry and spice aromas of the bouquet; the next step is the medium-bodied palate, most impressive is the way the silky tannins have been handled."
92-94 Points - Jay S Miller (erobertparker.com)
The 2005 Shiraz 1914 is similarly styled to the 1928, but with slightly greater depth and concentration. It can be enjoyed over the next 10-15 years. The J. J. Hahn wines are made by Rolf Binder from two vineyards separated by 50 yards, one planted in 1914 and the other in 1928. Both were tasted from barrel samples. They were aged in American oak, 30% new.
China Wine & Spirits Awards: Gold 2018
95 points - James Halliday "A decidedly complex bouquet with some reduction and a hint of fermentation with cloudy juice. This feeds into a palate of similar complexity, slatey minerality adding its contribution hand in hand with oak. To 2025. "
Winemakers notes "Pale straw. The wine exhibits lifted nectarine and white blossom characters. A suggestion of cedar-like oak frames the generous stone-fruit characters and complex chipped shell minerality. The palate is clean and lively with tremendous depth of ripe stone-fruit flavour nuanced by cashew notes. Bright citrusy acidity ensures a long and seamless finish providing enhanced structure and length."
92 Points - Josh Raynolds
Inky red. Brooding, concentrated aromas of tarry blackberry, blueberry, graphite, pungent flowers and saddle leather. Very sweet but also quite nuanced, with a wild mix of bright red and musky dark fruit flavors joined by intriguing underbrush and mineral tones. Very fresh on the back, which features fine, suave tannins and a lifting note of acidity. This is awfully suave, not to mention complex. A long fellow.
91 Points - Jay Miller (erobertparker.com)
The 2006 John Speke GSM is a blend of 50% Grenache, 30% Shiraz, and 20% Mourvedre sourced from vines over 60 years of age. Dark ruby-coloured, it has an enticing nose of spice box, scorched earth, forest floor, cherry, and blueberry. Velvety-textured and elegantly-styled, this savoury blend conceals enough silky tannin to evolve for 2-3 years and will be at its best right up to 2020.
92 Points - James Halliday
Medium to full-bodied; black fruits interwoven with savoury tannins and a touch of regional chocolate.
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Originally a single vineyard wine made from Shiraz and Malbec, Yellow Hammer Hill was created to supply restaurants with a wine that had all the hallmarks of Wild Duck Creek Estate. Since then, Yellow Hammer Hill has grown to be a blend of up to 10 different vineyards in the Heathcote region, and comprising predominately Shiraz, with varying volumes of Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon. It is a wine that is supremely complimentary to most food styles.
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94 Points - James Halliday "Very powerful, full-bodied regional Shiraz with lots of blackberry, licorice and dark chocolate; built-in tannins and the screwcap underwrite the long future."