A significant step up in quality compared to the ‘Estate’ wine – The nose has an intense and irresistible aroma of passion fruit and a whole array of ripe tropical fruit. The palate is equally intense on the entry and immediately expresses those ripe tropical fruits found on the nose. This is a fantastic wine from Vidal that rivals many ‘top’ Kiwi Sauvignon Blancs. Just delicious – no more, no less...
94 points (99 points for value) - Stuart McCloskey
Quite a shock if truth be known as the quality here is incredibly high (given the price, not Deep Woods excellent winemaking skills). The nose is a little closed at first but unfolds nicely after 5-10 minutes in the glass. The palate offers ripe fruit all perfectly balanced with citrus notes and minerals. Immensely appealing and quite a remarkable wine for so little money.
91 Points - Robert Parker
The 2001 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve exhibits an inky saturated purple color as well as a glorious perfume of melted chocolate, crème de cassis, cedar, and espresso. Terrific texture, low acidity, and ripe, well-integrated tannin give the overall impression of a seamless, opulent wine.
The 2005 Envoy GSM is composed of 60% Grenache, 30% Shiraz, and 10% Mourvedre. It presents an enticing perfume of damp earth, forest floor, spice box, kirsch, and blueberry. This leads to a velvety-textured, intensely flavored wine with outstanding depth and length. It can be enjoyed over the next 8-10 years.
The 2015 Felino Cabernet Sauvignon mixes fruit from Luján de Cuyo with some 25% from the Valle de Uco. It fermented in stainless steel tanks with full natural malolactic. Ten percent of the wine matured in new American oak barrels and was bottled one year after the harvest. This is very fruit-driven, fresh and clean, with very little influence from the oak, very drinkable and fresh. There's good purity of fruit, very fine tannins and a soft texture, avoiding any over-ripeness without sacrificing depth. I was impressed. They are picking slightly earlier and using oak more judiciously.
The 2015 is a blend of 85% Viura and 15% Malvasía from vines 50+ year-old-vines and raised in French (75%) and American (25%) oak barrels. The nose reveals an inviting perfume of mineral, melon and jasmine. The palate is dry, spicy, elegant, offering lots of ripe flours, beautifully balanced and finishes which is long and satisfying. White Rioja at this price does not get much better than this!
94 Points - Robert Parker
The 2003 Shiraz is a full-bodied, opulently-styled red that smells of crème de cassis and blackberry liqueur intermixed with smoky meats, espresso roast, jammy black fruits, licorice, earth, and toasty new oak. It should evolve nicely for a decade or more.
92-94 Points - Robert Parker
A fruit-driven, exotic, in-your-face cuvee, the 2003 Shiraz Stonehorse (which spends time in old oak) does not possess the structure found in the Old Vine The Hammer. It offers lovely black cherry and blackberry fruit as well as medium to full body, but not as much espresso roast, vanilla, or tannin as the 2002 Old Vine. This richly fruity offering sells for a song. It should drink well for a decade or more. It is a great introduction to the more seriously structured, denser Kaesler style.
90 Points - Luis Gutierezz (erobertparker.com)
The just-bottled, screw-capped 2016 Felino Chardonnay was quite impressive. It's now produced exclusively with grapes grown in the Valle de Uco and was cropped from an unusual wet and cold growing season. It fermented with indigenous yeasts with full malolactic, with 15% of the volume put into neutral French oak barrels and bottled seven months after the harvest. It's very fresh and varietal, with a nose that mixes white flowers and fruit and a balsamic twist. The palate is fresh and sharp, elegant with very clean flavors, showcasing the minerality of the soils. Is this the finest Felino Chardonnay to date?
Decanter Asia Wine Awards: Gold Medal 2015
“Exquisitely fresh, spellbinding seams of tangy grapefruit twist and squeeze through pristine grassy tones. Herbaceous shades inspire and elevate, whilst a cool, flinty contour arcs through greener lilts. Compelling and luxuriant yet showing perfectly judged restraint and synthesis between vital fruit and arresting acidity. Sonorous.”