All wines over $25 per bottle will be vintage specific. In the case the listed vintage is out of stock, we will inform you via email for approval to go ahead.
The Wine Front – The 2018 Dexter Chardonnay is another refined, vibrant Mornington Peninsula Chardonnay that offers up plenty of complex, nutty, white peach flavours with restrained oak playing merely a support role. An outstanding cool-climate Chardonnay that will only bolster the reputation of this producer.
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The Wine Front – Ever stylish, perfumed Pinot Noir from the Tracy Island vineyard on the Mornington Peninsula. Raspberry and squishy strawberries, subtle spice and earthiness, a perfume of rose and basil. Medium bodied, silky and fine, kind of succulent, but with a gentle drag of fine grained tannin giving structure and pushing out the length. Red drapes on a fine firm frame. Finish has a subtle herbal infusion, in with the pretty red fruits. Just lovely, as ever.
Robert Parker/Wine Advocate – Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2012 Shiraz Hanisch has a pretty Provence-herbs and baking-spice perfumed nose over a core of kirsch, red currant jelly and mulberries plus a touch of cedar. Medium to full-bodied, there's a lovely elegance and freshness to the multilayered palate with ripe, rounded tannins in the background and providing interest to the long finish.
The Wine Front – 3 Drops make value and quality look easy, as a general rule. The range looks in particularly good shape right now. Excellent drinking. Excellent value. Flavours of plum, redcurrant, peppercorn and vanilla cream. Polished, poised and smooth. Palate has breadth, body and ripeness to it. Indeed it feels generous throughout. The kind of red you could serve to anyone. Flashes of spice but not in-your-face about it. Really good form here.
James Halliday – Mid-deep red; pepper, spice, plum and red and dark fruits lead to a spice-laden and finely grained palate. Balanced and plush, this is a lovely glass of wine.
Wine Enthusiast – This is a lovely expression of Clare Valley Cabernet. Open and approachable now, it exudes blackberry, blueberry, mint, sage, graphite, Kalamata olives and ground pepper. Cab's natural power is out in full force in the mouth but there's restraint too. Tannins are fine and granular, supporting juicy fruit and heaps of herbs and spices. Drink now thought 2028. CHRISTINA PICKARD
The Wine Front – Oak-matured sauvignon blanc from the cool south of Margaret River. 420 dozen produced. It’s not a simple wine. There’s some funk, some smoke, some gravel – before the pour of ripe, intense fruit rolls through. It’s a concentrated wine, and complex, and classy, with ample texture and length to seal the deal.
James Halliday – Hand-picked, whole bunch-pressed, fermented in used oak and demi-muids with staves, matured for 11 months in oak, plus 15 months in bottle. The complex, vaguely smoky/charry bouquet shifts around radically on the super-intense and complex palate, with citrus and snow pea doing battle with ripe citrus and guava/lychee tropical fruits, the latter prevailing.