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.
James Halliday – "From the oldest plantings on the estate, fermented in French oak, matured for 12-14 months before a barrel selection for this wine, which is one of the best produced in the Eden Valley as a whole. It has fluid grace and effortless power, the fruit flavours at the midpoint of the stone fruit (white peach)/citrus (grapefruit) spectrum. Lovely wine. 14% alc".
James Halliday – "A wine with long fingers and arms. It was grown on a single block of shiraz, planted in '73. It eats elegance for breakfast, berried fruit for lunch, herb and wood spice notes for afters. Plum, char, smoked herbs, fresh red cherries, a slip of creamy/smoky oak. The balance of this wine is an experience in itself. Best of all: it pushes out gloriously through the finish." - Campbell Mattinson (Halliday Wine Companion)
James Halliday – "Follows Bailey Carrodus's method of co-fermenting small amounts of viognier, marsanne adding floral notes, and mataro adding spice. It's another exquisite wine from '17, capturing all the senses immediately you assess the bouquet and palate. It's only just into medium-bodied territory, but it's mouthwatering in its intensity, red fruits flying high like a gaudy scarlet kite." - James Halliday (Halliday Wine Companion)
James Halliday – "Whole bunch-pressed, fermented and matured in French oak (40% new) for 10 months. Cloudy juice ex whole bunch pre ferment, mlf, and the gingin clone all help create a wine of stellar complexity and length. 13.5% alc, screwcap 97 points, drink to 2029." - James Halliday (The Weekend Australian)
James Halliday – "96 Points. Fruit from eight vineyards across the Barossa and Eden valleys, anywhere from 10-60% whole bunches depending on the batch, 3 weeks on skins and all French oak, 45% new. The wine stands out. Spice, fruit, pepper and wood smoke flavours explode onto the palate and ramp the seduction from there. It's both supple and fresh, but the fruit power is obvious. In short, it's really good. 14.5% alc. To 2034. - Campbell Mattinson, Halliday Wine Companion 2020.
The Wine Front – 'This is just ballistically good. If this was made by Penfolds they’d charge you 500 bucks for it. It has might and power but it’s not over the top; fruit-wise it’s ‘only’ medium in weight and, indeed, it boasts both an elegance and a fruit freshness. But my oh my, what a swagger of tannin, what an infusion of fragrant shrubbery, what commanding length. Oak, smoky and cedar-like, plays a key role but safe to say, the wine is up to it and then some. Roll me in a river of this. Smoked tobacco. Old dry bay leaves. Fresh redcurrant, into black. This is a cabernet. 96+ Points' - Campbell Mattinson, Winefront
The Wine Front – Grapefruit, quince, guava, green chilli, a touch of cream and smoke. Good delivery and intensity of flavour, a gentle gloss to it, but a wonderful flinty texture too, with intensity moving up a notch on the finish, which is precise and chalky. Great expression of Sauvignon. Smashed it!
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World Wine – Wild yeast fermented in a concrete tank, though a portion goes into barrel. Bottled without fining and with limited filtration. Almost always a handy wine, this one. This has body. It has flavour. It's almost plump with fruit. And yet it slides down to an elegant, gravelly, throaty finish. A bit of style, without getting ahead of itself. Puts dinner on the plate first and only thereafter works at prettying it up, so to speak.
The Wine Front – Plum and dark cherry, rose oil, sap, spice and a sort of boot polish reduction. Medium bodied, slight hardness but also powerful and flavoursome, bursting through the mouth with perfume, red and black cherry, some sap and dried herb, and a pretty long finish with firm acidity and a lick of tannin. Bold but good.
James Halliday – Powerful, complex and long in the mouth, red and black cherries and wild raspberries; exemplary tannin and oak management.
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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James Halliday – Shy and brooding, this is a bright and fragrant expression of Mataro. A gently complex nose of clove, cardamom and fennel seeds, Provencal herbs, and blue berry fruit. On the palate, a compact core of blue tinged fruit subtly supported by creamy oak, and carried by a ferruginous driving tannin structure which carries the fruit through the mouth.
James Halliday – The grapes come from the Wyjup Vineyard, 40km south of Mount Barker and other ‘local’ vineyards. A classic wine, and ever reliable; it has a particular delicacy, yet has pure lime juice flavours, purity heightened by the natural acidity. Good now, even better in 5+ years. Great value.
The Wine Front – Nectarine, honey and mint, ginger and pink grapefruit. It’s bright, but fleshy, with a fine chalky texture, some straw-like character, tight citrus bite through white fruit, and a long and focussed finish. Top shelf. Lovely now, should age beautifully. 94+ points. Gary Walsh, The Wine Front December 2020
The Wine Front – Immediately appealing for its perfume, a lock in through choc-mint, sage, dark berry, violet and liquorice (raspberry and salted) scents. Yum. The palate is supple, finely wrought, just juicy but shaded with very fine tannins. Flavours roll long, fine, floating on sweet fruit, cool acidity, sleek line of oak and a web of building tannin firmness. It’s a beautiful young wine but should mature with complete grace. Just so charming, and great drinking. 94 points. Mike Bennie, The Wine Front
James Halliday – From three vineyards, matured for 19 months in French oak from big-name coopers. A serious cabernet showing just what Coonawarra can do in a top vintage; it is intense, complex and packed with cassis/blackcurrant fruit, savoury tannins and positive oak. 96 points. James Halliday
James Halliday – "A classic blend of 70% cabernet sauvignon, 18% merlot, 8% malbec and 4% petit verdot. Hand-picked and sorted, crushed and destemmed, open-fermented, on skins for up to a month, matured for 12 months in French oak (35% new). This is the serious side of '17. The aromas and flavours are still fresh and vibrant, but the palate, in particular, brooks no argument: this is a wine for protracted cellaring to allow the whipcord-tight structure to relax its grip." - James Halliday (Halliday Wine Companion)
The Wine Front – Rose oil and sappy perfume, juicy sweet and sour cherry, autumnal stuff, spice. Medium bodied, spiced cherry and plum, firm acidity, sappy flavours, a bit savoury, length good too, mulchy and pert.
James Halliday – Hand-picked, wild yeast, 7 days cold soak, open-fermented, 5 days post-ferment maceration, matured in French oak (20% new) for 11 months, not fined or filtered. Good hue, clear purple-crimson; has a tangy brightness to the cherry-accented fruit flavours, the palate long and particularly well balanced; a juicy, fresh finish, oak no more than a whisper.