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 – "Pressed to barrels (30% new) for wild fermentation. All the smart chardonnay techniques in play, 9 months on lees with minimal bâttonage. Lovely ripe flavours, of melon more than peach. Barrel-ferment characters like a touch of gingery spice, while the citrus elements push just a little towards tangy mandarin. Plenty on offer at this price."
Huon Hooke – "Bright, light to mid-yellow colour with a herbal, vegetal, silage and aroma, a strongly-oaked wine with a lot of vegetal notes. Full and soft, round and easygoing in the mouth, with generous Cognac-like oak and cleansing dryness to finish."
James Halliday – From 3 estate blocks and 1 specialist Langhorne Creek grower. 20% whole berries. Ferment finished in tank then racked to French oak puncheons (10% new) and matured for 12 months. Next-level malbec here, with all its varietal expectations fulfilled. Vibrant purple colour, violets and blue/black fruits, a whiff of iodine and a faint sense of Dutch licorice, without its bitterness. All of it swells on the palate, the tannins settling in underneath, fitting neatly with the flow of the wine. Many years ahead of it – decant for now.
The Wine Front – The Bleasdale reds never really leave you short of flavour. This ‘Generations’ release gives it to you with both barrels. It offers an assault of leather, blackcurrant, anise and saltbush-like flavour, malty oak then smoothed over the top. Tannin tries hard to be assertive but is ultimately outshone, or outgunned, by the fruit. You can drink it now and enjoy its lush flavour, or tuck it away for just about as long as you like.
The Wine Front – Langhorne Creek shiraz, always made in hearty style. This release is particularly hearty. It’s definitely and defiantly full-bodied. Chocolatey, clovey, toasty oak sits slightly separate from the fruit, but still manages to aid the cause – and then some. Tar, saltbush and blackberries. Loaded up. Moutfilling. Dense to look at and to taste. Slippery-smooth. I’m pretty sure you’ve got the idea. Lovers of a Big Red, ready for drinking now, should be right onto this.
World Wine – Not a hair out of place. Hearty blackberry and tar flavours come laced with chocolate and peppercorn. Attacks with flavour from the start and doesn't let go. Value.
Decanter – This has some interest; a little spicy kick on the finish that brings character and complexity. There’s a good sense of freshness and it’s very concentrated, with ripe black cherry flavour. The alcohol is on the high side, but this is classic stuff. Has some depth of gummy texture and an intense muscular grip to the tannins with a long, resonant finish. Charvin rarely shows well from barrel, so this could be very good indeed when it's mature. Organically grown at the north-west of the appellation, lieux-dits Cabrières and Maucoil, galets roulés and sand. It's fermented and then aged for 21 months in concrete using indigenous yeasts, then bottled unfiltered. Drinking Window 2022 - 2030. (MW)