Reviews

2017 mollie & merle VERDELHO

"A variety that is normally associated with the Hunter Valley, it does really well in Langhorne Creek, as this wine shows. It has vibrant tropical fruit aromas, lovely ripe pear flavours on the well balanced and rather moreish palate, with a delightful lingering finish. A REAL CROWD PLEASER.."
Dan Traucki
 

2016 Special release fiano

“This is an inviting version of the variety. It’s fruit-driven and generous but there are licks of spice, honeysuckle and chalk; there’s that bit extra. It’s pleasurable and easy but not in a boring way. I wouldn’t have any hesitation in recommending it for any audience or occasion.”
Campbell Mattinson - 91 points
 

2016 special release vermentino

“This is the best Australian Vermentino I’ve tasted. It’s not the usual vacuous, frivolous, undisciplined fruity white, but a classy, stylish, restrained white with appealing aromatics combined with hints of lemon and brine, and good line and length. Good drinking this summer."

Kim Brebach - 93 points


2015 bâtonnage chardonnay

“Single vineyard chardonnay out of Langhorne Creek. I’ve liked but not loved earlier releases of this Bâtonnage Chardonnay but I reckon this 2015 release is a step up. Not a massive step up, but enough for it to come into contention. It’s a ‘just enough’ wine. An elegant style with just enough fruit and just enough complexity. It tastes off lemon curd, stone fruit, lactose and figs, the palate just-creamy but still with ample mouth-watering and/or citrussy acidity. It’s not at all broad; indeed it finishes clean and refreshing."
Campbell Mattinson - 91 points


2015 TAMBLYN
CAB/SHZ/MAL/MER

"As usual, immediately please with wafts of fresh tobacco, cassis and warm spices, all mingling with plums and brambleberries. Savoury, sinewy, ripe tannins and good acidity keeps this upbeat."
James Halliday - 90 points


2015 SELKIRK SHIRAZ

"Selkirk can be deceptive because its neatly priced with plenty of bright, upfront fruit implying a simplicity. Yet there’s detail too. The tannins plush and silky, the palate medium-bodied, the acidity refreshing, the drinkability without question"
Jane Faulkner - Halliday Wine Companion - 93 points


2015 coulthard CABERNET

"An abundance of colour, flavour and pizzazz at an excellent price makes this a winner. Heady aromas of blackberries, brambleberries, spice and chocolate, coffee grounds and tobacco meld well to the medium-bodied frame with its grainy tannins and bright acidity."
Halliday Wine Companion - 93 points

 

2014 CHW SPARKLING SHIRAZ

All the glory of Langhorne Creek shiraz shines in enticing layers of satsuma plums, black cherries, fresh liquorice straps, dark fruit cake and mixed spice, impeccably framed in milk chocolate oak, supple dosage and finely textured tannins. It’s at once deep and bright, culminating in a creamy bead and grand persistence. Bargain sparkling shiraz.
Halliday Wine Companion - 93 points


2015 Special release mourvédre

“The tension between the acidity and the mourvédre’s earthiness makes this rather delicious. On the lighter side of medium-bodied, it’s moreish, all earthy, rusty nails, some red fruit brightness, sinewy tannins and crisp tart-tangy acidity to finish”
Jane Faulkner - Halliday Wine Companion - 92 points

 


2015 tempranillo graciano

“Dances a savoury theme with the 75% Tempranillo leading with its bright acid line and red fruits with the Graciano plumping out the palate adding spice notes too. Medium-bodied, ripe tannins and fresh if sharp acidity.”
Halliday Wine Companion - 90 points
 

2013 bâtonnage shiraz malbec

“I haven’t seen a bottle of wine disappear as fast as this one in some time; dinner guests were fighting over the dregs. It’s a drop-dead gorgeous red that would bring tears to Wolfie Blass’s eyes – they’ve stolen all my secrets!! The Malbec lifts the Shiraz into another dimension, and the oak handling is stunning. Fermentation in oak and 16 months oak storage with lees stirring have produced a rich wine that slips down the hatch like a little Jesus in velvet pants as they say in Burgundy. It's worth every penny of the asking price" 

Kim Brebach - 96 points


2013 OLD ADAM SHIRAZ

“Fine shiraz from Langhorne Creek is often overlooked by better known prestigious cabernets, but this wine will challenge that perception, a beautifully integrated nig-fella shiraz at 15 percent alcohol yet beautifully balanced combining best block fruit, 22 months in deftly handled oak that all come together with wafts of gum tree and see, dark earthiness adding great complexity. It’s fully structured, still quite closed, but just emerging with an insight into it’s future. Amazing value in this company."
Tony Love - 95 points

2013 Walter's CABERNET

“Gosh, no shortage of colour; unusual, appealing aromas of curry powder and new leather with full-bodied palate laden with ripe blackberry/mulberries/currants and dusty, Aussie bush eucalypt/bark nuances. Sweet-sour acid tang keeping everything fresh.”
Halliday Wine Companion - 93 points
 

2013 BEST OF VINTAGE

“50/50% cabernet sauvignon and shiraz, with the blend well knitted and precise. There’s a density yet suppleness, dark plums and blackberries, really spicy with a sprinkling of dark cocoa, ripe tannins and the oak in its place. And ready now."
Halliday Wine Companion - 95 points