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


2016 bâtonnage chardonnay

“The term batonnage refers to the stirring of a wine's lees during maturation, in this case in high quality French oak. This imbues texture and cremeur, a platform for a frantic build of stone fruit flavours, grilled hazelnut and nougat chew across the palate. The finish is forceful and long, taking few prisoners as an ode to flavourful chardonnay.."
Halliday Wine Companion - Ned Goodwin - 92 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


2016 SELKIRK SHIRAZ

"Oodles of dark berry fruit flavours are crammed into a fulsome palate, lit by violet, iodine and a smidgeon of pepper grind. Some oak vanillin, too. This is a crowd-pleaser for those reared on warm climate Aussie shiraz, albeit, one rendered in a restrained style."
Halliday Wine Companion - Ned Goodwin - 92 points


2016 coulthard CABERNET

"I rather like cabernet's nuanced expression along the Fleurieu. Despite the intense heat at times, the maritime influence seems to tame the billows of dark fruit flavours, edging them persuasively away from jammy flavours while delivering stern, stiff-upper lipped tannins; graphite mineral bite; saline acidity and plenty of comeuppance when quality oak, as with here, is used."
Halliday Wine Companion - Ned Goodwin - 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
 

2016 bâtonnage shiraz malbec

“An ode to experimental winemaking proclaims the back label, with the malbec component stirred across 14 months of barrel work to confer texture and poise. A patina of anise, violet, black fruits asunder and oaky spice complement each other across a warm, toasty palate spread nicely across a weave of juicy tannins. Highly charged." 

Halliday Wine Companion - Ned Goodwin - 93 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
 

2014 BEST OF VINTAGE

“Attesting to the quality capacity of cabernet in Langhorne Creek, this is blackcurrant, anise, sage and graphite strung across firm, balancing tannins. The 40% of shiraz echoes along riffs of violet and dried seaweed. Pillars of well poised oak help to rein it all in. A quintessential Aussie classic in the making."
Halliday Wine Companion - Ned Goodwin - 95 points