2020

James Halliday Wine Companion

  • 97 POINTS
    HEYTESBURY CHARDONNAY 2017
    Consistently at the forefront of Australian Chardonnay, attention to detail as important for the smallest detail as
    the largest. Texture is as important as flavour, although it can’t always be possible to deconstruct the two. The
    elephant in the room is complexity and is the need to control it because although deliberate, it may damage the
    very thing it was trying to create. Screwcap. 13% alc. Rating 97. Drink to 2030. (Special Value rating)
  • 96 POINTS
    TOM CULLITY 2015 
    A noble blend of 78% cabernet, 20% malbec and a dollop of petit verdot, conferring ample richness and an
    authoritive spine; saline, maritime acidity and detailed grape tannins, moreish and ripe, attesting to an extraction
    regime of courage and confidence. While this full-bodied wine demands patience, one can already detect cassis,
    lead, cedar, graphite, a herbal potpurri, a swab of black olive and a bay leaf lingering across cedar oak beams.
    Screwcap. 14% alc. Rating 96. Drink To 2038.
  • 95 POINTS
    CHARDONNAY 2017  
    This takes the Vasse Felix chardonnay trio into serious wine territory. All the aspects are here: barrel fermentation
    in French oak, neither too much new, nor too little; the picking regime/decisions are integral to the vinification, the
    aim being to avoid the need to acidify; time in barrel is also an important consideration with an increasing practice
    to finish maturation in tank. Screwcap. 13% alc. Rating 95. Drink To 2029.
  • 95 POINTS
    SHIRAZ 2016 
    Deep crimson-purple. Shiraz has come in from the cold in Margaret River over the past decade or so. This shines
    for its precision and balance, dark berry/blackfruit held firmly by ripe tannins. Screwcap. 14% alc. Rating 96.
    Drink To 2035.
  • 94 POINTS
    CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2016 
    86% cabernet, 11% malbec, 3% petit verdot. This is refelctive of the stride in the step at this esate: less of everything
    and with that, more drinkability; more energy; finer bones. Textbook : currant, bouquet garni, graphite, pencil lead
    adn dried cigar. Mid-weighted, highly savoury, classically styled and eminently gulpable. But this will age very well.
    Your choice. Screwcap. 14% alc. Rating 94. Drink to 2032.
  • 94 POINTS
    SAUVIGNON BLANC SEMILLON 2018 
    An understated expression evocative of classic, everyday white Bordeaux, dominated by sauvignon (82%). Steeped
    too, in the understanding this blend takes on authority, complexity and drinkability with a bit of oak (matured in
    48% French oak, 25% new). Delicious and exceptional value. Lemon Curd, lanolin, greenage and a cooling menthol
    note meander around a creamy core of cedary oak. I could drink this everyday. Screwcap. 13% alc. Rating 94.
    Drink To 2023. (Special Value rating)
  • 92 POINTS
    CLASSIC DRY WHITE 2018  (Special Value rating)
  • 92 POINTS
    SHIRAZ 2017 
  • 92 POINTS
    FILIUS CABERNET MERLOT 2017
  • 91 POINTS
    CLASSIC DRY RED 2017 (Special Value rating)
  • 90 POINTS
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    ILIUS CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2016 

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