2020

James Halliday Wine Companion

Product Tasting Notes Rating
Stonefish Nero Shiraz 2013 2015 Stonefish Nero Old Vines Barossa Valley Shiraz – 95 Points
“50yo vines, hand-picked, open-fermented, 6 days on skins, matured in French oak (30% new) for 18 months. Rich and luscious, with soft tannins and very good balance. Ready to enjoy now, but will live for 10+ years.”
✪ 2017 Stonefish Reserve Barossa Valley Shiraz – 94 Points
Machine-harvested and sorted, crushed to tank, 5-7 days fermentation, matured in French oak (50% new) for 12 months. Deep colour, rice blackberry and blood plum fruit, attractive spicy tannin structure.”
   
✪ 2015 Stonefish Concerto Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon – 94 Points
“Crushed and destemmed, 14 days on skins plus post-ferment maceration, matured in French barriques (45% new). Medium-bodied, clear blackcurrant and bay leaf flavours, gently, fine tannins.
Stonefish Wines Limited Release Semillon 2014 Stonefish Limited Release Hunter Valley Semillon – 90 Points
“Has moved incredibly slowly towards maturity, even the colour still quartz-white, lemon zest flavours sitting quietly in the background. Ideal restaurant by the glass wine.”
Stonefish Wines Reserve Chardonnay 2017 Stonefish Reserve Margaret River Chardonnay – 91 Points
Machine-harvested, fermented in French oak (40% new), matured for 6 months. Despite its modest alcohol, its mouthfeel and taste are at the big end of Margaret River, a sure hit for those who say they want chardonnay like it used to be.”

2018

James Halliday Wine Companion

Product Review Rating
Stonefish NERO Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon ✪ 2014 Stonefish Nero Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon
Sways with energy, concentrated cassis, currants and boysenberries doused in Middle Eastern spices and cedary oak. Full-bodied and structured with substantial tannins yet maintains a vibrancy and freshness throughout.
James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2018
2015 Stonefish Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon ✪ 2015 Stonefish Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
It’s vibrant and tangy with an abundance of blackberries and mulberries, choc-mint and screams Margaret River. Somewhat sinewy with puckering acidity and needs more time to gel.”
James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 92 rating
Stonefish Reserve Shiraz 2015 2015 Stonefish Reserve Barossa Valley Shiraz
Atypical with a deep dark garnet, glossy sheen to the palate with plenty of ripe to overripe fruit with apricot kernel and spicy too. Somewhat ballsy with the oak but all balanced.”
James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 92 rating
Stonefish Nero Shiraz 2013 2013 Stonefish Nero Barossa Valley Shiraz
This is so concentrated and pitch-black, just a rim of garnet; apparently old vines are the source – the only mention is some up to 70 years old, so that’s not really helpful. Big fruit, big palate, big tannins and lashings of oak. The style has its fans and won’t disappoint.
James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 91 Rating

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