This is a wine of rare class and magnificence. So much so that I’m expecting to find an iridescent blue and green feather somewhere around the house any minute, or later on, to further tickle my fancy. Blackcurrant and crème de cassis, ironstone, Dutch licorice and aniseed, violets and cedar. Full bodied, but in an athletic frame – dense, muscular and mineral – tastes like a sculpture that’s been chiseled out of obsidian – slick and shiny, yet deep and impenetrable. Finish is black and so well packed, it almost implodes. Remarkable. Ridiculously good wine.
97+ points, The Wine Front (July 2015)
The Clare ValleyThe Clare Valley is located two hours north of Adelaide in the Mount Lofty ranges. The region was settled by John Horrocks who encouraged his servant James Green to plant the first vines in 1842. Climate in the Clare Valley is continental with hot summers, cold winters and low rainfall that necessitates supplementary irrigation. Soils in the valley are predominantly red brown loams over shale, permitting excellent drainage. Many of the best vineyards are located at higher elevations of 400-500m on sites that take advantage of the cool breezes that funnel up the corrugation of hills from the south. The Clare Valley is renowned for its zesty fruit-pure Rieslings particularly from the sub-regions of Polish Hill and Watervale. The region also produces intense age-worthy sturdy reds from Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz.