Blood plum, roses, mint, meat and sweet herbs and the fondness of empty chocolate wrappers. It’s medium bodied, lithe and lively with no excess – ironstone tannin and crisp acidity — just so — it feels almost like an Italian wine. Savoury flavours of meat and aniseed with fresh mixed red fruit and plum. Dry length that peers into the distance – length? – a thousand yards. You can drink it now or much later, and as my wife remarked, you could indeed drink a whole bottle easily. Luckily for Fluffy Hair Adair, we left him the lion’s share. Rare and great. A handshake with history.
95+ points, The Wine Front (July 2012)
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.