"Very deep, youthful red/purple colour, bright and clear. The bouquet is classic Yarra cabernet: briar, blackcurrant, violets and cedar. The palate is very intense and powerful, yet not excessively big or tannic. Oak is tucked away. But the structure is quite firm and powerful, intense, structured for keepability. Very long finish and balance. Great elegance."
96 points, Huon Hooke (August 2016)
"Classy bouquet of spicy black and red fruits, violets and smart oak. The palate is medium to full-bodied and elegantly structured, with fine grained tannins aplenty and lovely drinkability. The balance and length are impeccable. Silky tannins; a fine and already approachable cabernet which should have a long life."
95 points, Huon Hooke (September 2016)
"It’s a medium-bodied Claret style with a bit of serious intent through the finish. The perfect now or later style, though arguably ‘later’ is the go. Bay leaves, mulberry, blackcurrant and milk chocolate flavours swoosh through the palate. It all comes balanced on a pinhead; fruit, oak, acid and tannin are in perfect harmony. It’s suggestive of complexity rather than aggressive about it. Tuck a few away and it won’t disappoint."
94 points, Campbell Mattinson (August 2016)
Yarra ValleyThe Yarra Valley was first planted by the Ryrie brothers who explored a way through the Snowy Mountains to the Yarra Valley, planting grapes in 1838 just three years after the foundation of Melbourne. A wine industry (developed by Swiss Settlers particularly Hubert de Castella and Baron Guillaume de Pury in the 1850s) thrived during the gold rush era and heyday of the 19th century. However, the end of the gold rush brought the wine industry into decline and it was not until the 1970’s that the modern wine industry started up again. The region is probably Australia’s best-known cool-climate area, yet it is really a patchwork of meso-climates. This varied topography creates an incredible set of variables. Vineyards are planted on elevations of 50 to 400m on varying aspects and management programmes. The more exposed sites are subject to severe spring frosts and winds. Overall, the area experiences a relatively high rainfall pattern and is known for its temperature extremes during ripening. Site selection is crucial, with the best vineyards often located where the original vines were once planted, generally on sandy clay loams and gravels. The Yarra Valley is well known for high quality Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Blends with Shiraz increasingly garnering attention. Sparkling wine production is also extremely important, with many of Australia’s finest examples produced in the region.