Bright gold, with a hint of green. Deeply pitched aromas of ripe peach, apricot and poached pear, with a zesty mineral topnote. Offers round, spice-laced pit fruit liqueur flavors that show surprising vivacity for a nine-year-old wine. Smooth, fleshy and broad on the tenacious finish, with the pear and spice notes echoing.
92 points, International Wine Cellar (July 2014)
94 points, Jeremy Oliver (No review).
Balhannah Vineyard, 310 m above sea level. This was the first vintage but has been re-released as a 'Museum Edition' with a black label (the others are white). Pale greeny gold. Definite notes of maturity but too refined to be described as kerosene ? more an oily spiciness on top of a slaty minerality, but oily in the sense of something from deep underground not in terms of texture. Honeyed and gentle on the palate, the texture is so soft than you are almost unaware of the bright acidity. Creamy lemon on the palate and a slight toasty sweetness even though it is bone dry. Many miles from Germany but somehow more German than Australian. Limey freshness on the finish suggests Australia, though. Still has plenty of life in it.
17 points, jancisrobinson.com (November 2014)
ADELAIDE HILLSLocated to the east of Adelaide,the Adelaide Hills is part of the Mount Lofty Ranges. Considered a cool-climate region, most vineyards are situated at elevations between 450 to 550 metres. Rainfall is relatively high and spring frosts often pose problems. Hot northerly winds also make bush fires a real threat in the region. Adelaide Hills is a jigsaw of meso-climates, with the best vineyards centred around Piccadilly Valley and Lenswood in protected sites facing north or north-east. Soils are derived from schistic and sedimentary rock; typically well-drained sandy loams over red clay interspersed with schistic gravels. A premium wine-growing region, Adelaide Hills is best known for crisp, lively Sauvignon Blanc and elegant cool climates styles of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Shiraz.