Jeanneret Sevenhill 2016 - Clare Valley
" Vibrantly live and pure… crackling with unsweetened citrus juice and pith… "
95 points, James Halliday
Pikes Traditionale 2017 - Clare Valley
" Crisp acidity and the faintest hint of spritz lift the palate from the word go… "
96 points, James Halliday
Leo Buring Leonay 2015 - Eden Valley
" …the finish is a brilliant beam of light. It pulls out the rapier and allows the sun to glimmer from its edges. "
96 points, Campbell Mattinson
Kalgan River Riesling 2011 - Albany
At or near its best with 6+ years of bottle-age –
" …with a touch of passionfruit joining the lime of the palate. "
93 points, James Halliday
Howard Park Riesling 2017 - Mount Barker
" …glorious…delicate, light-bodied, refreshing and very fragrant… utterly bewitching. "
95 points, Huon Hooke
West Cape Howe 2017 - Mount Barker
Gold Medal (95 points equivalent) - Perth Wine Show 2017. 90 points or more from James Halliday every year since 2009.
South Australia is the driest state on the world’s driest continent. Covering almost 1 million (984 377km) square kilomteres, it represents 12.8% of the Australian land mass. Sweeping plains are intersected by a spine of relatively low lying ranges, the Mount Lofty/Flinders Ranges which extend through the heart of the State. Over 50% of the state is elevated at under 150 metres. The Great Artesian basin covers almost one-third of the State. The major river is the River Murray which lethargically makes its way into the Southern Ocean. This water mass has a moderating effect on climate, particularly in the southern regions of South Australia where most vines are planted.
Summers are generally hot and dry with relatively mild nights. Winters are cool. Rainfall occurs mostly during late autumn/winter (May, June, July, August). Drought and salinity are major concerns.
The principle wine regions in South Australia are; the Adelaide Hills, Barossa (comprising the Barossa and Eden Valleys), Clare Valley, Langhorne Creek, McLaren Vale, Padthaway, Coonawarra and the Riverland. Vineyard expansion has also extended to Wrattonbully, Mount Benson, Bordertown, Robe, Southern Fleurieu and the Flinders Ranges.
It is a tradition for many wine companies to make multi-district blends from South Australian fruit – the idea of house style taking precedence over regional definition. Penfolds pioneered this concept. The vagaries of vintage variation can be evened out by fruit selection, ensuring quality at a high level. However there is debate that this concept comes at the expense of the ‘soul’ of the wine. Penfolds Grange is probably the most famous multi-district blend and is an excellent counter-argument.Andrew Caillard MW, Langton's