"Medium-weight and spicy with charry oak, cinnamon and black plums. A juicy and fruit-forward palate, with just enough whole-bunch sinew and grip to compel the next sip. Lovely young wine."
92 points, The Real Review (January 2020)
One sip and I was hooked. Ok so there’s some warmth to this but the flavour profile and shape are both A Class. It certainly had me diving in for more. Licorice, blueberry, raspberry and woodsy spice notes. It’s lively, buoyant and generous at once. There’s a feeling of luxury to it. But then it’s well-honed through the finish too. Scoring it is difficult; that warmth is noticeable but then the enjoyment factor is ultra high. In the end I was 93-94.
93 points, The Wine Front (April 2020)
From old bushvines in Blewitt Springs, hand-picked by grower Robert Natale, two 2t fermenters, 500kg of whole bunches on the bottom, the balance destemmed and crushed on top, hand-plunged three times daily for 15 days, 6 months in used French barriques and hogsheads before blending. Spicy scented aromas; a classic blend of red fruits and berries led by cherries and raspberries, finished with powdery tannins.
95 points, Wine Companion (January 2020)
A rendering of fifty-year-old, dry-grown bush vines from the Blewitt Springs district, this has a beautiful, floral layer of violet-like aromas with blueberries and raspberries, sitting super fresh. The palate has a very fresh, elevated central core of red fruit that is built on fine, fine tannins. Really elegant.
94 points, JamesSuckling.com (May 2020)
The first word I wrote was Pinot! While this might seem counterintuitive as this wine is clearly made from heavenly Grenache, it is a reference to the perfume, silky texture and freshness on the finish of this mesmerising red wine. Pure, billowy and beautiful with lovely, wistful aromatics, the colour looks like a Chambolle and the texture feels like one, too, but the flavour is unmistakable McLaren Vale Grenache with its rhubarb and raspberry leaf top notes and dreamy red-fruited core. Few people outside of Australia know that McLaren Vale is a haven for world-class Grenache and this wine will undoubtedly spread this message fast. The finish is clean and crisp with fresh chopped herb highlights making this a smashing example of a benchmark McLG.
18 points, MatthewJukes.com.au (December 2020)