A purple patch for Australian reds. Coast-to-coast over the last five years, our leading wine regions each boasted a ‘vintage of a lifetime,’ Now we expect a healthy dose of recency bias from all winemakers but critics have backed that up with superlative reviews from the Hunter Valley to Margaret River and everywhere in between. And that’s what’s on show here. A Pan Australian red wine masterclass.
In this mixed six-pack, you’ll find one bottle of each of the following Bec Hardy Pertaringa Tipsy Hill McLaren Vale Cabernet 2017 Mount Pleasant Maurice O'Shea Hunter Valley Shiraz 2017 Kellermeister Wines Black Sash Barossa Valley Shiraz 2017 Haselgrove Wines Cruth McLaren Vale Shiraz 2018 Giant Steps Harry's Monster Yarra Valley Cabernets 2018 Fraser Gallop Parterre Margaret River Cabernet 2017
Made from 100yo vines grown in Ebenezer, matured in new and used French hogsheads. A wine with a proud record of success, it has great finesse, elegance and balance, Mark Pearce having used every advantage the vintage offered to those who cared to look.
97 points, Wine Companion (March 2020)
Includes small amounts of petit verdot, merlot, cabernet franc and malbec, matured in used French oak for 18 months. A fresh, lively medium-bodied Bordeaux blend, tannins and oak unimportant. Elegance and purity are its watchwords.
95 points, Wine Companion (August 2020)
Destemmed to open fermenters, 14 days on skins, pressed to new and 1yo French hogsheads for 18 months maturation, every barrel tasted for selection. The most complete tannin profile from oak and vineyard , with blueberries dipped in dark chocolate flavours. Totally compelling in the context of McLaren Vale style.
96 points, Wine Companion (August 2020)
From Blewitt Springs, an easterly slope planted in ‘99. Open-fermented, 14 days on skins, pressed to barrel (50% new French hogsheads) on gross lees for 9 months, racked for the next 9 months. Marvellous wine, fluid, juicy and vibrant, with a very long finish, the tannins a gossamer web.
99 points, Wine Companion (November 2020)
This is a cabernet blend. It’s worth studying. It has finesse, it has flavour, it’s finely-tuned and it feels flush through the finish. Oak and fruit are on great terms, tannin is perfectly formed, and acidity adds a line of freshness to the wine without moving a petal. It’s not a sweet wine but it’s ripe; it’s not bitter but there are layers of herbs; it’s not ‘big’ but it spreads across the palate impressively. It’s worth every cent.
95+ points, Winefront (July 2019)
Fruit sourced from the Old Hill, Old Paddock and Rosehill Vineyards. Matured in 20% new large format French oak for 14 months. This is a truly sensational release. It has flow, fruit and form, but the drama is in the finish, which shoots majestically into the distance. This wine pretty much has it all. It fans classic regional red flavours across the palate; its core is strong and pure; its balance would do a yoga instructor proud; and it has X-factor up to its eyeballs.
98 points, Wine Companion (January 2019)
It’s a beautiful wine, excellence in simplicity and verity of fruit, rather than industry in the winery. Perfumed, so fine and long, effortless flow and sense of grace, with an amalgam of mixed berries, spice, aniseed, and earth, supple but deep-seated and controlling tannin, bright acidity, and a soaring finish. Even as a young wine, it floors you with its quiet authority, confidence and charm. It’s totally at ease with itself, you might say. Best O’Shea of the modern era by a stretch, for me. Toying with a 98 point score, but let’s be patient, eh?
97+ points, The Wine Front (August 2018)
Big spicy, graphite bouquet, with touches of cedary oak and meaty notes, the palate full-bodied and dense, concentrated, tannic, seriously powerful with big structure within the Hunter paradigm. Quite chewy texture, big structure, built for ageing. This wine warrants substantial cellaring. Solid, if not quite as detailed as some of the 2018 single-block bottlings. A sumptuous, almost decadent, red wine.
97 points, The Real Review (September 2019)