2016 The Fugue
This aromatic white wine interweaves the best aspects of three of our favourite varieties from the Adelaide Hills: Savagnin, Gewürztraminer and Petit Manseng. The Savagnin and Gewürztraminer contribute fresh flavours of passionfruit, pomegranate, and stonefruit as well as a green apple crunch. The savoury, slinky characters from barrel-fermented Petit Manseng provide a subtle counterpoint. It goes well with itself lightly chilled, but also complements a diverse range of foods.
2015 Espalier Adelaide Hills Chardonnay
A study on light handling of premium Adelaide Hills fruit, this wine has beautiful perfume, structure and elegance. The nose shows freshly cut honeydew, apple blossom and white peach with subtle oak notes and a flinty finish. Partial malo and careful lees contact deliver a slinky mouthfeel, which broadens through a nutty mid-palate before crunchy acid carries through a long finish. Classy drinking.
“A very interesting wine. Given its intensity, varietal expression, complexity and length, I would never have guessed that it was (particularly) early picked, 60% taken through mlf, and matured in very well used French barrels. I might have guessed 10 months maturation, simply using poker odds. This tastes of perfectly ripened chardonnay, not a wannabe sauvignon blanc. It has skipped along for 3 years without batting an eyelid.”
James Halliday, 94 points, 100 new tasting notes, Halliday, Apr/May 2018
2015 Lenswood Gewürztraminer
An elegant, floral wine that is very versatile and matches extremely well with spicy Asian food. The palate has a beautiful acid line to compliment delicate flavours of almond blossom, Turkish delight, and white peach. The smooth, mouthfilling texture resolves to a focused finish. From a stunning vineyard in the Adelaide Hills, this wine showcases the best of region and variety.
“You could turn to the page of the encyclopaedia with gewürztraminer explained and there could be a glass of this wine there. It’s a good version though, quite intense but not off-puttingly over the top. Bright and bold in aromatics, lots of Chanel #5, Turkish Delight, floral things going on. In the palate, concentrated, intense, squeaky acidity through an oily, mouth-perfume rich palate. It’s a gewürz-lovers idea of a good time, done well.”
Mike Bennie, The Wine Front, March 2016
2015 Sunburst Chenin Blanc
A unique Barossa wine combining the best features from the orange wine tradition. The nose leads with honeysuckle then opens to show dried apple and oregano, ginger beer, orange peel, burnt fig and blanched almonds. A mouth-watering acid line holds together a rich, complex palate interweaving butterscotch, sage, marzipan, orange pith and a touch of mandarin. The opulent texture has a viscosity balanced by a grippy finish and fine tannin, making it very food friendly. Try it with antipasto, Gruyère, or a creamy Brie. The wine is best served at cool room temperature after decanting.
2016 Woodside Pinot Noir
Our unpretentious Pinot has a brilliantly lifted nose of satsuma, cranberry and cherry liqueur, leading to dried herbs and flowers with hints of mushroom and forest floor. The palate opens with sour cherries and fresh raspberries, followed by baked quince and feijoa with bramble-patch and potpourri in the background. It’s a super slurpy light-bodied wine with zingy acid lines and beautiful fine tannins.
2017 Serotina Grenache Cinsault Shiraz
A light, moreish wine that captures the best flavours of young, vibrant Grenache and sets them against an intricate backdrop of dried herbs and spices. Upon entering the mouth Serotina is all about pure, pristine fruit flavours, but there are darker, spicier things in the shadows that take hold and carry the captivating finish. The buoyant nose is highlighted by cherry compote, red liquorice and Satsuma plum together with hints of dried herbs and potpourri. The bright, focused entry opens to a soft, slinky palate yielding red currant, cherry bon bon, dried cumquat, plum, and white pepper. Delicious.
2015 Rule of Thirds Barossa GSM
A medium weight, smashable GSM, this wine has spring blossoms, raspberry, blueberry and satsuma plum, with Szechuan pepper and laksa mint on the nose. The palate has a generous heart, with plum and rhubarb crumble, cherry liqueur, apple pie, and cedar. It’s a super juicy, slurpy, ebullient exercise in deliciousness.
2016 Tessera Clare Malbec
A dramatic bouquet with raspberry, lavender, dried redcurrant and potpourri, jostling for position with mace, cumin, and coriander seed. The silky, rich palate opens with a burst of juicy berries and finishes spicy. Blueberry, blackberry and blackcurrant yield to anise and mocha, with spices loitering around all the while. A wonderfully slurpy entry resolves to a precise, grippy finish. Yum.
“From the well-known name of Armagh (vineyard) in Clare Valley comes this unfiltered, unfined, natural fermented expression of red wine...Slurpy red of hearty, deep, dark berry-cherry fruit character, some earthiness and a presence of dried herbs or undergrowth-like character. It’s immediately appealing from the sweet-savoury mesh of aromas, settles in the palate in a soft float of inky fruit and stretches well on fresh acidity and a velvety pull of thick tannin. Generous red with vitality on its side. Very good, you’d say.”
Mike Bennie, The Wine Front, February 2018
2015 arcana Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir
A densely complex nose that rewards contemplation with an alluring mix of feijoa, Asian spices, and cherry cola as well as floral highlights and cedar forest undertones. Juicy on the palate, with cherry and goji berries amongst fresh herbs, sarsaparilla-root, rosemary and rhubarb. The tannin is fine and the finish lip-smacking. Very mysterious indeed.
2016 Blacklight Barossa Mataro Grenache
Blood plum, stewed cherries, blueberries and violets dominate the evocative nose, supported by bay leaf, fennel and a hint of cedar. The complex palate features bright notes of glacé cherry, red currant and raspberry balanced by plum crumble, anise and black pepper, with the long, compelling finish showing cigar box and amaro. This cohesive wine has a beautiful mouthfeel, fine tannins and is fiendishly moreish.
2016 Hypnos Shiraz Pinot
A blend we’ve fallen instantly in love with. An extremely complex nose opening with plum and cherry with sweet floral highlights over a dense, spicy core of oregano, cloves, cinnamon, tobacco and rhubarb. The fresh, smooth palate brings blackberry, mulberry pie, chocolate, toffee apple and liquorice. A beautiful, velvety wine with attractive, tightening tannins on the finish.
2015 Nocturne Adelaide Hills Tannat
This wine revels in shadows and darkness. Liquorice, tar, stewed blackberry, violets, oyster shell and burnt orange drive the sinister nose. The palate follows with plum and rhubarb crumble, fennel seeds, and bitter chocolate, all woven around a powerful, structural tannin backbone.
“Lovely bright crimson red colour in the glass. The vibrant aroma features a touch of eucalyptus, while the palate shows freshness, generosity and is pleasantly chewy.”
Adelaide Review Hot 100 Wines 2017/18, Structural and Savoury Reds
2014 Botrytis Viognier (375ml)
A succulent, moreish sweet wine replete with the apricot, orange peel and honeysuckle flavours that good Viognier is famous for. The texture is soft and a little creamy, and well-balanced acid ensures a freshness that is less common among sweet wines. A fancy after dinner treat.
“Mid-yellow hue and pineapple and nutty oak aromas. Sweetness, acidity and a touch of tannin grip show on the palate. Already very good, better in a year.”
Gourmet Traveller WINE, 100 Top New Releases, Jun/Jul 2016
2015 The Fugue
This aromatic wine interweaves the best aspects of three of our favourite varieties. The delicate floral aromas of Savagnin are supported by the breadth and texture of the closely related Gewürztraminer, while Petit Manseng provides a lovely savoury counterpoint. A little bit complex, definitely harmonious, and dangerously drinkable.
“What a great drink this is. Smells like green melon, cucumber and tonic water. Refreshing intro. In the palate, slick texture, good length, high drinkability and neat layers of various ripe fruit flavours, citrussy tang and mineral water-like minerality. It’s gently sweet, but that sort of helps it on its merry way too. Great first hello from this producer.”
Mike Bennie, The Wine Front, March 2016
2015 Serotina Grenache Shiraz
An early release red, this wine captures the best flavours of young, vibrant Grenache. Bright and punchy, it has an intoxicating mix of red fruits, pot pourri, and muskiness, with the Shiraz lending some pepper. With its delicious, slurpy palate, this perky wine is made to drink young, and can even be served lightly chilled if the weather suits.
“The word gestalt refers to a whole being greater than the sum of its parts. Anthony Pearce and Craig Turnbull, young gun winemakers with experience at wineries like Spinifex, Deviation Road and Gemtree, obviously like putting ‘parts’ (and varieties) together, as with an intriguing blend of savagnin, gewürztraminer and petit manseng they call The Fugue. Serotina, a buoyant grenache shiraz blend, is all about red fruits – raspberry, cherry and plum – with savoury spices and soft ‘drink me now’ tannins.”
Gourmet Traveller WINE, Best Buy Wines, Jun/Jul 2016
2015 Blacklight Barossa Mataro Grenache
A brilliant lifted nose of mulberry, cherry tobacco, violets, spices and cured meats yields to a clean, linear palate showing cherry compote, black plum, mocha and a hint of mint. Balanced acid and beautifully fine tannins produce a distinctly medium weight, highly drinkable wine.
“This feels like a lighter shade of the Barossa with some substance…Spicy, herbal, red fruited perfume, offers whiffs of rose petal, sarsaparilla, cola too. It’s bloody good to sniff on. Medium weight with sinewy, firm tannin profile and succulent acidity, the wine hits the red fruit-spice-herbal matrix in a really pleasing way. It’s decidedly cool, fresh in its approach, but doesn’t forget the ripe flavours of the region. Lovely carriage across the palate, silky then puckering. Yum.”
Mike Bennie, The Wine Front, July 2016