A wine with a loyal following and a history of offering outstanding value for money. Spicy, peppery aromas upfront which is likely the cooler Grampians component in play. The fruit is ripe, with the impression of dark berries and plums, but overall there's a savoury, restrained feel. Beautifully textured, supple and fine, but built on a firm base. The cellar awaits. Drink to: 2035; Price: $27.00; Date Tasted: Mar 2017; Alcohol: 14%; Rating: 95 Points & Special Value Star; Steven Creber; James Halliday Wine Companion
Smooth and savoury; minty, meaty notes of blackberries, blueberries, dark chocolate. Drink: 2027-2035; Price: $27.00; Alcohol: 14%; Rating: 94 Points; Jeremy Oliver; Australian Wine Annual
A wine I once quite judiciously cellared at one point. It's a blend of Heathcote and Grampians. Heathcote bringing earthy tannin and savouriness to the body of 'prettier' Grampians fruit used here. This wine punches well above its weight. Superb release. Would make many people's 'best value wine of 2017' kind of lists – one of those gems. Exotic spice, blue berries, mulberry and briary character. Really pretty almost floral-esque perfume.
Succulent and medium weight, drinkability is through the roof, as is the spicy character of the wine, and flavours are set to just ripe berry fruitiness and black olive-like savoury-herbal character. Tannins are firm and fine, shapely and, again, succulent. There's a feel of subtle dilution to the shape and flavours, but by-the-by in this very fine drink – showing almost a 'pinosity'. This will cellar well too I suspect. Alcohol: 14%; Price: $27; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2017 - 2030; Rated: 93+ Points; Mike Bennie; The Wine Front
Have been a devotee to the wine for more years than I care to remember. This comes from the Grampians and Heathcote regions. Has a distinctive earthy ironstone minerality that carries through the palate. It's savoury with licorice and cedary notes. The palate is supple with spicy minerality. Price: $27.30; Alcohol: 14%; Rating: 93 Points & Top 100 Reds of 2017; Ray Jordan; The West Australian
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