Onannon is the venture of Sam Middleton, Kaspar Hermann and Will Byron, who donated the last two or three letters of their surnames to come up with Onannon. They have many things in common, not the least working vintages at Coldstream Hills, Will for six years, Sam for two (before ultimately returning to the familys winery, Mount Mary) and Kaspar for one. Since then they have bounced between vintages in Burgundy and Australia. Strictly speaking, I should disqualify myself from making any comment about them or their wine, but you would have to go a long way to find three more open-hearted and utterly committed winemakers; the world is their oyster, their ambitions unlimited.
Rose hip, cranberry, raspberry, vanilla, green herbs. Light and lean in the palate, good sweetness of fruit, fine structure, firm, tense and long in flavour. Length and drive. Class. Tasted: Feb 17; Price: $70; Closure: Screwcap; Rated: 94 Points; Mike Bennie; The Wine Front
No details proffered other than 50 dozen made. It's exquisitely tuned with a core of tangy-tart cherry fruit, judicious use of whole-bunches and oak, really earthy all damp autumn leaves and wood spices. Sapid with shapely, raw silk tannins and satisfying with a denser structure compared with the Gippsland single vineyard wine. Drink to: 2048; Price: $75.00; Date Tasted: Jan 2017; Alcohol: 14%; Rating: 96 Points; James Halliday Wine Companion
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