The Watkins family entered the wine industry in 1997 when David and Ros Watkins planted their first vineyard in South Australia. Together the Watkins family own and operate a winery and vineyard in Clarendon, Adelaide Hills and a vineyard in Langhorne Creek.
Italian at heart and endowment of fruit only Langhorne Creek can deliver. Goji berries, pomegranate, semi dried tomato and cranberry. Tannins grip the palate followed by pools of overflowing acidity and supple waves of paprika, nutmeg and bay leaf. Tanned leather and paperbark with baked earthenware. Sangiovese is well displayed here with an insightful nod to the site it is grown. There is a real understanding of the shape and form of the Tuscan beauty and will reward with time in a decanter. A serious wine at a sportive price. Drink: 2024 - 2028; Price: $26.00; Rating: 95 Points; Shanteh Wale
Good depth of red/brick colour with a smoky, black-olive and blackberry aroma, notes of wood oil adding a welcome savouriness to the rich fruit. It's full bodied and firmly structured with abundant tannins providing a well measured grip and backbone, the finish long and satisfying. Oak has been well utilised. Date Tasted: December 2022; Drink: 2022 to 2034; Price: $26.00; Alcohol: 14.9%; Rating: 91 Points; Huon Hooke; The Real Review
There's ripe, seductive raspberries, black cherries and kirsch, mastic spice (think grown-up pink musk sticks) and figs in syrup. Very ripe and silky in the mouth, it's boozy, at 14.9% alcohol, but this is cradled in loads of juicy fruit and so presents as just a buzz of warmth. The tannins are rounder and softer than you expect from Sangiovese but still perfectly varietal in the way they build on the back of the palate with a finish like chewing cacao nibs. Drink: 2023 - 2030; Price: $26.00; Rating: 92 Points; Wine Pilot
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