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News & Reviews

 “It’s very rare that we see a new brand emerge with the brilliance and focus of the Jericho mob.”

Philip White, Drinkster September 2014

“Winemaking of the highest quality; a star in the making.”

James Halliday, Wine Companion, March 2014

2017 Adelaide Hills Rosé

Trophy: Royal Adelaide Wine Show Best Rosé

Adelaide Review HOT 100 SA Wines: #3

Halliday Wine Companion 2018

93 points

Made with pinot noir, pinot meunier and pinot gris. Pomegranate, strawberries, cherries and spice. It’s a pale crimson in colour, dry in style, and blessed with savoury character even as it dishes out a good deal of flavour. Lovely rose.

2015 Adelaide Hills Syrah

Halliday Wine Companion 2018

2015 Jericho Adelaide Hills Syrah

95 points

“10% stalks retained, 35 days on skins, matured in used french barriques for 12 months, released with a further 12 months bottle age. The bouquet is full of fragrant red fruits and spices, the palate underlining the power of the fruit with its long, balanced finish and after taste.”

Drink: 2035
James Halliday

2017 McLaren Vale ‘S3’ Shiraz

91 points

The Wine Front, Campbell Mattinson

91 points

“The aim for this wine was to make an easy drinking style. So the fruit was handled to achieve this from harvest through to bottling. Light on oak, light on alcohol but with the big full flavour of McLaren Vale Shiraz.

It meets the brief handsomely. It hits the sweet spot. Lots of fruit but with a lighter feel. Blueberries, violets, and anise and rounds of woodsy spice notes. A smoky graphite character too. Interesting and yet essentially fruit-driven. And ever-so-fresh. Perfect ‘any time, any where’ red.”

Drink: 2018 to 2023

2015 Adelaide Hills Syrah

Halliday Wine Companion 2018

2015 Jericho Adelaide Hills Syrah 95 points drinking 2035

“10% stalks retained, 35 days on skins, matured in used french barriques for 12 months, released with a further 12 months bottle age. The bouquet is full of fragrant red fruits and spices, the palate underlining the power of the fruit with its long, balanced finish and after taste.”
James Halliday

2015 Jericho Adelaide Hills Syrah, 93+ points

The Wine Front, Campbell Mattinson August 2017

Jericho’s Syrah has a cooler fruit profile than, say, its stable mate Shiraz, and yet it is arguably has more presence. It sees some whole bunch action and interestingly, is kept in bottle for 14 months before release. We’re talking Adelaide Hills Shiraz here, from the Corydon Vineyard, cropped at 0.5 tonne/ acre.

This has a delicious future ahead of it. It combines fruit and oak to excellent effect but it has an inherent complexity just itching for a bit more bottle age. It tastes of blueberry, red liquorice and black cherry, splashes dried herbs and cedar wood about, and has a perfumed water-based feel to it; it’s very much in the “burgundian Shiraz” mould. Beautiful drinking.

Drink: 2018 – 2026

2015 McLaren Vale Shiraz

2015 Jericho McLaren Vale Shiraz, 92 points

The Wine Front, Campbell Mattinson, August 2017

Silken Shiraz with creamy texture and plenty of fruit weight/flavour. Satisfying from go to whoa. Flavours are in the blackberry, violet and kirsch spectrum, with clove and vanilla-like nuances playing about the edges. Grainy tannin rumbles through the finish. It’s in a good place now though it will mature well too. Lovely fruit expression here.
Drink 2018 – 2025

Silver medal: Decanter World Wine Awards; 2017

Silver medal: McLaren Vale Regional wine show, 2016 class 11

2016 McLaren Vale GSM

2016 Jericho McLaren Vale GSM
95 points
Wine Companion, James Halliday, February 2018

An 86/11/3% blend, the grenache from 40yo dry grown bushvines, and the restriction of the shiraz component to 11% was exactly correct. This has excellent colour, a red blossom and spice bouquet, and a quietly spoken but pure evocation of grenache. So easy to drink now or in a decade or more.

2016 Jericho McLaren Vale GSM
93 points
The Wine Front, Campbell Mattinson, August 2017

GSM blend from Blewitt Springs sub-region of McLaren Vale. The Grenache is grown on 40-year-old vines. “We are careful not to use too much Shiraz in the blend to ensure the features of Grenache are retained” Smart.

In excellent form. The mix of fruit sweetness, savouriness and spiceiness is exemplary. Boysenberry, black cherry and sweet raspberry flavours blend seamlessly with dry spice, earth and peppers. Oak flavour plays no obvious role. Floral notes though add a prettiness. Pitch perfect GSM.
Drink 2017 – 2024

2016 Adelaide Hills Fume’ Blanc

Halliday Wine Companion 2018

Jericho Adelaide Hills Fume’ Blanc 2016, 94 points

“Fermented in older french oak barrels, matured with lees stirring for 7 months. It has worked very well, giving texture and structure without diminishing the bright citrus, stone and tropical fruits.” James Halliday

Jericho Adelaide Hills Fume’ Blanc 2016

Philip White    

“She be smoky-voiced, husky, sultry this wine. If you were alive back in the Cambrian, you’d recall an actor called Lauren Becall. She was married to Humphrey Bogart. Their old black-and-white movies were full of smoke.

Cut to technicolour. It’s also got a fresh beach reek about it, with citrus blossom in with all manner of dunal blooms. Bogie and Bacall drinking gin and smoking Chesterfields on the beach. Shootin the breeze. How come Bogie never gets sand in his hair oil? Drink. Ewie, that’s not Savvy-B! That’s unctuous and viscous and comforting that Fume Blanc there in your glass. There’s butter and honeydew and bits of the sweeter side of her demeanour.  Then the feline bit stalks back in tautly and sure, it reminds you of a Sauvignon Blanc you can’t remember. Because while you wish you did, you probably never had it.

This could be it. You wont forget this one.

While it lingers, it leaves you puckering and starving, and finishes real tight and crunchy. See if they’ve got cockles on at The Salopian and get them all over your front with this stuff. It’s on the list.”

Jericho Adelaide Hills Fume’ Blanc 2016

Huon Hooke
92 points

Ranked #1 of all 2016 Sauvignon Blanc wines tasted from the Adelaide Hills

“Light to medium yellow colour of a barrel-fermented style. The bouquet shows oak, sauvignon fruit and certain balsamic character. It’s much the same in the mouth: full of flavour and plenty of character, balanced, smooth and long lasting on the after taste. Quite powerful. A very good wine.
Drink 2017 to 2021”

Decanter (UK) wine awards, 2017

Silver; The Jericho Adelaide Hills Fume’ Blanc was the highest pointed Australian Sauvignon Blanc

2016 Adelaide Hills Fume’ Blanc

93 points; The Wine Front, January 2017, Campbell Mattinson

“Flavour texture and length matched to juicy drinkability. What’s not to like? Preserved lemon, grapefruit, hints of smoked lemon grass, tropical fruit and slight candid note. It’s seductive and sophisticated at once.”
Drink 2017 – 2020”

2016 Adelaide Hills Fiano

Halliday Wine Companion 2018

Jericho Adelaide Hills Fiano 2016, 94 points

“Made strictly adhering to the KISS principle: crushed, pressed, cool fermented in stainless steel, bottled. The haunting bouquet of field flowers and spices introduces a palate of lemon/lemon zest, pear and apple flavours within the carapace of textured power that is the mark of Fiano.”

Jericho Adelaide Hills Fiano 2016

Philip White, January 2017

“Heady and swoony and some melon I can’t place, citrus rind and verbena with a whiff of cordite…a dusty, baking summer day in old Oz…then after that waft of slightly threatening desert it brings you dangling from the enamel blue black into the comfort of those first cool heady fruits…man, it’s a ride. Suddenly there’s lots of pink musky silk and satin.

Like the Fume, this beauty has a reassuring viscosity. It feels like a gentle red. Then it tapers out and strings you on so clean and long with its acid authority …this is the best Australian Fiano I can recall from recent years. In these lower Austral parts, this variety can get very oily quickly when it ripens fast in a hot summer: it gets close to over-ripe Frontignac.  Which sorta misses the point. This is a cool year, picked later and finer.

Speaking movies, it’s grainy. Casablanca.

Pink saltimbocca with lemon juice and capers. Bouillabaisse.”

2016 Adelaide Hills Fiano

92 points; The Wine Front, December 2016

“I like the cut of Jericho’s jib. Stylish packaging, interesting wines, erring on the fresh and pure side of winemaking; this one is from the Adelaide Hills and Fiano grape here.

Light and fresh feeling, white pear and marzipan, twist of bitterness through the finish. I could stop there, but you’d miss hearing how the perfume is floral, bright with fresh cut pear and nectarine, a touch nutty-savoury too. Just delicious drinking. Ipso, should be in your fridge by now. “

Drink AWARDS

Bronze medal; Adelaide Hills Wine Show, 2016, class 7

2016 Adelaide Hills Tempranillo

QANTAS EPIQUIRE” WINE OF THE MONTH” May 2017

2016 Adelaide Hills Tempranillo

Claudia Lill; Qantas EpiQure Cellar master

“A sensational wine – it’s impossible not to have a second glass! Made to drink young, this juicy             red wine is soft and aromatic with a succulent palate, hints of spice, tonnes or red fruit flavours   and good structure all the way to the finish.”

2016 Adelaide Hills Tempranillo
93 points; The Wine Front
January 2017

Talk about nailing the brief. This tip top gorgeous to drink. It’s succulent, fruity, splashed with spice and well formed through the finish. It’s the best of many worlds. It talks with a fruit-laden tongue but also uses reduction to a positive effect. It’s effectively the perfect “drink young” wine.”

Drink 2017 – 2021

2016 Adelaide Hills Tempranillo

Mike Bennie Wine Business Magazine, March 2017

Drinkability is through the roof with this wine. It’s a wine imbued with Dr Pepper like sweet-sour character, sweet spice, a velvety feel to texture, suppleness through its finish. The wine is vibrant and fresh-feeling ready to roll, joyous in its expression of the Tempranillo variety. Really well done”

2015 McLaren Vale GSM

Halliday Wine Companion 2018

2015 McLaren Vale GSM 96 points
drinking to 2030

“An 87/10/3% blend, the Grenache from 40 yo un-irrigated bush vines. A luscious mouthful – and mouthfeel – achieved at relatively low alcohol; it overflows with its cornucopia of red fruits plus a few sprigs of purple and black also in play, giving that extra something to a very distinguished Grenache.

2015 McLaren Vale GSM

93 points; The Wine Front, August 2016, Campbell Mattinson

“The Grenache component here is off 40-year-old un-irrigated vines, and makes up 87% of the wine. It smells and tastes great. There’s no need to coax it forward; it leaps from the glass, immediately on opening. Aniseed, blackberry tubes, fresh leather, a garnish of herbs. Fruit tannin abounds. It’s fresh and lively but there’s no want of flavour. You’d jump at this every time. In buying terms this is no brainer territory”
Drink 2016 – 2024

2015 McLaren Vale GSM

Mike Bennie, Wine Business Magazine,
February 2017

“Has a slinky, slurpy, vibrant feel, with red currant and berry aromas meshed to anise and sarsaparilla scents. Raspberry jelly and darker fruit flavours stain the palate, but succulence to tannins keeps the wine fresh bright and long. Indeed, this tiptoes that line between wild drinkability and finesse so well.”

2014 McLaren Vale Shiraz

Halliday Wine Companion 2018

2014 McLaren Vale Shiraz 95 points
drinking to 2029

“This is an elegant Shiraz with vibrantly fresh fruits and positive acidity. There are notes of pepper, spice and licorice, normally appearing in cool climate shiraz, but not giving rise here to any suggestion of unripe fruit – is it Blewitt Springs, I wonder? Regardless, it deserves applause – and its points.”

2014 McLaren Vale Shiraz

Huon Hooke, September 2016

Depp, dark plum and blue berry aromas, and the palate is quite deep in tannins with a drying back palate and finish. It is bold, straight forward style of Shiraz and has a future. Best if cellared a while. Drink 2018 – 2032

2014 McLaren Vale Shiraz

91 points; Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front, August 2016

“A deliberate attempt to create an elegant McLaren Vale Shiraz style. The use of new and older French oak barrels; lower alcohol and site selection have all been employed to create this impression. It’s both fresh and flavorsome. It tastes of asphalt, dried spice and earth, essentially. Though toasty/ chocolaty oak plays a role too, even if modest. For density and shape you’d give it top marks and there’s no doubt that it’s satisfying in a full-bodied way. Sweeter redcurrant-like flavours come through as the wine breathes.”

AWARDS Silver medal; McLaren Vale Wine Show, 2016, class 11

OLDER WINES

2015 Adelaide Hills Fiano

93 points; James Halliday Wine Companion, 2017

The Jericho wines never seem to put a foot wrong. This is an attractive white boasting (dry) pear and stone fruit flavour, but it’s chalky texture and hint of brine that really elevates it. It would sing at the lunch table.”

AWARDS;

Silver medal; Australian Alternative Varietal Wine Show, 2016, Class 7B

Silver medal; Adelaide Hills Wine Show, 2016, class 7

Bronze medal; Australian Alternative Varietal Wine Show, 2015, class 7B

Bronze medal; Adelaide Hills Wine Show, 2015, class 7

2015 Adelaide Hills Fume’ Blanc

94 points; James Halliday Wine Companion 2017

“It is powerful yet soft; entirely the intension you’d expect. Lemon grass and lime with highlight of rind and gravel. Honed finish. Excellent package for the asking price. To 2019”

2015 Adelaide Hills Tempranillo

  1. Qantas selection; International & Domestic Business class
  1. 94 points; James Halliday, Wine Companion 2017

“Done to perfection. Spicy, sweet, savoury and floral. Quite masterfully put together. Cherry plum, anise and dried spice notes. Chips of cedary oak. Almost impossible to stop at one glass. ”
Drink to 2020.

93 points; Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front; November 2015

“Jericho Tempranillo “The winemaking aim for this wine was to create an easy drinking style that is    juicy and delicious.” The winemaking team can take the day off; its work is done. This is a great style of  red, executed to perfection. Cherry-plum-anise flavours with floral highlights and trace elements of dry spice. It all works a treat. Bang on for quality, style, packaging and price.”

AWARDS

Silver medal; Australian Alternative Varietal Wines Show, 2016, class 18A

Bronze medal; Australian Alternative Varietal Wines Show, 2015, class 18A

Bronze medal; Adelaide Hills Wine Show, 2016, class 13

 

2013 McLaren Vale Shiraz

  1. 96 points James Halliday Wine Companion
  2. Trophy; Best McLaren Vale Shiraz, $25 – $50 / bottle, 2014 McLaren Vale Wine Show
  3. Best Small Producer; 2014 McLaren Vale Wine Show
  4. Gold Medal, class 9; 2014 McLaren Vale Wine Show
  5. Gold Medal; class 12; 2015 McLaren Vale Wine Show

2013 Adelaide Hills Syrah

  1. 96 Points James Halliday Wine Companion.
  2. The Wine Front; 94 points

“Cool climate in style. Drinks like a charm.” Wine Front

Adelaide Review HOT 100 Wines

  1. Adelaide Hills 2014 Tempranillo, placed 4th out of 1,300 wines
  2. Adelaide Hills 2014 Fume’ Blanc, top 100 wines

Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show

  1. Gold medal, 2014 Adelaide Hills Tempranillo
  2. Silver medal, 2014 Adelaide Hills Fiano

2012 McLaren Vale Shiraz

  1. Double Gold China Wine and Spirit Awards,
  2. Gold medal 2013 Boutique Wine Show
  3. Silver medal 2013 McLaren Vale Wine Show

2012 Adelaide Hills Syrah

  • Gold medal China Wine and Spirit Awards
  • Hot 100 Wines 2013 Adelaide Review

2014 Adelaide Hills Fiano

  • Trophy; Adelaide Hills Wine Show
  • Gold medal; Adelaide Hills Wine Show

5 Star Rating James Halliday Wine Companion

We are very excited to announce that we have been included in the James Halliday Australian Wine Companion, 2015 and 2016 edition with a 5 star rating.

 

 

Summary of comments and reviews

“It’s very rare that we see a new brand emerge with the brilliance and focus of the Jericho mob.” Philip White, Drinkster September 2014 

“Winemaking of the highest quality; a star in the making.”

James Halliday, Wine Companion, March 2014

 

“…it verifies my suspicion that in parts like these, the best Fianos by far will come from the cooler uplands.” Philip White commenting on the Fiano

“Chilled, this beauty shows the smoky honeyed style of the Jericho Fiano, times two.” Philip white commenting on the Fume’ Blanc

“A joy! … Complex but superbly smashable” Tempranillo, Adelaide Review HOT 100

“..lemon on the nose flows into a rush of lemon and lime on the palate with a lively dance of texture and citrus acidity.” Fume’ Blanc, Adelaide Review HOT 100

Tasting reviews of the wines in the portfolio, past and present

 

2014 Adelaide Hills Fume’ Blanc

James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion.

94 points (Outstanding)                 

“drink by 2018”

Wine Companion tasting note:

“Barrel fermented in older french oak, but not given extended maturation in that oak. Geoff Weaver may have been the inspiration, but this is a worthy wine. Its bouquet is fragrant, and essentially driven by the passion fruit/ tropical fruit that appears on entry to the palate, before the flavours morph into insistent citrus on the finish and lingering aftertaste.”

The Wine Front
November 2014

93 points

“Barrel-fermented sauvignon blanc from the Adelaide Hills. 420 dozen.

Zippy but textural. Best of both worlds, though the marriage hasn’t quite yet been consummated; for the moment it feels like a wine in two halves. Passionfruit and pineapple, smoky notes, grass. Excellent concentration. Bite of flavour through the finish is super. When it comes together it will drink beautifully.”

2014 Adelaide Hills Fume’ Blanc

Top 100, Adelaide Review HOT 100 SA Wines

“Like a coconut slice that grandma used to make, aspects of confection and lemon on the nose flows into a rush of lemon and lime on the palate with a lively dance of texture and citrus acidity”

2014 Adelaide Hills Fume’ Blanc

Mike Bennie, Wine Business Magazine; “100 of the Best” November 2014

93 points;

Tasting note;

“Leaps right out of the glass with a curl of subtle wood work, but the offset is wildly aromatic passionfruit and more subtle tropical fruit characters. The wine feels, to taste, so tangy and fresh, again with a tinge creamy, nutty, flavours. This is delicious stuff”

2014 Adelaide Hills Fume’ Blanc

94+ points; Philip White

Philip White tasting note;

“In the same vein, but bigger, even more concentrated and sinuous, this is a welcome stranger indeed. Sauvignon blanc would not have the derided name it’s got itself amongst the cogniscenti if more makers understood how to do this with it. Old French barrel ferment and a proper time on lees has let a lovely complex cheeky wine emerge. Chilled, this beauty shows the smoky honeyed style of the Jericho Fiano, times two. Plus riper tropical fruits than the standard skinny Kiwi model of Savvy-b.

It also has that old supersack edge of the Fiano, but a little louder. Its palate is green and delicious, long, lithe and bone dry. It reminds me of the flavours of the rare shit-hot vinho verde. Some bright spark behind a counter somewhere told Neil Jericho there was little point in making Sauvignon like this when you can buy Chardonnay, but you can’t make frigging Chardonnay like this.

On the famishing scale it’s the Fiano times 1.5. Like all three new Jerichos, it’s in the best Adelaide wine shops. Be quick. “

2014 Adelaide Hills Fiano

Trophy; Adelaide Hills Wine Show

Gold medal; Adelaide Hills Wine Show

 

Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show

Silver medal, 2014 Adelaide Hills Fiano

The Wine Front
November 2014
93 Points

“Tiny producer making excellent wines. Great option for summer. Concentration of flavour here is excellent. Grapefruit, pear and citrus with a sizzle of tangy acidity through the finish. Both fun to drink, and impressive.”

2014 Adelaide Hills Fiano

Drinkster, Philip White

93 points Philip White

Philip White tasting note;

“Stupidly, I chilled this too hard, but it’s interesting to watch different waves of the wine wash in as the glass warms. It shows smoky honey when real cold, and gradually picks up grainy burlap/hemp sack aromas. This inevitably makes me hungry and thirsty. It has a lot more sass than many of your oilier versions of Fiano. But it still smells lush enough to be so viscous as to be slightly oily of texture.

Better taste it. Uh-huh. After that lead-in, the wine is surprisingly slender and crunchy, making me come over even more famished.

This drink will sell drinks. And food. The thing lingers and twists around the mouth with smug deliberation, drying and teasing the salivaries till they gush. A splendid, clever wine!  Take note Jamie Oliver. “

PS: “If this is any indicator, and I know it’s only one wine, it verifies my suspicion that in parts like these, the best Fianos by far will come from the cooler uplands.”

Dan’s Blog

30th November at the National Wine Centre, in Adelaide, there was an event held called “NOT the Usual Suspects”

Some of the white wines that stood out for me

“Jericho Wines’ trophy winning Fiano 2014 which has oodles of fruit, a lovely balance and over time will soften and fill out superbly”

2014 Adelaide Hills Tempranillo

Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show

Gold medal

Hot 100 SA Wines: 4th place

“A joy! Features bright, crunchy and sappy red fruit. Fresh and crunchy on the palate. Complex but superbly smashable”

2014 Adelaide Hills Tempranillo

James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion

93 points (highly recommended)

Wine Companion tasting note;

“Great Value”   “drink to 2018”

“Made in the early release Joven style that often eschews any oak use, but given 4 months in older oak. Spice, tobacco and red berry aromas and flavours provide a platform for juicy fruits, an irresistible combination.”

2014 Adelaide Hills Tempranillo

94+ points; Philip White

Philip White tasting note;

“Of these three mega-buzz Jerichos, this one seems to have the biggest mega. It’s totally like totally. Shivers.

Lush and opulent and cosy, it’s the smartest joven-style Tempranillo I can recall from these parts.  It’s oozing soft chocolate crême, morello cherry and blackcurrant, with that cheeky hessian edge which seems critical to the Jericho style. It’s a suave seductor to drink, with perfect viscosity to do the comforting business before that slurpy acid and very fine-grained tannin bring in the thrilling appetiser action. It’s very rare that we see a new brand emerge with the brilliance and focus of the Jericho mob. Neil Jericho is out of retirement to do the shoe leather and political ekeing-out stuff, as well as putting in his formidable winemaking history; son Andrew is winemaker; daughter Sally is administrator, and son Kim is the graphic artist behind the very cool labels and website. Glass six: better still. Especially with a real sharp cheddar. I’m a goner. Get in the queue for next year.”

“PS I’ve just had the last glass from this bottle, three days later. The wine seems more Spanish.”

The Wine Front
November 2014
93 points

“Tempranillo released young and fleshy. Only 160 dozen made. Spends a brief period in French oak. Impeccable winemaking at play here.

Such delicious drinking to be had here. So fresh, so lively, such a mouthwatering style of red wine. Chicory, liquorice, dark cherry and spice flavours. Splash of cola and yet its heart beats savoury.”

2012 Adelaide Hills Syrah

  • Gold medal China Wine and Spirit Awards
  • Hot 100 Wines 2013 Adelaide Review

2012 Adelaide Hills Syrah
James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion
94 points

“The light to medium-bodied palate has delicious spiced red and black cherry fruit, oak and tannins balanced and integrated, drink by 2022”

Philip White

2012 Adelaide Hills Syrah

92+++ points

Tasting note;

“It’s a real neat little honey of a wine: all blackberry vines, nightshade and juniper in the sniff division; svelte and althletic in the feelies; intense whipsnake lithe business in the flavour, and then tannin that’s more dusty matte goanna than shiny snakeness.  And look at that lovely little alcohol number!  It makes the wine more sassy and cheeky in a hissy blue-tongued way; the ideal follow-up to that Fumé. It reminds me of the lower alcohol reds being made up my end of the Vales at Kangarilla. Or the Best’s Great Western Shiraz which won the Jimmy Watson the year before last. Cute and sassy now; much better after five years in the dark cool dungeon. Hillsbillies, take note!”

2012 McLaren Vale Shiraz

  • Double Gold China Wine and Spirit Awards,
  • Gold medal 2013 Boutique Wine Show
  • Silver medal 2013 McLaren Vale Wine Show

2012 McLaren Vale Shiraz

The Australian Wine Companion

95 points
James Halliday

Tasting note;

“Dense crimson purple; a juicy, velvety palate has a blaze of colours ranging from blackberry, plum, spice, bitter almond and quality oak. A lovely wine.”

DRINK BY 2032

2012 McLaren Vale Shiraz

5 star, Winestate magazine, November 2013

“Dark, ripe Shiraz fruit focus to the nose with savoury meaty complexity. Beautifully crafted palate; good oak/fruit/tannin balance and length.”

2012 McLaren Vale Shiraz – 2012 (18.5)

Fine Wine Club, Barry Weinman

Tasting note;

“Initially, this is restrained, taut and closed, with subdued fruit characters.  The quality though is outstanding with wonderful depth and texture.  The length is a defining feature, as is the balance and velvety mouth-feel.  Will build and develop for many years.  A superb wine from McLaren Vale.”

2013 McLaren Vale Shiraz

Trophies

2013 McLaren Vale Shiraz

2014 McLaren Vale Wine Show

Best McLaren Vale Shiraz, classes 9 – 14, $25 – $50 / bottle

Best Small Producer

Gold Medal, class 9, 2013 McLaren Vale Shiraz

James Halliday’s Wine Companion
March 2014
96 points
drink by 2034

From a vineyard in the Seaview district with a steep southern slope, yielding 2 tonnes per acres; fermented for 8 days, then 12 months in new and used French oak. An altogether classy wine with a sinuous dance between blackberries, plum, bitter chocolate and savoury tannins. Winemaking of the highest quality; a star in the making.

The Wine Front
November 2014
94 points

“Winner of Best Shiraz $25-$50 at the 2014 McLaren Vale Wine Show. Grown in the Seaview sub-region of the McLaren Vale region. 415 dozen produced.

It’s a pretty spunky wine. It has heft, it has perfumed fruit and oak, it finishes with a grainy sense of drama and throughout it has deliciousness sewn up. It’s the modern face of McLaren Vale Shiraz, fresh but powerful, flashy with French oak but so alive with jubey flavour it feels mouthwatering. Hard to imagine anyone not enjoying this.”

2013 Adelaide Hills Syrah

The Wine Front
November 2014
94 points

“Hand picked, 34 days on skins, 10% whole bunch, old French oak, bottled unfiltered. Grown at 340 metres above sea level and cropped, remarkably, at 0.5 tonne to the acre.”

“Perfumed. Lively. Juicy. Threaded with tannin. It only saw old oak but there’s oak to be found here, all saw dusty and smoky-sweet. Boysenberry and dark, black cherry flavours speak on behalf of fruit, with spicier, tangier elements picking out the spread of tannin through the finish. Floral, lavender-like nuances make a play too. Medium-weight. Cool climate in style. Drinks like a charm.”

2013 Adelaide Hills Fume’ Blanc

Philip White

94 points

Tasting note;

“Forget those grassy Kiwi Savvy-Beez.  Here’s a wood-aged lovely from Kuitpo fruit.  It’s more like the types you’ll find in the Loire Valley, where all this white Sauvignon business started.  Fermented in old mildly-toasted oak, and left there on yeast lees for months, it has naughty estery reeks of dried banana, fresh mango, and lemony carrot cake.  Its palate is creamy and smooth, with a bright reappearance of that cheeky lemon, which seems to feel the need to come back for an encore. I’m glad it does.  It can play right on – I’ll keep hootin’ and whistlin’. “

“This is a happy, audacious wine of its own lovely style. It has some of the comforting unction of a top cool region Chardonnay, but tapers off so slow and gradual into that loooong dry lemony finish it’s not really quite like anything other than a good Loire fumé. Bring me the shellfish: scallops, grilled oysters, prawns, crayfish off the flames … plenty of chilli … goat cheese … crunchy bread and Paris Creek butter … you little beauty! “

2013 Adelaide Hills Fume’ Blanc
Wine State Magazine
4 Stars

“Intense and ‘yummy’ with plenty of toasty oak on the nose and leading to a lean high acid palate. Has plenty of years ahead of it.”

2013 Adelaide Hills Fume Blanc

4 1/2 stars
Tony Love
Taste

“A tiny one-wine-savvy family one-vineyard boutique operation which has thought seriously about how it like its Sauvignon. There are cleverly teased delicate aromas, with fragrance and perfume on top of wild tropical fruits. It is given subtle layering from judicious oak and grape solids influences beyond just the usual primary fruit expression. Crafted and balanced well.”

2013 Adelaide Hills Fume’ Blanc (17.5+)

Fine Wine Club.

Tasting note

Lemony fruit to the fore here, with grassy notes and a touch of spice.  This has a delicious palate, with gentle creaminess combined with lemony freshness and focused minerality on the finish.  Nice acidity combines with complex, barrel fermentation characters.  Excellent length and balance.

2013 Adelaide Hills Fiano

Silver medal; Adelaide Hills Wine Show, 2013

2013 Adelaide Hills Fiano
The Australian Wine Companion
91 points
James Halliday

“This does pack a punch, with both depth and length to the amalgam of stone fruit, apricot and lemon/lime flavours, then a dry rocky minerally finish.”

2013 Adelaide Hills Fiano

Huon Hook
Wine writer

Sydney Morning Herald Good Food

 91/100 (Extremely good wine)

“Very light bright yellow hue; a complex bouquet of smoke, honey and passion fruit, with some spices and toasty barrel hints. This is different. And more interesting than most Aussie fianos. There’s a lick of sweetness in good harmony and the wine is generously flavored without any sharp edges. It’s quite nuanced; a very attractive drink. Best within two years.”

2013 Adelaide Hills Fiano

Wine Genius, Chris Bolden

“This Southern Italian variety is crafting a well-deserved reputation on the back of wines like Jericho’s stylish 2013 Fiano. Wonderfully fruit driven, with lime, ripe pear and fragrant orange blossom. Yet, the secret to this Fiano is its nuances of gently spice, slight nuttiness and luscious palate weight. Vibrant, flavour packed and highly enjoyable.”  93 Points

2013 Adelaide Hills Fiano

3 ½ stars, Wine State; December 2013

“Restrained tropical fruit nose and full-bodied palate showing clever wine making”