Our Reviews

2013 Barossa Valley Shiraz - Winestate (Aug 2020)  


"Lots going on here," noted one judge. It has an olive tapenade-like bouquet and a sweet, spicy chocolaty palate. A very Aussie style with still more life in it.

2013 Bloody Valentine Reserve Shiraz - Halliday Wine Companion (Aug 2017) 

Score: 95/100 GOLD

A wine that pushes all the buttons and the envelope out to the edge of extremity. Almost a drag queen dancing in inky mascara, vermilion to opaque; giddy with a heady perfume of violet, boysenberry, mulberry and dark cherry. Before skidding across the floor, the high heels are replaced with platform boots. Some smoked meat, tar, anise, vanilla and finely massaged tannins are interwoven across the plush veneer, turning the parade in the direction of savouriness. Impeccably made. Smooth, seamless and polished.

2013 Bloody Valentine Reserve Barossa Valley Shiraz - Winestate (Aug 2020)  


A big, complex and savoury old school style with lots of secondary characters. Has plenty of everything!

2010 Reserve Barossa Valley Shiraz - Winestate (Aug 2020)  


A very mature wine - "A Ten-year-old that still has lots going on." But drink soon.

2018 Adelaide Hills Chardonnay - Huon Hooke, The Real Review (Feb 2020)

Score: 92/100   

Smoky, toasty and slightly buttery aromas, complex and ripe: this is the full chardonnay monty. The wine is more refined and restrained in the mouth, quite delicate and subtle, with a good grip of tannin and acidity giving it a firm conclusion. Long persistence. A very appealing chardonnay.

2019 Barossa Valley Rose - Huon Hooke, The Real Review – Wine of the Week (Feb 2020)

Score: 95/100

This utterly delicious wine is a darker-coloured style of rosé, with a charming bouquet of strawberry, cherry, smoky, almost pinot-like nuances. The wine is soft and rich, full and rounded with great texture and palate harmony. It scores highly for flavour and drinkability.

2018 Eden Valley Riesling  – Halliday Wine Companion (Aug 2019)

Score: 93/100 SILVER

Pale green and bright. Clean, fresh lemon, limes and citrus blossom. Flavours are mirrored on the palate, with a nice crunch of phenolics from partial barrel fermentation, that adds texture and interest, before preserved lemon acidity completes a long, dry finish.

2017 Barossa Valley Grenache Shiraz Mataro – Halliday Wine Companion (Aug 2019)

Score: 95/100 GOLD

All varieties fermented separately and unified at blending, grenache with 15% whole bunches included dominating the blend at 70%. Hard to question the judgement here. The red fruit of grenache with the black fruit and tannin of shiraz/mataro interwoven with the spice of whole bunches, adding fragrance, a savoury twiggy note and fine corset of tannin.

2016 Barossa Valley Shiraz - Gary Walsh, The WineFront (Aug 2019)

Score: 93/100

Striking labels, in various colours. I like the branding. Rich, deep, throbbing Barossa here. Black fruit, dark chocolate and liquorice, spiced biscuit oak in support. Intensity of flavour, Old Jamaica chocolate with some brighter fruit peeking through, ripe tannin, balanced acidity, good length. No shortage of flavour or substance.

2012 Bloody Valentine Barossa Valley Shiraz – Halliday Wine Companion (Oct 2016)

Score: 95/100 GOLD

Dark red, hints of brick red on the rim. This release is laden with dark, brooding fruits and that classic Barossa leather and earth. There is immediate appeal on the sumptuous palate that is rich, rounded and almost slippery at the close.