(2023) A full-bodied and very classy, complex Pinot Noir made by David Ritchie, with the label bearing his Christian name. From very old vines, planted in 1976. A wide diurnal range with cool nights allowed acidity to be retained with ample freshness. Delatite is imported by GB Wine Shippers but no retail stockists for this wine at time of review. (GD)
(2023) Named after Michael Dhillonâ€™s father, Darshan, who hailed from India, this is cool climate Pinot at its most elegant. Light in colour, yet structure from 20% new oak. Sumptuous red cherry and raspberry fruit with fine, suave tannins. Very persistent finish. No UK stockist at time of review. (GD)
(2023) An enchanting assemblage of eleven separate lots on the estate, incorporating five different clones - MV6, 114, 115, 667 and Pommard. Fragrant spice and earthy herb notes with a red fruit lift to counterbalance black cherry core. Depth and structure (36% new oak, 12% whole bunch) with lovely balance and intensity. (GD)
(2023) The five-acre Centre Block was planted in 1969 and yields little more than two tons an acre. Deeply coloured, with supple fine-grained tannins, this Shiraz, which saw 20% new oak, has stunning and intense black cherry fruit with notes of spice and chocolate. (GD)
(2023) Exquisite purity of fruit from this super-elegant wine made from ultra low-yielding vines planted in the 1860s. Not produced every year, but this vintage is a stunner with crunchy red fruits, earthy herbs and vibrant acidity. 30% whole bunch and 10% new oak help provide supportive tannins. Glorious wine that will age gracefully over the next 10-15 years. No UK stockists listed at time of review. (GD)
(2023) Brown Brothersâ€™ cellar door in Milawa receives the greatest number of visitors in Australia. The welcome there is as slick as this classy Cabernet, which has glorious cassis and plum fruit and very fine-grained soft tannins (30% new oak). Complex with impressive concentration and length. Brown Bros. is imported by Enotria, but no retail stockist for this wine listed at time of review. (GD)
(2023) Power and structure from 18-24 months in puncheons, a third new. Three years in bottle before release for this majestic Aussie Nebbiolo, with its perfumed nose of rose petals and violets. Earthy smokiness along with beguiling red fruits, firm tannins and striking freshness. Long finish with a long life ahead of it. No UK retail stockists listed at time of review. (GD)
(2023) Superb example of cool-climate medium-bodied Shiraz from what was a great vintage according to owner/CEO Matt Fowles. Fruit came from both the best sites and best barrels, with only 200 cases being made. Super soft tannins and glorious mix of black fruit, spice and chocolate. The wine easily absorbs 75% new French oak. Fowles Wines are imported by Enotria & Coe, but no retail listing for this wine at time of review. (GD)
(2021) From 300 million-year-old red/black volcanic soils, and a vineyard planted in 2001, this is organically grown and was made with 80% whole bunches. It matured for six months in 5,000-litre French oak foudres. Opaque, almost black in colour, there is a real RhÃ´ne sensibility about this, lower in alcohol (13.5%) and with a lean, mineral and stony edge to quite floral red fruits. The palate continues with that pure and relatively cool expression of Syrah, the fruit so tangy and juicy, bittersweet flavours flirt with kumquat and bitter orange, raspberry too. The finish shows a tight but creamy tannin and acid structure, with fruit concentrated but not extracted through to the finish.
(2021) Soils here in Victoria's Strathbogie Ranges are sandy loam overlying granite. This is from two Shiraz blocks planted in 1996 and 2013, and spent 12 months in mostly older French oak barrels and large casks. Dark purple/black, this is nicely aromatic, with peppercorns and some floral and herbal notes over refined, taut black fruits. Though labelled with 14.9% alcohol, it does carry it well, the palate firm and juicy thanks to a little endive bite of bittersweetness, very fine tannins and plenty of racy acidity. It's an intense but peppery and taut style.