(2016) From a vineyard planted in 1927 and knows as the 'Old Quarry block.' This is 100% Mataro (Mourvèdre) and is highly aromatic again, a beautiful lift to this, so much floral character and the creaminess of the all-new French oak, but there’s a little meatiness, and fine mid-palate density and texture. It has a graininess to the tannins, good keen acidity, but long spicy length too. Not showing UK retail availability at time of review: contact importer Fells.
(2016) A wine from a cooler vintage, again a co-ferment with around 8% of Viognier joining the Shiraz. At 14 years old this still has immediacy of fruit but also all the smokiness, the bacon fat, the absolute purity of the fruit with raspberry and cherry freshness, with more chocolate and smokiness coming through and fabulous freshness on the palate, touches of herbs and sappiness seeing to that. Loads of fruit and still so enjoyable, I loved this wine for drinking now.
(2016) This wine, made from a vineyard planted in the 1990s with cuttings from the RunRig vineyards, is aged in barrels that were used for last year's RunRig. A Shiraz/Viogner co-ferment. Absolute peachy Viognier presence here, with lots of perfume and the plush black fruit coming through. Big, chewy palate, lots of fruit concentration and black fruit skins, lots of extract and liquorice chewiness and density. Firm, firm tannins, and certainly needs time (when it's score might edge higher too).
(2016) All American oak for this bottling, which Stuart describes as “Our old school Barossa Shiraz.” About 40% of the oak is new and this is loaded with spice and meatiness, loads of leather and richness, but there is savouriness here, it’s not stewed or dead. Terrific depth and opulence on the palate as more of that leather and smoky bacon character wraps around the black fruit, It is full and long, and a superb example of the uniquely Barossa style.
(2016) Labelled as an "Exceptional Parcel Release," this top of the range Clare Valley Cabernet from Wakefield is produced in tiny, hand-numbered quantities (mine was #113) and was aged in a mix of new and used French oak for around eight months. I loved the nose, mixing the eucalyptus and minty cassis ripeness of the Cabernet with something much more savoury and olive-like, some balsamic notes too. In the mouth it is sumptuous and rich, the thick black fruit filling the mid-palate, but again it never loses that savoury freshness, a little meatiness and grainy tannin grip and good acidity extending the finish. It's a substantial wine that must have a decade or more of cellaring potential.