(2017) Creamy and waxy, a delicious bright apple purity and streak of lime. A lovely midway point between the shimmering acid brightness of youth and the butter and wax development. long and minty into the finish.
(2017) It's fair to say that some of the tasters hadn't experienced top-level Clare Riesling before, and this baby Polish Hill delivered a great shock of electrically-charged lime and a little petrolly minerality that took some by surprise. The palate is so intense, riven by its citrus and tight apple fruit and that massive concentration of acidity. Needs five years or more to really sing, when its score may well notch up a point or two.
(2016) A Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris blend. Lightly cloudy orange wine, with a nutty and yeasty, but fresh and salty nose. Wonderfully pure juiciness and apple freshness, the palate is brimming with zest and clarity.
(2016) Distinctly orange/pink in colour, with gentle spice and floral notes. The palate has a hint of sweetness and fine pulpy red fruit character. Then the salty and lemon rind dryness kicks in. Different and delicious.
(2016) Much more vibrant aromatically, more green, vegetal character than 'The Pawn', slightly suggesting Sauvignon Blanc with a shimmering green edge to the flavour too. A real juicness to this, a different style from the Pawn, but finishes with similar incisivness.
(2016) From some of the highest vineyards in the Hills, five separate vineyards in the Petaluma sub region. No lees stirring, 30% new oak only, 30% whole bunch-pressed. So cool and only gently creamy, a bit of the gunflint character coming through, a hint of toasty richness but the palate always just restraining its fat, lemony fruit, a hint of lusciousness, with its acidity.
(2016) Lovely nose, touched with flint and creaminess, full malo for this, and all barrel-fermented in larger oak. The palate has juicy nectarine ripeness and it's among the most exotic of these wines in its fruit profile, but there is a very good, almost piercing and shimmering acid.
(2016) Made from the Mendoza clone of Chardonnay (famous for its irregular 'hen and chicken' berry sizes) from a single vineyard next to the cellar door, it is matured in French oak puncheons, 25% new. A nice flintiness and grip, then a real zestiness too, lime and Mandarin. Salt and lovely sour lemon acidity.
(2012) This Clare Valley wine is yet another super-premium Chardonnay from Australia that proves definitively that the country's reputation for over-oaked, over-blown 'Chardy' really does deserve to be buried deep and forgotten about. With a modest 13% alcohol and a gorgeous nose shimmering with white flower, lemon and delicate Kendal mint cake aromas, there's a touch of honey and vanilla from careful barrel fermentation and ageing. But the palate is all about creaminess of texture melding with pin-sharp flavours, with white fruits and lime, and the nutty elegance of the oak in the finish. Beautifully made.
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