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Hunter Valley Shiraz – Fassnidge

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Stevens Shiraz – Fassnidge

by James Halliday Wine Companion on

96 Points - “A radically different bouquet with aromas of black fruits, black olive, French oak and earth leading into a vibrant dark berry palate. A truly fascinating wine at the moment polarising opinions. It does have one more trick up its sleeve: a mouthwatering, sweet and sour (in the best sense) finish and aftertaste.”

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Stevens Shiraz F&F

by James Halliday Wine Companion on

96 Points - “A radically different bouquet with aromas of black fruits, black olive, French oak and earth leading into a vibrant dark berry palate. A truly fascinating wine at the moment polarising opinions. It does have one more trick up its sleeve: a mouthwatering, sweet and sour (in the best sense) finish and aftertaste.”

Stevens Semillon F&F

by James Halliday Wine Companion on

95 Points - “A famous wine in the context of the Tyrrell’s semillon portfolio, a wine of long standing and -
curiously - the only single vineyard semillon to be machine-harvested. It has a distinct citrus core
allied with minerally acidity and responds well to lengthy cellaring.”

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4 Acres Shiraz

by Gary Walsh, Wine Front on

95 Points - Fresh red berries, perhaps some blackberry, dusting of pepper, floral perfume, subtle dried herb and earth. Light to medium bodied, bright and fresh with a cranberry crunch, fresh picked red fruits, again the gentle earthiness and perfume, with a light drag of fine-grained tannin, drawing out to a playful rasp on a long cool finish. I feel it’s a wine for much later than now, and where the ripe vintages give from the get go, this will evolve and develop into a beautiful fine expression of Hunter ‘Burgundy’. It’s a lovely thing, for sure.

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Stevens Shiraz

by James Halliday Wine Companion on

96 Points - “A radically different bouquet with aromas of black fruits, black olive, French oak and earth leading into a vibrant dark berry palate. A truly fascinating wine at the moment polarising opinions. It does have one more trick up its sleeve: a mouthwatering, sweet and sour (in the best sense) finish and aftertaste.”

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Old Patch Shiraz

by Gary Walsh on Thu, January 1st 1970

96+ Points - 290 dozen made from a patch planted in 1867. Smell the depth of seductive dark fruit and a shake of pepper, dark chocolate and liquorice, the sweet damp earth of this distinctive site. Musky perfume too. Medium to full bodied, succulent, dark fruit, firm pliant tannin, soars on the finish with fresh acidity and tannin, yet ample fruit buoys it up. Boysenberry pip acidity. Balance. Vivacity. Depth. Superb. Suspect this is a legend in the making.

Johnno’s Shiraz

by Huon Hooke on

97 Points - (290 dozen produced) Deep red/purple colour. The bouquet rich and meaty, with an earthy, sooty profundity; the palate tight and firm, medium to full-bodied, with a lean, somewhat stern firmness and lacking the fruit-sweetness seen in, for example, Vat 9. It's very tight, dry and elegant, with firm but not assertive tannins and totally classic lines. A wine for the cellar. Two days later: it had expanded and was much richer and fuller, a superb wine indeed that needed air to show its full worth. By the end of the bottle, it was the top wine of a sensational clutch of '14 Tyrrell reds.

by Gary Walsh on

95 Points - 290 dozen in a new big boy 2700L French oak cask. Johnno’s planted in 1908, with the vineyard having sandy soils, and thus, quite a different character to the other Tyrrell’s reds. NB: Private Bin members price is $60.BBQ sausage, sweet red fruit underneath, sage, spice. Medium bodied, supple, but dry and savoury, lighter in style, really fans out on the finish, with curry spices and strong tannin in the aftertaste. Rich raspberry flavour. Almost aniseed too. Shows its oak (by no means excessive, but in context) as a young wine, which may or may not suit the style, though certainly it will shrug it off in the years to come. Have patience. Come along for the journey.

Brookdale Semillon

Vat 63 Chardonnay Semillon

by Gary Walsh, Wine Front on

93+ Points - A fine year for whites, and reds. This is a blend of Pokolbin Hills Estate, HVD and Debeyers vineyards. It’s a 70/30 split. Chris Tyrrell said they almost forgot to make a Vat 63 this year. White peach, lime spider/vanilla, touch of struck match and spicy oak. Light to medium bodied, white peach and juicy lime flavour and acidity, a light dusting of chalk on a long flavoursome finish. Right in the slot for Vat 63. A great drink and a strong release. Drink: 2018 - 2027.

Vat 7 Shiraz

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Johnno’s Semillon

by James Halliday Wine Companion on

96 Points - Produced from 106yo vines on the Johnno's Vineyard, with only 250 dozen made. Hand-picked, basket-pressed unclarified juice gives the wine an extra degree of texture and structure, and underwrites its longevity; traditional cut grass and lemongrass flavours are punctuated by zesty acidity on the long, crystal clear palate. A bottle of liquid history, cheap at the price. 10.5% alc.

by Gary Walsh, Wine Front on

94 Points - 2015 wasn’t an easy year in the Hunter Valley, and yet, these releases from Tyrrells are very good. Slight honey and sweet grass, dusting of white pepper, limes. Clean, fresh, lovely texture, chalky and almost grippy, crunchy length with a mild herbal aftertaste adding interest. It’s a lighter, less intense iteration of this vineyard’s produce, but has a precision, delicacy and beauty that’s hard to resist. Closure : Screwcap. Drink : 2018 - 2035+

Vat 8 Shiraz Cabernet

by Decanter Magazine on

95 Points - Platinum medal: Best Australian Red Blend. Ripe blueberry nose intertwined with minty freshness. Hints of freshly cut grass on the palate with well-integrated oak-derived sweet spices of cloves and liquorice. Soft, sensual texture ending on a long, clean and juicy finish.

by Campbell Mattinson, James Halliday Wine Companion on

95 Points - If you put this in the cellar the chances of you being disappointed when it reaches maturity are almost zilch. It has character and balance and, from such an excellent year, has enough fruit to keep the engine humming along, long time. A beautiful medium-weight, filigreed wine. Drink by 2035.

by Nick Stock, www.jamessuckling.com on

95 Points - This has a composed, compact and soulful mid-weight style to it, plenty of black fruits and dark stony aromas, dried woody spices too. The palate has a dark essence-like spiced plum and dark cherry core, tannins roll smooth, even and purposeful, smoothly groomed, holds freshness and delivers incredible depth of flavour. Long and strong. Drink now and for 10+ years.

Fordwich Verdelho

Belford Semillon

by JamesSuckling.com on

95 Points - “This is incredibly complex this year with white-Burgundy intensity and structure. Full body.
Energetic center palate and driven finish of dried-apple, lemon and pear flavors. Electric.
Drink now or hold.”

HVD ‘Old Vines’ Chardonnay

by Mark Hughes, Wine Selector Magazine on

In the glass: Bright pale gold. On the nose: Sweet stonefruit, nougat, vanillin oak and a hint of struck match. On the palate: Nutty and complex with ripe, rich melon fruit tempered by nutty, savoury lees, smokey oak, oyster shell minerality and an almost salty finish.

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Ashmans Brut

by Nortern Daily Leader on

96 Points - The colour is a medium yellow and the nose shows full, clean Semillon, lifted citrus and some straw notes. On the palate these flavours are added to with toasty, yeast characters gained in the winemaking process. An excellent celebratory alternative to the mainstream sparklings, particularly for people looking for a drier taste.

by Marie Claire Magazine on

Good for buying in bulk and keeping on stand-by, it has a light, fresh taste you'll never tire of.

Moon Mountain Chardonnay

Lunatiq Heathcote Shiraz

Vat 9 Shiraz

by James Suckling on

95 Points - “Lots of crushed berries with red earth, terra-cotta and hints of metal and blue fruit. Ferrous. Salt and white pepper. Some oyster shell, too. Full to medium body, bright fruit and lightly chewy yet polished tannins.”

Stevens Semillon

by James Halliday Wine Companion on

95 Points - “A famous wine in the context of the Tyrrell’s semillon portfolio, a wine of long standing and -
curiously - the only single vineyard semillon to be machine-harvested. It has a distinct citrus core
allied with minerally acidity and responds well to lengthy cellaring.”

HVD Semillon

by Winewise on

4.5 stars out of 5 - In between the Stevens and the Belford. It's a restrained, lemony semillon with a good middle palate and a racy finish.

by Wine Front on

95+ points - Fresh squeeze lime, vanilla, approachable, zesty but round - the volume of fruit is most excellent - almost flamboyant for such a young wine. Flinty and tight to close. Not an ounce of flab here though, make no mistake. Ripping length. I predict an amazing future for this wine: a toast and lime spectacular to come.

by JamesSuckling.com on

96 Points - I love the pear, sliced apple and mineral aromas here. Full body, tangy fruit and a tight finish. Focused and balanced. A real beauty. Drink now or hold. Screwcap.

Vat 1 Semillon

by Gary Walsh, Wine Front on

95 Points - "Vat 1, year in, year out, rarely sets a foot wrong. Honey and white fruit like pears, plus mixed citrus and a flicker of pepper. Light in body, yet delivers plenty of flavour, ripe lime, lovely clean acidity – almost a sherbetty character – then a finish that’s light, delicate but very long. Precision and beauty.”

Old Winery Shiraz

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Old Winery Chardonnay

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Rufus Stone Heathcote Shiraz

by Huon Hooke, The Real Review on

92 Points - Rich and fleshy. The 20th vintage of this wine has a deep, youthful red/purple colour and a rich, chocolate, spice, sweet plum and vanilla bouquet, which returns with good power and impact on the finish. The wine is medium to full-bodied, fleshy in its texture with supple tannins and easy drinkability, although it will surely age well. (Screwcap) Alcohol: 14.9%. Food: Beef and mushroom casserole. Ageing: drink now to 13 years.

by John Fordham, Sunday Telegraph on

Hugely impressive 20th anniversary release from the Hunter Valley-headquartered winery's prime holding at Heathcote and an ideal wine to toast the family company's grand 160 years in the business. Its flavours are deep, rich, elegant and amazingly soft.

by John Lewis, Newcastle Herald on

4.5 Stars. RICH AND RIPE RUFUS. With 14.9% alcohol, the Rufus Stone 2016 Heathcote Shiraz is bright garnet and has berry pastille aromas and rich, ripe plum front-palate flavour. Maraschino cherry, dark chocolate, licorice and toasty oak show on the middle palate and minty tannins at the finish.

Vat 47 Chardonnay

by Huon Hooke, The Real Review on

95 Points - Subtle, balanced, nutty bouquet, a trace of rubber, with good complexity and detail, the palate soft and round, refined and elegant, a lovely complete wine. Excellent. Finesse and character. A more pared-back style, and low in alcohol. Not very Hunter-like.

by Jesbery, Winewise on

4.5 starts out of 5 - A fresh powerful, but restrained white peach style with a subtle lees influence. The palate is intense and well structured, with subtle oak. 30% new French oak. 100% basket pressed.