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This is a wine of a distinctive style. You need to bear this in mind. The style is reductive, smoky and spice-laden, which may or may not be your thing. In this context though it’s a fantastic wine, complex, wild, as-intense-as-it-needs-to-be, structured and sustained. It’s ripped with strawberry and forest floor flavours, earth and dry spice, sweet cedar and overt reductive/smoky aspects. It’s dry, it’s tannic, it has presence and power. It’s the kind of wine I file mentally under Do You Dare? This wine doesn’t sit on the fence. It stakes its claim boldly and well.

94 Points – Campbell Mattinson – Winefront

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12.1% alcohol and yet there’s plenty of flavour and indeed colour.
There are many ways to skin an apple, so to speak.Straw yellow in colour and gently buttery in flavour but the fruit, it sings as it slings. Grilled peach, nectarine and honeysuckle flavours with sweet-but-slightly-green cedar humming in tandem. Fingers of lime spider their way in among it all. Sprays of herbs too. Much going on, much momentum, much length. In short, it’s much good.

93+ Points – Campbell Mattinson – Winefront

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Q-Wine 93/100

Sundowner wines. The textural presence and interest on offer is in the zone. The mouth is coated softly with sheets of yellow flowers, subtle honey tones, some white and yellow stonefruit plus a hint of golden apple.

A slight show from fennel and an old school lemonade presence adds appeal. That citrusy tang is well handled. A wine that is curious yet humble in its approach, I’d happily have a few glasses of this field blend … a blend of Cortese and Gewurztraminer.

Even Keel Syrah 2019

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Syrah from the Canberra District. Yes. This is very good. They’ve nailed this one. Excellent fruit intensity, rounds of spice, fine-grained-and-integrated-tanning and juicy, convincing length. Fruit-driven and polished but with lots of savoury, woodsy spice. Peppercorn notes too. It’s pretty much spot on. 93 Points Campbell Mattinson

pinot gris

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Q-Wine – 93/100

Hello pretty. What a beauty we have here. If Pinot Gris is your thing, head over this way.

White flowers, some yellow flowers, white stonefruit – a very impressive introduction. Pears are prominent as you’d expect with the variety. A suggestion of quince and nuttiness slides in too. Quite soothing, there is some depth and texture to amuse plus a little weight. A most impressive wine.

PP TH CH 2018

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94 Points – The Wine Front, Campbell Mattinson

It’s a characterful Chardonnay though you get the feeling that it’s still sorting itself out. Hay and toast, swede cedar and grilled peach flavours strut boldly through the palate before fennel-like characters sweep through the finish. Texture plays a key role, as do honeysuckle notes, as does a certain tautness to the finish. It’s a Watch this Space for now but it’s quality is crystal.

94 Points – The Real Review

Green fruits with hints of wet stone. Powerful mid-palate of orchard fruits with supple acid lines. It’s a sleeper wine, doesn’t leap out but lots going on and layers. Unfurls slowly but surely in the glass.

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93 Points – Nick Stock

Pure and fragrant red cherries on the nose with underlying spices. The palate has quite a crisp, vivid feel with sappy red cherry flavours and some blueberry to close. Sturdy pinot. Drink or hold.

PP FumeBlanc 2020

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Q-Wine – 93/100

This is where a Hawaiian shirt meets linen pants – a playful side with a little sophistication and a dash of high brow. Sauv Blanc done well.

Fermented in barrel and Sauvignon Blanc goes from a simple drink to something a little sassy. A medley of glace pineapple, pineapple husk, guava, gooseberry and papaya with the smarts coming from a creamy mouth feel and an uber cool swagger. It’s long and soft as those tropical fruits tap away. Golden straw in the glass, kick off the Birkenstocks and squeeze the sand between your toes as you soak up the sun. A clever wine hands down.

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