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95 points - campbell mattinson -2016 Persévérance Old Vine Shiraz
Made from vines planted around 1890. Incredibly, the yield on this 15-acre vineyard was only 2.5 tonne in 2017. Ugni blanc is interplanted on this vineyard and so, as previous, there is around 2% included in the wine.
Love the finesse of this. Every aspect feels vital. It’s medium-weight at most but it’s bright, complex, cream-smooth and intricate. Herbs curl, fruit slides, woodsmoke blows on through. Tannin feels painstakingly etched into the wine. Perfumes are presented on a platter. Old vines have delivered us a delicacy.
94 Points - huon hooke - 2017 comrade nero d’avola
Medium to deep red colour with a good purple tinge, the bouquet fresh and sweet cherry-like, almost pinoty; bright, fragrant and charming. A good early drinking medium-bodied red, which would go better with food than solo, on account of its firm tannins. It is very elegant. Fruit sweetness emerged increasingly as it aired.
95 points - campbell mattinson - 2017 beechworth chardonnay
Add this to the list. This is a beauty. It needs another year or so in bottle but its mid-palate flavour and pure/thrilling length is really quite something. It tastes of white peach and melon, nougat and almond, though there are oatmeal and flinty/struck match characters evident in whispers. Bowled me over. It’s very good.
95 points - ralph kyte-powell- 2016 riserva nero d’avola
North-eastern Victoria looks a good home for nero d'Avola, and Eldorado Road is a regional flagship. This superb example has lovely floral scents overlaying notes of prune, Siena cake, cherry, peppery spice and leather. It has gorgeous fruit intensity and freshness, lovely balance and drinkability, and it should build personality with more time in the bottle.
95 points - james halliday - 2015 quasimodo
It has excellent hue, depth and clarity, one of those wines giving you a 'come-on' signal before you've had a chance to even smell it. It combines insouciant elegance with intensity, its balance already set in stone. You can tuck this under your arm and walk into any Italian BYO restaurant and walk out very happy. Bravo.
94 points - campbell mattinson - 2017 onyx durif
Beautiful. So measured, so flavoursome, so fresh. Redcurrant and graphite, tar and cloves. It’s both energetic and intense, with fine-grained tannin pulling it through to a satisfying close. Perfumed, finessed, intricate; all these things.
95 points - huon hooke - 2017 luminoso Rosé
Light salmon-pink hue, the bouquet confirming some development and suggesting a little barrel involvement. It's nutty and complex, with richness and generosity in the mouth but also refinement and subtlety. Delicious wine.