James Halliday’s Wine Companion 2017

James Halliday’s Wine Companion 2017
August 5, 2016 Madison Deckert

2012 ‘The Armagh’ Shiraz – 94 POINTS

Truffle, leather and heightened blackcurrant aromas/flavours dominate all the initial impressions, marking complexity as a main driver at the expense of pure fruit power. This isn’t the blockbuster you might imagine; the flavour profile too is exotic, if not downright quirky. It will fascinate fields of drinkers for many years.

Armagh NV Screw Cap

 

2013 ‘The McRae Wood’ Shiraz – 94 POINTS

Firm with tannin and alive with promise. It’s not the brightest spark but deep pools of blackberried fruit and swirls of firm coffeed tannin make it a monty for sound future development.

 

2015 ‘The Florita’ Riesling – 96 POINTS

Pale, pristine and intense. This is where fruit meets beauty. It hits, it holds, it runs, it prevails. Lime and everything after. Clare Valley riesling in all its youthful glory.

 

2013 ‘First Eleven’ Cabernet Sauvignon – 95 POINTS

A well-mannered wine of size and volume. Tarzan in a dinner suit. Dense plum and blackcurrant with a jellied sweetness to the edges. A suggestion of herbs, only. A silty lake of tannin. Now or a long time later; it will swing in and deliver.

2012 ‘Pb’ Shiraz Cabernet Sauvignon – 94 POINTS

Soft but sturdy. Blackberry and blackcurrant comes with a melt of dark chocolate draped seductively over the top. There are saltbush and herb notes here but they are second stringers to the main game of fruit and oak. Tannin is fine and discreet but has a strength to it. Now or later, no problems.

 

2015 ‘The Lodge Hill’ Riesling – 94 POINTS

Bright and chalky at once. Glitters in the glass. Scintillating lemon and bath salt flavours hit, run, and keep on going. Rindy, almost smoky, characters play through the finish. Intensity impresses throughout.

2013 ‘The Veto’ Shiraz – 94 POINTS

Grown on the Lodge Hill vineyard. It takes brutality and covers it in cotton wool. The core is strong, intense, all saturated plum and coffee grounds. But the edges are softer, spicier, creamier, even fractionally leafy. The core will keep it going for many a year; the edges make it attractive now.

2013 ‘The Veto’ Cabernet Sauvignon – 94 POINTS

A well-oiled machine. The flavour streams through the mouth, all power and control, its notes of earth, mint and blackcurrant kept in place by belts of leathery tannin. No doubting its quality.

 

2015 ‘The Veto’ Riesling – 94 POINTS

From the Lodge Hill Vineyard, a small parcel of high quality fruit was left on the vine for a further week, the juice cold-settled, but not filtered, 10% barrel-fermented in used French oak, all held on lees for 6 weeks. Cruises along on the supple palate until the finish, when it grows another leg. Has time to grow a fourth leg.

James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion 2017

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