Thursday, 19 October 2017

Anthony Joseph Vidal

Anthony Joseph Vidal ‘Lyons Vineyard’ ‘1888’ Chardonnay 2014
Complex and focused bouquet with aromas of citrus zest, white fleshed stone fruit, flowers, mineral, apple and a youthful cashew nut oak core; a sulphide note adds additional complexity. On the palate – packed with texture, acidity, fruit core and focus. The cashew, wood spice and vanilla oak layers frame the palate carrying the weight of the fruit and flavour well; very lengthy finish, fabulous balance and charm. Drink now and through 2030.

97 Points

Mills Reef Winery

Mills Reef Winery ‘Elspeth’ Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, Gimblett Gravels, Hawkes Bay
Ripe, fragrant, alluring and concentrated bouquet with dark red fruits of black berry and plum then violet, marmite and chocolate oak moments; sandy dry stone minerality, complex and intriguing. On the palate – firm, youthful, engaging textures, dry finish and packed with flavour. Dark berries, liquorice, chocolate and toasty oak, firm youthful tannins and acidity to match. Long finish, complexity builds as the wine pens in glass. Decant for early drinking service, best from 2020 through 2030.

95 Points

Mills Reef Winery

Mills Reef Winery Reserve Cabernet Merlot 2016, Gimblett Gravels, Hawkes Bay
Ripe, fruity, generous and plush bouquet with aromas and flavours of black berry and currant, fresh date and doris plums, a sage and dried herb quality adds depth and complexity. Fine to moderate tannins, sweet vanilla oak, medium+ acidity and a nicely concentrated lengthy finish. Great balance overall. Drink now and through 2024.

89 Points

Saint Clair Family Estate

Saint Clair Family Estate ‘Pioneer Block’ Cabernet Merlot 2015, Gimblett Gravels, Hawkes Bay
Rich core of dark red berry fruits with black berry and black currant, doris plum then chocolate and oak spices. On the palate – dry, firm, very fruity, youthful and lush with flavours of dark red fruits, liquorice, toasty wood, clove and chocolate. Fine easy tannins and acidity. Drink now and through 2022.

91 Points

Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill ‘Bush Vine’ Grenache 2010, McLaren vale
Ripe red fruited bouquet laced with oak and oak spices, some clay mineral and steely haunt, overall fine and complex. On the palate – ripe, firm, dry, warm and masculine. Flavours of plum and spiced cherry, old rose then clay mineral and oak; firm tannins and medium acidity with a light rush of residual sugar on the finish. A wine built to enjoy with food, balanced and well-made.

89 Points


Zephyr Pinot Noir 2016, Marlborough
A bouquet of Pinosity with aromas of rose, plum, red berry fruits and soft oak fragrances; dry stone mineral layer, gentle layer of oak spice and wood. On the palate – lovely core of ripe red berry fruits with cherry and raspberry then red apple and plum; mineral note returns, fine tannins and acidity to match, lengthy, balanced and well-made example. Drink now and through 2025.
92 Points


Amisfield Pinot Noir 2015, Central Otago
Ripe cool climate Otago bouquet of Pinot with ripe red cherry and plum fruits, some dried herb and whispers of wild thyme, wild roses and layers of oak spice and oak wood, emerging complexity as the wine opens in glass. On the palate – fruity, firm, youthful, quite complex and dry. Flavours reflect the nose plus firm needle-point tannins, loads of youthful acidity, great tension and some poise; well made. Drink now though best from 2019 through 2028.

93 Points