Displays a winning combination of cool climate and low yields in its rich, earthy, peppery aromas. There’s an undeniable herbal streak that adds complexity akin to some Northern Rhône Syrahs, supported by fleshy mulberry fruit. Finshes dusty and dry, but with a lush juiciness at the same time. Editors’ Choice. —J.C.
This wine is rapidly becoming a favorite for its unique combination of peppery meatiness with mixed blueberry and blackberry fruit. It’s complex and compelling, with hints of coffee, tar and black olive all adding to the array of aromas and flavors. Long and richly tannic on the finish; while this is approachable now, it should also stand up to 10 years’ cellaring…
Violet in both color and aroma, this is a huge but elegant, mouthfilling wine, and one built for the long haul. Tannins are lush but taut, and the finish is long, with chalk, mint and smooth tannins. Drink 2006+.
Assertively toasty and nutty, this is barrel-fermented in new oak, but in 500-liter puncheons, not the smaller barriques, so that the wood doesn’t overwhelm. Peach, vanilla and citrus flavors completely fill the mouth, yet remain fresh and vibrant on the finish. Drink now–2012. Imported by Epic Wines.
This is made in a full-blown style, with ripe peaches married to grilled nuts and plenty of toasty oak. Yet despite all of the fruit and oak intensity, there’s crispness and structure as well, giving a sense of balance and elegance to the lingering citrus and cashew finish.
Perhaps the best Oz Pinot we’ve tasted, with smoky, meaty aromas that segue seamlessly into sour cherry, chocolate and earth flavors. It’s full and soft in the mouth before finishing long, with notes of leather, cedar and cherries.
A big, rich Pinot, but one that for all its weight and intensity doesn’t lack for elegance. Black cherry fruit and spice notes coat the mouth, lingering on the finish. Drink it now and over the next several years. Imported by Epic Wines.
This is the kind of wine that showcases just how distinctive and special Australia can be across so many varietals. It unites ripe, tropical-fruity characteristics with mineral and herbal ones, and yokes them together with smoky oak. There’s very great fruity extract, but it’s not over the top, and the acidity, as usual, is high and makes things shine. If you’re…