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William Frederick Shiraz

William-Frederick

2009 William Frederick Shiraz - 95 points (SOLD OUT)

James Halliday: 95 points

This is the third time this wine has been tasted and it continues its slow march towards full maturity. Eminently suited to children born in ’09, even on their 30th birthday. There is no question: it’s a good wine.

Drink by: 2039

Rod Properjohn: score 18 ½

The super-premium wine of the stable is a turbo-charged dark shiraz with rich concentrated fruit, oak and tannins. Although powerful, it comes together with a silky texture and great balance over its extended palate length. An aged rib-eye beef steak would be in order with this.

2010 William Frederick Shiraz - 97 points (SOLD OUT)

 James Halliday: 97 points

Deep purple-red; a gloriously rich and expressive wine, the bouquet merely a teaser for the medium to full-bodied palate, overflowing with black fruits, spice and liquorice; the oak and tannin extraction could not possibly have been better handled. The 30-year horizon is conservative.

Drink by: 2040

2011 William Frederick Shiraz - 96 points & Top Cellaring Selection (SOLD OUT)

 James Halliday: 96 points

Exceptional colour for an 11, bright & deep; the palate, too, proclaims its place & variety, not the vintage; black fruits have ripe tannins interwoven throughout, the finish long & balanced. The answer to the paradox is berry-by-berry selection & a total make of 30 dozen.

Drink by: 2036

Also hand chosen as one of James Halliday’s Top Cellaring Selections for 2015

2012 William Frederick Shiraz - Twice Double Gold & 97 points

Double Gold Medal – 2017 San Francisco International Wine Competition (Class: 231 Syrah)

Double Gold Medal – 2016 Melbourne International Wine Competition (Category: Barossa Shiraz over $25)

James Halliday: 97 points

Named in honour of Trevor Harch’s father (1910-76). Estate-grown, destemmed and crushed, open-fermented, macerated 21 days, matured for 24 months in new French oak. This is a seriously good – very good – wine  saturated with black fruits, spice, pepper and licorice, yet nimble on its feet. You feel the fact that the berries were still tight, not at all on the point of collapse, and that the tannin and acid balance and structure were not manipulated.

Drink by: 2042

Silver Medal – 2015 Melbourne International Wine Competition (Category: Barossa Shiraz over $25)

Jack Harrison Shiraz

Jack-Harrison-Shiraz

2009 Jack Harrison Shiraz - 93 points (SOLD OUT)

James Halliday: 93 points

Strong, deep red-purple; a very powerful, concentrated full-bodied shiraz, overflowing with black fruits, oak and abundant tannins. Has the balance to age with distinction. The alcohol is not an issue.

Drink by: 2034

2010 Jack Harrison Shiraz - 94 points & Silver

James Halliday: 94 points

Deep purple-crimson; the bouquet immediately expresses black fruits, allspice and a hint of oak, all of which gain volume on the medium- to full-bodied palate; it is positively rich and voluptuous on the mid-palate, but the back-palate and finish have an open weave, and confer an overall spicy/cedary elegance.

Drink by: 2030

Silver Medal – 2014 Barossa Wine Show

Mike Bennie (Wine Business Mag): 93 points

From a single Eden Valley Vineyard. Spends 18 months in oak then two years in bottle before release. Power and mellowness hand in hand. Black current and inky plum fruit character with smooth nougat tinged oak lending a hand. Drips from the palate with richness, finishes with sinewy tannins”.

Rod Properjohn (WA): score 17 ½  

There’s a youthful mauve appearance in this premium red and it is fathoms deep with pepper and anise. Medium weighted and advertising the strength of a great Barossa vintage, the wine stretches long in the mouth with blueberry, plum and supporting oak to a dry acid finish. Try with a flash-fried loin of kangaroo.

2011 Jack Harrison Shiraz - 90 points & Bronze (SOLD OUT)

James Halliday: 90 points

A brave attempt to conquer the weather, partly achieved in the vineyard and partly in the winery (by oak); there are some attractive medium-bodied red and black fruits under that oak, but there is a ‘what if’ unanswered question.

Drink by 2019

Bronze Medal – 2015 New Zealand International Wine Competition

Bronze Medal – 2014 New York World Wine & Spirits Competition

Bronze Medal – 2013 Barossa Wine Show

2012 Jack Harrison Shiraz - 96 points & Gold

 James Halliday: 96 points

There’s no question, good Eden Valley Shiraz has a radically different profile to most from the Barossa Valley; there’s a spicy, savoury elegance that establishes the ground rules that highlight the varietal expression. This gains power on the silky/juicy back palate and finish with its array of summer berry fruits of every description. This is a lovely wine.

Drink by: 2037

Gold Medal – 2016 Melbourne International Wine Competition (Category: Barossa Shiraz over $25)

Silver Medal – 2017 San Francisco International Wine Competition (Class 231, Syrah)

Mackenzie William 1896 Riesling

Mackenzie-William

2010 Mackenzie William 1896 Riesling - 91 points

James Halliday: 91 points

Light straw-green; has started to develop the appearance of ‘normal’ riesling in contradistinction to the 2011s; has good intensity, grip, length and texture; drink now or later whenever the mood takes you.

Drink by 2020

2011 Mackenzie William 1896 Riesling - 90 points & Gold

James Halliday: 90 points

Light green-straw; a fragrant and flowery bouquet with citrus and apple blossom signals a crisp and lively palate, with the hallmark acidity of the vintage.

Drink by: 2017

Gold Medal – 2011 Barossa Wine Show

Adelaide Review’s Hot 100 List for 2011

Bronze Medal – 2012 Barossa Wine Show

Bronze Medal – 2012 Royal Queensland Wine Show

2012 Mackenzie William 1896 Riesling - 94 points & Silver

 James Halliday: 94 points

Pale quartz-green; an elegant wine made from vines planted two centuries ago; the bouquet is still to fully evolve, but the finely structured palate points the way, with its beautifully balanced display of sweet riesling fruit framed by minerally acidity.

Drink by: 2027

Also hand chosen as one of James Halliday’s Top Cellaring Selections for 2013  

Silver Medal – 2013 Barossa Wine Show  

Bronze Medal – 2012 Barossa Wine Show

2013 Mackenzie William 1896 Riesling - 96 points & Silver (SOLD OUT)

James Halliday: 96 points

Bright green-quartz; made from 117-year-old vines, the scented citrus blossom bouquet a foretaste of the super-elegant palate, where citrus fruits of every description weave a glorious pattern through the crisp, lingering acidity. How or why this beautiful wine is priced so low is definitely looking the proverbial gift horse in the mouth.

Drink by: 2028

Silver Medal – 2013 Barossa Wine Show  

Rod Properjohn: score 18 ½  

From 118 year old vines; this is a brilliant light green/straw colour and has a lifted citrus-blossom perfume. There is a long penetrating pure-fruited palate of lime juice, steely minerality, dryness and razor-sharp acidity and it’s absolutely perfect with battered pan-fried fillets of whiting. The price is an unbelievable $20.

2014 Mackenzie William 1896 Riesling - 93 points & Bronze (SOLD OUT)

James Halliday: 93 points

Bright, fresh, crisp and fault-free, with lime (dominant), green apple (less so) and crisp acidity. Full of paradoxes: ancient vines, but only $19, and doesn’t have the intensity expected (but which it had last year); the balance suggests you should simply buy it and sit on it for 2-3 years.

Drink by 2024

Bronze Medal – 2014 Barossa Wine Show, Class 1

2015 Mackenzie William 1896 Riesling - 93 points & Silver

Silver Medal – 2015 Perth Royal Wine Show, Class 10

Bronze Medal – 2015 Australian Cool Climate Wine Show, Class 1

93 points – James Halliday

The vines were indeed 119yo when this wine was made, crushed, pressed, cold settled, no frills cool fermentation in stainless steel. It has basically shut up shop, telling would-be tasters to come back later. If you accept these rules of engagement, the price of $20 is paltry given the antecedents of the wine, and the certainty of growing richer and more complex year by year. Drink till 2030.

Review out of the The Adelaide Advertiser in July 2015:

There’s always a great deal of interest in how the new vintage Rieslings express their range of florals and citrus flavours. Here we are immediately in pretty perfumed talc territory, white blossoms as well as well-sculpted, tight apple and lemon-like flavours – with what’s increasingly looking like a vintage-specific softer and fleshier acidity. There’s also a refreshing lemon ice-block-like feel.

Review from social media wine lovers The Wine Wankers in July 2015:

A quality Eden Valley Riesling by the boutique small batch producer Brockenchack. Dry but aromatic with lovely fruit intensity driving home at the end of each sip. Would be perfect with roast pork and apple sauce. Yum!

2016 Mackenzie William 1896 Riesling - Bronze

Bronze Medal – 2016 Melbourne International Wine Competition (Category, Riesling, Australia 0 -0.7g residual sugar)

Bronze Medal – 2016 Barossa Wine Show (Class 1, Dry White, Varietal Riesling)

Charli Jaye Chardonnay

Bottle - Charli Jaye Chardonnay NV 800x800

2015 Charli Jaye Chardonnay - 91 points & Top 20 (SOLD OUT)

91 points – James Halliday

Charli Jaye Single Vineyard Eden Valley Chardonnay 2015 Hand-picked clones 96, 10v1, 76 and Mendoza, cultured yeast, cool-fermented in stainless steel, matured in tank for 5 months, plus a further 3 months in French oak (50% new), the decision to limit oak to this short period entirely correct. The Eden Valley will never challenge Margaret River, Yarra Valley or other top chardonnay regions, but this is a neat wine, with melon, stone fruit and grapefruit flavours all contributing.

Rated Top 20 Premium Chardonnays by drinks magazine tasting panel – April/May 2016 issue

Tru-Su Rose

Bottle - TS Rose - NV Hi

2011 Tru-Su Rose - Silver (SOLD OUT)

Silver Medal – 2011 Barossa Wine Show

2012 Tru-Su Rose - 92 points (SOLD OUT)

James Halliday: 92 points

Bright, light crimson-purple; estate-grown shiraz has life and energy to the fresh and poached red cherry fruit flavours; the overall balance is very good.

Drink by: 2014

2013 Tru-Su Rose - 92 points (SOLD OUT)

James Halliday: 92 points

A bright, full pink rose skilfully made from Shiraz; it has fruit-sweet (not sugar-sweet) red and morello cherry flavours on the palate, lengthened by very good acidity. Great value.

Drink by: 2015

2015 Tru-Su Rose - Bronze (SOLD OUT)

Bronze Medal – 2015 Australian Cool Climate Wine Show, Class 27

Bronze Medal – 2015 Barossa Wine Show, Class 6

2016 Tru-Su Rose - 90 points (SOLD OUT)

90 points – Mike Bennie, Wine Business Magazine

Crowd-pleasing kind of wine here, and it’s set around a sweet-fruit strawberries-and-cream feel. The perfume shows exactly that,
while the palate is strawberry kissed but perks up with a zingy finish. Worth a visit.

Zip Line Shiraz

Zip-Line

2010 Zip Line Shiraz - Bronze (SOLD OUT)

Bronze Medal – 2011 Barossa Wine Show

Bronze Medal – 2012 Barossa Wine Show

Bronze Medal – 2012 Royal Queensland Wine Show

Bronze Medal – 2013 Barossa Wine Show

2011 Zip Line Shiraz - 90 points (SOLD OUT)

James Halliday: 90 points

Hand-picked, open-fermented for 10 days, basket-pressed, and matured for 17 months in used French hogsheads; has excellent colour, and the tannins are in balance with the black fruits of the medium-bodied palate. Obvious care in the vineyard.

Drink by: 2018

2012 Zip Line Shiraz - 95 points (SOLD OUT)

James Halliday: 95 points

After 10-day open ferment, was basket pressed and went into used French hogsheads for 18 months maturation, allowing the high quality fruit to convincingly express its terroir. It has exceptional length and drive through its black fruits and complex, savoury tannins. A great vintage and great value.

Drink by: 2032

Bronze Medal – 2014 Barossa Wine Show

2013 Zip Line Shiraz - Bronze (SOLD OUT)

Bronze Medal2015 Australian Cool Climate Wine Show, Class 22

Bronze Medal2015 Barossa Wine Show, Class 10

89 points – James Halliday

Open-fermented with 10 days on skins, matured in used French hogsheads for 18 months. The very dense, deep colour semaphores the full-bodied, black-fruited wine to come; the tannins are substantial and, within the context of the wine, well balanced. What it does need is lots of patience.

Drink by: 2043

2014 Zip Line Shiraz - Bronze (SOLD OUT)

Bronze Medal – 2016 Melbourne International Wine Competition, Class: Barossa Shiraz under $25  

89 points – James Halliday

Destemmed, partial berry crushing, open-fermented, cultured yeast, matured for 18 months in used French oak. Florentine opulence to the blackberry and dark chocolate fruit, but made without any sugar. Needs 2-3 years to open up.

Drink by: 2024

2015 Zip Line Shiraz - Top 30 Australian Shiraz & 4 Stars

Top 30 Australian ShirazDrinks Magazine, Australian Shiraz Tasting, Feb/March 2017 Issue (Top 10 pick of South Australian Shiraz)

An excellent wine with sweet plum jam aromas and soft, round, mouth-watering fruit flavours and a touch of spice. Very well made and balanced.

4 Stars (out of 5) and Best Buy Category – NZ Cuisine Magazine, NZ & Australia Shiraz Tasting, July 2017 Issue

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