VINSOMNIAC by Stuart Robinson Sourced from the Swaby Vineyard – up near the Botanic Gardens in the Adelaide Hills – a vineyard also used as a fruit source by Michael Hall, BK Wines and Yalumba. Oxidative notes on the nose, giving that nuttiness and bruised apple complexity. The palate sees more of the same with…Read more
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JAMES HALLIDAY Punchy white with spice, hazelnut and wheat-like notes to the fore. Promoted as ‘smashable’ but there’s a bit more to it than that. Slinky texture and jets of flavour through the finish. Adelaide Hills, SA 13%, Screwcap, $27 a bottle Rating: 92 Points Tasted: October 2014 Drink by: 2016 BUY NOWRead more
JAMES HALLIDAY Richly flavoured and well composed. On song. Blackberry, peppercorn and milk chocolate, smooth to the touch and generous to a fault. Laced with fine-grained, smoky/spicy tannin. Excellent. McLaren Vale, SA 14.5%, Screwcap, $37 a bottle Rating: 94 Points Tasted: October 2014 Drink by: 2025 SOLD OUTRead more
JAMES HALLIDAY High alcohol but dominated by savoury flavour. Naturally though fruit impact is not in question. Iodine, dark cherry, chicory and twig-like notes make for both an interesting and satisfying ride. Tiny production and, particularly in that context, decent value. McLaren Vale, SA 15.5%, Screwcap, $27 a bottle Rating: 90 Points Tasted: July 2014…Read more
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