1999 Penfolds Grange Magnum
the 1999 Penfolds Grange is “the first Grange since 1963 to be 100 percent Shiraz – and doesn’t it show it in all its glory. This is a fabulously balanced Grange, the perfect follow-up to the extraordinary 1998. Full of luscious, elevated, malty oak and crawling with deliciously spiced, leather-like, licorice-laden, plum-infused, blackberried fruit, it’s gorgeously supple and gamey and long, with a magnificent silkiness and a sense of power, balance and finesse almost second to none. Given a good decant it drinks outstandingly well already, but it will live for a very long time. Given that time, this will become a top-shelf Grange. Jeremy Oliver 96 Points, Drinking 2024 – 2048.
2002 Seppelt St Peters Shiraz
“This seamless, pristine 2002 Seppelt St Peters Shiraz has floral, rose garden-like aromas of pristine but briary dark berry fruits, packed with pepper and musky spices and backed by a charcuterie-like meatiness. Its long, fine and seamless palate effortlessly delivers sumptuous flavours of exceptional purity over bony, powdery tannins, culminating in a long, savoury finish of exceptional persistence. A perfect reflection of its terroir – a truly great wine! Jeremy Oliver 98 Points, Drinking 2014-2022+.
2004 Balnaves The Tally Cabernet Sauvingnon
The 2004 Balnaves the Tally is a tightly held together Coonawarra red, regarded by Balnaves as being their best effort to date. Totally opaque black purple colour with excellent cling. Superb lifted perfumed nose with aromas of violet, liquorice allsorts, blackcurrant, confectionery and spice. The palate delivers flavours of blackcurrant, spice and liquorice over a background of white pepper and spice. Fine dry, persistent chalky tannins. Aftertaste of blackcurrant, spice and liquorice. Jeremy Oliver 97 Points, Drinking 2024 – 2034.
2004 Greenock Creek Creek Block Shiraz
The 2004 Greenock Creek Shiraz from the famed single vineyard Creek Block site “is near otherworldly. It was sourced from a 66-year-old vineyard with yields of 1.0 tons per acre and aged for 28 months in used American oak. It delivers a super-fragrant nose of smoked meat, bacon, violets, an earthy/truffle element, blackberry, and blueberry muffin. This leads to a full-bodied, voluptuous wine with gobs of spicy, complex blue and black fruit flavors, great balance, and a finish that just won’t quit. This loaded wine can be enjoyed now but will drink well for another 15-20 years”. Robert Parker 99 Points, Drinking 2020 – 2032.
2004 Penfolds Block 42 Cabernet Sauvignon
It’s not known exactly when the Kalimna Block 42 was planted but there are suggestions that the vines were planted in the 1880’s. They could be the oldest Cabernet vines in the world. I’ve been there and the vines are truly old. Only very rarely does Penfolds release this as a single vineyard wine, when the Cabernet is so fabulous it can’t possibly be blended. The 2004 Penfolds Block 42 Cabernet was such a vintage. Matured in 100% new American hogsheads for 13 months, the Penfolds Block 42 displays a very deep garnet-purple color and profoundly earthy / gamey aromas over black cherry preserves, creme de cassis plus scents of leather, pencil shavings, Mediterranean herbs, black truffles, underbrush and black olives. The elegant, medium-bodied palate is tightly-knit and led by structure with a high level of grainy tannins, very high acid and a long earthy finish. Robert Parker 97 Points, Drinking Now – 2045+
2004 Penfolds Bin 389 Cabernet Shiraz
The 2004 Penfolds Bin 389 has aromas of berry, plum, licorice, peppercorn, meat, mint and spicy cedar vanilla oak. On the palate full bodied and intense with flavours of berry, licorice, tobacco, mint and vanilla oak. The tannins are firm and grainy; authoritative, confident and sitting very comfortably within the wine. Tannins you can trust. Finishes dry and savoury with excellent length of flavour. A vintage that hoists the flag back to full mast for the archetypal Australian blend. Jeremy Oliver 95 Points, Drinking Now – 2024+
2006 Mollydooker Carnival of Love Shiraz
The 2006 Mollydooker Carnival of Love was sourced from a single vineyard. The sensational nose, consisting of violets, lilacs, meat, game, leather, blueberry, and chocolate, leaps from the glass. On the palate this full-bodied wine somehow manages to combine power with elegance. The sweet tannins are well-concealed and the finish lasts for at least one minute. It will provide pleasure for 25 years but who will be that patient? Robert Parker 97 Points, 2007 – 2032.
2007 Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier
The 2007 Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier is opulent and heady, with a deep, meaty perfume of raspberries, cassis, blue flowers and marzipan that reveals charcuterie-like undertones. Its smooth, deeply layered palate reveals powerful dark plum, cherry and berry flavours powder coated by fine, grainy and drying tannins. Long, complete and impactful, it soaks up its savoury, fine grained oak influences, finishing with lingering sour-edged fruit and meaty undertones. Jeremy Oliver 97 Points, Drinking 2019 – 2027.
2008 William Downie Mornington Peninsular Pinot Noir
The 2008 William Downie Mornington Pinot Noir is deeply perfumed and alluring, this exceptionally fine and tightly crafted Pinot marries ethereal scents of flowers, undergrowth, black and red cherries, exotic spices and a light dusting of dried herb notes with tight-grained French oak and earthy, smoked meat undertones. It’s long, translucent palate reveals layers of pristine pinot flavour underpinned by the tightest of powdery tannins, finishing quite dry and savoury with surprising intensity and a lingering presence of licorice and five-spice. A beautiful artisan Pinot. Jeremy Oliver 97 Points, Drinking 2015 – 2022.
2009 Kay Brothers Block 6 Shiraz
Lighter colour than the Hillside, despite coming from the original 1896 1.8ha Hillside block of 117-year-old vines. Hand-picked, fermented in 1896 fermenters, basket-pressed, and matured for over two years in new American and Baltic oak barriques. The intensity of the fruit flavours is remarkable, although I’m not sure about the duck confit flavours ex the back label; the intense fruit has made fight work of all that oak, and the tannins are mouthwatering. James Halliday 95 Points, Drinking 2014 – 2022.
2013 Noon Reserve Shiraz
The 2013 Noon Reserve Shiraz is medium to deep garnet/purple in colour and has a youthfully mute nose exuding crushed blackberries and wild blueberries dotted with notes of cloves, pepper and anise. Big, voluptuous and full-bodied in the mouth, it has tons of spice, black fruit and savory flavors that are shaped by firm, grainy tannins and a long finish. Robert Parker 97 Points, Drinking 2017 – 2032.