2016 JAMES HALLIDAY AUSTRALIAN WINE COMPANION

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The latest reviews for our wines have arrived courtesy of the new release of ‘The Great Man’s’ annual compendium. We are thrilled to have received a red 5 star winery rating and we’re equally impressed with the high scores and the kind words. The reviews for our wines can be seen here below, but we do encourage you to grab a copy of the new book (from your local, independent bookstore of course) because it contains a huge amount of information for Aussie wine lovers.


2013 SCHILLER SHIRAZ
Score: 96

Made from 400 shiraz vines planted by Carl August Otto Schiller in the 1880s. It’s Barossa shiraz in all its glory. Ripe, blackberried, aniseed fruit meets smoke, iced coffee and ground spice. It has more than a little ‘come hither’ about it yet it’s also sophisticated and complex. In short, it’s a slashing wine.

2012 NITSCHKE BLOCK SHIRAZ
Score: 95

The grapes come from the family-owned Bethany vineyard, dry-grown and producing intensely flavoured grapes; it was wild yeast-fermented with the inclusion of whole bunches, basket-pressed, and not filtered. Remarkably intense, focused and powerful, with significantly deeper fruit flavours, the whole bunch not as obvious as it is in the Meta Shiraz, but still providing an extra degree of complexity, and a distinct lift on the finish. A wine about variety and place, not oak.

2013 SCHWARZ GSM
Score: 93

Sweet fruit flavour aplenty, and more. This is a beautifully presented GSM blend. It’s all licorice and dark earth, black cherry and spice, the combination of out-and-out fruit sweetness and more earthen, savoury aspects set to the most enjoyable effect. Fine curls of tannin help those licoricey notes linger; floral notes add to the show of the finish.

2014 META GRENACHE
Score: 93

70% whole bunches; an influence more on the structure here than the flavour. It tastes of raspberries and peanut shells, chocolate and dried herbs. It’s fresh, ever-so-slightly sinewy, and lively through the finish. As fascinating as it is delicious.

2013 SCHWARZ SHIRAZ
Score: 94

The flavours are up and about early in this wine but they keep champing at the bit all the way to the final siren. Blackberry, leather and aniseed with clovey, toasty notes, the palate both concentrated and fresh at once. Fine-grained tannin plays an important and complementary role. Bang on.

2013 META SHIRAZ
Score: 93

Wild yeast, 20% whole bunch, unfined and unfiltered. From the Moppa and Stonewell districts. It’s stringy but well fruited with dried herb and smoke-like notes adding plenty of interest. It’s identifiably Barossa shiraz, blackberried and powerful, but not exactly as we know and love it. Its maturation should be an interesting journey.

2012 META MATARO
Score: 93

“Hand-picked, wild yeast-fermented with 20% whole bunches; bottled without filtration or fining; 50 dozen made. Good depth to the colour; a faintly smoked meat edge to the bouquet accompanies black fruits that run into the firmly structured, medium-bodied palate, which breaks free on the back-palate and finish into a juicy burst of pure flavour.”

2012 THIELE ROAD GRENACHE
Score: 93

“The family-owned Thiele Road Vineyard, situated at Bethany Creek at the foot of the Barossa Ranges, grows 70-year-old deep-rooted Grenache vines. Fermented with wild yeast and whole bunch inclusion, basket-pressed and not filtered, the wine is closer to traditional Barossa Grenache than Meta, but is its own master, with its luscious varietal fruit and rounded finish. 250 dozen made.”