2018 Garden Series Collection - Thoughts from The Real Review

SAMANTHA’S GARDEN Clare Valley Shiraz 2018
Opaque purple colour to the rim. A nose of blueberries and dried herbs. The palate shows similar fruits alongside bay leaf and a saline minerality. Great length and persistence. Concentrated but beautifully-framed with fine yet persistent tannins and a dash of brightening acidity. Great length and drive. 95 Points

MAX’S GARDEN Heathcote Shiraz 2018
Intense dark red to the rim. A bouquet of black olive, fresh-turned earth and black cherries. An explosion of cardamom, cinnamon and white pepper oak spices on the palate. Subdued but flowing black fruits follow. Definitely a full-bodied red as expected of the region, but it brings with it suitable tannins to handle the fullness while a brightness to the acidity adds a lightness that surprises into the finish 93 Points

BELLA’S GARDEN Barossa Valley Shiraz 2018
Deep purple/red colour, with a rich chocolate and licorice aroma tinged with graphite and tar nuances, the palate rich and fleshy, deeply berry-ish and sumptuously textured. Generous and typical. A lovely wine. 93 Points

CHARLIE’S GARDEN Eden Valley Shiraz 2018
Deep re/-purple hue, with a spicy, faintly vegetal aroma typical of the region. The palate is sumptuously rich and fleshy, deep and intense, with a degree of elegance assisted by refreshing acidity on the finish. Black fruits in abundance. A superb wine and approachable already. 93 Points

LILY’S GARDEN McLaren Vale Shiraz 2018
Deep, bright purple/red colour, with a reserved but concentrated and very raw, fruit-driven aroma of stewed plums, the palate quite full-bodied and supple, but dipping slightly at the centre and tasting a little callow and unfinished. Another year may bring it together. The tannins tend to swamp the finish and aftertaste. Long-term. 90 Points

HARRIET’S GARDEN Adelaide Hills Shiraz 2018
Ruby-red colour with some purpling in the rim. Blue fruits, a touch of wood polish jars the nose. A big palate of blueberry compote, thyme and violets. Richly-textured and forward but fines up and shows more focus into the finish. A good line of acid gives crunch over a fine tannic fuzz

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