2019 Single Vineyard Series - Thoughts from WinePilot


Dave’s Block Blewitt Springs McLaren Valey Shiraz 2019

“ For Dave’s Block, Michael Twelfree and his team travel down to Blewitt Springs in McLaren Vale. There is a clear ripeness and richness to this wine, but quite different from the Coach House. There is a brightness and a freshness –cranberries, herbs and spice aromas – generous fruits that are already open forbusiness. That freshness then continues in the mouth in what is a surprisingly silky style. It’s an elegant expression of McLaren Vale with supple tannins to finish.”AH. 93 POINTS

Waterfall Block Burnside Adelaide Shiraz 2019
“I’ve got a bit of a soft spot for this wine. It’s made from a vineyard quite literally in the suburbs of Adelaide, and is one of the few city vineyards found anywhere around the world. It is distinctly different from the other wines in the SingleVineyard Series with a more savoury and earthy character that shows another side to South Australian Shiraz. There are bright cranberry and raspberry fruits lifted by spicy, and meaty complexity, all in a restrained style. There is finesse to what is anethereal palate with a long and supple finish. Delicious to enjoy now and over the medium term.” AH 93 POINTS

Yacca Block Mengler’s Hill Eden Valley Shiraz 2019
“For mine the best of the 2019 Single Vineyard Series, Yacca Block is made with fruit from relatively young vines in the Eden Valley. What Eden Valley provides is a finer and more detailed edge to the typically rich Two Hands style. The wine is still unmistakably Two Hands with decadent dark fruit plus plenty of high-quality oak. This is offset by a dusting of violets and mixed spice that make it hard to resist. There is then a powerful, yet silky, palate – the fruit rich but beautifully balanced and poised before a long and mouth-filling finish. A superb Edenexpression with the structure for a long life ahead. ” AH 95 POINTS

Secret Block Moppa Hills Barossa Valley Shiraz 2019
“Barossa and in particular Moppa fans will fall in love with this shiraz. It is adeeply flavoured wine but also carries with it great presence and staying power.There are lashings of dark fruit with liquorice, blackberry and baked eartharomas wound up in a blanket of high quality mocha-scented oak, which iskeeping the fruit a little muted right now. The palate though is a different storyand unfurls to reveal layer after layer of flavour. It’s also bold and muscular withample tannins that will help it to drink beautifully over the next decade at least.” AH 93 POINTS

Coach House Block Greenock Barossa Valley 2019 – SOLD OUT
” From another legendary Barossa sub-region, Greenock, the vineyard has asouth-eastern aspect, elevation of 256 metres and row orientation of north-westto south-east. The soil is deep grey-red loam containing coarse quartz andironstone gravel over clay. The vines are 23 years of age and this is a vineyardwhich offers wonderful generosity of flavour.
Deep reds here. Florals, tomato bush notes. Dry herbs and cloves. This is theoutlier in comparison to the rest of the series. Quite different. Aromatic, evenedgy. There is a fraction more oak evident here, but it is generous in all thingswith juicy acidity. There is a sappy note on the finish too. Again, a good future.”KG” 93 POINTS

Holy Grail Seppeltsfield Barossa Valley 2019
“The youngest of the vineyards, proving age is not everything, with vines from five to19 years of age. Located in the Seppeltsfield sub-region of the Barossa Valley. Rowshave an east-west orientation, and the vineyard a north-easterly aspect. Elevation is250 metres. The soil is red-brown earth over stony clay. It gives the wines incrediblyintense aromatics.
Purples and reds. This opens with chocolate and raisins. It is plush, cuddly, full-flavoured and even cushiony while already exhibiting some serious complexity.Black fruits, spices, liquorice. Chewy tannins, but they and the oak and the acidityand the fruit are all in sync. Balance is immaculate with great length. Stunning, lovethis and my pick of the range.” KG 92+ POINTS

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