2018 Flagship Collection -Reviews by Angus from WinePilot

Ares Barossa Valley Shiraz 201897 Points
“You don’t often call Barossa shiraz ethereal but that is exactly what we have here. It’s a deeply coloured and muscular shiraz but it is the savoury elements that are most impressive – bay leaf, spice, earth and plenty of oak, but not too much, all over a bed of reserved dark berry fruits. It is followed by a dry and punchy palate with luscious, mouth filling jubey fruits that are bright before the savoury meaty and spicy elements return. The finish is then long and smooth with fine, supple tannins. A superb expression of balanced Barossa Shiraz to enjoy over the next decade.” AH

Aphrodite McLaren Vale Cabernet 201894 Points
“Fascinating to see this wine where the Aphrodite label lives up to what you find in the glass – this is one seductive cabernet sauvignon from McLaren Vale. There is a beautifully rich fruit sweetness with powerful blackcurrant and chocolatey fruit aromas supported by high quality vanillin oak. it’s bigger and bolder cabernet than you can find almost anywhere else in the country, and made more for upfront, youthful appeal rather than being a long aging style. Despite that power there is also a freshness and vibrancy to the mouth-filling fruit supported by supple tannins and running through to a long and open-knit finish. It’s a wine that will drink well for some time to come but probably also quite close to its peak right now. Drink up with roast beef with a rich red wine reduction.” AH

Aerope Barossa Valley Grenache 201896 Points
“There are so many different styles of Australian Grenache now from the fine and delicate through to the more traditional wines stacked full of flavour. This wine is absolutely in the latter camp while also delivering great drinkability and quite serious complexity. It is a rich and decadent style of grenache with mouthfilling cherry compote, raspberry, spice and dried herb fruits plus plenty of oak in support. The fruit is then bright and fresh – more red berry fruits but now also lifted by some baked earth and tobacco complexity. There is impressive power but also balance with manicured tannins which support an extremely long finish. It’s a traditional style of Australia grenache done well with wide appeal, particularly with roast suckling pig.” – AH

Adrestia Adelaide Hills Semillon 201894 Points
“Michael Twelftree runs to the beat of his own drum and he is always happy to go against the grain. And a premium semillon from the Adelaide Hills is exactly that, although it is a restrained version thanks to the cool Adelaide Hills climate.

What really stands out first in this wine is youthful vitality, considering its 3 years of age – this wine is taking its time and still has a way to go. The fruit is piquant and lifted – kaffir lime leaf, lanolin and honeydew with subtle barrel spice. It’s delicate and detailed which is not the usual Two Hands style. Bright and juicy, the palate is textural, more citrus fruits and oak making for a wine of substance. There is also understated power and bright acidity which all lead through to a long yet fine finish. It is not quite ready yet but when you do choose to crack one match it up with salmon sushi and sashimi.” – AH

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