Wine Reviews

The Real Review – by HUON HOOKE – JUL 30, 2016


A dense, solid, savoury Italian-style red with dried cherry and fresh earth aromas. Lively acidity to help it partner food.
The wine is dense, solid and packed with drying tannins. Mouth-watering finish. It cries out for food. (Screwcap).

Score: 95 ★★★★★ – view on

Alcohol: 13%

Ageing: Drink now to 18 years.

Food: Pizza with lots of salami.

Stockists: Fighting Gully Road Wines; Vintage Blue (NSW); City Wine Shop (Vic.)

Wine Genius
 – AUG, 2016

SHIRAZ, 2012

Showcasing Beechworth’s cool climate this Shiraz is bursting with meaty, peppery, dark cherry and floral fruits in a mid weight style. Fresh and bright with long elegant tannins it evolves in the mouth and finishes with subtlety and marked complexity.

Score: 93

Alcohol: 13.5%

Ageing: 2016 – 2020.

Wine Genius
 – AUG, 2016


Released after spending 2 years in partially new French Oak and 2 years maturing in bottle this an exceptional example of Australian Tempranillo with savoury, earthy aromatics of tobacco and dark cherry fruit. Supple and reserved with sandy tannins it will also improve further in bottle.

Score: 92

Alcohol: 13.5%

Ageing: 2016 – 2021.