Cool feel. Slight varnish and lift adds complexity, strawberry , fennel, light earthiness/mineral and a fair amount of spice – peppery even. It’s light bodied with particularly attractive acidity – pure and unforced in feel – very fine slatey tannin and gentle warmth and sweetness of strawberries mixing it up with mineral, sausage and spice. Charming. I suspect it will be best drinking over the next 6 years, though no problem holding it for longer.
94 points, The Wine Front (June 2014)
ADELAIDE HILLSLocated to the east of Adelaide,the Adelaide Hills is part of the Mount Lofty Ranges. Considered a cool-climate region, most vineyards are situated at elevations between 450 to 550 metres. Rainfall is relatively high and spring frosts often pose problems. Hot northerly winds also make bush fires a real threat in the region. Adelaide Hills is a jigsaw of meso-climates, with the best vineyards centred around Piccadilly Valley and Lenswood in protected sites facing north or north-east. Soils are derived from schistic and sedimentary rock; typically well-drained sandy loams over red clay interspersed with schistic gravels. A premium wine-growing region, Adelaide Hills is best known for crisp, lively Sauvignon Blanc and elegant cool climates styles of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Shiraz.