Plenty of vinous cherry fruit aroma and some briary forest characters here, earthy, the oak is spicy and sits up in the mix, strong anise, some clove too. Fine gentle tannins and ripe soft fruits, liquorice and flighty cherry fruit flavour. Musky balanced finish.
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A pricey but very impressive South Australian offering from Brian Croser of Petaluma fame. High quality fruit strikes you from the first mouthful-cranberries, plums and blackcurrants ? and it has good structure and fine tannins.
Fragrant, succulent, powerful and complex.
The first release from the experimental Foggy Hill vineyard. Very varietal and proudly unfiltered, it's made from grapes from a vineyard that is at the highest point of the Fleurieu Peninsula. It's idiosyncratic and superb.
Drink with barbecued duck.
From the winemaker's family vineyard in the Piccadilly Valley of the Adelaide Hills, this is indisputably one of Australia's finest chardonnays. Barrel-fermented and lees-stirred, it has wonderful varietal character with superb fruit assisted by subtle oak.
Drink with free-range roast chicken.
Sometimes, you feel spoilt being asked to review wines. Drinking this chardonnay is one such occasion. Made by Brian Croser, it comes from his family's vineyard in the Adelaide Hills. every chardonnay technique has been applied in the making, yet the power of the fruit remains, it is focused and pure, with and incredible finish. Wow.
Two of the country's finest chardonnays come from this Adelaide Hills vineyard - the outstanding 2004 Petaluma Tiers and this sublime white. It's fine, subtle yet complex with nutmeggy oak and purity of fruit. Smoothly viscous and tight, finishing with light minerality.
Finely assembled by Brian Croser, this is an expressive Merlot with loads of rich black fruits, savoury spice and hints of fruit cake. The palate is tight and full bodied, supported by dark chocolate oak and fine long tannins.
If you've got a special occasion coming up you'd want a wine like this. If you haven't, buy it anyway and put it in the cellar as the legendary Brian Croser is responsible.
This is a grand wine with its head nodding towards the aristocratic wines of France but its heart is distinctively Australian. There's lifted blackcurrant fruit on the nose with violets, spice and a whiff of meaty jus. The palate is wonderfully soft with a black fruit core, notes of cedar and leather ending with great length and persistence. A wine with a sense of place and that place is in my cellar!
Try with Lamb studded with garlic and rosemary and a rich meat reduction