Looking back into the cellar here are a few of the wines we have tasted recently and how they are travelling.
2004 : Our first release, looking remarkably young still, but has some developed beautifully, it’s rich and long, with a lovely spine of acid. Drinking now and will keep longer.
2005: Hitting it’s peak right now at 11 years old, it’s richer and more concentrated than the 04, but has plenty to offer, lovely texture and length. Drinking well now.
2006: The 06 has always keep a slow developer, taut and fine in it’s youth, it is still showing that there is more to offer. It’s a great vintage and this wine is a beauty. Drink now-2020
2007: Not made, frost wiped out the entire crop.
2008: From a warmer than average year, it has layers of flavor and texture, fruit spectrum is now more stone fruit and melon, with a hint of toastiness. Drink now
2009: From donated fruit after the black Saturday fires, it’s mainly from Macedon ranges and it shows it’s cool origins, grapefruit, lime and a taut and racy finish, still yet to fully unfurl. 2017-2022
2010: Not made
2011: From the cool and wet La Nina affected vintage, it’s a beauty and one of my favourite Chardonnays, citrus spice, a lovely funky note, racy long super fine. It can be enjoyed now, but will go on and on. 2016-2026
2012: Not made
2013: Still relatively wound up, but is was a slightly warmer than average vintage, so it has richness and texture and depth that means you can enjoy now, but again the mineral drive is there and it still has plenty to show down the track. 2020-2026
2014: This is a super wine, incredible taut and tightly wound, the nose is a beauty, complex grapefruit, struck match, the palate super fine and long. Potentially the best we have made. 2022-2030
2015:This again is one of our best, still very much in it’s youth, grapefruit, nectarine, flint and struck match. Palate super fine and tight with layers of intensity, 98 points from Mr Halliday, well spotted!
2016: We have had so much positive feedback about the 2016 Chardonnay, Nick Hildebrandt, one of Australia’s best sommeliers and restauranteurs claims it’s the best we have made and one of the best Chardonnay he has ever tasted from Australia, enough said!
2005: The first vintage and still a sentimental favourite in the line up. It is indeed a lovely Pinot Noir drinking at it’s peak. It is super complex and fine, with wild strawberry, forest floor and real depth. The palate is pure silk. One to sit and ponder with. Now-2025
2006: The cooler 2006 vintage shows in the is wine, loads of red fruits and perfume, the palate fine, silky and rounded. It too is at it’s peak and should be consumed over the next few years. Now-2025
2007: Only one barrel made from frost affected secondary fruit. It got loads of tannin and depth and is still relatively youthful. Dark fruitsa dn a certain chewiness at the end. 2018-2024
2008: Starting to show a degree of development, it’s red fruits, wild strawberry and forest floor. Palate still quite tight and focused, finishing long and savoury. Now-2027
2009: From donated fruit after black Saturday, from the lower and upper Yarra Valley. Young, taut and focused, still has more to offer. 2020-2025
2010: Brightly colored and still primary in character, red fruits, cherry a hint of spice, palate is super fine and long, lovely tannins and a black cherry kick to finish. 2018-2028
2011: The La Nina affected year, cool edged fruit, spice, red currant and a dried herbal background. The palate is remarkable well balanced and structured. One that continues to surprise. 2019-2026
2012: Not Made
2013: This wine will still take some time to fully show it’s best, it has always been the quite brooding type that need to be coaxed out of it’s shell. It hasn’t changed much. Red fruits, tight and wound up. Decant for an hour if you are drinking it now, otherwise, out it away for another 2+ years. 2018-2028
2014: An atrractive wine on release, spice and red fruits, quite perfumed, it hasn’t moved on much from this, so again, let it sit for a couple more years. 2020-2028
2015: Still a little closed and brooding at this early juncture, darkish fruit, spice and lovely depth. Palate is tight, a touch savoury but with layers of texture, needs another 2-3 years to begin to evolve.
2016: Super fragrant and perfumed the star of the tasting at a recent Yarra Valley showcase for international sommeliers. Juicey deep and powerful, many years left to its peak.
2008: The warm 2008 vintage still shows it’s influence here. Black fruits, a hint of tar and spcie, quite deep and brooding. Palate is rich and relatively well textured and rounded. Long, firm and a tad masculine. 2016-2026
2009: Not Made
2010: This a lovely example of what the vineyard can produce. It’s beautifully perfumed and fragrant, spice, red fruits, black fruits, pepper ad a deeply scented floral background of violets. Palate is seductively silky and super fine, this is a lovely wine right now, but will continue to give more and more. 2016-2030.
2011: The cool and wet 2011 has given this wine some unique characteristics, incredibly spiced with pepper, clove, five spice with a dried herb background. Palate is medium weight and fine, silky and long. Ageing particularly well. Drink now 2021.
2012: Not made
2013: The first in a trio of terrific vintages, we loved the 13 when released and just looks better and better each time we go back for a sneak peak. Spice, pepper, floral notes and black fruited. Firmish tannins, long, savoury and delicious. Drink 2020-2030
2014: The start of last years release, the 99 pointer. What can l say, l think James Halliday put it best….
Published on 30 Jul 2015
“If anyone thinks shiraz can't attain fully ripe flavour development at 13% they should move heaven and earth to get hold of a bottle of this wine. Gloriously coloured, it has a Joseph's coat of forest berry fruits, flashing red and black flavours, spice and cracked pepper, quality oak also contributing. The most remarkable feature is the way it refuses to let its flavours leave the mouth after you have swallowed it, introducing another level to the concept of palate length and aftertaste. It also proves the greatest wines are perfect from the first moment they are bottled, the future revealing different facets, but not impinging on their quality.”
2015: Super fragrant and lifted red and black fruits, loads of spice a lick of new oak, layers of texture and intensity, will take years to unfurl fully. Keep your hands off for a little while longer. 2020-2030
2016: Powerful and brooding, it just so generous and richly concentrated, still young, keep your hands off for a while.
2005: The first release has developed nicely, raspberry, earthy and a touch of leather, it’s silky powerful and the long and savoury finish just pushes on and on.
2008: The warmish year has influence this year, in a positive way, it loaded with a cherry pie and a hint of rhubarb, spice and dried herbs. The palate rounded, powerful and long. Drink now- 2026
2013: Layered with red and black fruits, spice, earth and leather, it has a lovely floral note and is deep and interesting. Spicy, firm tannins and plenty of structure, lots of time left in this baby. Drink 2020-2030
2014: Nobody put it better than James Halliday…..
James Halliday - Published on 27 Jul 2015
“This takes grenache into Alice in Wonderland territory, its brilliant clarity and perfumed bouquet taking you through the looking glass into a panorama of juicy red berries of every description; tannins and acidity are there, but seemingly always on the other side of the looking glass no matter how quickly you jump back and forth.”
2015: A really interesting Grenache, so deep and spicy and intense, layers of flavor and chalky tannins, evolves in the glass beautifully, still years ahead of it. 2020-2028
2016: Powerful and fragrant, juicey and deliciously long and drinkable. A few years in the cellar will improve it no end.