In this the first week of Spring we are delighted to offer you the 2019 Syrah. I believe this to be a great Syrah, on par with the majestic 2018.
300 dozen were made. We don’t expect it to hang around long.
Typically on this first Tuesday of September we would be talking to you about the new vintage Shiraz Viognier, but as I’m sure you remember, smoke taint from catastrophic bushfires led to the grapes ending up on the vineyard floor rather than in the fermenters in 2020.
Regular programming will be restored with the release of the wild and wonderful 2021 Shiraz Viognier in September next year.
We’re thrilled to finally offer you the 2019 Shiraz Viognier.
We held off releasing this vintage for six months, an attempt to smooth over the large gap left by the loss of our 2020 vintage to smoke damage.
The 2021 vintage, ripening beautifully as I type these words, will be released as normal in September 2022.
From an exceptional year, the 2019 delivers waves of intense, pure fruit and a pitch perfect tannin structure. Sitting as it does among the greatest vintages, it will reward patient cellaring for many years.
We are thrilled to be releasing the 2018 Syrah today!
The 2018 Syrah, from a stellar vintage, is at least as good as any Syrah, or indeed any wine, we have ever made.
Here is what Huon Hooke had to say:
“The bouquet is spicy first, floral second, fruit driving it … wonderful complexity. The palate is medium-bodied and very elegant, stylish, polished and fluent…The palate length is extraordinary and seamless all the way…It’s deceptively easy to enjoy now, but a few years on it promises to bring even more to the table. Great now and even greater potential.” 98 points – Huon Hooke, The Real Review
We are delighted to be releasing our first Shiraz from the phenomenal 2019 vintage.
The 2019 Hilltops shows all the opulent black fruit and mouth coating intensity of the year. It’s already delicious and I have no doubt it will age beautifully. Mike Bennie’s wonderful prose captures it perfectly:
It’s a significantly excellent release of this shiraz, shimmers in the glass with purple-dark red colour, slips over the palate with a satiny spread of mellifluous fruit and spice, offers fine sheets of lacy tannin and finishes fresh and nicely puckering.
Such pretty sweet fruit, floral notes and piquant spice. Such a delight! Such pleasing and easy drinking but feels like pedigree too. A worthy addition to a cellar (and for your glass now, now, now). – Winefront, June 12, 2020
We were very honoured to come in at number four in Huon Hooke’s list of 52 top Australian wineries in the Good Weekend Magazine (Age and SMH) on Saturday. Huon wrote, ‘The 2018 Shiraz Viognier is a cracking wine, one of winemaker Tim Kirk’s best. Indeed, the entire range is splendid…The house style is restrained, elegant, perfumed and very beautiful. The finesse extends to the Viognier and Riesling 2019.’
This past weekend James Halliday reviewed the 2018 Shiraz Viognier: ‘Fragrant to the point of perfumed aromas of spices, rose petals and red fruit blossom. The palate is, as ever, very complex, with spice berries sewn together by a necklace of tannins. The length is mesmerising.’ – The Weekend Australian Magazine, June 13-14, 2020.
The 2018 SV is down to the last stocks now so get a hold of some and stock your cellar if you haven’t yet. Look out for the Magnum release on September 1.
“This is another beauty. I opened it on a Friday night and as I did so I wondered whether it was “Friday night worthy”. It was and then some. It boasts ample dark cherry/berry fruit, comes inlaid with spice, carries its floral highlights with ease and has a meaty, spicy, clovey finish. It’s juicy throughout and yet it has power; the tannin too has a fine spread-and-run aspect to it. It’s a winner for sure. It will age beautifully as well”. – Campbell Mattinson
“Very deep aromas of raspberries and red plums with subtly spicy notes, leading to a palate that has a super fleshy, juicy and red-fruited core of fine, long tannins. Drink now.” – James Suckling/Nick Stock
If you’re looking for winter whites, here are two, straight off our shiny new bottling line:
STOP PRESS A beautiful review for the 2017 O’Riada Shiraz from the great man James Halliday in the just released August/September edition of Halliday Magazine:
“Spice, red flowers, pepper and wood smoke all appear and promptly disappear on the bouquet, reforming in a different order next time around, the ensuing palate a pond without a single ruffle. Red cherry infuses all of one’s senses with a constant framework of spice. The faultless balance will still be sustaining the wine 30 years hence. What value!“