Penley Estate 'Tolmer' 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon


Tasting Notes

A fragrant nose of blue fruit and candy raspberry. An aromatic profile with dusty oak and juicy fruit.

Complex and bright on the palate, with flavours of cassis and blueberry. Good length and chalky tannin compliments a rhubarb undertone.

Ready to drink now or for enjoying the rewards of cellaring for the next 5-10 years for some secondary fruit characters to shine through. 

Vintage comment

The growing season was drier than avergae, and careful irrigation to optimise flavour development worked very well. Harvest was two weeks early the result of a warmer than average October which advanced the whole season. There was a cooler finish with mild ripening conditions. Despite the early season, the time taken for berry development and ripening were in line, allowing adequate time for fruit to develop tannins and complexity. 

Kate Goodman & Matt Tilby
Cabernet Sauvignon

Michael Hall 2016 'Sang de Pigeon' Pinot Noir


A thought provoking Pinot Noir. Aromas of rose, rosemary and ripe cranberry follow onto the palate. Supported by firm tannins and French oak characters, it is a wine of elegance, complexity and sheer drinkability.

A warm, dry winter and hot spring brought on another early vintage. Rain came in late January and average summer temperatures followed. From the Mawson Rd and Quarry Block vineyards in Lenswood. Hand picked on 20 February and 1 March, wild fermented in open fermenter with 17% whole bunch and 12% long maceration. Matured for 11 months in French oak. Rose and rosemary, ripe cranberry and sour plum.

5840 bottles produced.

Michael Hall
Adelaide Hills
Pinot Noir

Chateau Fonsalade 2016 Petit Bonheur


A strong red color, very ripe red fruit (blackcurrant, blackberry) notes and a range of specific aromas expressing, among other things, blond tobacco. Over time, menthol notes of eucalyptus can appear.

Elegant wine of a very beautiful volume wrapping a beautiful tannic structure which gives him a strong personality. The finish, very long can find notes of blackcurrant and blackberry supplemented by spicy touches. 
To accompany grilled red meats (lamb or mutton), tapas and some cheeses. 

Soil: Very specific and diversified soils composed of round pebbles, clay-limestone and schist. 
Maceration in three-week thermo-regulated concrete vats, two of which are fermented between 17 and 20 ° C. 
Malolactic fermentation in vats. 
Maturing on fine lees in concrete vats for 8 months. 

Located in the heart of Languedoc in the Saint-Chinian appellation, Château Fonsalade is a historic estate that has always been involved in the production of quality white, red and rosé wines. A unique terroir, an exceptional climate and ancestral know-how are the keys to our wines that will delight both the demanding professional and the discerning amateur. The name of the Château comes from Occitan "Font Salat", meaning Salt Fountain. It comes from the naturally salty spring springing up on the property. This particular water has qualities and virtues antiseptic essential for a reasoned agriculture respectful of the environment. The entire team of Château Fonsalade would be delighted to welcome you for a visit and a tasting of wines in the vault. So do not hesitate to stop.

Saint-Chinian, Languedoc
45% Syrah, 40% Grenache, 15% Carignan

Hahndorf Hill 2015 Blaufrankisch


Blaufrankisch is a red grape variety that produces wines of superb quality in its homeland of Austria, where it ranks as the pre-eminent grape in the red wine province of Burgenland. Hahndorf Hill Winery was the first producer of Blaufrankisch in Australia, with our debut vintage being in 2008. This wine has a hauntingly beautiful nose of rich blueberry pie and black cherries. The palate is silky smooth with a tumble of berries, gentle spice and a smudge of caramel, all perfectly wrapped in generous yet gentle tannin. Match this beautiful wine with duck, quail, lamb and venison - and if you ever need to enjoy a red with your favourite seafood, this is it! 

Hahndorf, SA

Wheaty Red

Wheaty Red
Clare Valley, SA
85% Shiraz, 15% Mataro

2012 Chanson Le Bourgogne Pinot Noir


The Vintage 2012 : After a very cold winter and a cold spring, the weather at the start of summer was quite demanding. It became fine again in the second half of August with hot temperatures. The harvest commenced early September under a bright sunshine. The combination of all those climatic factors has engendered a significant drop of the yields but quality is there. Meticulous vinifications have produced wines with very pure aromas and a very fresh structure. 

Tasting : Bright red colour. Intense aromas of ripe cherries mixed with liquorice and spices. Complex and well-crafted. Very pure fruit. Crunchy texture and well integrated tannins. Long and refreshing aftertaste.

Pinot Noir

Yarra Yering 2016 Light Dry Red


This delightful Yarra Valley Light Red Blend is 50% Shiraz, 50% Pinot Noir, and is beautifully robust yet soft and generous. 
In the glass: Medium red purple. 
On the nose: Beautifully perfumed black cherry, blood plum, whole bunch spice and peppery lift. 
On the palate: Elegant yet powerful with a fine web of tannins underpinning the complex mix
of silken red and black fruit. It features notes of clove and five spice with bright acidity.

Planted in 1969, the unirrigated vines at our Yarra Valley vineyard produce elegant, complex and powerful wines. Approachable as young wines, they have the ability to develop in the bottle for many years. Yarra Yering is one of Australia’s most iconic wineries with an outstanding international reputation. 

Yarra Yering
Sarah Crowe
Yarra Valley
Pinot Noir (50%) & Shiraz/Syrah (50%)

Ochota Barrels 2014 'A Sense of Compression' Single Vineyard Grenache


The 2013 incarnation of this wine was a work between Taras Ochota and Maynard Keenan of US Supergroup, Tool.

After they established a friendship at Keenan's winery in Arizona, the sharing of both musical and vinous ideas culminated in this cult hero wine collaboration.

Though Maynard wasn't directly involved in this issue, he still consults on the project and Taras has kept it true to the philosophy, though constantly refining the style.

Old vine Grenache. A twist of Gewurz. Just one barrel made. For those of you who love a wine with a story, this is good as they come...

The wine itself is rugged and plush, rippling with dark briary fruit character and showing immense concentration in the core of the wine but with flighty acidity freshening, and sheets of flat, earthy tannins lending structure and building into a light pucker in the finish. There’s a jangly feel to the wine but it’s immensely satisfying, at once bold and yet super drinkable, a return to glass feel if there ever was one. It tastes like it will cellar fantastically and mellow into something broody and more savoury. For now, a hand on the old school richness and density of past, while showing lively and fleeting in some of the finer detail. Opens superbly with time.

The term “rockstar winemaker” gets thrown around a lot these days but Taras Ochota, owner/purveyor of cult wine label Ochota Barrels, is the real deal.

His grungy, minimalist attitude towards his label has seen him gain huge cult status internationally as one of the most boundary pushing “conceptual” winemakers in Australia. From his home in the beautiful Basket Range of the Adelaide Hills, Taras and his wife Amber craft small batches of wine from surrounding vineyards in the Hills and special sites across McLaren Vale and the Barossa Valley.

These are highly sought after and extremely limited wines which have a pulsating energy and drive to them. Some of the country's most exciting wines, no doubt.

Ochota Barrels
Taras Ochota
McLaren Vale
Grenache, Gewurtz

2005 Scorpo Shiraz

Scorpo Wines
Mornington Peninsula

Grounded Cru 2016 Grenache

McLaren Vale

Samuel's Gorge 2013 Mourvèdre


The juxtaposition of rusticity and finesse are desired in wines of this ilk. The 2016 vintage achieves this. Notes of pepper and a hearths smouldering coal's couple with the earthiness of beets and chard to ensure the savoury fullness of varietal characteristics shine through. Full of promise from the Far East, this wine captivates with a sweet spice mix of toasted Bengal cardamom, allspice, star anise and cassia bark.

Think Cantonese barbecue – char siu or its western counterpart in glazed ham – thickly sliced and piled decadently onto a share plate with fresh and crispy vegetables.

amuel's Gorge is a mosaic of dreams, with a principal philosophy of people and  place.

​Samuel's Gorge was established by winemaker Justin McNamee in 2003.  Housed in an 1853 built farm shed, the winery and cellar door sits atop a ridge. Our winery overlooks the spectacular Onkaparinga River National Park to the North, and to the South, the ocean. 

The Samuel's Gorge label is an impression of the rugged landscape that is viewed from the winery; look closer and see our storyboard within the tiles. At Samuel's Gorge we focus on five key varietals; Grenache, Shiraz, Mourvèdre, Graciano  and Tempranillo. 

The wines of Samuel's Gorge are crafted by hand and reflect the landscape in which we work.  We reference history for texture, complexity and harmony. We engage patient techniques, utilising indigenous yeast, ensuring our ferments are long and slow.  Our winery is under the cover of a lean to and at night a ceiling of stars.  Visitors to Samuel's Gorge are welcome to see our process during harvest, in late summer.   

​Driven by aromatics, texture, silkiness and intrigue our wines are great to drink now  and yet have structural support and intensity that ensures they cellar well.  Samuel's Gorge wines reflect the unique vintage conditions and represent the personality and the imagination of the makers.   

Justin McNamee
McLaren Vale

John Duval 2006 'Entity' Shiraz


My aim with Entity is to produce a wine true to the Barossa Valley, variety, and vintage. 2006 was a very good follow on from the excellent 2005 vintage. Good winter and spring rains and favourable conditions for flowering and fruit set resulted in good crops. Mild to warm conditions over summer and rain towards the end of February resulted in rapid maturation and an early start to vintage in the first week of March. Shiraz was all but finished by the end of March producing wines with rich flavour intensity and well balanced structure. The more subtle French oak was chosen to compliment the ripe blackberry, blueberry fruit. Traditional, low intervention winemaking techniques were employed with Entity, allowing the wine to be approachable in its youth but with ample structure and fruit depth to allow great potential for improvement in the bottle, under good cellaring conditions, for at least 10 years.

Region: Barossa Valley

Variety: Shiraz: Sourced from old vineyards in the Krondorf, Stockwell, Light Pass and Marananga regions of the Barossa Valley.

Winemaking: Fermentation with submerged cap in both traditional old open tanks and small stainless steel fermenters.

Oak Maturation: 100% barrel maturation for 18 months with 30% new fine grain French oak and the balance; 2, 3 and 4 year-old French and American oak hogsheads (300 1itres). Some batches finished fermentation in new barrels

Technical Notes:
Alcohol 14.5%
pH 3.48
TA 6.6g/l


  • Colour: Dense ruby purple
  • Nose: Youthful blackberry, blueberry fruit complexed with savoury French oak
  • Palate: Rich and generous with good concentration of dark fruit. The tannins provide a good frame for the wine but are fine, ripe and balanced. The structure has restrained power but remains elegant and finishes with excellent fruit intensity.

After a stellar 29-year career at Penfolds, including 16 years as Chief Winemaker, John founded John Duval Wines in 2003 with the express aim of making wines from the Barossa’s classic varieties and prized old vines. John’s first wine was ‘Plexus’, a Rhone style blend containing Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvedre (GSM). He released his ‘Entity’ Shiraz in 2006, and then a super premium Reserve ‘Eligo’ Shiraz, which is made in tiny quantities and only when vintage conditions allow.

Content with the course he has set, John has no ambitions to turn John Duval Wines into another Penfolds. His mission is to protect and promote small batch, sub-regional winemaking, as well as having a vehicle to express his 40 plus years of premium winemaking knowledge. By working closely with some of the Barossa’s best vignerons (who are key custodians of the region’s treasured old vines), the future of John Duval Wines looks very good indeed.

John Duval
Barossa Valley, SA
Shiraz 100%

S.C. Pannell 2014 Syrah


This cool climate Syrah was sourced from Echunga, 410 metres above sea level in the Southern Adelaide Hills. The fruit is grown on well-drained, granitic soil, my preference for Syrah. I call this wine Syrah instead of the traditional Shiraz to stop confusion and pay homage to the style of wine it makes in the Northern Rhone Valley of France where it is thought to have originated. I love making and drinking cool climate Syrah, and believe it has an enormous future in the Adelaide Hills. This Syrah is juicy, elegant and refined, but importantly still has an underlying sense of power and depth of flavour, and beautiful tannins. 

THE VINTAGE 2014 was a smaller crop (38% less than 2013) and later ripening, with harvest commencing 19 days later than the previous vintage. Fruit set was quite poor and this resulted in the low crops and intensely concentrated wines. The cool late vintage meant that no whole cluster fermentation was necessary. 

WINEMAKING Variety 96 % Syrah (Shiraz), 4% Viognier 

Varietal Origin Northern Rhone 

VineyardEchunga, Adelaide Hills 

Process Hand-harvested and traditionally vinified in small open-top fermenters for 14 days. Aged for 12 months in large format French oak vats and puncheons, 30% of which were new. 

Alcohol 13.4% Ph 6.7 TA 6.7 3.13 

FOR THE SENSES Flavour Profile Highly perfumed, vibrant and complex with black cherry, boysenberry, with hints of fresh peppercorns, charcuterie, dried herb and sarsaparilla 

Structure & Texture There is a lovely tension between the power and control of palate with fresh black cherry and a measure of peppery spice woven into a juicy silky texture and gently integrated dry, earthy tannins on the finish. 

CELLARING This Syrah, if cellared properly, will go the distance for the next five to ten years, however, without question the wine is ready to drink throughout the next few years while it is youthful, vibrant and fragrant.

SERVING The longer this wine is aged, the more it will benefit from decanting a couple of hours before serving. Don't serve it too hot in summer, 20C is perfect and decanting can't hurt while it's young.

Stephen Pannell has been named as one of the 50 most influential contributors to the world of wine by Decanter Magazine.

His extensive knowledge and experience has been garnered over many years working with some Australia’s iconic wineries including Wirra Wirra, Hardy’s Tintara and BRL Hardy where he was Chief Red Winemaker from 1999 to 2003. He has worked numerous overseas vintages at such places as Domaine des Comtes Lafon in Burgundy, Chateau Mouton Rothschild in Bordeaux and G.D. Vajra in Barolo.

Highlights in Stephen’s career include winning the title of International Red Winemaker of the Year at the International Wine Challenge in London, winning the Jimmy Watson Memorial Trophy at the Royal Melbourne Wine Show and twice winning the Max Schubert Trophy at the Adelaide Wine Show. In 2011 Stephen won the Mclaren Vale’s top award and the title of 2011 Bushing King. 

S.C. Pannell 2014 Syrah
Stephen Pannell
McLaren Vale, SA
100% Shiraz