First time for this producer and very rarely have wines from the Orange District. Lovely aromatics, not really Cab Sauv but then I noticed the blend was 45% Cab Sauvignon; 45% Cab Franc; 10% Shiraz. A lovely Aussie right bank rendition you might say. Red and black fruits with plum and tobacco notes. The palate is sweetish and luscious texture with supple tannins. This wine proves that Orange Is an accredited Australian wine district for both Reds and Whites taking in Hilltops. Have experienced the excellent whites from here and must seek out more Reds based on the quality of this wine. — 11 days ago
A fun way to meet Jean Charles and his new book Alchemy of the Senses. Bright and bubbly. — a year ago
Spectacular. Deep fruit, rich fig, luscious alchemy. — a month ago
Green bell pepper nose. Peppery blueberry spice mouth. Nice body.
After naturally aerating, TAR demoinates the nose, followed by tastes of green pepper, raspberry and leather. Incredible the changes that this wine undergoes with just a bit of exposure.
Pair with mole sauce and Spanish inspired cuisine, but nothing overly spicy on the heat scale. — 2 years ago
Delicious and complex flavors. Unfolds magically with an alchemy of earth and fruit-raspberry and hints of clove, sage and a touch of licorice at first sip. Highly recommend. Not your usual jam only Pinot. — a month ago
Vines over 100 years old. Fresh damsons with good length and ripe tannins. — 3 months ago
Really good minerals, first thing. Aromatic, but limited, like really honeyed sprite. Smells almost like an aged spatlese. Looks lightweight but has a slightly heavier body than appears, like gasoline does. Don’t get this confused with petrol taste, but the weight has that alchemy. Unlike Riesling it has a bitter and spicy phenolic note at the end that seems to come with more southern whites. Middle weight in reality. Good heavy orchard fruit. I like fiano and I’m still learning it’s limits. Every once and awhile I find a great one, but I want to learn what the typicality is. — 5 months ago