Initially a funky malo nose, but decanter has been a great partner, in 2H mostly dissipated.
Nose has green pear peel, salted honey and new oak firewood. Palate has cooked lemon with rind, mineral-ly pear flesh, warmed green apple with a mild, tannic finish. Recheck this bottle 2025+.
Nose has fresh yellow apple slice, crushing rocks, beeswax candle, white flowers and ocean air. Palate has lemon zest, pineapple core, light saline notes, cold yellow apple slice and wet slate. Quite a stunning bottle to be perfectly honest. — 4 days ago
Crystal clear clarity - medium yellow. Citrus mineral and a little funk on the nose. Lemon butter - an unctuous forward palate of Medium plus intensity and a touch of salinity. Intensity without weight. Certainly in the conversation for Australia’s best Chardonnay. Not as peaches and cream as the big guns in the Margaret River or say Vat 47. Have been cutting down wine purchases of late but will need to source some of the latest vintage of Quartz Block. An excellent Chardonnay at its peak. — 2 months ago
Curly Flat never fails to bring joy to my life. I recall tasting this vintage pre-release at the end of a long lunch on a brutally Victorian winter’s day just before Jeni kindly drove my partner and I to the airport (a story unto itself). I recall the striking vitality of the wine, a contrast to the perfumed ‘14 and more delicate, fine-boned ‘13. It’s no shy wallflower, for sure, with proper acid and structure and weight. That whole-bunch character comes through beautifully, without even a hint of unripe vegetal notes. This one coerces rather than seduces, but it’s nonetheless convincing. Happy to have another bottle or two stashed away, as there’s much more to come from this one. — 6 months ago
Mid Ruby with a tawny rim. A little closed 15 minutes after decanting. Still contained and a little latent at 12 years of age. With air red berry fruits and florals and a touch of pepper. Wonderful palate intensity showing the quality of the fruit - raspberry notes coming through. One of Australia’s best Pinots although I have had better Block 5’s. — 3 days ago
Whole bunch/green component coming through strongly. Old world weight and taste - peppery and spicy. Good pure fruit, but needs time to blend with the tannin and herbaceous notes. — 2 months ago
Lime, stone fruits, honey. Could have gone another 5 years or more. This guy makes epic wine, great sparkling also will definitely be going back for more. — 5 months ago
Always one of my favorites. Not the greatest vintage but still delightful at 14 years old. Thoroughly enjoyed it! — 5 months ago
Tossed in to a mix of red burgs, and it stood out as a new world pino with it's cleaner fruit and "modernity" (as G puts it, less VA?). I think it's all about the structure of the wine in comparison. Josh's was definitely lighter versus the d'Eugénie and Mugneret-Gibourg, the acid perceivably more prominent (almost steely), and minerality less so (if any at all). That's not to detract from Josh's really delicious creation, it's just different.
A light wine with heaps of flavour built around a red fruit core. Reflects the vineyard well I feel, having worked with the fruits from the Newnham family (same plot?) in 2017 and briefly in 2018 - small berries that produced lightly-coloured, aromatically charged wines with minimal tannins. This was in the same vein I feel, but Josh certainly pulled a lot more subtance out of these fruit than we did at KW. He's managed to weave in spicy, earthy, herbaceous nuances, and definitely extracted more colour. Mouthwatering acidity and commendable length. Probably the best Australian pino I've had all year (not like I had much to begin with)! — 2 months ago