Accolades

91/100
James Halliday (2017 Australian Wine Companion)

“The coolest, wettest and most humid site in the Adelaide Hills lends itself well to blanc de noirs production in the coolest and wettest vintage in recent history. The result is spicy and fleshy, with red cherry, strawberry and fig fruit becoming softly toasty, thanks to fermentation and age in old barriques, followed by 3 years on yeast lees. A long and even close is neatly finished with a light dosage of 6g/l.”

96/100
Huon Hooke (HuonHooke.com)

“Very pale salmon or taché colour. Smoky, complex bouquet, with some aldehydes and traces of oak. Soft and dry yet rich on the palate. Fine, refreshing, clean and firm. Lovely balance and superb mouthfeel. An excellent wine. (100% made in old hogsheads. No malolactic fermentation. 24 months on lees.)”

96/100
(Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine)

“With a very pale salmon colour, this has a complex smoky bouquet with traces of oak and aldehyde. The palate is rich yet dry and refreshingly clean with a pleasingly firm aftertaste. Made 100 per cent in barrel, which contributes to its superb mouthfeel.”

16.5/20
Richard Hemming MW (JancisRobinson.com)

“Lovely salty nose with a light palate, and dry, very savoury fruit on the finish. Fairly simple flavour profile but very gluggable.”

93/100
Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)

"Sparkling shiraz grown on 1919 plantings at Wendouree. Or at least a large-ish part of the wine comes off these vines. It was aged in old oak for four years before being re-fermented in bottle. It was disgorged last August. It’s a particularly elegant version of a sparkling red. It has aged characters but it also seems startlingly fresh. These factors make for an alarmingly quaffable wine; a few glasses just seem to disappear before you know it. Redcurrant, boysenberry, plum, leather and mint. Perhaps a whisper of game. Some tannin too; it certainly feels like there’s good scaffolding here, within a juicy context. It’s fresh, lively and absolutely delicious."

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93/100
Huon Hooke (HuonHooke.com)

"Medium to full ruby red colour with brick tinges. The bouquet is mellow, earthy and complex, showing good aged development, while the palate is rich and deep, with good concentration and irresistible matured-berry flavours, heightened by peppermint and raspberry touches. The finish is softened by generous liqueur sweetness and it has a balanced, satisfying aftertaste."

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95/100
Huon Hooke (HuonHooke.com)

“Deep-ish red with a healthy tinge of purple; dark cherry aromas, rich and ripe, fruit-driven with abundant spice, nettle characters and deep, powerful, concentrated flavour which lasts long on the palate. Big attack, impressive wine, and great value at this cellar door price.”

18/20
Richard Hemming MW (JancisRobinson.com)

“Tremendous concentration and classic fragrant lift – this is a Burgundy-slayer! Has just enough earthy funk on the palate to give interest without compromising the fruit. Absolutely divine – has not just the nose and palate of great Pinot Noir, but the soul too.”

94/100
James Halliday (JamesHalliday.com)

"Matured in French oak, predominantly used. The two Martini clones of the five estate clones contributed almost 50% of the wine. The garnet-red hue introduces a wine with the distinctive complexity of the Adelaide Hills, with savoury/earthy/spicy overtones to the plummy fruit."

95/100
Huon Hooke (HuonHooke.com)

“Steely green-apple aromas and flavours predominate in this tight, refined riesling. Spicy lifted fragrances, too. The palate has tautness and tension, refinement and great length, the aftertaste lip-smackingly more-ish, super-refreshing and demanding another sip.”

5/5
James Halliday (Halliday Magazine )

"Stephen George’s reluctance to remove his riesling and replace it with pinot noir is easy to understand when you taste each release of the riesling. Fully mature vines and the site produce a wine that within its class has the complexity, length, balance and varietal purity at the same level of his exalted pinot noirs. This is a great wine."

92/100
Nick Stock (JamesSuckling.com)

“Another vivid and energetic riesling. Steel and stone. Full and powerful. Dense and right on the money with citrusy acidity. Green apple and pear. Love the finish. Drink now."

94/100
Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

"I don’t often think ‘riesling’ when I think Ashton Hills, but hey, they do it there. This is a Stephen George and Paul Smith combo-winemaking effort wine. Has this quiet, gentle, loveliness to it. Feels delicate, pure, pristine even, lively mineral water just kissed by citrus, green apple, faint green melon, herbal character. Dances along the palate, free and easy, crisp to a point but equally mouthwatering. Restrained is a good word, but there’s plenty of flavour anyway. Soft and yet bright. Totally delicious drinking."

92/100
James Halliday (2017 Australian Wine Companion)

“Stephen George has released his Salmon Brut with no added sugar, and it’s a fascinating lesson in the influence of dosage. Its absence here accents savoury cherry kernel nuances and the firm, structural presence of tannins on the finish. I like the way the zero dosage style captures the raw, authentic personality of pinot noir (100%) in the cool ‘11 season, retaining impressive integrity and focus. Disgorged Sept ‘14.”

17/20
Richard Hemming MW (JancisRobinson.com)

“Pale salmon, gorgeous light raspberry fruit. Creamy, dry, restrained. The austere savoury finish is countered by lovely purity of fruit - proper Pinot Noir character.”

91/100
Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)

"Grown on both the Ashton Hills estate vineyard and on two nearby vineyards in the Adelaide Hills. Exquisite part of the world it is too. Vastly under-valued as a touring area. There’s a semblance of warmth but from there it’s pure Ashton Hills. Macerated cherries, a gentle sweet-sourness, oodles of spice, florals and a foresty/minty note. A general meatiness too. It has life, character and charm, and more than a little firmness to boot. Warmth is the only distraction."

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93/100
Tony Love (The Advertiser, Top 100 Wines )

"From Stephen George’s famed Ashton Hills vineyard, now under the umbrella of Wirra Wirra wines, this is designated “Piccadilly Valley” as it includes fruit from nearby growers. This is such a lovely wine, with its violet fragrance and companion aromatics as you taste, and while quite powerful it sits evenly in the mouth with a cherry juice feel and soft spicy tannins that encourage just another little pour for good measure."

90/100
Nick Stock (JamesSuckling.com)

"Fresh cranberries and caramelized orange peel on the nose. The fruit is vibrant and tangy on the palate. Fresh, medium-bodied and a medium finish."

95/100
Huon Hooke (HuonHooke.com)

“Medium to light pink hue and an ultra-complex smoky, strawberry aroma, very appealing and charming. Nutty oak nuances. Full-bodied and rich, concentrated, powerful and very, very long. Big, rich flavour, the dosage beautifully judged leading to wonderful drinkability. (100% made in old hogsheads. No malolactic fermentation. 24 months on lees.)”

95/100
(Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine)

“The bouquet has very complex smoky, toasty and strawberry aromas with a little oak nuttiness. It’s full-bodied, rich, powerful and tremendously long. Concentrated and very pinoty. Precise. balanced and very drinkable.”

16.5/20
Richard Hemming MW (JancisRobinson.com)

“Pale pink. Juicy redcurrant fruit. Riper and more fruity than their dry styles, and more user friendly as a result.”

94/100
Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

“Assertive bouquet of fine, cedary oak, clove and walnut husks, but well meshed in pickled and fresh dark cherry fruit with just a whiff of cranberry. The palate is gently sappy, sticks softly to the palate, shows excellent length, offers bright, forward, amaro-kissed cherry fruit character, a touch of breathy kirsch as it lingers. Gentle yet loaded with flavour, it’s a complex, elegant pinot noir of easy access, control and yet assertion. Delighted to see it.”

93/100
Jamie Goode (WineAnorak.com)

“Highly aromatic with sweet sour cherry and undergrowth. Textured, warm and spicy with a rounded character and some fine spiciness, as well as some herbs.”

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96/100
Huon Hooke (HuonHooke.com)

"Deepish red colour with a trace of purple and brick-red in the rim. The bouquet is complex, earthy, oaky and mellow, with some forward-developed meaty, charcuterie and animal nuances. There are definite stalky, whole-bunch nuances. Pepper, crushed seashell notes. The palate is sinewy and edgy but has excellent depth of fruit flavour as well, and is loaded with character. A wine of intensity, depth and exceptional persistence, as well as charm. It's already complex but it's young and shows signs of becoming substantially moreso with time. Very impressive."