Accolades

4.5/5
Katie Spain (The Advertiser)

“Pick me, pick me!” There’s no ignoring the nose on this perfumed pinot. There’s dark chocolate Cherry Ripe going on in the glass, bright red berries interlaced with spice and gentle waves of tannins across the tongue. Balanced as the legendary Australian tightrope walker Con Colleano and a crowd pleaser on all fronts. Try balancing this beauty on a cheese platter with the sun on your noggin at the beautiful cellar door.”

93/100
Nick Stock (JamesSuckling.com)

“This is a hit of the vintage, delivering an impression of freshness with great depth and drive. The nose has an assertive array of fresh red cherries and berries with lightly webbed spice and a blueberry note. The palate has abundant fleshy, sweet and rich red-fruit flavors with length and weight at the finish. Balanced and satisfying pinot. Drink now to 2026. Screw cap.”

93/100
Huon Hooke (The Real Review)

"Bright, medium to deep red/purple colour. Attractive toasty, smoky oak touches; complex spicy fruit as well as red and darker fruit notes. It's quite rich and fleshy in the mouth, with good concentration and very long-lasting flavour. The tannins are very fine and soft. (A tiny percentage of new oak; most barrels handed down from the Reserve.)"

93/100
Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)

"Ashton Hills Riesling is often overlooked but it shouldn’t be. This 2019 version would swiftly bring you around. Those flowery apple scents. That lime. That lingering flavour. There’s a smidgen of RS here and it works a treat. It’s remains elegant and chalky, and presents as both characterful and clean. It’s a beautiful Riesling."

91/100
Huon Hooke (The Real Review)

"Very yeasty in its youth; young and nascent. Slightly off-dry, which balances the frisky acidity. An intense, bright, vivacious wine. It is a bit raw and will be much better in a few months when it's settled down."

90/100
Huon Hooke (The Real Review)

"Vibrant, light red/purple colour; very fragrant, lifted, lively, fresh and bright. Lovely whole-bunch influenced bouquet. Light-bodied but intense, fresh and frisky, red berries and strawberry the dominant fruit character, with a trace of mint. (Mostly off the estate vineyard. One-third whole-bunch, the rest whole berries. No new oak.)"

Dave Brookes (The Adelaide Review)

“For the lover of pinot noir, it ticks a lot of boxes... it is a detailed, beautifully fragrant and perfumed wine with fruit notes of red cherry, raspberry and macerated strawberries. There is a dusting of Asian spice, rose petals, porcini mushrooms, amaro herbs and some gamey notes to keep the fussiest of pinotphiles happy. The wine’s bright energetic line, fine curtain of tannin and mouthfeel that evokes a sense of space and delicacy brings the whole package together. The 2018 release is a wine that is superb drinking straight off the shelf but will continue to improve over the next five years or so.”

91/100
Nick Stock, (JamesSuckling.com)

“A very fragrant, perfumed array of roses and bright red cherries ascend from the wine immediately with a refreshing, strawberry kick. The palate is pure and silky, fruit-focused style with smooth, ribbon-like tannins and a fresh, strawberry and raspberry kick at the finish. Drink in the next five years. Screw cap.”

92/100
Huon Hooke (The Real Review)

"Pale-pink colour. Smoky pinot aromas, a touch of cracked yeast character, a little toast. Soft, finely-textured and dry, the acidity well-harmonised and a seemingly low liqueur level. Very appealing. (Formerly Salmon Brut. 100% pinot noir)."

96/100
James Halliday (James Halliday 2020 Wine Companion)

“Hand-picked, whole-bunch pressed. Delicious fresh-cut strawberries and red cherries; when you taste the fruit you think it will be sweet, but it’s not, it is utterly hedonistic, with further development on cork if you so wish.”

94/100
James Suckling (James Suckling Australia Report)

“A deep nose with dark fruit and earth and undergrowth potential here. This is one to lay down. The palate has a long and silky wrap of fine yet dense tannin and a gently suave, smoothly delivered textural ride of sweet ripe cherries, red plums and blueberries. Excellent balance to boot. Drink from 2024. Screw cap.”

95/100
Huon Hooke (The Real Review)

"Bright, deepish red/purple colour. A more reserved, less fragrant bouquet than the Estate model - dark cherries, whole-bunch effect not apparent. It’s medium to full-bodied, intense and powerful, with a lot of tannin. Dark fruits, very complex and highly appealing flavours, including noticeable oak. Best if cellared a couple of years. (Five clones, D5V12 the most important; 30% whole-berry ferments. 50% new oak.)"

95/100
Huon Hooke (The Real Review)

"Bright, deepish red/purple colour. A more reserved, less fragrant bouquet than the Estate model – dark cherries, whole-bunch effect not apparent. It’s medium to full-bodied, intense and powerful, with a lot of tannin. Dark fruits, very complex and highly appealing flavours, including noticeable oak. Best if cellared a couple of years. (Five clones, D5V12 the most important; 30% whole-berry ferments. 50% new oak.)"

94/100
James Suckling (James Suckling Australia Report)

“A deep nose with dark fruit and earth and undergrowth potential here. This is one to lay down. The palate has a long and silky wrap of fine yet dense tannin and a gently suave, smoothly delivered textural ride of sweet ripe cherries, red plums and blueberries. Excellent balance to boot. Drink from 2024. Screw cap.”

93/100
Huon Hooke (The Real Review)

"Smoky sulfides and toasty barrels; lovely richness as well as refinement. Vital, fresh, lively. It treads the fine line of taut and tense but also generous."

93/100
Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

“This is nice drinking. It sits in that easy, clean and crisp nature of chardonnay that seems to suit all comers. Mostly showing just ripe stone fruit, faintest nougat characters, a squeeze of sweeter citrus characters, it slips nicely along the palate with just enough flavour, just enough freshness. It dials in chardonnay well."

93/100
(Gourmet Traveler Wine)

"This has superb delicacy and refinement, aromas of fresh creamy nectarine, grapefruit and subtle nuttiness from the barrels. Grapefruit dominates the palate together with a subtle grip that combines with refreshing acidity to cleanse the finish. Delicious."

95/100
James Halliday (James Halliday 2020 Wine Companion)

“200 dozen bottles made from a small vineyard. Wild-fermented, matured in new and used oak for 9 months. Complex: a well made marriage of creamy biscuity notes on the one hand, soaring citrussy acidity on the other. To 2028.”

96/100
Nick Stock, (JamesSuckling.com)

"Wow. This is driven and electric on the palate. So much intense cooked-apple, lime, cream and praline character on the palate. Full body. Goes on for minutes. Love this one. Drink now. Screw cap."