Accolades

94/100
Nick Stock (JamesSuckling.com Adelaide Hills Report)

“Quite rich aromas of red cherries and berries are swathed in creamy baking spices with a sappy edge and some gently earthy notes. The palate is very smoothly built on layers of fine, long tannin and delivers a convincingly concentrated impression. Smooth, plush and packed with fresh red-cherry flavor. Drink or hold. Screw cap.”

92/100
Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

At $35 chardonnay, this is spot on. The $35 chardonnay price point needs some flavour, some fireworks, not too much, not that flinty firework stuff, it needs crisp acidity for warm days but flavour for cooler ones. It needs to be BBQ friendly as it does present on Super Yachts to dress up a cheap host paying too much for the rental. It has to punch loud but with restraint. It needs stone fruits met by the faintest honey butter character. It needs a hit of flavour and then to thin out into tangy freshness. The thinness drops the impression for a critic but the freshness works for the sauvignon blanc/riesling lover shoehorned into a chardonnay on Friday night drinks in the office. There’s glide and faint oak for the fancy set, nougat-and-cinnamon bun for the regular folk. It does all this, does it well, tastes delicious, refreshes and delights. It doesn’t deliver a hell of a lot of complexity, but it does cool and crisp and flavour spot on.

92/100
Nick Stock, (JamesSuckling.com)

"This has a gently flinty nose that is focused around lemons and white peaches with fresh, nutty oak. The palate is fresh and lively with peach sorbet-like texture and bright, zesty acidity on the finish. Drink or hold. Screw cap."

95/100
James Halliday (2021 Wine Companion)

"It's downright unreasonable that Ashton Hills, with its over-large tennis court vineyard in the Piccadilly Valley, should be able to make stunning Pinot Noirs (Reserve, Estate and varietal, contract-grown), Chardonnay and a Riesling to die for. The Chardonnay is matured for 9 months in new and used French oak."

91/100
Huon Hooke (HuonHooke.com)

"Plummy, sappy, ripe-fruit aromas, a bold and less-fragrant bouquet, with spices and preserved dark fruits. The wine is bold and full of flavour, a bigger style of pinot, robust and loaded with flavour as well as ample tannins. This will happily take a bit of age. Very good value."

Dave Brookes (The Adelaide Review)

"The standard 2019 Piccadilly Valley Pinot Noir is one of the best I’ve seen from the winery. It is a cracker. A light, bruised purple/red colour in the glass, aromas of raspberry, cherry and strawberry burst forth followed by hints of Asian spice, ginger cake, rosewater, raspberry tart, purple flowers and some underlying amaro herb complexity, no doubt from a small percentage of whole-bunches in the ferment. In the mouth it is airy and spacious with a gorgeous clarity to its fruit profile. It flows across the palate with a pure, driven intensity. Everything is perfectly poised and in balance – savoury, restrained and beautifully composed. An absolute bargain and wonderful drinking."

92/100
Nick Stock, (JamesSuckling.com)

"This has a very attractive, fresh red-cherry, sliced-strawberry and sappy, spicy nose. Looking quite contemporary. The palate delivers soft, fleshy red cherries with a spicy thread and a vibrant, deep, red-cherry finish. Drink or hold. Screw cap."

92/100
Nick Stock, (JamesSuckling.com)

"This has such elegance and completeness with a fresh-strawberry and light red-cherry nose, as well as pastry and fresh bread-dough elements. The palate has bright, zesty red-berry flavors and delivers a smoothly resolved and layered impression. Drink now."

96/100
Nick Stock (JamesSuckling.com Adelaide Hills Report)

“This has pristine aromas of red flowers, red cherries, pomegranate, orange zest and a thrillingly fresh overall impression that is driven by beautifully ripe pinot fruit. The palate is so succulent and smooth-honed with finely layered tannins delivering succulent, long and juicy impact on the finish. Impressive poise here. This is nicely tuned. Drink or hold. Screw cap.”

96/100
Nick Stock (JamesSuckling.com Adelaide Hills Report)

“This has pristine aromas of red flowers, red cherries, pomegranate, orange zest and a thrillingly fresh overall impression that is driven by beautifully ripe pinot fruit. The palate is so succulent and smooth-honed with finely layered tannins delivering succulent, long and juicy impact on the finish. Impressive poise here. This is nicely tuned. Drink or hold. Screw cap.”

95/100
James Halliday (2021 Wine Companion)

"One of the very best Australian sparkling reds, the base wine ex Wendouree. Rich, deep and supple, poached plum fruit plus a touch of spice. Will flourish with time in bottle."

93/100
Tyson Stelzer (WBM Magazine)

"The deeply distinguished complexity of Wendouree’s legendary 1919 Shiraz vines builds a sparkling Shiraz of unique character. Four years in large, old format oak makes for a particularly savoury style, layered with game and charcuterie. As always for this site, the structure is a marvel, with ultra-fine tannins and chalk minerality of its ancient Clare limestone terroir marking out a fine grained focus.”