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Peregrine Pinot Gris 2023
"Pear and musk perfume, medium weight, good acid cut, chalky texture, a tonic/citrus rind bitterness on a finish of good length. A bit more understated and lively than many NZ Gris, and nice to drink."91 Points, Gary Walsh, The Wine Front

Pegasus Bay Bel Canto Dry Riesling 2023 
"A dense and spicy riesling with sliced apples, lemons, grapefruit and flint. Full- to medium-bodied, layered and minerally. One of the best rieslings in New Zealand." 94 Points, James Suckling, James Suckling Wine Reviews

Pegasus Bay Aria Late Picked Riesling 2023 
"A dense and sweet riesling with plenty of flint, clove, sweet apple and melon flavours. It’s medium-bodied with a dense palate and flavourful finish." 92 Points, James Suckling, James Suckling Wine Reviews

Pierro Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot 2020
"There seems to be a lightness of touch to the 2020 Pierro offerings. This is quiet and quite ethereal, laced with red currants and blueberries, cedary oak and spices, dark chocolate and forest floor aromas. A touch shy of medium bodied, the tannins are supple, there’s chalky acidity throughout and a lot to like." 95 Points, Jane Faulkner, Halliday Wine Companion

Thistledown Gorgeous Grenache Rosé 2023
"From an old bush-vine vineyard in the Riverland. The fruit was destemmed and crushed, with three and a half hours of skin contact before pressing and cool fermentation in tank. A vibrant rose gold in appearance, this is fruitful and lifted, with notes of pink pomelo, guava, musk and rosewater. Extended time on lees (six months) has yielded a quiet generosity of texture, with a little pithiness and a fresh – but, pleasingly, not highly pitched – line of acidity arriving at a suitably dry conclusion." 91 Points, Special Value, Marcus Ellis, Halliday Wine Companion

Mr Riggs Valerie Pinot Noir 2023
"This wine is named after the mother of Ben Riggs – Valerie – who is now 90 years old. It smells of Campari and flowers, comes draped in herbs, pushes bright cherry-berry fruit scents and flavours at every turn, and is well shaped through the finish. Indeed the finish feels grapey, which is pretty much never a bad thing. As a result this drinks pretty well." 90 Points, Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front

Moss Wood Ribbon Vale Elsa 2023
"The plan was to revamp how they made Sauvignon Blanc. They had an eye on the great whites of the Loire Valley as a template. Well 2023 Elsa is their best yet. Handpicked and sorted, the grapes get the luxury treatment in the vineyard and winery.
Elsa ’23 is disciplined and tought and emphasises zest rather than ripe fruit salad flavours. Moss Wood don’t make skinny wines. Elsa has richness and broadness courtesy of the picking dates as well as oak ageing and fermentation. The combination of palate weight, complexity and length tells me they’ve got it just right." 4.5 Stars, Fergal Gleeson, Great Wine Blog

Moss Wood Ribbon Vale Chardonnay 2023
"This young, vibrant 2023 Chardonnay Ribbon Vale offers piercing aromas of grapefruit, nectarine and preserved lemon wrapped in prominent but well-balanced oak. Tangy tutti-frutti flavors follow with impressive focus before nutty barrel fermentation and maturation build through to the finish. It’s too young to drink right now, but it has good potential." 93 Points, ANGUS HUGHSON, VINOUS.COM

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Mount Pleasant Mothervine Pinot Noir 2023
MB: "Has a smoky, dusty overlay that does old spice cupboard and turned earth and gravelly rocky notes and graphite with dark cherry and dried leaf too. Quite dry reddy to taste, edgy acidity, juiciness through the finish but a leaner profile and a distance from pinosity. In that, pleasing drinking with decent structure." 90 points

KS: "I’m pretty sure I pinched some of that fruit straight from the vine earlier last year and it was hot and the fruit was sweet. Love both, the heat and the sweet. Roses and rose jam first, violet pastille, compact powder, lipstick and red liquorice. Power is here in the intensity of flavour and the backplate is where it peaks. Textural stream of tannins, a bit sticky and earthy-gritty. It’s not all smooth but with warming black pepper, peppermint, cumin and cinnamon-choc finish. It’s a good Pinot but perhaps missies on the finesse this year, reflecting the warmth of the vintage but the flavour intensity does not disappoint and it’s reflected in the vines age." 92 points

GW: "Dark cherry, earth, spice, and under that some rosy perfume, as slight peppery and dusty perfume. Medium-bodied, quite dark and brooding, with grainy tannins, distinct earth and spice. Finish is firm. Needs some time to come around and relax a bit and I reckon more red fruits will rise. Good though, albeit in a more robust style this vintage." 92+ points
Rated : 92+ Points

Mount Pleasant Old Hill Vineyard 1880 Shiraz 2023
Reviews by: Mike Bennie, Kasia Sobiesiak and Gary Walsh at the Wine Front
Amazing to think that Maurice O’Shea was using 40 to 50 year old vines by the time he got around to this vineyard. Now we get it at 140-plus years, or winemaker Adrian Sparks does.

MB: "Chewy, chunky, rich and dense. A potent and deeply scented and flavoured wine, robust in sandy tannin, vivid in purple and black berry fruitiness, forest floor, gum leaf, a touch or stewed rhubarb, clove, black olive, dark chocolate. A sweetness ebbs and flows. It does all this with control, however, a sheath of fine, suede tannin. Multi-dimensional. Proper stuff here, an old school, good school idiom, nailed so well." 97+ points.

KS: "Painted in shades of black and blue fruit. A smidge of caramel oak comes first, nutmeg then figs, aniseed, violet and blue plum. It’s clear from the first sip that this needs a lot of time to unfurl, in the glass, in the bottle… Dark slate smooth texture, feathery almost, bloody, salty, very fine velvety tannins, tight, yes, all at once, carrying flavour detail long and in a savoury manner. English Breakfast tea perfume lingering long in the aftertaste. Elegant and deeply satisfying. Stunning wine." 97 points

GW: "Deep, dark, liquorice and iodine, still has perfume though. Medium to full-bodied, a powerhouse of inky Hunter Shiraz, with black and red fruit, ferrous tannin, concentrated, some savoury bits, very long, and what an emphatic statement of old vine Hunter Shiraz in a great vintage it is." 97 points

NB: "All the 2023 Mount P wines now come in Bordeaux shaped bottles, though I don’t have a bottle image to hand."
Rated : 97+ Points

Mount Pleasant Mount Henry Shiraz Pinot Noir 2023
Reviews by: Mike Bennie, Kasia Sobiesiak and Gary Walsh at the Wine Front
This is somewhere in the vicinity of 82% shiraz, the shiraz off 1946 Rosehill vines. The pinot is old vines too. “We’ve got no shit fruit anymore”, says winemaker Adrian Sparks, “we just have old, high quality vines left now”.

MB: This has mojo. Sappy, savoury, a pleasing bitterness and tension of tannin and minerally acidity in tow. Some pencil shaving oak overlaid but that tart red fruit, Italianate tannin, herbal inflection and light, botanical elements all feel harmonious and compelling. Slinky texture then tugs to firm. Really good. 94 points.

KS: Can’t deny, it’s one of my fave blends, the Shiraz/Pinot, if one can generalise like this, and Mt Henry is sort of a benchmark for me. I’m trying hard not to be biased. But who can ever be in 100%? Black cherry scented, violet, blackberry leaf, granite and dark leather, some dead flower umami note and dark slate tannin, it’s an alpine amaro drink with a bitter-salty seaweed finish. Cool stony texture and quite smooth and evenly spread but focused drive. High drinkability! Tip top! 94points

GW: Boysenberry, biscuit spice, violet and dried rose perfume. Medium-bodied, purple fruit, some grain and grip to tannin, structure is good, acidity sits very well, and there’s quite a volume of fruit, and the length is excellent, and savoury too. Lovely wine, and I think it offers something different that lifts it above, hence the score. 95 points
Rated : 95 Points

Mount Pleasant O.P & O.H. Vineyard (Old Paddock & Old Hill) Shiraz 2023
Reviews by: Mike Bennie, Kasia Sobiesiak and Gary Walsh at the Wine Front

MB: There were blocks planted after initial plantings but this wine now is only the original blocks involved. Or again.
A refreshing, frisky shiraz with good concentration, some ferrous notes, clove, cinnamon toast, dark cherry, choc-raspberry and faint cola characters. Has a bit of sinew and chew to texture, refreshing, pleasingly bitter acidity, a touch of blood orange. Even, balanced, energetic. Very good. 94 points

KS: Aromatic red and black fruit, orange peel, maraschino cherry. Ripe and sweet-toned but cool in flavours. A chewy mid-palate with fine-grained but textural tannins and creamed coffee core. Sticky too with an iron-like edge and finish. Doesn’t show as much finesse and fine detail as the others of the 2023 release but the bar is high. Maybe needs time. 93+points 

GW: Dark fruit, liquorice/aniseed, iodine, but also has spice and gentle earthiness. Medium to full-bodied, plenty of weight, and there’ a lot of rich dark fruit here, some red, ferrous, shows some nutty oak, but the fruit is good with it. Finish is long and firm. Very good. 95 points.
Rated : 95 Points

Mount Pleasant Rosehill Shiraz 2023
Reviews by: Mike Bennie, Kasia Sobiesiak and Gary Walsh at the Wine Front

From the vineyard or Rosehill, established in 1946; this a blend of 1946 and 1965.

MB: Medium weight, supple and succulent, a sense of density and concentration, quite sweet-fruited with a core of black olive, ginger biscuit, sage leaf, aniseed and choc-liquorice. Feels dense but sits high in the palate, satiny and then a fine trill of grainy, tensing tannins. Indeed, tannin quality is great here. Almost a pinosity to this wine too. Great charm. 95 points.

KS: Immediate appeal. Cherry pie and black olive, rose water. It’s quite plummy too, a mix of dried bitter herbs, pink peppercorn, black tea tannins, cool, soft, with bergamot orange lift, full-flavoured, filles the mouth, slightly broad in that way but translucent in the flow making it medium-bodied at best but impactful flavour with a ferrous and peppery finish. Has a bit of a chew to the end and dusty aftertaste. Just feels a bit obvious, but very good. Good appeal. 93 points 

GW; Boysenberry, dark raspberry, violet and dried rose, some sweet damp earthiness and biscuit spice. Medium-bodied, ripe black and red fruit, a bit richer and more brooding this year, black olive savoury, some dried herb too, tannin is fleshy and there’s a spicy finish of good length. Nice. 94+ points
Rated : 95 Points

Mount Pleasant Rosehill Vineyard 1946 Shiraz 2023
Reviews by: Mike Bennie, Kasia Sobiesiak and Gary Walsh at the Wine Front

From a portion of the 1946 plantings, a select block on the middle of the hill.

MB: Lithe and bright fruit characters, more red berry orientated, still holds earthiness and woody spices, an almost alpine herb element in the mix, some sarsaparilla sweet-bitterness and a swish of drying, chewy, fruit tannins to finish. A kind of levity here, vivid and shimmery fruit and spice, a lift and almost floral nature to the wine. Exceptional tannin and structure and freshness. 97 points

KS: Raspberries and blackberries, sweet herbs, graphite and ferrous tones in the perfume and in the flavour. Focused flow, salt and iodine line carrying the fruit in the main stream and along the cheek line. A hint of vanilla bean and lavender appears with time. Tannins are very fine, chalky, with an edge of pumice stone and a black tea feel overall. Juice it bright and with red fruit sparks throughout. Great vivid energy and persistence. 97 points

GW: Lots of rosy perfume, dark fruit, raspberry, slight earthiness, aniseed. Powerful but only medium-bodied, tannin is thick and ripe, and there’s such charm and sweetness to this old vine fruit. The finish has some savoury stuff, but by and large this is like the essence of Rosehill. Terrific wine. 97 points
Rated : 97 Points

2021 Leeuwin Art Series Cabernet Sauvignon
“Immediately captivating: the nose is vibrant and energetic, while simultaneously the epitome of elegance and poise with restrained fruit power. This is a silk evening gown of a wine: form-fitting, precisely tailored, mellifluous and effortlessly chic.
Abundant in aromatics and lifted perfume, fine red fruits include wild strawberry tip, bramble and just-ripe blackcurrant, alongside hints of piquancy: Szechwan pepper, clove and a fine dusting of deep, lightly toasted cocoa powder. There’s a charismatic iodine weave, the savoury and slightly saline minerality proving a foil to both the fruit flesh and the floral hues. Displaying extremely fine-grained tannins, it's firm, focused and delicate, with a graphite line, fresh acidity and plenty that will reveal itself in good time.” 96 points, Cassandra Charlick, Decanter

2021 Leeuwin Art Series Cabernet Sauvignon
“The 2021 Art Series Cabernet Sauvignon will be released in the winter of 2024, and it's an interesting timeline, given the 2020 will be released this February. The 2021 season in Margaret River was frequently wet, and as a result, the character of the red wines is lighter in body and fruit weight. This 2021 wine is lighter in the glass than the 2020 (no surprise, given berry sizes in general in 2020), and the nose introduces dried herbs and exotic spice, alongside the raspberry, cassis and nori. Block 8 and block 9, which make up the backbone of this wine, are dry-grown, and this is an important point in the years that are markedly wet (2021, 2006) and dry (2024, 2022, 2020, etc.). On the palate, the wine is perfumed and fine, lightweight and flowing. It's a beautiful wine to drink now, thanks to its powdery tannins. It's all about the tannins here; it's whippy, like fresh new growth on a plant. I would drink this anytime from release; it offers tremendous pleasure just as it is.” 95 points, Erin Larkin, Robert Parker Wine Advocate

Peregrine Chardonnay 2022
"A wine of finesse with great mouth-feel and 'hands-off' craftsmanship. The silken texture was first to capture my attention, followed by gentle layers of ginger, toasted nut and yeast lees influence and subtle, classy oak." 94 points. Bob Campbell, The Real Review

"Ripe, pure fruited bouquet with layers of complexity from outstanding fruit condition, select barrels and expert winemaking. Aromas and flavours white peach and apricot, grapefruit and a fine lees autolysis with textures from acidity and oak, tannins and fruit concentration. Flavours and textures are persistent adding length and panache to a lovely example. Best drinking from late 2023 through 2030."95 points, Cam Douglas MS

2021 Moss Wood Cabernet Sauvignon - The Real Review
"Deep garnet red in the glass, very youthful, inky and opaque. Lovely lifted aromas of cassis, bramble, dried herbs, pencil shavings and nutty oak, wonderfully complex and incredibly evocative. Powerful on the palate, lashings of blackcurrant, mulberry, blackberry and cedar. This is quintessential Margaret River cabernet, not too heavy or angular, just the right amount of sinewy, shapely tannin working superbly with a very pure drive of fruit and delivering fabulous length. Destined for a long and glorious life." 97 Points, Aaron Brasher, The Real Review

"Elegant red that is a benchmark for the variety with red rose petal, cassis, blackberry, cedar wood, cacao nibs flavours and a backbone of spicy French oak that adds extra complexity. Accessible but it’s almost a shame to drink it before 2030." 96 Points, Bob Campbell, The Real Review

Mr Riggs The Bolter Cabernet Sauvignon 2022
"From two vineyards, one in Willunga and the other Tatachilla. Darkly cast with Christmas pudding spicing, dark cherry, briary blackberry and boysenberry, a little black olive and hedgerow. It’s intense but varietally on song and balanced, the value keen." 90 Points, Special Value, Marcus Ellis, Halliday Wine Companion

Mr Riggs Sticky End Viognier 2022
"Late-harvest viognier from the estate vineyard pressed to oak, old and new, to ferment, then transferred to tank to stop the ferment with about 5 baume of sugar left, where it remained on gross less for six months. Sticky, yes, but not cloyingly so, with a burst of acidity in support of the luscious profile of oozingly ripe apricot, honeyed lemon tea and orange blossom water. It’d be apt with fruit-based desserts, but I fancy this is an even better foil for dolce gorgonzola with new-season walnuts. 500ml." 92 Points, Special Value, Marcus Ellis, Halliday Wine Companion

Sons of Eden Notus Grenache 2022
"I’ve not had this wine from SoE before. This is from a range of sub-regions (Trial Pass, Light Pass, Vine Vale), with the vines all 60+ years old, some 90+.A bolder style of Grenache that lays on the ripe red berries, cherry liqueur, baking spice and dried herb. It’s fleshy and ripe, with plenty of grainy tannin to chew on, some choc-cherry flavour, balanced acidity, and spicy finish of good length, albeit maybe a little salty and drying. Good though. No shortage of impact." 93 Points, Gary Walsh, The Wine Front

Mount Pleasant Estate Grown Semillon 2023
"The fruit is crushed to the press, settled and racked to tank for a cold ferment and lees ageing. Scented white flowers and lemony freshness with a cleansing palate. The fruit has good integrity, and the mid-palate has pleasing texture and breadth, plus soft, rounded edges. It is a harmonious, balanced drink with a beautiful limey core. Excellent value." 95 Points, Special Value, Toni Paterson, Halliday Wine Companion

Pegasus Bay Bel Canto Riesling 2011
Top scoring white, Judgement of London at London Wine Fair
Top scoring wine, Judgement of London at London Wine Fair

Leeuwin Estate Prelude Vineyards Chardonnay 2023
"I think this will be released in July, and I think this will be the new price. I tasted it at the winery last Friday, prior to a little vertical of LEAS Chardonnay 2021, 2020, 2018, 2016 and 2015. This gets about 30% new oak. It’s the best Prelude I can remember tasting, I’ll say that much straight off. A little struck match, very spicy (some pepper and cinnamon), bright citrus and green pear, hazelnut, fine flinty grip, with a cool finish of excellent length. Fine-boned, but delivers just enough flavor. I was so taken by its balance and charm. Superb drinking." 95 Points, Gary Walsh, The Wine Front

Leeuwin Estate Siblings Shiraz 2021
"While this has a core of ripe, sweet fruit, it’s very much a savoury wine. A hint of pepper and exotic spices with grainy yet persistent tannins flush across the fuller-bodied palate. There's cedary oak in the mix with a slight bitter green walnut note on the finish, so do order a juicy steak to assuage that."90 Points, Special Value, Jane Faulkner, Halliday Wine Companion

Leeuwin Estate Classic Dry White 2023
"Whether on a summer’s afternoon or at an al-fresco lunch, this crisp, crunchy and simple white fits the bill as the go-to drink. Hints of tropical fruit, zesty and tangy, with fine, zinc-like acidity. Refreshing too." 90 Points, Special Value, Jane Faulkner, Halliday Wine Companion

Moss Wood Semillon 2023
"This is so savoury, I wondered where all the fruit had gone, and found just a smidge of citrus and unripe honeydew melon. It’s crisp, refreshing, a little phenolic, with vibrant, crunchy acidity. It finishes a bit too firm and parchingly dry, but with time, this will be more harmonious." 90 Points, Jane Faulkner, Halliday Wine Companion

Parker Estate First Growth 2020
"First Growth celebrates its 25th vintage release with the 2020 vintage and it’s a ripper. It’s pure, 100% Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon as evidenced by the strong, invigorating herbal presence. A rush of thyme, rosemary, fennel mesh with mulberry, black berry and loganberry aromas – quite an exotic, attractive berry feature – and warm woodsy spice notes. Still a mere babe at this young age, such is always the case with First Growth which is traditionally built for the long haul. The palate opens invitingly in crushed leaves, fennel, thyme and herbals surrounding black fruits, bay leaf and cedar. Tannins are bold. Herbals amplified on the finish. Resist the urge to open now, if you can. Further time in bottle will be rewarded big time." 96 points, Jeni Port, Wine Pilot

"Patience yields reward and this Parker Coonawarra First Growth is an excellent case in point. It took three days of tasting to find its groove and how good was it to wait it out. I'm pleased to report that it is a brilliant Cabernet.
Tight, tense and leafy early, it's absolutely humming with some air under its wings. But wines like these are made for the long haul so ride it out. Buy it, tuck it away and you'll be grinning from ear to ear.
Quite savoury and herbal initially, roasted capsicum, black olives, red earth, black tea and some undergrowth. Tense and coiled, black fruits and berries aren't far from the action as dense plums build momentum. Blackberry compote and cigar box characters slowly move forward after some time to compose themselves. Finishing with a gorgeous spice tease, give it the time it deserves. Drink 2027 to 15 years+." 95 Points, Steve Lescyzinski, QWine

Parker Estate 95 Block 2021
"Combines Cabernet Sauvignon (74%) with Petit Verdot (26%) and the two Bordeaux grape varieties seem to really hit it off. The outstanding vintage helps, as does the tannin management. Petit Verdot can be a bit of a repeat offender when it comes to high, aggressive tannins, but here the tannins are ripe and savoury and in total harmony. Blackberries, cinnamon, clove, bay leaf, red earth and cigar box, smoky, woodsy spices abound. The 95 Block blend, sourced from a sub-section of Parker Estate’s Abbey Vineyard, arrives as a complex whole, well-rounded and integrated. The potential for further ageing is incredible, to put it mildly, but that dusty, earth, smoky spiciness and solid fruit appeal is mighty tempting now." 96 points, Jeni Port, Wine Pilot

"Boom! Like a face plant into a blackberry jube. Delicious!
From Parker Coonawarra's Abbey vineyard, this 95 Block Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot blend (74/26) sees 16 months in French oak (60% new). 
Opening with leafy Cabernet notes, cigar box and Bay leaf, brace for the blackberry and black fruit explosion. Rounded with a fabulous drive, there is a little dusty road, meatiness, and Memphis meat rub adding to the savoury aspect of its personality. Sure the percentage of new oak used is high, but the handling is supreme to ensure it plays nothing more than a supporting role. The fusion of the two varieties elevates the experience no end with well handled tannins offering fine brick dust feels. Although I love the freshness now on release, this will age comfortably for as long as you want. Drink to ten years+." 94 Points, Steve Lescyzinski, QWine