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Sandeman, 30 Year Old Tawny Port NV, Douro, Portugal

Julia Harding MW, “A plethora of Portuguese sweet and fortified wines”, JancisRobinson.com, 26 September 2017
https://www.jancisrobinson.com/articles/a-plethora-of-portuguese-sweet-and-fortified-wines (subscriber content)

17 points
Glorious deep foxy orange colour, like caramelised apricot skins. On the palate too there is all that lovely spiced dark apricot aroma, dried mixed peel and just slightly nutty and spicy. Caramelised orange and lovely freshness. Sweet and juicy on the palate but finishes dry-tasting even with this amount of residual sugar. Long tangy aftertaste. Lots of spice and apricot fruit. Remarkably lively and fruity for a 30 Year Old.

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Cullen, `Kevin John` Margaret River Chardonnay 2015, Western Australia

James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion 2018, www.winecompanion.com.au, 1 September 2017

98 Points

It is inappropriate to use the word ‘elegant’ in describing the wine, simply because it is on another, higher level, making the word hackneyed in this instance. The fragrant bouquet, the silky palate and perfectly shaped tannins of the finish are unique to this wine.

 

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Mount Horrocks, Watervale Semillon 2016, Clare Valley, South Australia

James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion 2018, www.winecompanion.com.au, 1 September 2017

95 Points

It is barrel-fermented, yet the oak is under tight control, acting as a framework for the fruit, which remains centre stage, zesty and tangy, but with lemon curd joining the lemon citrus fruit of the long, lingering finish.

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Grosset, ‘Nereus' Clare Valley 2014, South Australia

James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion 2018, www.winecompanion.com.au, 1 September 2017

97 points

(Best of the best Shiraz and Family)


Part of the quest to determine what variety will be the best junior partner for his Shiraz – Nero d’Avola emerged in front of Malbec and Mataro this vintage, and looks as if it will continue to be the best. Grosset is seeking perfume, structure and drinkability, which this has in spades.

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Willunga 100, The Hundred 'Clarendon' McLaren Vale Grenache 2015, South Australia

James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion 2018, www.winecompanion.com.au, 1 September 2017

93 points 


Slightly more concentrated, brooding and of darker fruit tones, this mid-weighted wine exhibits bing cherry, bitter chocolate and raspberry bonbon, cascading down a fountain of energetic acidity and delicate tannins, etched with a dusting of sand. The finish is effortless across a gradual build-up of flavour.

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Arras, Grand Vintage 2007, Tasmania

James Halliday, Halliday Wine Companion 2018, www.winecompanion.com.au, 1 September 2017

98 Points

(Best of the best Sparkling White and Rose

 

Gleaming straw-green hue, and very, very complex, in full-blown Arras style at its towering best, with layer upon layer of complexity ex brioche, toast, flint, white peach and apple. Although it spent over 8 years on tirage, the overall mouthfeel strongly suggests this exceptional wine has time to go. Best White and Rose Sparkling 2018.

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