Ever wondered why we talk about winemakers so much when we write about wines? We do too. So, we decided to partner with our closest neighbouring winegrowers - Peter, Tim, Andrew, Kym and Paul - to produce a series of wines that reflects the nuances of their unique vineyards, and their individual characters. These wines were made using the same minimalist winemaking approach, allowing Adam to take a back seat and letting the grower's personality and their special terroirs shine.
Max Allen | The Financial Review | Febuary 2020
The shiraz grown by Andrew Toomey on 20-year-old vines planted in red clay loam is, for me, the wine with the lightest fruit flavours, a nervy elegance and a waft of minty sandalwood quite typical of the region.
The 25-year-old vines on grey loam over clay in Peter Leeke’s vineyard resulted in a slightly darker, denser, more meaty character, almost gamey, with compacted tannins.
The shiraz from vines planted by Kym Ludvigsen in 2003 in deep red soils (and farmed by Toomey since Ludvigsen’s death in 2013) has more of a dusty, spicy perfume and really fine, powdery tannins.
The shiraz from the oldest vines, planted in red clay in 1969, in the vineyard once known as Westgate and now owned by Tim Morris, has extra depth of plummy, dark-cherry juicy fruit and late, tingly tannins.
And the shiraz from the youngest vines, planted in 2007 by Paul Dakis in red ironstone, has, for me, the darkest flavours – bramble and licorice – as well as the most sinewy, grippy tannins (I actually wrote “iron grip” in my notes, which is interesting, given the soil type of the vineyard).
Huon Hooke | The Real Review | Febuary 2020
Morris: Very good, youthful, deep red/purple colour, the bouquet reserved but serious with ironstone, earthy and pepper-spice aromas. The wine is tightly-composed and intense, with a firm backbone. An elegant, savoury and very stately shiraz that drinks well now and has a substantial future. 95 points
Dakis: Excellent deep, dark red/purple colour, with a slightly subdued but broodingly exciting bouquet of spicy bitumen, black fruits, tar and a hint of pepper. It's very full-bodied, firmly-structured and powerful: a wine of serious intent. Impressive now but has long-term potential. 96 points
Toomey: Deep red colour with a good tint of purple and a rich, ripe chocolaty nose. The wine is very soft, rounded and tubby, fading a bit towards the finish, and lacking the usual Great Western drive. Good mid-palate richness and flavour though and it has intensity. 91 points
Ludvigsen: Deep, bright red/purple colour. Smoky-earthy and brown spice aromas, with some greener walnut, bayleaf, herbal notes. It’s full-bodied and firm, tightly-bunched and savoury, with liberal acidity and drive through the palate to the long finish. A hint of regional ironstone character that lingers. 92 points
Leeke: Deep, dark, bold red colour with a good tint of purple, the bouquet jammy and sweetly ripe to overripe. Blackberry jam rules the roost. The wine is full-bodied and strongly built, with abundant tannins and a moderately long finish with a touch of chewiness. A big, solid wine that will take some age well and is best served with protein if drunk young. 92 points
Paul Squires - Customer
Great experience. Some are similar in style but the Morris stands out.
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