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Ekhidna She Viper McLaren Vale Shiraz 2016

Posted: May 1, 2019

The nose is a complexity of plums and prunes with minty notes. Strong shiraz flavours; all juicy black and spicy with cleansing tannins. 5+

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Ekhidna She Viper McLaren Vale Grenache Shiraz 2016

Posted: May 1, 2019

A big powerful wine that’s rich and complex with dark briary fruit, some forest floor elements, hints of licorice and an edge of menthol. Lovely soft tannin structure. 5+

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Ekhidna She Viper McLaren Vale G.S.M. 2016

Posted: May 1, 2019

Spicy peppery berry bouquet with oak support. Ripe fruit flavours with good line of tannins. 5+

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Ekhidna She Viper McLaren Vale Grenache 2016

Posted: May 1, 2019

Aromatic complexity of red cherries, spices and tarry notes. Nice vinosity and weight to the ripe berry palate. 3-5

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Ekhidna She Viper McLaren Vale Cabernet Shiraz 2015

Posted: May 1, 2019

Dusty spicy black olive fragrances with sweet fruit palate showing nice maturity.

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Ekhidna Linchpin McLaren Vale Shiraz 2016

Posted: May 1, 2019

A big, dark, complex and tannic wine with earthy brambly nose layered with toasty oak and masses of mouthfilling black fruit flavours showing some red berry notes. 5+

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Ekhidna She Viper McLaren Vale Shiraz Rosé 2018

Posted: May 1, 2019

Pale salmon hues with aromatic strawberry nose and clean simple sour cherry flavours.

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Scarpantoni 30 Year Old McLaren Vale Tawny NV

Posted: May 1, 2019

Nose exhibits lovely aged rancio complexity with a delicious balance of fruit, oak and aged flavours. Quite a straightforward palate considering the age of the wine.

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Scarpantoni McLaren Vale Gamay 2018

Posted: May 1, 2019

Subtle berry bouquet with slight greenness and lovely flavours of plums and raspberries on the well balanced palate. Soft tannic finish.

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Scarpantoni McLaren Vale Pinot Noir 2015

Posted: May 1, 2019

Lovely plum fruit and oak complexity on the nose and a complex, true pinot, palate with nice mature notes.

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Oxenberry Settlers Spring McLaren Vale Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Posted: May 1, 2019

Woody herbal bouquet and attractive varietal fruit flavours. Some sweetness but balancing acidity.

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Scarpantoni Black Tempest McLaren Vale Sparkling Shiraz NV

Posted: May 1, 2019

Excellent dark cherry nose with a peppery lift and sweet dark cherry fruit flavours with yeasty complexity. A real crowd pleaser. 3-5

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Scarpantoni McLaren Vale Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Posted: May 1, 2019

A pale wine exhibiting light herbal varietal fruit fragrances leading on to a good, crisp and herbaceous green fruit palate.

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Scarpantoni McLaren Vale Gamay Rosé 2018

Posted: May 1, 2019

Sweet berry aromas layered with herbal elements and a flavoursome, drying, palate.

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Scarpantoni McLaren Vale Barbera 2015

Posted: May 1, 2019

Still a very youthful wine just starting to develop some complexity. “Has a lovely big red feel,” suggested one judge

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Scarpantoni Brothers Block McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Posted: May 1, 2019

Blackberry fruit nose with a greenish note and excellent oak and fruit complexity of flavours.

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Scarpantoni Block 3 McLaren Vale Shiraz 2016

Posted: May 1, 2019

“A sleeping giant!” suggested one judge. A big, malty oak driven, wine with nice lightly herbal varietal fruit and a full tannin structure. 5+

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Scarpantoni California Road Old Vine McLaren Vale Shiraz 2013

Posted: May 1, 2019

Still rich and bright for a 6-year-old wine with lifted spicy aromas and great mouthfilling red fruit flavours on the silky smooth palate with furry tannins.

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Coriole Estate Grown McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Posted: May 1, 2019

Excellent mixed fruit aromas with coffee and cocoa like complexity and a lean, but well balanced, cassis driven fruit palate.

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Coriole McLaren Vale Shiraz Fiano 2018

Posted: May 1, 2019

Fresh ripe peppery fruit nose with a violet lift and a full flavoured firm tannic palate. Nice fruit weight and good use of oak. 5+

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Coriole McLaren Vale Fiano 2018

Posted: May 1, 2019

Fresh lemon fragrances with hints of peaches and musky/honeyed biscuit-like complexity to the palate with good phenolic presence.

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Grounded Cru Inc (Gold Label) McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Posted: May 1, 2019

Dense rich complexity of black olive-like aromas. The palate is “In great shape.” A little on the sweet side with grippy tannins.

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Grounded Cru Inc (Gold Label) McLaren Vale Shiraz 2017

Posted: May 1, 2019

Inky dark nose with a brooding brambly bouquet showing some lovely oak elements. The huge ripe sweet palate showing flavours of olives, blackberries and oak. Nice tannins. 5+

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Grounded Cru McLaren Vale Cabernet Shiraz Malbec 2017

Posted: May 1, 2019

Bright youthful berries and ripe cherries lift off the nose with a well structured, balanced, sour cherry and blackberry palate.

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Grounded Cru McLaren Vale G.S.M. 2017

Posted: May 1, 2019

Powerful spicy peppery nose with strong blue fruit characters which are echoed on the elegant palate. Very good tannin structure. 3-5

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Grounded Cru McLaren Vale Grenache 2017

Posted: May 1, 2019

Dark slightly ethereal cherry aromas with a marzipan edge. Soft in the mouth with light varietal flavours and bright line of acidity.

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Grounded Cru McLaren Vale Shiraz 2017

Posted: May 1, 2019

Strong spicy aromas with dark cherry, violet and lavender characters. A rich, full flavoured, ripe berry palate with powerful tannin structure and good oak complexity. 5+

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Chain of Ponds Acquaintance McLaren Vale Shiraz 2017

Posted: May 1, 2019

An uncomplicated shiraz layered with red cherry fruit, oak and soft tannins. 5+

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Zonte’s Footstep Blackberry Patch Fleurieu Peninsula Cabernet Sauvignon Tempranillo 2017

Posted: May 1, 2019

Complex nutty nose with cool black fruits on the palate showing a rhubarb edge.

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Zonte’s Footstep Chocolate Factory McLaren Vale Shiraz 2017

Posted: May 1, 2019

Lots of blue fruits on the nose layered with mocha-like oak and plenty of cherry flavours with chocolaty elements, silky smooth tannins and nice acidity. 5+

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Zonte’s Footstep Lady Marmalade Fleurieu Peninsula Vermentino 2018

Posted: May 1, 2019

Light, fresh and herbal on the nose and lightweight palate with an interesting flavour profile showing a sea spray/oyster shell like edge and good acidity.

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Zonte’s Footstep Z Force McLaren Vale Shiraz 2016

Posted: May 1, 2019

Lovely nose – smells like a spicy fruit cake with good palate weight and structure with lovely layers of fruit, oak and tannins. “This is a big wine,” noted one judge. 5+

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Zonte’s Footstep Violet Beauregard Langhorne Creek Malbec 2017

Posted: May 1, 2019

Attractive mature shades of red with some very nice complex varietal fruit characters of black berries with cleansing tannins.

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Zonte’s Footstep Lake Doctor Langhorne Creek Shiraz 2017

Posted: May 1, 2019

The nose is all sweet vanillin oak and floral fruit. Nice cranberry-like flavours with slight green notes and soft line of tannins. 5+

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Arakoon Full Bodied Red McLaren Vale Grenache Shiraz Mataro 2017

Posted: May 1, 2019

Brooding chocolaty bouquet with a herbal berry fruit lift and a powerful, chunky, palate with sweet ripe berry and muscaty flavours and powerful but soft tannins. 5+

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Arakoon Big, Fat & Gutsy McLaren Vale Shiraz 2017

Posted: May 1, 2019

As the same suggests – a big full flavoured shiraz with great oak complexity, nice blue fruits and some mouth puckering acidity. 5+

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Arakoon Lighthouse Langhorne Creek Shiraz Cabernet 2017

Posted: May 1, 2019

Malty plum aromas verging on mocha with a strong tannin structure to the blue fruit palate with tart acidity. 5+

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Arakoon McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

Posted: May 1, 2019

A fresh lively number with ripe sweet cherry berry fruit characters and good use of oak.

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Arakoon McLaren Vale Viognier 2017

Posted: May 1, 2019

Clean, elegant and a touch savoury with hints of perfumed/lime cordial aromas and solid fruit palate.

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I Am George Langhorne Creek Shiraz 2017

Posted: May 1, 2019

Unusual aromatic spicy green fruit characters to the nose with attractive spicy/herbal fruit flavours with an elegant palate structure. Good level of tannins. 5+

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Haselgrove The Ambassador McLaren Vale Shiraz 2017

Posted: May 1, 2019

Sweet berry bouquet; nice oak and herbal complexity. Powerful sweet berry flavours on a richly textured palate. Good line of acid. 5+

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Haselgrove Col Cross McLaren Vale Shiraz 2017

Posted: May 1, 2019

Described as “Tempered and tight,” by one judge. Pretty floral/violet fragrances and uncomplicated but very attractive red fruit palate. Nice tannins. 5+

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Haselgrove The Cruth McLaren Vale Shiraz 2017

Posted: May 1, 2019

Plumy aromas with briary undertones with a ripe and nicely textured sweet berry palate. 5+

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Haselgrove Alternative Series McLaren Vale Grenache Rosé 2018

Posted: May 1, 2019

Soft pink wine with a light berry bouquet and floral/rose petal lift and a richer, creamier style of palate with upfront meaty fruit flavours.

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Haselgrove Alternative Series McLaren Vale Montepulciano 2018

Posted: May 1, 2019

Luminous purple wine with a huge plum and raspberry fruit nose and a very complete and complex palate deep with berry flavours and laced with grippy tannins.

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Haselgrove Alternative Series McLaren Vale Sangiovese 2018

Posted: May 1, 2019

Deep russet red wine with a lovely nose smelling of strawberries and chocolate and a characteristically light bodied tannic palate with good length of varietal flavours.

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Haselgrove Protector McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Posted: May 1, 2019

Mulberries and walnuts fill the glass with lovely aromas and leads on to an elegant and very herbaceous fruit palate with eucalypt-like undertones.

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Haselgrove Catkin McLaren Vale Shiraz 2017

Posted: May 1, 2019

A big, rich and ripe chocolaty fruit style of shiraz with violet-like aromatics with a slight greenish thread, silky smooth tannins and firm drying finish. 5+

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Haselgrove First Cut McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Posted: May 1, 2019

Complex brambly black fruit fragrances, a subtlety of oak and a slight mintiness with that mintiness obvious on the fruit. Great palate balance with leathery elements.

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Haselgrove First Cut McLaren Vale Shiraz 2017

Posted: May 1, 2019

A big full flavoured shiraz – silky smooth with a seamless balance of briary fruit, ripe berries, light oak and some menthol notes and supported by strong tannin structure. 5+

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