Tim Smith Shiraz 2018, Barossa Valley
From four of Tim Smith Wines' favourite vineyards in the Eden and Barossa valleys. Deep crimson-purple; a constellation of sombre black fruits, spice, pepper and licorice opening up layer-upon-layer as the wine is retasted, yet the tannins and oak are neatly controlled. You could drink more than a glass of this. Drink by 2038
95 points – James Halliday, TheWineCompanion.com
Blank Canvas Escaroth Pinot 2017, Marlborough
Dry-farmed, north facing slope in the Southern Valleys, 50% whole-clusters. Delicious pinot noir with violet, wild flowers, sweet dark cherry, raspberry and spicy oak flavours. An ethereal, silken texture is even more impressive than the wines appealing and complex aromatics. Dangerously accessible now Drink: 2019-2025
95 points – Bob Campbell, TheRealReview
Tenuta Ghizzano Venerosso 2016, Tuscany
Mainly Sangiovese with some Cabernet Sauvignon. Certified organic.
Healthy crimson. Sweet, ripe nose – obviously from a warmer terrain than the hills of Chianti Classico. Extremely flattering and velvety with the clear character of ripe Sangiovese. Pretty delicious! Everything in harmony. The texture of a luxurious Napa Cabernet and the tang, flavour and refreshment value of well-grown organic Sangiovese. Very persistent. Well done!
17.5/20 points – Jancis Robinson, JancisRobinson.com
Craiglee Shiraz 2016, Sunbury
Owner/winemaker Pat Carmody in fine touch here with the grape that made his and Craiglee's reputation. Signature black pepper with wild thyme, sage, acacia and ripe, sweet black berries. Launches into a savoury world of game and earth and background notes of hoisin and undergrowth. Quite the dark and brooding kind of cool climate shiraz. A stunner.
95 points - Jeni Port, The RealReview.com
Domaine Naturaliste Lenny Cabernet Franc 2018, Margaret River
Inky, purple/black colour. Heady bouquet, plum pudding, balsamic flowers and dried herbs. Powerful flavours on the palate, fruitcake, baking spices, tobacco and prunes. Strong synthesis between the high level of tannin, a fair amount of alcohol, a full body and the lengthy finish. Drink: 2020-2032
95 points – Amanda Yallop, TheRealReview.com
Philippa Farr Pinot Noir 2018, Gipsland
Medium to full red colour with a tint of purple. Aromas of cherry, vanilla and chocolate, the palate fleshy and almost chunky, intense and firm but finely-textured and blessed with good line and length. Very good concentration and richness. A baby pinot with real potential. Drink 2021-2032
95 points – Huon Hooke, The RealReview.com