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Penguin Good Wine Guide 2013 - Nick Stock

Eden Valley Riesling 2012. Lovely lemon pith, grapefruit and quartz on the nose here: really sings of the regional character of the Eden Valley. The palate’s supple and even with approachable charm and dry lemon flavour acid runs deep. Great wine.  93 points.

Barossa Mataro 2010. Here’s a man that loves and understands the ancient wily ways of Mataro, and this terrific wine is the result. The nose is exotic, with plenty of spicy fragrance, purple ad blue fruits, cassis, some licorice too. The palate has some of the most pure fruit I’ve ever seen in a glass of Mataro, showing supple, smooth, rolling tannin shape, some chocolate and deeply impressive integration here. Few can get this close.   94 points.

Barossa Shiraz 2010. The 2010 vintage sees this wine in a more dynamic and upbeat mode, still sporting all the trademark regional richness, yet there’s more focus and finesse. Blackberry and plym, some cola and game meats – almost wonder if there’s a splash of Mataro here. The palate’s tangy from the get-go, showing dark plum sarsaparilla and tarry black fruit depth. Tannins are muscular and composed. Really impressive wine – lavish yet elegant. 94 points.

Mataro Grenache Shiraz 2011. A bright, ripe and juicy wine that has carried the vintage off with aplomb. This has plenty of lively red fruit aromas and a cedary thread too, lots of pepper and a sanguine, meaty twist – smells great. The palate’s quite taut, tannins are smooth and active, really handy bounce. Flavours roll through in various shades of red through blue to purple fruits. Neat balance. 92 pts.