97 Points | Single Vineyard Hampel Shiraz | 2018
From 17+ year old vines, most of the vinification following Gobell, this with 50% new oak and 20 months maturation. This has a vibrant palate, the black and red fruits with a juicy quality that sees them penetrate every corner of the mouth.
97 Points | Single Vineyard Gobell Shiraz | 2018
From 35-70 year old vines in Marananga, destemmed, open-fermented with two cultured yeasts, 10 days on skins, 21 months in new French hogsheads, 120 dozen made. An unqualified triumph for the '18 vintage, the wine of grace, purity and balance. Yes, the new oak can be seen, but as the years pass it will slowly slide away.
97 Points | Single Vineyard Hoffman Shiraz | 2018
From 100 year old vines, which it is surely the reason for the fuller dark fruit profile. Matured for 21 months in French hogsheads, two new, one used.
97 Points | Single Vineyard Limb Shiraz | 2018
25 year old vines in Seppeltsfield, destemmed, open-fermented, 7 days on skins, matured for 21 months in French hogsheads (50% new). This ever so classy cabernet defies belief - the warm vintage, the alcohol and the Seppeltsfield district should have conspired to make this an impossible dream. It's positively juicy and elegant, with cassis/blackcurrant, bay leaf and sprightly tannins.
96 Points | Eden Valley Riesling | 2019
A wine that takes no prisoners at any stage along the way from the bouquet to the unrelenting power of the back-palate, finish and aftertaste. Citrus of all kinds, and apples, led by Granny Smith, meet the depth of the acidity, and stare it down with ease. Great now, great later.
95 Points | Slow Grown Shiraz | 2018
From vines 35-70 years old. ‘Slow Grown' doesn't refer to any bonsai or similar technique, just the relationship between the growers, their vines and this wine. Matured for 19 months in American and French hogsheads (30% new), it has the same liveliness as its more complex (and expensive) siblings, oak choice and handling one particular difference.
95 Points | El Mejor Cabernet Mataro Shiraz | 2018
A quixotic blend of 70% cabernet sauvignon and 15% each of mourvedre and shiraz. Open-fermented, 7-10 days on skins, basket-pressed, matured for 21 months in one each of French and American hogsheads, both new. Positively vibrates with the intensity of its ever-changing black, purple and red berry fruits, the tannins fine, the balance impeccable.
95 Points | Cellar Dweller Cabernet Shiraz | 2018
From the Eden Valley, Barossa Valley central floor, Seppeltsfield and Williamstown, matured for 19 months in French hogsheads (15% new). Once again, Soul Growers has got the picking spot on. This is cabernet to its boots in a warm vintage when so many others let the alcohol rise to 15% or more. Earthy tannins and a firm profile to the blackcurrant fruit provide exemplary varietal fruit