06 August 2018
2017 CLASSIC CHARDONNAY – 91 Points
A ripe wine displaying the positive attributes of a warm climate: abundance of stone to tropical fruit flavours and palate warmth; with positives manifest in deft winemaking: mineral-clad tension and creamy oak, serving as a conduit of flavour and grip, rather than a scream.
2016 CLASSIC SHIRAZ – 91 Points
Round, juicy and fully loaded. Blue to black fruits all, with lilac floral scents providing lift and an elegance. There is a gentle tannic rasp, serving the wine well, while providing direction across the palate. A punctuation mark of anise, too.
2016 ESTATE GRENACHE (yet to be released) – 91 Points
Unadulterated McLaren Vale grenache in all its giddy glory: Turkish delight, raspberry bonbon and a skein of anise to dried herb, jitterbugging along a line of cranberry acidity.
2016 ESTATE SHIRAZ (yet to be released) – 93 Points
Luxuriant of scent and composure: violet, licorice and a cooler climatic stamp of iodine meander amidst blueberry, mulberry and satsuma plum, finishing with a lick of five-spice and tapenade. This is strongly regional, generous and delicious. Nothing is too forced. Relaxed. The reductive card is played seductively, sensibly, judiciously.
2016 ESTATE CABERNET SAUVIGNON (yet to be released) – 92 Points
Beresford's Estate range is solid. The fruit, intense of flavour; the structural attributes - oak, acidity and grape tannin-well integrated and serving as vectors of line and length, rather than idols of ambition. It is maritime warm climate cabernet, with brio. Cassis, bouquet garni et al. More importantly, this is long and persistent with more in store.
2016 LIMITED RELEASE SHIRAZ (yet to be released) – 91 Points
Matured for 18 months in an arsenal of French and American wood, this was sourced from the prized Beresford vineyard in the elevated zone of Blewitt Springs. The oak is far better integrated than its Grand Reserve sibling. Violet and creamy blue to black fruit allusions all are sluiced with eucalyptus and firm, palate-shaping tannins. Works well in a rustic, oak-driven way. The fruit rises above. Largesse and freshness.
2016 LIMTED RELEASE CABERNET SAUVIGNON (yet to be released) – 93 Points
This works far better than its pricier brethren, with maritime freshness carrying a phalanx of currant, bay leaf, anise and black plum across the palate. This is a rich wine with ample oak tannins, too, but they add a bit of shins and elbow-spike to the richness, providing interest. Trust me, they will be smoothed out with a few years in bottle.