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2018 Gembrook Hill JKM Pinot Noir, Yarra Valley, A$85
A wine to celebrate winemaker Andrew Marks’ parents Ian and June Marks. It’s a stellar drop, sinewy and tightly coiled, dark-fruited – but lifted on waves of brambly, briary greenery, and a fine dusting of clove and white pepper. The tannins ripple with authority through the wine, almost feeling Italianate in their nature. The tension and precision of the wine speaks fluently of needing time in cellar, and with only 80 dozen made, this is truly one for collectors.  MB

2019 Vasse Felix Heytesbury Chardonnay, Margaret River, A$92
Virginia Willcock is not resting on her laurels but continuing to refine her Vasse Felix wines with the 2019 Heytsbury her latest triumph. The oak is present, as are creamy MLF characters, but shining through is pure chardonnay fruit. Honeysuckle, white nectarine and pink grapefruit flavours abound, with savoury elements restraining any excess. The finish is long, fine and seemingly endless. Pair with a WA rock lobster for instant pleasure or cellar for a decade for delayed gratification.  PB

2019 Te Mata Coleraine, Hawke’s Bay, NZ$115
New Zealand’s most iconic and collectible red wine from a truly excellent vintage. A cabernet sauvignon-dominant blend with merlot and cabernet franc. Ripe, cassis and berry flavours with a seasoning of spice. Plushness and power with great potential. An elegant and stylish wine with an impeccable provenance.  BC

2018 Torbreck RunRig Shiraz Viognier, Barossa Valley, A$317
RunRig is Torbreck’s most famous wine, with a distinguished pedigree stretching back to 1997. The colour is a typically saturated, dark red-purple, and it has a reserved bouquet of black fruits, dark chocolate and liquorice, blackberry and mocha running through the palate to the long finish. Full bodied, rich and ample with abundant tannins that leave a cleansing after-grip. Great intensity, line and length. It has the charm and balance to enjoy now but will mature for at least 20 years.  HH

2019 Swinney Farvie Syrah, Frankland River, A$150
Wild and heady, deeply scented with violets, blackberries, blueberries, dark plums and smoked meats with undertones of vanilla, spice and oregano, it’s medium to fullish in weight, deeply layered and textural. A savoury palate of dark fruits, gentle cedar/chocolate oak steadily unfolds as it extends long and seamlessly over a fine, drying extract of powdery tannins. Not as emphatic as the 2018 release; it’s instead more supple and subtle.  JO

2018 Leeuwin Estate Art Series Shiraz, Margaret River, A$42
Often overshadowed by cabernet and chardonnay, Margaret River shiraz is utterly delicious. This is a fine example from Leeuwin Estate, the bottle adorned with striking artwork by Alfreda Nungarrayi Martin. Succulent concentrated dark cherry and mulberry flavours are accented by warming spice and the faintest savoury hint. The tannins underpin the palate, though they remain mostly hidden. There is a lushness, richness and softness to the wine, making it easy to enjoy.  TP