2015 Château Haut-Macô Cuveé Jean Bernard, Côtes de Bourg, Bordeaux, France, A$37
An award-winning wine from right bank Bordeaux, where cabernet and merlot clones were born. An intense colour that can be directly related to the clay and limestone soil. An amazing complex aroma of dark fruit and earth. The
oak is perfectly integrated with soft spices coming through. Tannins are delicate and smooth. It’s ready to enjoy now or can be cellared with confidence.
2015 Chrismont La Zona Sagrantino, King Valley, A$30
Aromas of black cherries and plums are supported by background notes of dark chocolate and spicy oak. The textured palate is rich with plum and dark berry fruit flavours, with fine tannins and spice leading to a dry, savoury finish. An ideal match to braised goat and caramelised onion ravioli with fried sage.
2018 Hardys HRB Pinot Noir, Yarra Valley and Tasmania, A$35
This enticing, highly aromatic wine shows notes of strawberries, mulberries and cherry, with flashes of cardamom and anise, alongside subtle French oak spice. The palate is juicy and sweet-fruited with ripe berry fruits, fine tannins and a mineral acid drive.
2017 Henschke Johann’s Garden, Barossa Valley, A$56
This blend of grenache, mataro and shiraz shows lifted aromas of redcurrant, rosehip and raspberry with notes of plum pudding, anise and white pepper. The palate is complemented by berry compote and red licorice flavours with fine tannins and balanced acidity.
2018 Hickinbotham Clarendon Vineyard Trueman Cabernet Sauvignon, McLaren Vale, A$75
Since its establishment in 1971, the Hickinbotham vineyard has become part of Australia’s wine heritage, supplying fruit to produce many of the country’s greatest wines. The 2018 Trueman Cabernet Sauvignon evokes aromas of ripe blackberries and dark chocolate with hints of rose petal and wild sage. The palate is balanced with black plum, fresh acidity and velvety tannins.
2017 St Hallett Blackwell Shiraz, Barossa, A$50
Blackwell Shiraz is sourced from vineyards in the north-west Barossa. The 2017 vintage shows aromas of blackberry, cocoa and baking spices, leading to a full-bodied palate of intense forest berry flavours and a rich, persistent texture. It’s an opulent wine but is balanced with a certain vitality that will see it age gracefully over the next 15 years.