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Independent reviews from the likes of James Halliday, Huon Hooke and Greg Duncan Powell reinforce the high standard of Quality and outstanding value our wines represent

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James Halliday: 2016 BackVintage Reserve Barossa Cabernet Shiraz

90 point, Silver medal wine.
A wine that is "special value for money"!

Matured for 10 months in French and Hungarian hogsheads. Sourced from vineyards in the Eden Valley, it's not clear why this $20 wine deserves the Reserve label. It's clean, well-made and sports obvious chardonnay characteristics such as lemon, grapefruit and nectarine fruits.

James Halliday's Wine Companion 01 August 2020

James Halliday: 2017 BackVintage Old Vine Grenache Shiraz

95 point, Gold medal wine.
A wine with an "an astounding level of complex winemaking involved" and is "special value for money"!

53% grenache, 47% shiraz. Old blocks of vines, including 60yo grenache, contributed to this wine. Not bad for a $13 wine! In fact, there is an astounding level of complex winemaking involved here, and it reveals itself in one smart and very tasty young grenache blend. The emphasis, quite rightly, is on the quality of the fruit which reveals tangy raspberry, red plum, dark chocolate wrapped in a medium-bodied youngster with a deceptively long finish. Bravo!

James Halliday's Wine Companion 01 August 2020

James Halliday: 2017 BackVintage Reserve Eden Valley Shiraz

92 point, Silver medal wine.
A wine where "elegance meets edgy" and is "special value for money"!

Sourced from a combination of vineyards, fermented over 8-12 days in different fermenters, matured for 10 months in French and Hungarian oak hogsheads. Elegance meets edgy in this Eden Valley shiraz with ripe red fruits, rose aromatics, a tonne of spice, voluminous and velvety and then comes the kicker, a savoury edge of earth and cured meats. And it's all for just $20!

James Halliday's Wine Companion 01 August 2020

James Halliday: 2016 BackVintage Reserve Barossa Valley Shiraz

89 point, Bronze medal wine.

Destemmed, crushed into stainless steel fermenters, maturation for 9 months in French and American oak. Mixed feelings about seeing the 'Reserve' tag on a $20 wine. It's a good wine, soundly made with clean, sweet fruit intensity and balance, but does it rise above the standard, is it especially complex? It does not, but it's still enjoyable drinking now.

James Halliday's Wine Companion 01 August 2020

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