A super fruity wine with some serious juice. Raspberries, blueberries and mulberries are balanced nicely by savoury notes of liquorice and dried herbs, with just enough sweetness and a lingering finish. It's a vibrant, lighter style of red, perfect for those warmer months. 2020 Vintage Coming Soon.
"Vibrant, forest berry fruitiness, sprigs of green herb, minty notes, peppery stuff. Palate is light and lithe, sizzles with tart acidity in a good way, shows a feathery lick of earthy tannin. Spice, cranberry, kind of transparent, exotic things, it’s interesting and good. I like it. A bit amaro?"
91 points, James Suckling: "This has red-flower and leafy aromas, as well as some earthy nuances. Vibrant raspberries and tart red cherries. Succulant appealingly fresh raspberries and redcurrants on the palate with fine, crisp tannins."
Juicy, delicious and ready to drink now, this beauty has spice, cherries and rose petals bursting from the glass. Supple tannins, good length and an earthy finish cap off a charming, fruit-driven wine that pairs well with any tomato-based dish.
95 points, Jane Faulkner, 2021 James Halliday Wine Companion: "What appeals is how the fruit does the talking. Winemaking merely the guide. Made in a fresh, drink now style yet with some depth and shape thanks to its grainy tannins and savoury overlay. Delicious."
90 points, James Suckling: "Attractive raspberry and papaya aromas here with red plums and blackcurrants. The palate has crisp, chalky texture and fresh red-berry and red-papaya flavors. Juicy-fruit finish."
90 points, Mike Bennie, The Wine Front: "Bright and vivacious style, feels fresh, berry fruited, pretty and decidedly sweet. Sweetness sticks in the craw a bit but you get the feeling this bottle won’t last long around the right crowd. A neat chomp of gummy tannin does good for some balance, too. Fun!"
Reviews of the 2018 Grenache Touriga:
93 points, James Halliday 2020 Wine Companion: "The fancy of freshness. Raspberry, spice, strawberry pie and anise notes fly attractively through the palate, charming as they go. It's a 55/45% blend; it saw no new oak (40% was kept in stainless); the flavours and scents burst merrily from the glass. It's a lovely wine. Serious quality, fun style."
2019 Drink Easy Competition: "Ripe, plush plums, cherries - fat juicy summer red fruits. The acidity is here and strong but flexible tannins keep it fresh as. Delicious drinking."
A really interesting, medium-bodied wine with juicy blood plums and ripe purple fruits. Great character and nutty notes make for a soft, laidback wine with that real soil and earth feeling.
90 Points, The Wine Front - Gary Walsh: "Lovely label. Blood plum and spice, salted nuts, pistachio maybe, and an iron and floral perfume. Medium-bodied, saline and nutty, fine tannin, blood orange, skinsy tannin and a fresh raspberry finish, though those salty nuts come through as well. Good. Character plus."
92 points, James Suckling: "This has super fresh delivery of ripe purple berries and flowers with a smooth, gently fleshy palate that offers a deep core of dark plum and mil-chocolate flavors. Nicely done."
2019 Drink Easy Competition: "Cherry ripe, choc and some prominent oak whiffs, shows with good length and upfront there's good concentration and flavour"
Wine & Viticulture Journal - Sping Edition: "Subtle earth, spice and plum character on the nose along with deep chewy fruit and licorice. Rich and dense black-fruited palate, with some raspberry and a hint of herbrs. Rich mouthfeel, acid line and oak well balanced. A nice quaffable wine."
Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show - GOLD with 96 points: "Earth savoury, creamy texture and length. Soft and sublet well handled, more traditional Australian style. Ripe fruit and nice balance, fruity and juicy."
Dry and refreshing, this zesty petit blanc has plenty of grapefruit and citrus with lovely weight and texture. Notes of jasmine and freshly cut hay make for wonderful summer drinking, particularly when paired with fresh oysters.
Reviews of 2020 Petit Blanc: Mike Bennie, Winefront, 91 points: "What a fun thing from H&Y. And good thing. Cucumber, lemon squash, green herbs. Good scents. Lots of juicy, bouncy fun in the palate. More cucumber, lemon squash, Real Lemonade perhaps, some green apple. Zingy finish whips things tart and clean. Good times. Lots of personality and lots of drinkability."
Reviews of 2019 Petit Blanc: Adelaide Review 2020, Hot 100 Wines, Light Aromatic Wines: "An intriguing wine with a light aromatic lift, initial savoury aromas are followed by necatarine, orange, and nashi pear. This wine is deliciously weighted with a pleasing phenolic grip and lovely acid".
Reviews of 2018 Petit Blanc: 90 points, James Halliday 2020 Wine Companion
"Citrus and tropical fruit flavours are attractive enough, but the slippery-satiny nature of the texture here makes this pretty white wine enjoyable to say the least."
Reviews of 2017 Petit Blanc: Gary Walsh, The Wine Front, September 2017 www.winefront.com.au
"Made from Muscat Blanc a’ Petits Grains. I don’t recommend most white wines be served too chilled, but I think this style is best served with a bit of frost on it. Perfumed and musky, kind of light and briny too, with delicate flavour, mainly lemon and lemon barley. It’s got zip and freshness, a bit of fragrance, and it’s VERY easy to smash down with gay abandon. A wonderful wine for summer luncheons, and the like, preferably featuring a sea breeze. I like it, but it is what it is, and that, in this case, is a good thing. The simple things etc." 88 points.
Huon Hooke, November 2017, www.huonhooke.com "Pale almost water-white colour and a pungent muscat fruit aroma, which is clean as a whistle and appropriately fragrant. Passionfruit traces. The wine is surprisingly dry in the mouth, like a French muscat blanc sec. As such, it would make a good aperitif wine. A very good, if simple, varietal dry white." 89 points
James Halliday, 1 August 2018, www.winecompanion.com.au "The fact that its grape variety (muscat blanc à petit grains) might cause people to expect an off-dry wine is neither here nor there, hither or yon. It's fresh, delicate, crisp, dry and faintly lemony." 88 points
Super juicy and super delicious, this tempranillo is all cinnamon spice and choc-cherry ripe. It's a medium-bodied wine with dark berries and an earthiness that lends itself to chargrilled chorizo or haloumi straight off the BBQ.
92 points, Jane Faulkner, James Halliday Wine Companion, August 2021 "A lot of pizzazz packed into this with its cherry-accented fruit, sarsaparilla and woodsy spices. It's medium-bodied, juicy with firm tannins and a slight green edge on the finish means having this with food."
91 points, James Suckling: "This is a bold, vivacious style with plenty of deep-set blueberries and cassis and a smooth and bright, juicy palate that carries a long band of bright, blue-fruit flavor."
Reviews of the 2018 Tempranillo:
95 points, James Halliday 2020 Wine Companion: "Full of flavour, texture and life. This is about as full-bodied as tempranillo gets and, even better, it comes dressed in velvet. Plum, black cherry and cola flavours sweep through the palate in convincing fashion. Fine-grained tannin stitches the finish into a neat package. It's good."
92 points, Gary Walsh, The Wine Front: (Posted on 09 July 2020) "It would appear we are a little late on this one, as I note, while grabbing a bottle image, that they’re on to the 2019 on their web shop. Oh well. Come hither. Cherry and plum, a little earth, BBQ sausage, and spice. It’s medium-bodied, with pleasingly sooty tannin, ample fruit and balanced acidity, a bit of sweet strawberry freshness in the mix, and a nice long even finish. What a charming wine it is. Speaks of region and grape most eloquently."
2019 Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show - Bronze Medal "Bright red fruit strawberry and fine powdery tannins. Soft juicy and within the frame of the varietal fruit with balanced plushness and fine tannins. Cherry ripe, chocolate. Nice crunch tannins. Exotic flavours reminiscent of an Icelandic picnic."
Reviews of 2017 Tempranillo:
James Halliday, 07 August 2018, www.winecompanion.com.au "Full, bright hue; red and black cherry on the bouquet lead directly into the palate before savoury tannins try to take a grip on proceedings." 89 points
Mike Bennie, WBM, May/June 2018, 92 points "A more serious-feeling Tempranillo than expected with concentration and richness on its side. Perfume is appropriately floral, rose hip tea- imbued and shows whiffs of choc- Turkish Delight, while the palate is more mulberry sweetness and a dash of clove/cinnamon spice. Some real glide here too. 14.5%"
Andrew Graham, Australian Wine Review, May 2018, https://www.ozwinereview.com "Another varietal ‘17 Vale red from Hither & Yon team. Molten, dark berry nose – it’s not Rioja but gee it’s expansive and thick fruited with that southern McLaren Vale inky density. At first I thought this might be too ripe and slick sweet, but the tannic depth and wafts of choc berry carries this forward. A genuinely substantial McLaren Vale Tempranillo. Best drinking: Wait a year or so to see it at its best and drink in 10. 17.5/20, 91/100. 14.5%, $27."
Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show, November 2017: Gold Medal, 95 points
Reviews of 2016 Tempranillo:
James Halliday, August 2018, 93 points and red value star, www.winecompanion.com.au "Made from two pickings, almost 3 weeks apart. Open fermented, whole berries and bunches, and 6 months in French oak. Unequivocally varietal bouquet, with lifted aromas of fresh cherry, blueberry, and cola extract, spliced with a more savoury element. Fresh, juicy and flavoursome, but moderated by the fine tannin. Delicious."
Huon Hooke, February 2017, 90 points, www.huonhooke.com "Deep, young purple/red colour. The wine is full-bodied and fruit-driven on the palate with bold, bright young flavour and soft but persuasive tannins. The wine is very young and primal but very good. Balance and mouth-feel are excellent and it just remains to be seen what some bottle-age might bring."
Stuart Robinson. December 2016. 90 points. www.thevinsomniac.com "Delicious Joven style: jubey, juicy, fruits of the forest mix. The kinda wine you want to sink your head into: cooling, calming, intriguing, inviting. There's a darker edge to the palate, a light rub of tannin. Medium bodied, a twist of aniseed - lush fruit. Strikes this balance between downright simplicity, with a little dark underbelly. Would easily handle a summer-necessary chill."
2015 Tempranillo reviews:
Mike Bennie. WBM Magazine. May 2016. 93 points. "This is Tempranillo marching to its own beat. Neither joven nor Riserva, it's a slurpy, slippery, medium weight thing that shows choc-cherry and anise characters in perfume and flavours, lushness of fruit and a lightly sandy finish. It's seriously great drinking and could take a light chill too."
Wine Enthusiast (USA). March 2016. 91 points. Dark cherry in colour with black infections at the core, this wine has a pleasantly vinous nose of pomegranate seeds and blueberries. Sweet spice and perk acidity invigorate the medium bodied palate, while supple rounded tannins hang in the background. The finish lingers with cinnamon-dappled raspberry pie flavors. Even if only moderately complex, this wine is incredibly easy to sip. Drink now through to 2018.
Stuart Robinson. March 2016. 91 points. www.thevinsomniac.com Savoury, woody hints, flashes of blue fruit, a little black cherry. In the house style: a juicy fruit-bomb, not lacking in a little savoury depth - a second pick of fruit comprising 12% of the wine was allowed a little extra hang-time, with some whole bunch inclusion - a little acidic reach into the corners of the palate. A light rub of tannin, some black licorice and a little bitter cocoa. Juicy, moreish, another winner from the H&Y team.
Huon Hooke. March 2016. www.huonhooke.com "Deep red colour with a trace of purple. Dark cherry fruit pervades the bouquet, becoming chaffy with airing, while the palate is ironstony and firm, straightforward and plum-pippy, ending with a trace of bitterness. A pretty good temp."
Andrew Graham. March 2016. 88points. www.ozwinereview.com.au Juicy red fruit, wet brick Temp varietal characters, then more raspberry and cola fruit with a little earth. It’s a nice 'joven' style this, all fruit, minimal oak and light sandy tannins. Slurpable, juicy wine, if a tad simple. Best drinking: 2017-2021.
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