Our Prosecco is classified as “Brut” style which is the driest of sweetness levels made here, and the healthiest as it is lower sugar. It’s delightful, carefree but not careless. A lovely and fine glass of bubbles, beautifully suited to our coastal lifestyle here, don’t wait for a special occasion, if the sun’s out, chill a bottle and go for it.
Light green in colour with lively, persistent bubbles.
Attractive green pear and tropical fruits on the nose with a very food-friendly fresh palate.
Like biting into a crunchy, flowery red apple picked straight off a blossoming tree. With an aperitif of orange slices and bitter herbs, cranberry juice, tart and dry. This is adelicious food friendly Rosé perfect for drinking now. Certified carbon neutral and vegan friendly wine.
91 points, Lisa Cardelli, Winepilot, October 2023: "Mataro, Mourvèdre, Monastrell. Call it as you wish, but the most important thing here is that it can shine by itself without being the third wheeling in the GSM love story. It opens with fresh mulberries, black cherries, and pomegranate. It’s vibrant and fragrant, with an earthy, herbal component that reminds me of somewhere, under the summer sun, around the coastal area of Southern France. On the palate is ample, spicy, savoury and scream for someCassoulet." "
Hand-picked early in vintage 2023, this was our first make of Fiano, so we have gone for a really lean and clean, classically simple style to express the place – chalky, and variety – citrus. Crunchy, fresh and light (only 11% abv) the sort of wine that sits comfortably chilled, with a platter of natural oysters on the table, the wine adding lemon and salinity, thirst-quenching.
15.5+, Max Allen, Jancis Robinson, October 2023: "First crop of Fiano at H&Y, made very simply: ambient-yeast cool ferment, ageing in stainless steel, bottled after nine weeks. That lovely varietal Fiano fragrance – a touch of green apple, citrus and handcream – then a little lean and cool, with a gentle rain of acidity on the tongue. Will fill out in bottle over the next couple of years.”
Vermentino is from Sardinia and Corsica in the West of Italy where it is regarded as a clean, aromatic and saline variety. This is our first Vermentino, we decided to go for a fun, skin-contact, refreshing style. Citrus peel, tangerine, semolina, ginger slices, fine grip texture, saline and thirst quenching, tight and clean, elan!
As we gently warm into summer, minds and palates turn to the simple things - family time, on the porch, down at the shack or beach, fish and chips, ice creams, backyard cricket, reading that book, catching up with mates.
We think wine is a way to help re-wind this time of year down and refresh for next. So, our summer six is about making it easy to crack a bottle and share with fresh local food and friends, keeping it all light and breezy.
The wines we have chosen for our "Fish n Sips" pack ~ 2023 Petit Blanc, 2023 Aglianico Rosé & 2023 Vermentino ~ exhibit this piquancy, balanced with fruit crunch and vibrancy, beautifully. All you have to do now is find the perfect Summer match, cheers!
Greco is a fine, aromatic, firm, late ripening white from Campania in the south coast of Italy, we think it's very well suited to our environment. This is our first 100% varietal Greco and we are proud as punch!
This golden hued beauty boasts hints of straw, cashew nut, orange blossom, white jasmine and caraway on the nose, with the flavours of summer; a ginger, pear pastry and zesty lemon on the palate. Mouth-watering and perfect for warm weather and sharing with friends.
16.5++, Max Allen, Jancis Robinson, October 2023: "This, the first proper crop of Greco for Hither & Yon, was the last variety they picked in McLaren Vale in 2022 – and still had such high acid that they put the wine through malo and lees-stirred in old barrels for six months to build richness. Looks a little developed, quite golden in the glass (typical of Greco), with textural savoury layers, some mandarin-peel-like waxiness, a delicious combination of richness and underlying citrus cut that should develop in a really interesting way in bottle.”
Gary Walsh, The Wine Front, March 2023: "A new wine for H&Y, from vines planted in 2019, but gee, they are doing well. A few hours on skins and then into old wood for malo and lees stirring. Brassy colour. Nutty, saline, floral, tangerine and nashi pear. It’s spicy and offers dusty white pepper tannin, a little nutty/pastry richness, but plenty of juicy tangerine acidity, and a saline finish that’s refreshing and gently grippy. What a great debut. Highly recommended.”
Tony Love, InDaily, February 2023: "This wine comes specifically from Sand Road, the southern Italian variety clearly loving its new home. It’s gold to light orange toned, bright and shiny – not cloudy – and is all toast and butter, roasted nuts as well with a slice in there of mandarin peel. The standout here is the textural palate, minerally and tangy with fabulous mouth-watering pithy, peppery tannins. Virtually impossible to describe the finish as it’s impossible to resist a second glass. A wonderful surprise, and will change the white wine game for trad sauvignon or chardonnay drinkers.”
60% Touriga and 40% Tempranillo. Raspberry liquorice with dark cherry and plum fruit, garden mint and sage. Delicious and juicy to start, subtle come-hither attractive, but reveals its natural side soon into the palate, quite firm, mineral and nicely savoury. Not too tough, but a bit wild for sure, thirst quenching, the two varieties playing in unison, friendly and coastal.
Bright cherry ruby. This opens up with a delicious core of berry fruits - blackberry and dark cherry laced with red strawberry and tobacco spice. It then flows through to a chocolate, inky and earthy core of flavour with tannin torque through to a beautifully sustained finish. Very impressive.
92 points, Gary Walsh, The Wine Front, April 2023:
These blokes make some very tasty wine. So purple and intense. There’s salted plum, sarsaparilla, violet, a fair bit of ozone, dark chocolate and liquorice, and toasted hazelnut. Fleshy and ripe, all the toasted nuts and cherry chocolate, are also quite salty and umami, with silty tannin, lavish flavour, ferrous and wheaty, with a rich finish.
Starts with blueberry syrup, black liquorice and floral details of violet, segueing to toasted green tea on the juicy core. Reveals firming, earthy tannins and a hint of fresh mint on the finish, Touriga Nacional and Tempranillo. Drink now."
Pleasing dark fruit with the black tea-leaf note that I sometimes associate with Tempranillo. Finish has lots of medicinal qualities, proper complexity and fragrance. Savoury and tight in structure. (RH)
94 points, Andrew Caillard MW, The Vintage Journal, December 2022:
Medium crimson. Musky plum, blueberry, red cherry aromas with lifted aniseed notes. Subtle, sweet and juicy with blue fruits, slinky loose knit tannins and refreshing pure acidity. Finish is chalk and mineral. Attractive early fruit forward drinking style. Drink now, soon.
92 points, Wine Advocate 2022, Erin Larkin:
The 2021 Touriga Tempranillo is layered with salted licorice, pomegranate, raspberry leaf tea, garden mint and brine. This is thoroughly enjoyable and not at all the "prohibitively tannic" wine I was expecting. (I love tannins, and these are very fine.) It is mineral and juicy and all kinds of good. Highly recommended.
92 points, The Wine Front 2022, Mike Bennie:
Touriga and tempranillo, blended for your pleasure. Oof, so purple-fruited, juicy-slurpy and outrageously delicious. It’s inky dark in colour and vibrant as all get out, a cavalcade of raspberry liquorice, blood plums, woody spice and cherry cola. Gently savoury in all that too, but its way more about that friendly and bombastic nature and a vivid portal to the varieties, with come-hither attractive everything. While it does all this, it sits quietly complex in its detail too. A no brainer. Slosh it around with abandon.
92 points, Halliday Companion 2022, Ned Goodwin:
"This is delicious drinking, attesting to the future of the Vale as makers become more proficient with better suited varieties. Touriga services the floral perfume and vibrancy, while Tempranillo fills the mid-palate with dark cherry, thyme, mint and sage, pushing the flavours long across a twine of dusty chamois tannins. Mid-weighted of feel, immensely versatile and nicely savoury."
A lovely, dark, purple in the glass. Olive tapenade, iodine and woody herb aromatics. There's plenty bubbling away here, quite evocative truffle and earth. Brooding but balanced flavours of satsuma plum and black cherry, there's also some fine dark chocolate and spiced oak adding texture and mouthfeel. The tannins have an obvious presence ensuring all that power is focused and the length is long, firm and serious.
95 points (gold), 2021 The Real Review, Huon Hooke: "A lovely, dark, impenetrable purple in the glass. Black cherry, olive tapenade, iodine and dried herbs are the features of the aromatics. There's plenty bubbling away here, quite evocative. Powerful but balanced flavours of dark plum and black cherry, there's also some 70% cacao chocolate and creamy oak adding structure, texture and mouthfeel. The tannins have an obvious presence ensuring all that power is focused and the length is long, firm and serious."
93 Points, WineFront, Mike Bennie: "Top flight wine from the good folks at Hither & Yon. Powerful red, deep and dark. Brooding and feels like it’s just a wee baby. Ripe plum, sticky salted liquorice, woody spice, truffle and earth. Big and bold. Throaty and warm. Dark chocolate tannins all powdery and assertive. Done well, no missing this wine."
93 Points, James Suckling, June 2021: "Very attractive red berries and cherries here with some earth and chocolate too. The palate has a smooth feel with plush, gently grainy tannins carrying long. Approachable."
90 Points, Royal Adelaide Wine Show 2020.
2016 Leask Shiraz:
James Halliday, Wine Companion, August 2018, 94 points. "This must have come from a very special site, with no frills vinification. It is medium to full-bodied, with exceptional mouthfeel, velvety but not the least heavy, the role of oak limited. It all works well. 26 years old vines, hand-picked, open-fermented, matured in used French puncheons for 18 months."
As pretty as it is tasty, this bright-purple blend is lively and succulent with plenty of grip and fresh acidity. Red berry fruits on Grenache Mataro 2021 take centre stage, complemented by a savoury earthiness. It'll age well and is sure to be a big hit around the dinner table once it's opened.
"Bright, youthful and crunchy with aromas of red cherries, raspberries, pink peppercorns and white pepper. Medium-bodied with vibrant acidity and fine tannins. Peppery and wild finish. 70% Grenache and 30% Mataro. Delicious now."
92 points, Angus Hughson, Vinous, February 2023:
"The 2021 Grenache and Mataro blend really delivers thanks to an expressive and generously fruited style radiating with black cherry, baked earth, red currants and older oak with a classic touch of McLaren Vale old iron. The palate is beautifully pitched - mouth-filling flavors and al dente tannins are superbly balanced to deliver genuine power and length."
93 points, Andrew Caillard MW, The Vintage Journal, December 2022:
"Medium deep crimson. Strawberry, red cherry, blueberry, bubble gum hint aromas. Sweetly fruited wine wine with ample red fruits, supply velvety textures and fresh indelible acidity before finishing crunchy and long. Very good viscosity and mineral length. Drink now to 2026."
91 points, Wine Advocate 2022, Erin Larkin: "The 2021 Grenache Mataro is composed of 70% Grenache from the Hunt Road vineyard and 30% Mataro from the Sand Road vineyard. This is great! It is vibrant, nervy and fresh, with a skein of tannin that courses through the fruit. The acidity is briny and makes for juicy drinking. Well played."
Reviews of 2020 Grenache Mataro:
93 points, James Suckling 2021, Nick Stock:
"Strikingly bright and fresh raspberry aromas here with wild herbs and bracken, as well as leafy tones. Lively red and blue fruit sits concentrated on the palate. A fresh blend of 70% grenache and 30% mataro."
90 points, Halliday Companion 2022, Ned Goodwin:
"Hand picked, with a smidgeon of whole bunches (10%) in the 70% grenache. The oak, all used barriques. Sweet floral aromas segue to Turkish delight and kirsch. White pepper, Seville orange zest and clove lace the long finish. Sappy, crunchy and yet, a bit sweet."
Reviews of 2019 Grenache Mataro:
92 Points Winefront by Mike Bennie:
"From good folks comes a good wine of good grapes from two good vineyards. Tension is the first thing that came to mind. This ain’t no blousy red. No, indeed, it sits on train tracks of tannin and acidity, a good bite of amaro tang and amongst all that some jubey, blackcurrant fruitiness. Perfume is mild but floral-leaning with dashes of peppery spice. It’s a wine that has you sit up straight and pay attention. It’s a bit serious, but good in that way. Medium weight, svelte, tense. Good stuff."
Reviews of 2018 Grenache Mataro:
James Halliday, Wine Companion, January 2020, 95 points and top value wine: "Classic southern Rhône Valley style, with the wild herbs and spices of the garrigue giving pleasure in the rims of aromas and flavours alike. It will be hard to keep your hands of it, but it could be a knockout with more time in bottle. 14.5% alc."
92 Points, James Suckling: "Bright, red-fruit fragrance here with some darker berries in the mix, too. The palate is crisp, succulent and juicy, as a good young grenache should be."
Mike Bennie - WBM March/April 2020, 93 points: "There's a really lovely marriage of sweeter fruit gamey, earthy characters in this wine. I like the general sense of detail in the wine too - sheets of fruit character layered on spice, savouriness and a fresh pool of acidity. It feels quietly complex but wildly drinkable."
Reviews of 2017 Grenache Mataro:
James Halliday, Wine Companion, August 2018, 94 points and red value star:
"Superb colour; at maximum turbocharged revolutions, but the power is smoothly delivered across the palate. Because the balance is very good, this richly endowed wine will repay cellaring particularly well."
Mike Bennie, WBM July 2018, 93 points:
"Lovely stuff. Fragrant with musky-spice, raspberry and cranberry scents. The palate does a similar turn and sits squarely in a medium wieght wine zone. Some heft to the flavours but the finish is a bell ring of clean acidity. Appealing as. 14.5%, $27."
Decanter World Wine Awards. Silver Medal. 93 points. www.decanter.com
Reviews of 2016 Grenache Mataro:
Andrew Graham, Oz Wine Review, June 2017, www.ozwinereview.com
"The Leask Brothers are switched on growers and these wines typically show plenty of sunny generosity (if sometimes a little heat). The blend here is 60/40 Grenache Mataro; a good mix. Lots of juicy black and red berry fruit. Lovely. The tannins have a real sandy Grenachey shape to them (but with a licoricey oomph). Palate is silky smooth, slightly syrupy but really quite satisfying in its curranty flow, a big luscious wines that is very young, but exuberantly so. It could do with another year in bottle to integrate the bold flavours a little, but the flow of red fruit is undeniably attractive. Very well priced too. Best drinking: 2018-2028. 17.7/20, 92/100+. 14.5%, $25."
Gary Walsh, The Wine Front, May 2017, www.winefront.com.au
"60% Grenache, 40% Mataro. I don’t have a feel for 2016 in McLaren Vale, as yet, but so far, I like what I see. A hearty red, but one that’s not too heavy. Red fruits, some floral perfume, slight confectionary notes, but tapered in with dried herb. It’s medium bodied, juicy and savoury at once, with a rub of sandy tannin, fresh red fruits, and a gently bitter amaro herb and earthy aftertaste. This goes all right. Good drinking here." 91 points
Huon Hooke, April 2017, www.huonhooke.com "Deep red/purple colour, the bouquet black cherry, spices, firm tannins and good body weight. A nicely judged kiss of oak. Balanced and complete." 90 points
Stuart Robinson, May 2017, www.thevinsomniac.com
"Nigh on pitch-perfect 60/40 blend of two listed players. There's just something so wickedly, consistently, deliciously moreish about H&Y reds. This no exception, it extracts a juicy, jubey aromatic without straying too far towards confection. Call it an allure, call it what you will, inviting is what it is. Slipping around the palate with ease in its easy going, red fruited nature. There's more juicy red fruit, a slip of tannin providing an edge, a framework to carry. Mataro brings up the rear, it's bassy foundations adding length, substance, spice." 91 points
Reviews of 2015 Grenache Mataro:
August 2016. 90 Points. Huon Hooke. www.huonhooke.com "Spicy, sweet cherry, confectionery aromas. The palate is tight and lean with firm, fine tannins and a pleasant after-grip. A good, clean, bright wine of some depth. Very smart wine."
August 2016. James Halliday, Wine Companion. 92 Points www.winecompanion.com.au
"Aromas and flavours are both savoury and sweet-fruited with raspberry, chocolate, and mulchy notes in the mix. Well integrated tannin and acid keeps things fresh and in order. "
May 2016. Max Allen, Australian Gourmet Traveller. www.gourmettraveller.com.au
Top Drops of the Month, No 1. "heaps of juicy red berry-fruit flavours, but there is also a delicious gutsy earthiness-like sweet black composting leaf litter-that sets it apart".
March 2016. Stuart Robinson. 91 points. www.the vinsomniac.com.au A 60/40 blend of Grenache and Mataro respectively, and 100% McLaren Vale. Raspberry, red fruit, some wild herb/garrigue thing with a choc-raspberry-fudge milkshake. Trust me, it works. Juicy, a little dark fruit, chocolate, fine tannin; palate enlivening acidity that brings back the wine full circle. There's fruit in abundance, a little savoury tickle, good length. Another stellar wine.
February 2016. Winsor Dobbin. www.winsorschoice.blogspot.com.au This is a fabulously accessible blend of 60% grenache and 40% mataro – the ripe, sweet grenache fruit melding with the earthy funkiness of the mataro to produce a beautifully balanced red that is designed for immediate enjoyment. No need to cellar this one; just put some gourmet sausages on the barbeque and you have a wine/food match made in heaven.
February 2016. 90 points. Gary Walsh. www.winefront.com.au Good stuff. It’s crisp and perky, almost Italianate. Raspberry rope, strawberry, dried herb perfume. Medium bodied, crunchy and fresh, red fruits, light sandy tannin, more red fruits on the finish. Almost a ‘volcanic rock’ kind of thing going on. Nice to see a McLaren Vale wine that so bright and ‘food friendly’.
Sand Road Grenache
It's almost a prerequisite that McLaren Vale wine brands should have a Grenache in their line up. The jewel of the region, our juicy and lingering Grenache gives us the warmth of growing up in the country nostalgia, think outdoor life - riding bikes, bakery treats, swooping magpies and hanging with mates.
This wine is approachable, super food friendly - or great on its own. Get to know it better in your own comfortable space or come and visit ours.
92 points, Winepilot, August 2023: https://winepilot.com/story/hither-yon/ "There’s always something special about McLaren Vale Grenache, and I enjoyed this one a lot. It’s bright and juicy (and particularly vibrant with food), showing lots of red and black fruits (wild strawberry, raspberry, blackberry, black cherry, stewed plums) and some spicy cinnamon and black pepper. Give it some time to breathe and it will express itself confidently, both on the first night and the second."
Tony Love, InDaily February 2023: "From the Leask brothers’ youngest Grenache vines at 13 years old, crafted into a youthful, fragrant, bistro style with 20% whole bunch influence in the winemaking that offers a subtle sappiness in the palate. While you are being seduced by its floral aromas and freshly squeezed plum and apple juiciness, you should pause for a mo, as it has plenty to offer in its textural game, lip-smacking and with an appealing spicy/peppery tannin profile in the palate and finish. Bistro, yes, and very food conscious as well – its own crew suggests pairing it with the vegetable and cheese pasty from the Willunga Bakery."
A fresh, fruity Pinot Noir brimming with wild berries, blossom, roses, earth and mushroom.
Bright and juicy, with elegant velvet tannins and a long fruit-driven palate. Pure magic paired with pan-fried sardines and salads with fresh herbs, especially when served lightly chilled.
"From a vineyard in Kangarilla about 390m above sea level, planted in 1999.Dark cherry, cardamom, dried roses, mint, an earthy/mushroom thing happening. It’s juicy and a little sappy, some ripe tomato and pomegranate, a slight chinotto bitterness through ripe cherry, light emery board tannin, and a firm finish of good length. Fruity and savoury, and good to drink. I like it."
92 points, Halliday Companion 2022, Ned Goodwin
"Hand-picked. De-stemmed to 100% whole berries for an open fermentation. Élévage in older French wood for 7 mths. Straight-shooting Hills pinot with telltale notes of sandalwood, dark cherry, bergamot, rhubarb and sarsaparilla. These can get too sweet at times but here, handled with aplomb. Mid-weighted, lithe and expansive. Far from cerebral, but quality drinking at a fair price."
Our pretty little white just keeps on getting better, with the fruit for this wine being the first of the 2023 harvest handpicked for that super crisp dryness that you all seem to love.
With flavours of grapefruit, cucumber, dill, lemon barley, and tonic water. Clean, saline, briny, zesty, citrus fresh. Finishes long and cool with licks of talc and sea spray. Delicious, petit, fun!
Will go beautifully with Smoky Bay Oysters; salt & pepper tofu; almond frangipane and poached pear tart.
92 points, Winepilot, August 2023: https://winepilot.com/story/hither-yon/ ‘The beautifully named Muscat blanc à petits grains is the basis of the Petit Blanc, and I believe it’s the first time I’ve ever had this grape in a dry form (it’s regularly seen in the sweet French wines Muscat de Beaumes-de-Venise and Muscat de Rivesaltes). Despite its tendency to make “grapey” wines, I found this to be much more aromatic than expected, with distinct orange blossom, lemon and wax characters, and delightful lychee and spice notes that developed with some air. The palate is very zippy, salty and silky, with a slight sourness, and it pairs nicely with cheese (provided it’s not too bitter), heightening the aromatics.
Reviews of 2022 Petit Blanc:
93 points, The Wine Front 2022, Mike Bennie: "Much drier, saltier and crunchy that the decent 2021, this feels a lot more Mediterranean in feel and style. It’s a muscat blanc, made dry, of course, and picked earlier and made to dry. Planted 1980s. It shows the variety calling cards of frangipani and general perfume but with sea spray, alpine herb and tonic water scents. Flavours echo this, it’s tingly, mouth-watering and super fresh with soaring drinkability. Citrusy fresh, briny, long and cool. Takes me to Sicily/Sardinia in a way. So delicious here.
Reviews of 2021 Petit Blanc:
91 points, Halliday Companion 2022, Ned Goodwin: "While it is not on the label, this is straight up muscat à petits grains. Light-weight, beautifully aromatic and palpably dry, this is the sort of wine served as an apero while staring at the Mediterranean, from the Languedoc to the Côte d'Azur. Honey blossom, jasmine, musk, grape spice, dill and a rub of citrus unwind across a talcy palate. Delicious drinking."
90 points, James Suckling 2021, Nick Stock: "Aromas of cut grass, lemon juice and peel and fresh-picked sage make a fresh impression on the nose, as well as lychee and honey. The palate has a smooth, softly fleshy feel with pear pastry. Fresh finish."
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."
91 points, Halliday Companion 2022, Ned Goodwin MW, : "This is fun! Grapey and spicy. Think canned lychee, orange blossom and jasmine scents, all careening along talcy rails of chew and acid freshness. The finish is dry and has plenty of pucker. Drink with gusto."
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 n, 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
Juicy, delicious and ready to drink now, this beauty has ripe red berry fruits, root spices and rose petals bursting from the glass. The palate is smooth and layered, with supple tannins and an earthy finish that make for a charming, fruit-driven wine that pairs well with tomato-based dishes.
"Beautifully fragrant, the natural spicy, floral qualities of both varieties complementing and enhancing each other; crunchy red berries on the tongue, more spice, vibrant and savoury, with a touch of sour dark-cherry pip on the finish." (MA)
92 points, Wine Advocate 2022, Erin Larkin: "The Touriga imbues this 2021 Grenache Touriga blend with a backbone, a deep well of concentrated fruit and layers of firm tannins. The Grenache swims through all of it, leaving a trail of raspberries and peppercorns in its wake. Lovely wine. Great stuff here.Vibrant."
90 points, Halliday Companion 2022, Ned Goodwin MW:
"The touch here, more refined with this vintage. Nice drinking. Grenache's pinosité playing rhythm to T aromatic and peppery vibrato. The wine just needs a juicier chord across the mid-palate. Rose petal, lilac, smattered Mediterranean herb and cherry soda. Energetic and effusive of flavour. A prosaic, eminently drinkable wine destined for the fridge."
92 points, James Suckling 2022; Nick Stock: "This blend sees the sheen of touriga elevate grenache and also twist it a shade darker. More blue and purple fruit than red seen here, and there's a very handy sense of concentration and purity. Gentle layer of liquorice to close. Drink now. Screw cap."
Reviews of the 2020 Grenache Touriga:
92 points, Halliday Companion 2022; Ned Goodwin MW: "A vibrant, floral and full-weighted red with a skein of peppery freshness and frisky tannins that belie the weight; more savoury and mid weighted as a result. Black cherry, cinnamon, violet, purple gummy bears and sassafras. There's a smoky riff across the back end, but it fails to detract from the freshness, drinkability and imminent appeal."
91 points, James Suckling 2020, Nick Stock: "A complex and youthful blend, this shows aromas of blue fruit and flowers with red berries and cassis, too. Seamless. The palate is bright and dynamic, with a smooth build. Layered, with supportive, crunchy acidity."
91 points, The Real Review, Huon Hooke: "Medium-depth of purple/red colour, fresh and bright. The aromas are fresh and fruit driven: red cherry and raspberry, while the palate is medium-bodied at most and pleasantly intense with good drying tannins balancing the fruit. A delicious juicy-fruit style, made to enjoy young, but I’m sure it will also age well."
Reviews of the 2019 Grenache Touriga:
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."
We pick the fruit for this Rosé early for a dry style, made traditionally, with the hallmarks of Aglianico herbs and savoury minerality. This is a full-bodied Rosé for all-year-round drinking, juicy and puckering, watermelon, pink grapefruit, botanical bitters, cherry and pomegranate. Flavour rushes and lingers, savoury grip with saline freshness, mineral and dry, serious style but still ultimately delicious.
16/20, Jancis Robinson, September 2023: https://www.jancisrobinson.com/tastings/268753 "Lovely example of the pale, dry style of rosé that has become ubiquitous these days: good fragrant slightly rustic (in a good way) rose-hip flavours, helped along the savoury path by Aglianico’s fine, dusty tannins. Delicious. (MA)."
92 points, The Wine Front 2022, Mike Bennie: "Strong currency in regenerative agriculture and progressive environmental considerations from Hither & Yon. Here’s aglianico in a rose, pressed off slowly over/after three hours. It’s fresh and fruity, bright and lovely. Rosy fruit characters, floral and cherry-imbued, licks of Campari and pomegranate too. A bit of grip makes things nice, a light chew and pucker making for good texture. A light dusting of peppery/clovey spice in the mix too. Just-so, easy to like, a bit serious, plenty drinkable."
Reviews of 2021 Rosé:
92 points, Halliday Companion 2022, Ned Goodwin: "This is good rosé, hewn of a majestic variety, handpicked and fermented wild. There is a ferrous chew as much as a sluice of red berries, a smattering of dried herb, tobacco and plenty of saline freshness. The wine expands, unwinding across its textural latticework while billowing intensity and impressive length. Among the best examples in the country."
90 points, James Suckling 2021, Nick Stock: "Bright, fresh aromas of strawberries and watermelon with dried red flowers, too. The palate has a fresh, lightly crunchy edge with bright, easy going strawberries and light red cherries."
Reviews of 2020 Rosé:
The Wine Front, Mike Bennie, 95 points: "Something different, something good. Pale orange, barely pink colour. Rose gold maybe. Chewy texture, bright cherry pip flavours, some salty-nutty savouriness, good length, good sense of vibrancy, mouth-watering finish. This does a lot. Really good drinking. Really."
91 points, Halliday Companion 2022, Ned Goodwin MW: "Straight aglianico. Picked relatively ripe and fermented wild. All bodes well. Onion skin/gentle coral hue. Musk stick, sour cherry bitters, mandarin, pomegranate and cumquat. The phenolic rails are saline and refreshing; the acidity, crunchy. An entertaining rosé that is dry, thirst-slaking and gulpable"
Reviews of 2019 Rosé:
2019 Drink Easy Competition: Best Rosé: "Well-structured dry rosé with scents of fresh strawberries, raspberries, red currants and cherries, a mix of redness wedded to rose petal and some light vermouth-botanical notes. Texture and finish is dry, though there is a light juiciness somewhere in there too. Lovely stuff."
Reviews of 2018 Rosé:
89 points, James Halliday 2020 Wine Companion: "Unusual Rose with strawberry, candied citrus and Turkish delight flavours/aromas lighting up the glass. There's some sweetness to the palate but the finish reasserts some kind of dry order. Best served well chilled but given that it has carefree days written all over it."
Reviews of 2017 Rose:
Adelaide Review, Hot 100 Wines 2017/2018: "Exciting stuff: fleshy Rose with white peach, loads of texture, bold yet elegant and so very tempting."
Reviews of 2016 Rosato:
91 Points, Andrew Graham. www.ozwinereview.com, September 2016: "Immediately there is Muscat juiciness bursting out with lychee fruit goodness. Love that smell. Given the grapiness, it’s a surprise really that this isn’t sweet. Intrigue. Long, and open palate has very gentle acidity and a light finish. It’s not profound, but it’s not meant to be either. Captures the Muscat fruit perfectly. This will be a massive hit.""
92 Points, Stuart Robinson, www.thevinsomniac.com, July 2016: "Delightfully pale onion skin in colour, musk and Turkish delight waft out. Cool, crisp, before the tropical fruits come on: passionfruit mainly - but there's also this fine, powdery texture that gently coats the cheeks. Latterly a touch of citrus rind comes on, immediately freshens the palate and gives a secondary wave of flavour that delivers length. Clever."
James Halliday, 01 August 2018, www.winecompanion.com.au "Ultra pale pink; you might think this was part of whole grenache given its Turkish delight nuances, and be further confused by the palate which is part sweet and part dry - given its muscat rouge component it may be as much fruit as residual sugar. A fun wine, take it anywhere you please." 89 points