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.
92 points, James Suckling 2021, Nick Stock: "Such attractive, brambly raspberry and blackberry aromas here with a flurry of wild herbs, too. So fresh. The palate has vibrant red-berry flavors that sit lively, framed in bright, easy tannins. Very drinkable now. "
91 points, Halliday Companion 2022, Ned Goodwin: "I can't think of many varieties better suited to the dry Mediterranean climate of McLaren Vale. Able to withstand torrid conditions while embedding its wines with a wiry cage of tannin and bright acidity, carignan is one of many tickets into the future. This producer champions plenty of others. A partial wild fermentation and short élevage in older French wood intuits promise: cherry pith, thyme, mint, liquorice. The tannins, as expected. Thrills with a chill."
Reviews of the 2019 Carignan:
91 points, The Real Review, Huon Hooke:
"Bright, medium to deep red/purple colour. The nose is savoury, earthy as well as plummy, dark fruits driving the wine. A hint of pepper. Medium to full-bodied, abundant tannins which are powdery and supple. Some chocolate. Good drinking already and will take some age."
91 points, Mike Bennie, The Wine Front:
"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."
Bottled on October 31, our 2020 Shiraz is a little different than our previous vintages, now being a blend from three single blocks: Sand Road Block 3, McLaren Hills Block 4, Breakneck Creek "Elliott". Mixing soil types and site influences creates complexity and also balance in the palate.
Here's what Mal & Richard say about it: "The individual parcels really work in harmony, we see real vineyard character in the wine, blueberry and mulberry, chocolate and French oak, fruit and earth feeling opens beautifully in the glass."
95 points, James Halliday 2020 Wine Companion: "Oh come all ye faithful lovers of McLaren Vale shiraz. It's hard to say whether the variety or the region is the most important - and true - contributor to the depth and outright richness of this shiraz. The tannins also ring true to the theme, leaving no doubt about its longevity."
93 points, Halliday Companion 2022, Ned Goodwin: "This is very good regional shiraz, implementing a controlled chord of reduction to constrain lilac, cracked pepper, clove, charcuterie and blue-fruit accents. Fine tension. Compelling length. The lushness of the Vale iterated almost as a cooler-climatic expression. Fine-boned tannins and savoury spice inflections. Versatile at the table."
91 points, James Suckling: "Attractive blackcurrant aromas and hints of leaves. There's a real blue-fruit edge to this shiraz. The palate has quite a brisk, assertive feel with smoothly delivered blueberry and blackcurrant flavors."
Reviews of 2019 Shiraz:
93 points, James Halliday 2019 Wine Companion "It delivers a solid whack of dark berried flavour. This is a sure-footed wine, well-balanced and finished, with fluid delivery of coffee cream, blackberry, plum and choc-mint flavours. From start to finish, it keeps you satisfied."
Reviews of previous vintages:
Gary Walsh, June 2017, The Wine Front www.winefront.com.au "Blackberry, smoky grilled meat sprinkled with pepper, a bit of purple flowers or something like that. Medium bodied, flavoursome, almost slurpy, but a bit more in it than that, with light tannin, spice and dark fruits, and a tidy finish. Lovely wine, drinking very well young. Doing a good job of it here." 91 points
Huon Hooke, March 2017, www.huonhooke.com "Deep red/purple colour and a ripe, concentrated, deep-fruited aroma and palate flavour. The texture is soft and easygoing. Peppery blackberry and dark plum aromas. Concentrated, rich, soft and rounded. A very smart shiraz for one so young." 90 points
With only 395 six-packs made, this is our smallest production of our award-winning Nero since our first in 2013.
2020 was a very small crop and the wines have a pure simplicity, not bold fruit but elegant and fresh. Reminiscent of the 2013 Nero - a light cherry red, with some jubey red fruits and sweet spice, almost like a full-bodied Rose! It’s got a nice herbal whiff as well and a lovely balance.
One to kick the night off when friends come around or with some wood-fired pizza at your local.
~ Best McLaren Vale Wine - Crowned "The Bushing Monarch" in 2019 ~
Reviews of 2020 Nero d'Avola
93 points, James Suckling 2021, Nick Stock: "Impressive vintage here, this has a very fresh red-plum, raspberry, herb and leaf nose. So youthful and vivid. The palate holds good tone and depth. So much red-berry and plum fruit here. Drink over the next four years."
Reviews of 2019 Nero d'Avola
91 points, Halliday Companion 2022, Ned Goodwin: "50% whole berries in the ferment. Extracted sensitively, before being transferred to used French oak. Despite the relentless heat and ensuing challenges, this has turned out well. Pulpy texture and vibrant aroma. Lilac, root spice, black cherry and anise. A sassy, easygoing mid-weight wine with a sash of dusty tannin."
91 points, The Real Review, Huon Hooke: "Deepish purple/red colour. Aromas are of dried herbs, fresh earth and dusty roads, the taste is rich and ripely fruit-sweet at the centre, medium to full in body, with abundant tanins following up, which have the right level of grip. A hint of raspberry jam later. It's not especially complex but is certainly delicious."
Reviews of 2018 Nero d'Avola
2019 MGA McLaren Vale Wine Show:
Trophy: Best McLaren Vale Wine - "The Bushing Monarch"
Trophy: Best Mediterranean Variety Red Wine
2020 International Sydney Wine Competition:
Trophy winner forBest Full Bodied Dry Red Table Wine
Blue-Gold Award (tasted with food) and one of the Top 100 Wines of the Competition.
95 points, James Halliday Wine Companion, August 2021:
"At the upper end of the scale for Nero d'Avola. It's varietal, and certain to burst into song with appropriate Italian cuisine."
Reviews of 2017 Nero d'Avola: James Halliday, 01 August 2018, www.winecompanion.com.au
"Bright crimson-purple hue; juicy blood plums are the driver of the wine, but with good tannins structure and an attractive savoury nip to the fruit. Three trophies, including Best Wine of Show, Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show '17." 95 points
Mike Bennie, The Wine Front, June 2017, http://www.winefront.com.au
"There’s exuberance and enthusiasm around Hither & Yon, and they’re making a lot of very good, easy to like, personality-filled wines. Plenty of different grape varieties, blends and general vitality in their set. Nero d’Avola here built for pleasure and speed.
Sloshy, fun little drink but has a touch of class amongst its boardshorts and sandals vibe. Shows up with currant and cherry scents, a touch of sea spray and salt bush, a dash of pepper for good measure. Flavours are sour-cherry, lightly malty, a touch cherry cola-esque and fresh, vibrant, crisp in feel. Slips down without a snag, a supple but bright splash of medium weight juice. My brain went to pizza straight away, the lowbrow but delicious American, topping-laden kind with heretical pineapple or twelve toppings. Yum."
Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show, November 2017
Trophy: Best Wine of Show
Trophy: Best Red Wine of Show
Trophy: Best Nero d'Avola
Max Allen, Australian Financial Review, 23rd November 2017, www.afr.com "This is a bloody ripper of a young red. No wonder it won three trophies (including best of show) at this year's AAVWS. It has a gorgeous saturated colour, heaps of voluptuous, seductive berry fruit, supple grippy tannins crying our for some garlicky charcoal-grilled lamb, and a lovely vibrant freshness about it, despite the 14.5% alcohol. Moreish. Delicious. Goes on sale soon at the Hither & Yon cellar door."
Adelaide Review, Hot 100 Wines 2017/2018, https://www.adelaidereview.com.au/tag/hot-100-wines-2017-18/
Fruit Forward Reds; "Uber-fragrant and lithe. Whisk this one off to a picnic and enjoy on a super fancy rug."
Reviews of 2016 Nero d'Avola:
Gold Medal at the CWSA 2017, http://www.cwsa.org
Andrew Graham, Australian Wine Review, April 2018, https://www.ozwinereview.com
"A vibrant Nero from Hither & Yon. A grape with real promise in the warmer parts of the Vale.
Lovely raspberry and red currant nose – a cavalcade of black and red berries. Sandy tannins, black licorice and dark fruit that dances on the right side of ripeness. This is what Nero should taste like – grippy tannins. black fruit, a hint of dried leaves, lots of flavour. Really good and all for 13% alcohol. Best drinking: Now to five years plus. 17.7/20, 92/100. 13%, $30."
Reviews of 2015 Nero d'Avola:
Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show, November 2015.
Trophy: Best Red Wine of Show.
Trophy: Best Italian Red Variety.
Trophy: Best Nero d'Avola.
August 2016. James Halliday - Wine Companion. 90 Points www.winecompanion.com.au
"Attractive juicy red berry flavours; the wine doesn't need any oak amelioration; good length."
Huon Hooke, March 2016. www.huonhooke.com "Deep purple/red colour, very bright and youthful. It's very grapy: sweet-fruited and raspberry-like to taste, fresh and bright and clean. A straightforward, fresh, primary fruit-driven style without much complexity or secondary characters."
Stuart Robinson, January 2016. www.vinsomniac.com "The brand and wines out of the portfolio remain some of the most consistent, drinkable and exciting out of the region. Jubey, black fruited, juicy, heavenly, intoxicating, alluring. The barest hint of licorice, fennel, touch of grilled linguica, more about black fruit. Medium bodied, easy going, straddles a line of sweet black fruit with some Italianate seasoning."
Gary Walsh, October 2015, The Wine Front www.winefront.com.au "Great packaging on all these Hither & Yon wines. Honey nougat, raspberry, some spice and flowers, char-grilled sausage, and that metallic thing Nero often has going on. Medium bodied, talks pretty sweet, but tastes almost dry when the light sandy tannin and herbal seasoning bring it back into line. Not a very deep wine, as such, but interesting and good to drink."
Reviews of 2014 Nero d'Avola:
Trophy for 'Best Italian Red Wine'. Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show, Nov 2014.
92 points. Mike Bennie. April 2015. www.wbmonline.com.au "Lots to like about this Nero d'Avola. Its juicy, fresh, lightly spiced and set to the bold sweetness of red fruits without strying into the jammy zone. It opens up with pretty floral, rose petal and spice scents, with a good dose of wild raspberry fruit alongside. Has some restraint and seriousness about it."
Walter Speller. Feb 2015. www.jancisrobinson.com "Sweet leafy raspberry fruit and very clean on the nose. The leafiness is quite distinct and makes the impression of young vines, but this has a good fruit expression on the palate with soft drying tannins and integrated but matching acidity. Promising. (WS) 13.8%"
91 points. Stuart Robinson. Dec 2014. www.thevinsomniac.com "Nero lives up to its name here, with an inky darkness emanating from the glass. Red and black fruits and something - I wrote at the time - like hanging your head over a pan of sizzling pork and fennel snags. Delightful herbal and spice notes too. Plump entry - cushioned and soft on the tongue - depth and spice kick-in, a fine rub of tannin. More licorice and fennel seed spice mops up at the back. So delicious, so moreish. Grand drinking for something that can be had for a shade over 20 beans."
91 points. Gary Walsh. Nov 2014. www.winefront.com.au "Plenty of Nero character. Bursting with ripe dark berries, raw almonds, fragnant and sweet dried herbs with a handful of black jelly beans tossed in for good measure. Medium bodied, fleshy and ripe, with well rounded tannin and almost a gummy feel in the mouth - certainly good to chew and swirl round - bright jubey fruit flavours, savoury dried herbs and glorious food friendly tannin mops up the finish. Super drinking here. Can't recommend it highly enough."
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