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By Macphee's, June 22nd, 2018

A Great Release from Halliday’s Best New Winery 2018

Shaun Crinion’s micro-production Dappled label has been one of Australia’s great bargains in its relatively short commercial life, but that little secret is well and truly out of the bag. With James Halliday anointing Dappled as the Best New Winery in his most recent guide, and, more remarkably, setting Shaun’s project head and shoulders over other recipients of the gong (see above), the wines have sold out lightning fast. The 2017 wines are easily the best to date, with the Pinot Noir such a beautifully lucid essay on the magnificence of the vintage – lithe, elegant and complex, an expression that nails the cool, red-fruited Upper Yarra profile, while also being laced with so much effortless detail. As Campbell Mattinson said: “one sip and I was hooked… Fantastic drinking/buying. A steal…”

Dappled Appellation Pinot Noir 2017: $29

“Upper Yarra Pinot Noir. Unfined and unfiltered. Pure. Exquisitely well packaged, as a bonus. Everything in alignment. Tense is the word. Taut as well. Cool, nervy, spice-ridden, cranberried, autumnal pinot noir with just enough fruit and just enough strut to get you excited. I like/love the Upper Yarra style and so one sip and I was hooked; regardless this has quality stamped all over it. Undergrowth, strawberry, woodsmoke and all those gorgeous leaf-scattered spices. Fantastic drinking/buying. A steal at $29. Don’t mind if I do.”
– Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front: 93+ Points


Revisiting the Fabulous 2015 Mayford Shiraz

“We have ourselves something special here. 96 points”
– Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front

Last week, we offered a trio of releases from the fabulous Mayford, a genuine superstar quietly doing great things in the cool of Victoria’s Alpine Valleys, near Porepunkah. What we missed in that spiel, which was more than a little long (even by our standards – though we think it deserves the attention and detail), was the full text of the fabulous review by Campbell Mattinson. We did include the points, all 96 of them, which may have become a regular figure from some scribes, but it is still a hard-won symbol of true excellence from the justly conservative Mattinson. This is a truly brilliant wine from a largely unsung hero of Victorian wine, and we can’t recommend it highly enough.

Mayford Shiraz 2015: $40

“Porepunkah Shiraz, re-defined. Mayford shiraz has been a beautiful thing on many occasions but this release arguably takes the cake. It shifts the conversation slightly. It feels finer, longer, more confident, more Burgundian. Cherries, chocolate, coffee and sweet spices, and ample quantities of each, all come as a seamless whole; there’s no jostling here, the flavours come as a team. There’s a raspberried brightness; a meatiness too. The flavours then all ripple through the tannin like a creek through rapids. We have ourselves something special here.”
– Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front: 96 Points


Very Last Chance at Paradise IV’s Remarkable 2015 ‘Dardel’ Shiraz

“One of the finest shirazes yet made in Australia… 98 points”
– Jeremy Oliver

In topping his Best Buys of 2017, Paradise IV’s ‘Dardel’ Shiraz chalked up a rare 98 points from Jeremy Oliver, a famously conservative marker. It’s worth considering that it outpointed the 2012 Grange, which is slated to be regarded as one of the all-time great Granges. The 2015 ‘Dardel’ sold out alarmingly, though unsurprisingly, fast, but we uncovered a small tranche in our cellar – a fleeting chance for those that missed out on release to grab a sliver of the magic.

Paradise IV ‘Dardel’ Shiraz 2015: $70
(3 bottle max) very limited stock!

“One of the finest shirazes yet made in Australia, this is a landmark cool climate wine. Wild, musky and faintly mealy aromas of deep, lustrous black, blue and red berries lifted by profound floral scents reveal nuances of cedar and animal hide. Medium-bodied, it’s densely packed with pastille-like flavours of cassis, blackberries and dark plums, extending smooth and velvety down a tight-grained and slatey spine, building intensity towards a long, seamless finish of mineral and savoury qualities. Extraordinary. 2027-2035”
– Jeremy Oliver, Good Wine Guide 2017: 98 points


Young Gun of Wine Winemaker’s Choice Award Winner – Sailor Seeks Horse

“Some of Tasmania’s finest. …Beautiful. 95 points”
– Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front

We sold through most of our allocation of the brilliant 2016 Sailor Seeks Horse Pinot Noir when it was released earlier in the year, but kept a little aside… well, probably to drink, if truth be told. But with Paul and Gilli Lipscombe taking out the Winemaker’s Choice Award at this week’s Young Gun of Wine ceremony, we thought we’d offer the little we have (we may keep a little for academic review, of course) in celebration of what is arguably the most coveted gong in the now deeply prestigious competition. These are the very last stocks, be quick…

Sailor Seeks Horse Pinot Noir 2016: $47
very limited stock!

“Some of Tasmania’s finest. It only sees 5% whole bunches but there’s oodles of spice here. It makes such an excellent impression. Smoky and sweet at once, ripe and tangy too. It’s a savoury style but there’s far more to it than that. Tannin curls and cuts as it tightens and pulls. We call it cherry red and black and sometimes plum but it tastes more so of pinot noir. An infusion of sweet, roasted nuts. Beautiful.”
– Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front: 95 points


Also Currently Available…

Trapeze Chardonnay 2015: $20

“Slightly deeper and brighter green-gold than the Punch Lance’s Vineyard Chardonnay, the palate more complex and powerful but less intense and focused. The attention to detail is extraordinary in each wine, and which you prefer is a purely personal decision.”
– James Halliday, Wine Companion 2018: 95 points


Tapanappa ‘Tiers’ Chardonnay 2016: $79

“Bright, medium to light yellow colour and it has a lovely nougat, toasted almond and toasted cashew bouquet, while the palate is intense and refreshingly crisp, with concentrated lemon and citrus fruit and tremendous refinement. The wine is superbly intense and sustained, the flavours lingering long after the wine has gone. It’s tight and needs more time to realise its full potential.”
– Huon Hooke, The Real Review: 96 Points
– Decanter World Wine Awards 2018: Platinum Best in Show, 97 points
– The Drinks Business, Global Chardonnay Masters: Gold
– Sommelier Wine Awards: Gold & Critics Choice Award


Murdoch Hill ‘The Tilbury’ Chardonnay 2016: $40

“Murdoch Hill is setting a very high benchmark, particularly considering the winemaking nous comes from a young talent in Michael Downer. Beautiful, come hither perfume of stone fruit, gentle nougat/halva, mixed citrus peel, faint ozone and seaspray. Cool, refreshing and lean but juicy in the palate. Lovely fresh cut nectarine and light chalky-slate-like mineral characters jostling. Slick exit with a refreshing, brick kiss of lemony coolness. Really good.”
– Mike Bennie, The Wine Front: 94 points


Sorrenberg Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2017: $34

“Out and about in Melbourne yesterday, saw this, bought a bottle, smashed it down, wrote a short note. So good. It’s subdued and winey, smooth and silky, with a fresh gooseberry tang, fennel and citrus, and finishes with a twist of tonic bitterness. Composure. Grace. Drinkabilty. Just superb.”
– Gary Walsh, The Wine Front: 96 points


Yarra Yering ‘Dry Red No.2’ 2015: $95

“Yarra Yering originally kept things simple, with two reds. One built on the foundation of Bordeaux grape varieties while the other, the No. 2, on the more aromatic supports of those from the Rhone. Dr. Bailey Carrodus, Yarra Yering’s charming and highly idiosyncratic founder, prided himself and his wines on their longevity and savoury, European aura. And rightly so. The tradition lives on, manifest in this medium-bodied, graceful expression of 95% shiraz, complemented by dashes of viognier, mataro and marsanne. A bright vermilion robe invites one into a kaleidoscope of violet, baking spice, black cherry and blue fruits of every description. Anise, iodine and vanillin oak sashay effortlessly with diaphanous grape tannins and a flow of natural acidity.”
– James Halliday Wine Companion: 96 Points


Yarra Yering ‘Underhill’ Shiraz 2015: $95

“A pointed, svelte and highly aromatic shiraz with lilac floral and rosewater scents snuggled against blue fruits and the tang of red cherry. The palate is lithe, etched with a stream of transparent acidity, anise and Yarra Yering’s immaculately crafted tannins, a quilt with the finest of weaves. The finish is long and sapid, yet the wine is embedded with medium-bodied genetics, firmly of place and never struggling against its natural realm of elegance.”
– James Halliday Wine Companion: 95 Points

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