Head for the Hills
Wines from Australia’s Adelaide Hills are generating strong interest far and wide, even in Paris and Vienna. Within just a few vintages, modestly resourced but highly motivated winemakers are producing quality across an impressive range of styles, and pin
Shaw & Smith Pinot Noir Adelaide Hills 2015 Cherry, spiced strawberry, pastry-like and biscuity savoury notes, gently meaty and peppery. Complex yet shows purity of fruit clearly. Blue fruit as well as rose-like perfume. Subtle oak. Tannins are fine and even. A long finish. Best pinot to date. Drink now or hold for six years or more 96 points .
Henschke Pinot Noir Adelaide Hills Lenswood Giles 2015 Nose of red cherry, blue fruit and hints of savoury brown spices. Tightly packed and disciplined palate with a crunchy core of strawberry, raspberry and red cherry. Fine tannins with pastry-like texture and a resolute pop of acidity make for a convincing pinot. Will evolve brilliantly for six years or more 96 points .
Gareth Belton Pinot Noir Adelaide Hills Forest Range 2015 Blue fruit such as plum and blueberry, a little stony, brightly spicy, sappy, earthy and fresh. Terrific depth, polished tannins. Dark berry, chocolaty Guatemalan coffee and ripe plum flavours. A stunning expression of single-site pinot. Drink now or hold for six years or more. 96 points .
SC Pannell Syrah Adelaide Hills 2014 A very handy follow-up to the excellent 2013. More compact, composed and muscular. It sacrifices nothing in terms of immediate appeal and polish. Blackberry and black cherry with plenty of spice, a little peppery edge and a thread of graphite-like stony allure. Fine, well-defined tannins. Best from 2018. 95 points .
Adelina Nebbiolo Adelaide Hills 2013 Intense cherry, maraschino and earthy nuances on this nebbiolo, which had extended maceration. Some fresh leathery aromas, orange zest, dried roses and gentle meaty notes. Well executed and delicious. Drink now or hold for the medium term. 95 points .