Best of The Real Review Certificate of Excellence and Top Wineries

Huon Hooke was treated to a feast of outstanding wines. (Photo: Six Nations Wine Challenge)

During the last-minute tastings for The Real Review Certificate of Excellence and Top Wineries list (see yesterday’s news item), I felt like the proverbial kid in the candy store.

To pick one aspect on which to briefly focus: the cabernet sauvignon and cabernet blends were quite mesmerising.

Needing to taste more wines from some of the top wineries in Australia, I was treated to a feast of outstanding wines from the likes of Giaconda, Mount Mary, Yarra Yering, Devil’s Lair, Wolf Blass, Crawford River, Lake’s Folly, Stefano Lubiana, Brookland Valley, Wendouree, Bass Phillip, Mayer, Craiglee, Robert Oatley and others, with magical fortifieds from Chambers, Baileys, Stanton & Killeen and Morris.

Also in the mix were new releases from Langmeil, Best’s, Fraser Gallop, Quealy, Yalumba, Xanadu, Yering Station, Ben Glaetzer, Balgownie, S.C. Pannell, Streicker, Shadowfax and more.

To pick one aspect on which to briefly focus: the cabernet sauvignon and cabernet blends were quite mesmerising. We had the elegance, fragrance and finesse of Mount Mary Quintet 2015 and 2014, appropriately partnered by Yering Station and Yarra Yering, contrasting with the more forceful and generally riper and bigger Margaret River styles – from Leeuwin Estate, Xanadu, Fraser Gallop, Devil’s Lair and Brookland Valley, through to the more blockbuster-ish top-end Wolf Blass, Wendouree, Langmeil and Ben Glaetzer’s Anaperenna shiraz cabernet blend.

It’s difficult to single out individual wines as they were so numerous and scored so highly. But I have to say the 2015 Mount Mary Quintet was totally beguiling,

The 2016 Yarra Yering Carrodus Cabernet was astounding, the white label 2016 Dry Red Wine No 1 just a whisker behind it. Wolf Blass Black Label 2014 was also a top wine in its traditional style, a style that could hardly be more different from the Yarra Valley wines mentioned. It’s at least a 40-year wine.

From Margaret River, gorgeous cabernet sauvignons came from Fraser Gallop Parterre 2014 and Devil’s Lair 2014 with Xanadu Stevens Road 2015 a short half-head behind them.

On to shiraz, another parade of wonderment.

Langmeil Pure Eden Shiraz 2015 was breathtaking for its concentration and opulence, Langmeil The Freedom 1843 Ancestor Vines Shiraz 2015 similarly. The Ben Glaetzer Anaperenna Shiraz Cabernet 2016 was also in this exalted class, the Yalumba 2014 Steeple Vineyard Shiraz only a whisker behind them. Giaconda’s Estate Vineyard Shiraz 2016 was also in this esteemed company.

Wolf Blass 2014 Platinum Shiraz is also great, in an even oakier and unapologetically future-designed style than the Black Label, while the 2016 Best’s Bin No. 0 Shiraz is one of the most majestic wines under this label in recent times: wonderfully detailed and at the same time awesomely concentrated and profound.

These are all trophy-class wines.

One thought on “Best of The Real Review Certificate of Excellence and Top Wineries”

  1. Michael Law says:

    Hi Bob and/or Huon,
    I may be going crosseyed, but I couldn’t find Andrew Thomas/Thomas Wines on the Top Australian Wineries list. Given your respective comments previously, I thought Thomas would be there.
    Michael Law
    Hamilton

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