2019 Cellar Reserve Great Western Shiraz90 points (Silver) Spicy, dark fruits abound, yet the essence is savoury with cigar box, twigs and a touch of menthol. It sits well. Just shy of full bodied. The tannins are ripe. It's refreshing in a way, but finishes raspy dry and short.
2017 Reserve Heathcote Shiraz90 points (Silver) Quite a pared-back style given the usual intensity of Heathcote fruit. There is still a lot happening here with loads of flavour, oak in check, tannins ripe and giving, a plushness across the palate without being a heavyweight. Good drinking now.
2019 Estate Grown Shiraz89 points (Bronze) + Special value rating Vying for pole position as the best barbecue wine. The price is right, the bright dark fruits are all spiced up, with a savoury edge of black olives and salami. Soft tannins, plush across the palate but sits well in the mid-weighted range.
2020 The Family Frizzante Maestri90 points (Silver) + Special value rating An outrageous dark purple hue, slightly fizzy and full of gorgeous sweet fruit flavour. Disco in a glass! Lots of fresh black cherries and sweet cherry essence, balanced with refreshing acidity. Nothing too serious, just a cheery drink. Chill this right down to boogie on.
2020 The Family Moscato90 points (Silver) + Special value rating Full of spring white flowers and lemon blossom, juicy and grapey with spicy moscato flavours. Some dried mango and pears too. Sweet and vibrant. Nice fizz. Hits the spot.
2020 The Family Vermentino90 points (Silver) + Special value rating Nothing welcomes summer more than a beach view and a glass of vermentino. Crack this open to enjoy a mix of citrus, a sprinkling of herbs with a kiss of lemon salt. Crisp, dry and refreshing. Related tag: Victoria Wineries