This is a cracking good riesling – as good as any released under this label. Opens with a talcy bath salts and spicy lemon blossom characters on the nose. The palate is so intense and loaded with fruit that is held with a remarkable precision and control. There is tension and energy in here that releases through to a long finish. Watch this change over the years.
There is such a distinctive peppery spiciness on the nose here. It’s a bit of a departure from previous shiraz with a palate that is slightly less robust. But there’s plenty of deep fruit concentration. Gravelly loamy characters on the palate seem to be drawn directly fro he vineyard. This is a wine that shows place and regionality.
Very pure expression of cabernet here. Blackcurrant aromas with a little fruit cakey character. The palate is generous and lavish with plush tannins and neat oak supporting the fruit. Like the Block 9 shiraz this too is less robust but still packs plenty to its sustained finish. Rich and textured.
Forest Hill Vineyard Estate chardonnay 2014 ($30)
A delicately structured chardonnay providing a lovely mouthfeel and texture. There’s plenty of creamy stone fruit with a smidgeon of butterscotch. The palate displays a richness and fruit concentration that is carried easily to a long, pleasing finish. Well balanced and flavoursome.
SCORE 92/100 CELLAR 5 years
Forest Hill Vineyard Estate Riesling 2014 ($30)
Beautiful example of a Great Southern Riesling. Aromas of intense spices with a leafy citrus and floral character. The palate has a distinctive minerally spiciness with a piercing intensity and length. Love the fine, almost delicate, acid that sits in the background and carries the palate to a long finish.
SCORE 95/100 CELLAR 8 years
Forest Hill Vineyard Block 8 chardonnay 2012 ($50)
Impressive chardonnay from this particular block at Forest Hill. Loads of toasty with stone fruit and slightly roasted cashew. The palate has an appealing combination of minerality and creamy lees influence. There’s a dry savoury finish with a degree of precision. Terrific stuff.
SCORE 96/100 CELLAR 12 years
Forest Hill Vineyard Block 9 shiraz 2011 ($55)
Smooth and elegant Great Southern shiraz with so much deeply intense and concentrated fruit weight. It’s full bodied with a velvety texture. Dark fruit with savoury dry earthy nuances and deeper, sweet dark chocolate, blackberry flavours. Driven long by those chalky tannins.
SCORE 93/100 CELLAR 8 years
Forest Hill Vineyard Block 5 cabernet sauvignon 2012 ($65)
Deep and dark cabernet from this old cabernet block. Luscious blackcurrant and slightly black olive nuances. There’s dark chocolate and savoury coffee grinds in there with some sweet fruit dark plum. Chalky dry tannins and fine grained oak hold control as the wine heads towards its long finish.
SCORE 93/100 CELLAR 10 years
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