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RAY JORDAN WINE GUIDE 2017

Churchview The Bartondale chardonnay 2015 ($55)

A slightly more restrained Bartondale than usual and all the better for it. Intense zesty lemon curd aromas with a touch of brioche. The palate is creamy with excellent intensity. Like the vanillin oak combination with the rich fruit. Delivers long through the middle palate to an impressive finish.

Score: 93/100     Cellar: 8 years

Churchview The Bartondale shiraz 2013 ($55)

Powerhouse shiraz which also benefits from a small amount of co-fermented viognier. IT’s largely been matured in French but a 10 per cent American oak component adds a nice sweetness. Luscious dense palate displays a remarkable finesse and subtlety for a wine of this scale. Silky smooth and punches out long on the palate which is starting to develop some rather appealing secondary qualities.

Score: 92/100    Cellar: 10 years

Churchview The Bartondale cabernet sauvignon 2013 ($55)

Nothing held back in this super concentrated and immensely powerful cabernet. It punches out some serious fruit with dark blackcurrant, mulberry and liqueur chocolate characters. The tannins are firm and the oak substantial. Yet this retains a great balance through to the finish. Smooth and seamless.

Score: 93/100    Cellar: 12 years

Churchview St John’s Limited Release zinfandel 2014 ($35)

The first thing you  need to understand is that this has a decent hit of alcohol – around 16.5%. So it’s a biggie, yet there is balance and the fruit weight handles things rather well. Dark chocolate and heaps of black fruits with plenty of supporting oak and tannins. A pretty good wine – in moderation at this strength.

Score: 90/100     Cellar: 8 years

Churchview St John’s Limited Release cabernet sauvignon malbec merlot petit verdot ($35)

This is a beautiful expression of Margaret River with a seamless integration of most of the main Bordeaux varieties. Fine grained oak and fine grain tannins. There’s a highly scented aroma with notes of red minty berry and violets. The palate is succulent and smooth with an elegance that is just so appealing.

Score: 93/100     Cellar: 10 years

 

 

RAY JORDAN WINE GUIDE 2016

Churchview The Bartondale chardonnay 2014 ($45)

Stylish and sophisticated Margaret River chardonnay. Wild fermentation and all barrel fermented with no fining and only minimal filtration. It all brings the fruit
sharply into focus. Such power and graceful expression with minerally savoury edges, deep white peachdominant stone fruit and a very long palate.

Super wine.

SCORE 95/100 CELLAR 7 years

Churchview The Bartondale cabernet sauvignon 2013 ($55)

Nothing held back in this super concentrated and immensely powerful cabernet. It punches out some serious fruit with dark blackcurrant, mulberry and liqueur
chocolate characters. The tannins are firm and the oak substantial. Yet this retains a great balance through to the finish.

Smooth and seamless.

SCORE 93/100 CELLAR 12 years

Churchview The Bartondale shiraz 2013 ($55)

Powerhouse shiraz which also benefits from a small amount of co-fermented viognier. It’s largely been matured in French but a 10 per cent American oak
component adds a nice sweetness. Luscious dense palate displays a remarkable finesse and subtlety for a wine of this scale. Silky smooth and punches out long
on the palate.

SCORE 92/100 CELLAR 10 years

Churchview St John’s Limited Release cabernet sauvignon malbec merlot

Perfumed leafy tobacco notes with a decent hit of black fruits strike from the start on the nose. The palate is the feature of this excellent wine. So silky smooth and brilliantly integrated with fine grained oak and silky smooth and refined tannins. Lovely balance and poise through to a very long and complete finish.

SCORE 94/100 CELLAR 10 years

Churchview St John’s Limited Release zinfandel 2013 ($35)

No shortage of alcohol at 16.8 per cent alc/vol. Yet the interesting thing is that it doesn’t taste excessively alcoholic – so beware. Sweet fruit with chocolate and
wild berry nuances. A little spice and some delicious plummy blackcurrant. Fine tannins and a little oak.

One for the zinheads.

SCORE 92/100 CELLAR 10 years

Churchview St John’s Limited Release Brut 2012 ($35)

A really interesting sparkling wine made from chenin blanc. About 40 per cent has been barrel fermented which brings a high degree of texture into the middle palate. Reserve wines from previous vintages have been added and then to complete things a minimal dosage has kept it dry as chips on the finish. An attractive alternative style.
SCORE 93/100 CELLAR 5 years
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