This southern vineyard always produces excellent fruit for styles such as this and it once again has worked. Passionfruit and other tropical notes with a decent hit of lemon essence. The palate is full of life and energy with a crunchy long finish. Ideal in the short term.
This wine is starting to show its best form in bottle. Nutty with a creaminess working with the primary stone fruit and slightly lemony characters of the fruit. It’s a complete wine with good flavour intensity. More fruit driven and ideal in the short term.
Medium bodied fruity driven cab merlot blend. Opens with a leafy red berry and cedar character on the nose. The palate is neatly packaged with good oak and tannins complementing the sweet ripe fruit. Nice persistence. Best in the medium term.
A soft and supple Shiraz displaying. The nose has lots of dark chocolate and rich savoury plum characters. The gravelly flavours are supported by the sinewy tannins and neat oak treatment. Finishes dry.
These cabernets have been very good over the years. I liked the 2011 which was a more opulent wine, yet this one has a fine degree of finesse and poise. Lovely perfumed black fruit on the nose with a cedary violet dark chocolate nuance. The palate is velvety smooth with well-managed tannins and oak.
Hamelin Bay Five Ashes Vineyard shiraz 2011 ($32)
Such a beautiful rich and lavish perfume on the nose. Lots of mulberry and plummy blackberry nuances with licorice and toasty oak in abundance. But it all hangs together beautifully with a seamlessly plush opulent palate. Ripe chewy tannins and loads of fruit. Great drinking.
SCORE 92/100 CELLAR 6 years
Hamelin Bay Rampant Red shiraz cabernet merlot 2012 ($19)
A consistently very good blend of shiraz, cabernet and merlot from one of the best small producers in Margaret River. Fruity and well rounded with a velvety smooth palate texture delivering a stack of goodies.
SCORE 89/100 CELLAR 4 years
Hamelin Bay Five Ashes Reserve chardonnay 2012 ($49)
Marvellously intense and powerful chardonnay from this southern vineyard. Strikes a lovely balance of oak and fruit with those savoury notes prolonged. There’s a nice toasty influence with a little brioche and creme brulee on the palate. Drinking really well at the moment.
SCORE 92/100 CELLAR 4 years
Hamelin Bay Five Ashes Vineyard sauvignon blanc 2015 ($24)
This excellent savvy is drawn from Karridale. Lifted herbaceous and light tropical notes with just a faint edge of gooseberry. The palate is full and flavoursome with loads of those tropical characters. Finishes with a dry crisp edge. Nice wine for the immediate term.
SCORE 90/100 CELLAR 3 years
Hamelin Bay Five Ashes Vineyard cabernet sauvignon 2011 ($32)
Opens with some typical leafy blackcurrant and black olive aromas on what is a complex bouquet. Into the palate deeper dark chocolate and black fruits emerge with a healthy whack of toasty oak. The tannins are supple and the palate has a degree of sweet fruit opulence. Nice wine in the medium term.
SCORE 91/100 CELLAR 6 years
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