A lightly and distinctly fruit driven savvy that fits the style for the region perfectly. It’s well presented with light tropical and melon notes on the nose and a palate that is quite textured with good persistent fruit concentration. Clean and crunchy in the mouth.
The aromas are immediately engaging with brioche and stone fruit with a fresh cream and light cashew character. The palate has a rich texture with good fruit concentration and balance with well weighted oak. Lightly roasted cashew on the finish which is sustained.
Good example of why this combination works so well. It’s produced a very complete wine with excellent structure and fruit persistence. Savoury with a dusty sinewy thread through the warm flesh f blackcurrant and subtle black olive. Sinewy tannins and a dry dusty finish makes for excellent drinking with food.
Opens with a pronounced cool mint leafy character on the nose which is most likely a vineyard characteristic. IT works quite well with the savoury plummy fruit. The palate is medium weight with sinewy tannins and dry finish. A wine for the short to medium term.
Impressive example of Margaret River cabernet. Blackcurrant and minerally black olive on the nose. A hint of graphite and smooth dark chocolate adds to the mix. The palate is smooth and velvety with a lovely depth and fruit concentration that eases effortlessly to a long finish. medium weight and long.
Stormflower chardonnay 2012 ($35)
Boy this wine has developed nicely but not too far with an extra year in bottle. White peach and grapefruit with a light nutty cereal influence. Just starting to show some rather beautiful marmalade and lime toastiness. Dry and savoury with an edge of mineral and crisp acid. A good expression of the variety. Terrific over the next few years.
SCORE 92/100 CELLAR 5 years
Stormflower sauvignon blanc 2014 ($20)
Highly aromatic and fragrant sauvignon blanc from this established vineyard in Margaret River. Touches of light tropical fruit, a splash of citrus and some nice tart gooseberry character. The palate is keen and crisp with controlled linear fruit intensity that is quite a feature.
SCORE 91/100 CELLAR 5 years
Stormflower shiraz 2013 ($28)
This is a terrific shiraz that captures the distinctive savoury linear style that says Margaret River. Beautifully integrated palate with fine grained grainy tannins, fine grained oak and smooth intensely flavoured fruit. There’s some nice black fruit and dusty earthiness in there. Complete wine which has a distinct presence about it.
SCORE 93/100 CELLAR 7 years
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