Impressive sparkling wine made from chardonnay grown on the Smithbrook property. Has had 36 months on lees, so you are starting to see that interesting biscuit richness, while still retaining its keen fine edge that carries the finish. Palate is developing a beautiful mix of meatiness with some stone fruit yeasty autolysis. It’s very good.
A lighter bodied and quite fragrant chardonnay from this region. Lightly nutty with a little squeeze of lime. The palate has a lightly creamy texture with a tight minerally crisp acid finish. It’s a subtle wine that’s just filled out a little so well suited to light dishes.
Smithbrook cabernet merlot 2012 ($20)
Soft and generous medium-bodied wine from Pemberton. This was a tidy vintage and the result is an excellent value-for-money proposition with lots to offer. Red berry and fruitcake with some interesting minty notes. The tannins are fine and slightly dusty with some fine oak in support. Good for the next couple of years.
SCORE 90/100 CELLAR 2 years
Smithbrook White Sparkle blanc de blanc 2011 ($25)
Continues the excellent run of quality sparkling wines from Smithbrook. This blanc de blanc style is as dry as chips but with a lovely deep and persistent palate. Slightly floral with some appealing citrus tones. Fine bead and a crisp dry finish.
SCORE 91/100 CELLAR 4 years
Smithbrook sauvignon blanc semillon 2014 ($20)
Pristine and fruity blended white from Pemberton. Has a neat mix of light stone fruit with plenty of citrus characters. Palate has a nice intensity of flavour which extended easily to a long finish. Simple easy current drinking.
SCORE 89/100 CELLAR Drink now
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