RAY JORDAN WINE GUIDE 2016
Smallwater Estate zinfandel 2014 ($35)
John Small has made quite an impact with his zinfandel both as a rosé style and the more traditional Australian style of a robust red. Plenty of typical zin alcohol in here,
yet it seems to handle it well without excessive palate heat. Brambly bitter chocolate balances the natural fruit sweetness. Slightly grippy, firm finish.
SCORE 89/100 CELLAR 10 years
Smallwater Estate Roze 2014 ($22)
John Small uses zinfandel in this consistent award winning rosé. It’s a beautiful use of the variety displaying red berry lift on the nose and a suggestion of sweet fruit
on a palate that finishes crisp dry and long. Has a lovely appealing texture with those touches of raspberry and roses quite beautiful.
SCORE 93/100 CELLAR 3 years
Smallwater Estate chardonnay 2014 ($25)
This is an attractive and quite complex medium-bodied chardonnay. Displays some beautiful oak influence, which brings a subtle understated complexity into the mix.
Nectarine and cereal characters add mid-palate richness and the crisp clean acid sustains the finish.
SCORE 92/100 CELLAR 5 years
Smallwater Estate shiraz 2014 ($35)
The shiraz from this outstanding little Geographe producer have been very successful in recent years. This slightly riper version is another cracking good wine.
Beautiful scented aromas of cherry and other red berry characters with an exotic mix of nutmeg and all spice on the nose. The palate has excellent structure and depth
with a seamless feel to it. Long finish.
SCORE 93/100 CELLAR 10 years
Smallwater Estate Rob’s Block cabernet sauvignon 2013 ($30)
There is excellent varietal cabernet character on the nose here. A robust and fully ripe cabernet with firmish tannins and plenty of well-weighted oak in support.
Leafy blackcurrant with a meaty gamey influence bringing complexity into the middle palate. Tannins build on the finish.
SCORE 90/100 CELLAR 8 years
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