Shaw + Smith Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir 2012

87+ points

Adelaide Hills, South Australia. 12.5%

Light colour. Pleasantly savoury. I’m at a loss to know where this wine might go, I’m not used to drinking such young reds.

I suspect it’s not for very long aging.



Tyrrells Vat 9 Shiraz 1999

91 points

Hunter Valley. 12.8%

Gorgeous complex aromas of leather and tiny trace of brett.

Savoury sweet med bodied palate. Soft tannin. Surprisingly spritzig which requires shaking off.



Brokenwood Graveyard Vineyard Shiraz 2004

90++ points

Hunter Valley,NSW, Australia. 12.5%

Concentrated wine with youthful acidity and oak. On a frame of only 12.5% alcohol – a long way from being a syrupy blockbuster. Tremendous potential.

Savoury complex shiraz without the floral aspects of cool climate shiraz nor any of the pruney aspects of warm climate shiraz. Like Hermitage in a good year!


Pittnauer St Laurent 2009

88+ Points

Burgenland Austria. 12.5%

I thought that this was Pinot. But apparently the grape is St Laurent, which is like Pinot, but (being Austrian) very dark cherry-like. Very enjoyable though young. Of course I have no experience with aging. It’s fresh tasty, nothing over-worked. So my advice is enjoy now.


Tyrrell’s Vat 9 Hunter Shiraz 2000

91+ points

Hunter Valley,Australia. 13%

Seems odd to put a plus sign (for extra potential) on a wine already almost 14 years old but this has a way to go. Aged complexity is emerging, but there is plenty of fruit sweetness, almost too much. Otherwise it has nice restraint.

Lovely aromas. Inviting. Varietal. Not masked by oak.