Summer Wine Guide 2023

2018 Hutton Vale Farm Grenache Mataro

G 92

Medium crimson. Lifted roasted walnut, musky plum, hint wax polish aromas. Sweet musky plum, roasted walnut, touch chocolate flavours, firm al dente tannins, very good mid-palate density and fresh long acidity. Attractive maturation style. Aged in French puncheons–seasoned oak. 2023–2030 2022 Soul Growers Equilibrium Grenache Shiraz Mataro G 92 This expressive Barossa blend of Grenache, Shiraz and Mataro delivers an ample mix of mulberry, bay leaf, peppery spice with hambone complexity. Generously flavoured with fleshy layers before settling into a more savoury, leathery, lengthy finish. Already drinking well but will hold for a little while. Now–2029 Bold and rich with cherry liqueur, new leather, potting soils laced with spice and oak. Bold and punchy, lovely layers of sweet fruit, tangy acid and long drying tannins. High-pitched acid to finish. 2025–2035 2019 First Drop Wines Minchia Montepulciano G 92 2022 Kalleske Wines Clarry’s GSM (Grenache, Shiraz, Mataro) G 92 Deep ruby in colour, this surprisingly rich Montepulciano displays powerful aromas of baked cherries and blackberry, with a lick of spice, and matched to opulent coconut-scented oak. Dense chocolate flavours follow with a strong seam of baked earth and juicy dark cherry, underpinned by a genuine and firm tannins frame to support a lengthy finish. Impressive and with further ageing potential. Now–2028 2022 Coriole Vineyards Coriole Montepulciano G 92 Deep ruby in colour, this expressive Montepulciano shows impressive power and focus with blackberry and wood smoke with crushed old spice aromas. Great density to follow, firm tannins driving, and chewy style, with complex layers of stony complexity. Great overall package now and for a little while. 2024–2028 2021 Chapel Hill ‘The MV’ Mourvèdre G 92 Medium crimson. Intense sour red cherry, red plum aromas and flavours with chinotto, hint dark chocolate notes, fine bittersweet tannins, attractive mid-palate density and underlying savoury notes. Finishes minerally with al dente notes. Now–2028


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