From The Wine Vault Lunch

Every wine connoisseur knows where the most rare, most exclusive, greatest tasting, and most expensive wines are kept: the VAULT.

On Sunday 31 August at 1PM at The Smith, that’s precisely where Top Australian Wines will retrieve 9 extraordinary, one-of-a-kind wines.

From The Wine Vault Lunch

Join us for our most exclusive wine lunch to date; 10 people will have the rare opportunity to experience 9 extraordinary & rare wines from the personal collection of Top Australian Wines.

WHAT: From The Vault Wine Lunch

WHEN: Sunday 31 August, starting at 1:00PM

WHERE: The Smith, 213 High Street, Prahran

AVAILABILITY: Reserve your seat at this unforgettable event. Phone bookings 8521 3333

ULTRA EXCLUSIVE:  We can ONLY invite 10 people

Price: $175 per person which includes a 3 course meal and 9 extraordinary wines.

Eventbrite - From The Vault Wine Lunch


These wines are our VERY best.

That’s locked away in The Vault.

That rare, well-aged, and exclusive wine will only be opened during the most special of occasions.

Sunday 31 August, starting at 1PM, is one such occasion. Join us for an incredible wine lunch featuring remarkable cuisine from a top chef as well as the rarest wine from our personal collection at Top Australian Wines.

Tasting notes accompany each new glass.

Only 10 fortunate people will have the privilege of savouring some of the most rare and highly sought wine. 

Will it be you? Book today!

Step into The Vault


Your first wine from The Vault is a

2005 Peregrine Ridge Winemakers Reserve Sparkling Heathcote Shiraz Late Disgorge (Heathcote)

TROPHY & GOLD – Australian Sparkling Wine Show 2011, Class 3, Sparkling Red Wine (Any method of fermentation)

Tasting Notes:
Colour: Dark red to garnet with purple to garnet hue. 
Nose: Blackberries, dark cherries and raspberries with hints of yeast and spice.
Palate: Intense lifted blackberries, dark cherries and sweet raspberries dominate the finely textured palate.  
The extended time on lees delivers a persistent bead and fine, creamy moose.  
Medium to full bodied in the mid palate with a long, dry and persistent after palate.  


Right from the start, you’re feasting like royalty! Succulent crispy port belly withchar siu sauce, spring onions, and sesame

Straight from The Vault is a

2010 Bass Phillip Gamay (Gippsland, VIC)

Tasting Notes:

Brilliant in color, nose, and taste. Bright red in colour with a tinge of purple on the rim, the nose has light berry aromatics with hints of dried leaves and herbs. The flavours have a liquorice note and the finish is quite substantial without being excessively tannic. Close to Beaujolais.

Next, you savour each sip of a

2013 Turkey Flat Gobble Gobble Shiraz Grenache (Barossa Valley, SA)

Tasting Notes:

A one-of-a-kind experience. Juicy crushed mixed berries, light peppery stalk influence, plenty of perfume and a little cinnamon oak – brightly lit is how it smells – synaesthetes apply within. Medium bodied, all pippy raspberry and spice with fresh crunchy acidity, light but firm tannin control and a meaty red berry finish that’s lively and fairly long. Barossa Nouveau, you might call it. Works well. Very interesting wine.


Luscious flavour that you’ll be talking about for days! Beef cheek braised in a beautiful red wine with celeriac remoulade, mushroom and bacon lardons

Your third wine tasting is a fine Shiraz —

2008 Dowie Doole Reserve Shiraz (McLaren Vale, SA)

Tasting Notes:

In a class by itself. Outstanding, super saturated, black crimson red colour with very deep, black crimson hue. The nose is a sniffers delight with a perfumed, aromatic profile of ripe blackberry, liquorice, mocha, dark chocolate, vanilla and confectionary showing superb intensity. Magnificently opulent and rich, the palate delivers explosive flavours of ripe blackberry, liquorice and mocha followed by some vanillin confectionary and spice. Silky smooth, perfectly integrated tannins with very long aftertaste of blackberry, mocha, liquorice and vanillin confectionary.

Then, heighten your experience with

2010 Kellermeister Wild Witch Shiraz (Barossa Valley, SA)

Tasting Notes: Award-winning and high marks.

It has a fragrant nose with spicy black berry fruits. Sweet and intense, raspberry and cassis transform mid-palate to chocolate, leather and spice, with an earthy-truffle-like back palate that lingers, complimented with very fine tannins.
96 Points – James Halliday

Next, every sip is pure indulgence with

2003 Noon Reserve Shiraz (McLaren Vale, SA)

Tasting Notes: Robert Parker 99 points! 
Off-the-charts richness as well as an intoxicatingly complex, multidimensional bouquet of smoke, licorice, blackberries, cassis, vanilla, and incense. A huge, sweet, rich, concentrated attack becomes even more impressive with laser-like precision to its full-bodied, super-concentrated style. Boasting good acidity, ripe tannin, and a layered mouthfeel, this stunning Shiraz is the finest I have ever tasted from the Langhorne Creek sector of South Australia. It should drink well for two decades.

As you finish your last bites of your main course, you won’t want to put down our glass of 

2003 Rogues Lane Shiraz Malbec (Heathcote, VIC)

Tasting Notes:

Halliday — 94 Points.

“Deep, dense colour; a very similar wine, the juicy malbec subsumed in the ever-so-dense blackberry fruit of the shiraz. The tannins, however, are slightly less robust. Ultimate Parker special.”


A perfect end to a perfect meal! Cabot cloth bound chedder, quince puree & candied walnuts

Your final wine tastes of the day are rare vintages—

2007 Kooky Village “The Nutter” Shiraz (Barossa Valley, VIC)

Tasting Notes:

A treasure to behold. The Shiraz starts out dark and brooding, quite closed. Rich dark forest fruits and a hint of black olive start out until the 2007 starts to open up with touches of raspberry, cherry, liquorice and spicy plums. Tell-tale stone fruit comes through subtle oak, intertwined with complex red fruits, giving over to a long, well textured finish.

And last but not least —

2008 Battelly Durif (Beechworth, VIC)

Tasting Notes:

90 Points Halliday.

“Deep crimson; a strongly accented bouquet of dark berry fruits leads into a full-bodied palate where succulent fruit and truculent tannins wage war on each other – best stand back for five or so years and let the victor emerge”

That’s 3 courses and 9 Vault-worthy rare and extraordinary wines, savoured by 10 of the most fortunate people.

Will you be one of them? Will you be able to sample wines that so few people will ever taste?

Will you have stories to tell your friends and family for years, or will you be on the outside looking in?

The Vault closes its doors after 31 August. Reserve this exclusive seat today!

Eventbrite - From The Vault Wine Lunch

2010 Cullen “Diana Madeline” Cabernet Sauvignon

2010 Cullen “Diana Madeline” Cabernet Sauvignon

2010 Cullen “Diana Madeline” Cabernet Sauvignon is from the Margaret River in Western Australia; it was reviewed by 25 people at Lamaro’s Restaurant in South Melbourne, at The Australia vs USA Wine Dinner showdown on Friday May 3, 2013.

2010 Cullen “Diana Madeline” Cabernet Sauvignon  scored an average of 7.92.

Here are some of the comments:

  • “Has a lovely bite & aftertaste”
  • “Lots of fruit”
  • “Outstanding”
  • “Exquisite drop”
  • “A light bouquet, and a light wine”
  • “Dry & beautiful”
  • “Smooth finish”

2010 Cullen “Diana Madeline” Cabernet Sauvignon has the following notes:

Colour – Delicate crimson and garnet ruby.

Bouquet – The plum, mulberry and blackcurrant aromas cascade out of the glass bringing high notes of rose and violet. Savoury ironstone and tobacco complete the classic aroma profile of the Diana Madeline.

Palate – Fine grained tannin with uplifting and sustained fruit notes. Red fruit and plum flavours connect with the ironstone minerality, providing backbone and structure. This medium bodied elegance is deceptive as the depth and length on the palate are profound.

Cellaring – Drink now and up to 40 years.

Food – Root vegetables (especially beetroot), lamb and beef.

Wine Review Panel opening night at Babushka on Tuesday May 22 2013

babushkaTuesday May 22 2013 was the first Wine Panel Review night at Babushka, and it was a very successful night; all 9 members found it very informative. A special thank-you to Paul Bishard for sharing his wine knowledge with everyone.

Please note that I will never criticise a wine if it does not make the required result. I will simply not mention it.

15 wines were looked at and here are the wines that were received well by the panel (in no particular order).

[idgallery id=”1293″ size=”thumbnail” /]

2010 Leayton Estate Chardonnay from the Yarra Valley impressed all 9 members of the panel. Even non chardonnay drinkers said they would be happy to drink this wine. This is a solid chardonnay with the nose of stone fruit and butterscotch with oak in control. A complex chardonnay with big fruit and “old skool” characteristics.

Result: 8.3/10

2009 The Lake House Premium Reserve Pinot Noir is from Denmark in WA. It is an outstanding Pinot Noir that impressed all 9 members of The Top Australian Wines Review Panel. The nose of red cherry, earthiness, spice and vanilla. The palate of red berries, mocha and oak and a long spicy finish. A full bodied pinot that is highly recommended.

Result: 9/10

2010 Wanted Man Marsanne Viognier is from Heathcote in VIC. It was also a highly regarded wine by the panel. The nose of lemon curd and stone fruit. The palate had great spice elements of fennel, white pepper and peach. A very good food wine and highly recommended.

Result: 7.5/10

2007 Red Art Cabernet Sauvignon in from the Barossa Valley. It is an elegant wine with the nose of leather, red currant, meaty, violets and five spice. An intense palate of licorice, eucalypt, chocolate and olive flavours. There is a lot of complexity and an absolute pleasure to drink.

Result: 7.4/10

2010 Vinrock Cabernet Sauvignon is from McLaren Vale. It has an intense nose and palate of deep black fruit, plum, prune and black stewed cherry.

Result: 7.6/10

2009 Bent Creek Black Dog Shiraz is from McLaren Vale and was very impressive. The nose and palate of black cherry, plum, ripe fruit, licorice and oak. It had good fruit balance and weight.

Result: 8.4/10

2009 Hugh Hamilton The Rascal Shiraz is from McLaren Vale. It has a fresh nose of black fruits. It is a spicy shiraz with good, rich fruits and length. It is a good reflection of the vintage.

Wine Tasting Dinner at Babushka Restaurant on Tuesday June 5 2013

It was another successful wine tasting dinner at Babushka Restaurant in Hawthorn, with the evening seeing a turnout of 27 people. I had 18 different wines for review and they alll did very well.

[idgallery id=”1296″ size=”thumbnail” /]

2008 Hickinbotham Chardonnay with Aligote is from the Mornington Peninsula in VIC. An interesting blend with Aligote being the second biggest grape variety in France. It was a very fresh wine with a nice and creamy & buttery.

Score: 7.1 / 10

2009 Soul Growers Resergence Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz is from the Barossa in SA. It had big ripe berries with lots of spice and pepper and a long finish. A very good wine.

Score: 7.7 / 10

2009 Red Edge Tempranillo Monastrell is from Heathcote in VIC. It is a complex wine with rich fruit and good spice. A great food wine.

Score: 7.6 / 10

2009 Maygars Hill Shiraz is from the Strathbogie Ranges in VIC. It is an easy drinking wine. It is earthy with a good amount of spice.

Score: 7.5 / 10

2009 St Michael’s Limited Release Shiraz is from Heathcote in VIC. It is a deep, complex and rich wine. “Awesome”.

Score: 8.7 / 10

2008 Red Art Grenache Shiraz is from the Barossa Valley in SA. It is an excellent wine with good texture and a long spicy finish.

Score: 7.9 / 10

2009 Tyrrell’s Lunatiq Shiraz is from Heathcote in VIC and was a very popular wine. It is an outstanding wine with chocolate, berries, black spice, plum, cinnamon & spice. A very stylish wine.

Score: 8.3 / 10

2008 Dead Horse Hill Shiraz is from Heathcote in VIC. It is an earthy and savoury wine with bacon and the fruit is not dominating. It is a super food wine.

Score: 7.9 / 10

2008 Tatiarra Culled Barrel Shiraz is from Heathcote in VIC. It has a nice sweetness & spice to it. It is a great wine and well worth looking at.

Score: 8.4 / 10

2009 Mt Pleasant Creek Estate Shiraz Viognier is from Heathcote, VIC. It’s a simple and easy drinking wine.

Score: 7 / 10

2010 Heathcote Winery “Slaughterhouse Paddock” Shiraz is from Heathcote in VIC. It is an outstanding, stylish and gorgeous wine with great complexity.

Score: 8 / 10

2004 Downing Estate Shiraz is from Heathcote. This wine was sensational with leather, red cherry, cloves and aniseed. It is a good aged example of wine.

Score: 8.7 / 10

2009 Meehan Shiraz is from Heathcote in VIC. It is a medium bodies and soft wine with full of flavour and a nice smoky and meaty palate.

Score: 7.8 / 10

2006 Wanted Man “WM” Shiraz is from Heathcote in VIC. It has black fruit, cherry, spice, good acid, blackberry, pepper, cola & anise. An excellent wine.

Score: 8.8 / 10

2006 Kooky Village “Nutter” Shiraz is from the Barossa Valley in SA. This was the wine of the night. It was deep, complex, smooth, well rounded and everything else. It is the best wine I have had all year. Three people including myself gave it a perfect 10.

Score: 9.3 / 10

Boutique Wine Tasting Dinner, July 3 2013, Babushka Restaurant

It was another successful night at Babushka with 27 people attending our Boutique Wine Tasting Dinner; everyone had a great time. Due to many requests I have added an international wine into the mix and will continue to do so at each tasting. I will be showcasing South African wines for the time being as I have found them very impressive lately.

[idgallery id=”1314″ size=”thumbnail” /]

Here are the results of the wine tasting:

1. 2008 Good Drop Shiraz

The 2008 Good Drop Shiraz is from Bendigo in VIC and was the wine of the night. It was recently awarded 4 stars at the Winestate 2012 World’s Greatest Shiraz Challenge.

“Rich black fruit core, intense and concentrated”

“fruit nose, sweet, rich, good mouthfeel and balanced”

“now that’s a good drop!!!”

Average score: 8.7

2. 2009 Good Catholic Girl “James Brazill” Shiraz is from the Clare Valley in SA.

“Big, brassy, love it”

“very nice, strong, silky, nice after taste, peppery”

“good fruit, good balance, fine tannins”

“smooth, velvety & silky – very elegant”

Average score: 8.4

3. 2005 Peerick Viognier is from the Pyrenees in VIC. This aged Viognier was very impressive.

“nice nose, rich mouthfeel, spicy, lingering finish”

“good fruit and finish”

“very drinkable, smooth & refreshing”

“very pleasant wine”

“good acid, bright fruit, lovely intensity & length”

Average score: 8.2

4. 2002 D’Arenberg The Laughing Magpie Shiraz Viognier is from McLaren Vale in SA.



‘Very pleasant, big aroma with lots of fruit”

“lifted nose, intense fruit acid, nice vanilla finish, fine tannins, nice balance”

Average Score: 8.1

5. 2009 Barrister’s Block Cabernet Sauvignon is from Wrattonbully in SA.

I was very impressed with this wine and I personally think that this is an excellent Cabernet Sauvignon.

“blackcurrant, cassis, earthy, licorice”

“elegant, sweet fruit, dry finish”

“will be excellent with age”

“great taste, awesome with steak”

Average Score: 8

6. 2011 Diemersfontein Pinotage is from South Africa.

“chocolate, coffee bean flavour, cool, minty”

“sweet woody nose, smoky cigar, sweet acid, chocolate, vanilla”

“coffee, so different, incredible aromas”

Average Score: 7.9

7. 2002 Trevor Jones Reserve Riesling is from the Barossa Valley in SA.

“rich fruit, good acid, clean finish”

“lemon, lime, tang”

“complex and lovely”

“lime, spice, cumquat”

Average Score: 7.5

8. 2010 Condie Gwen Shiraz is from Heathcote in VIC.

“tastes beautiful, love the barrel taste”

“tastes like gold”

“tastes like it just came out of a wood barrel. Classy”

Average Score: 7.5

Boutique Wine Tasting Dinner at Babushka Restaurant, Tuesday July 31 2013

Top Australian Wines had a very busy night at Babushka, with 25 people attending our Boutique Wine Tasting Dinner.

Here are the average scores of all the wines from the judging of all the people on that night.

[idgallery id=”1399″ size=”thumbnail” /]

1. 2010 Mother’s Milk Shiraz (Barossa Valley)

This was the wine of the night and here are the comments:

“Top Wine”
“A very nice shiraz”
“Soft delicate texture”

Average Score – 8.45

2. 2009 Lost Valley Cortese (High Country, VIC)

“nice, creamy texture”
“big finish, good wine”
“light, buttery, very good”
“a musk, melon nose. Apple palate and zingy texture”

Average Score – 8.2

3. 2009 She-Oak Hill Shiraz (Heathcote, VIC)

“full bodied, raspberry”
“a very nice shiraz”
“sensational wine”
“a real winner”

Average Score – 8.14

4. 2007 Domain Day Mt Crawford “One Serious Sangiovese” (Barossa, SA)

“a good one, well suited to the dinner as well – good balance”
“delicious with the beef”
“very nice”
“fruity & smooth”

Average Score – 7.9

5. 2008 Leayton Estate Chardonnay (Yarra Valley, VIC)

“enjoyable wine”
“oak, apple and apricot”
“heavy oak”
“very creamy texture with excellent length and good apple. Great fruit & oak balance”

Average Score – 7.76

6. 2010 Rob Dolan Cabernet Sauvignon (Yarra Valley, VIC)

“very well balanced, well rounded with grippy tannins.Dark fruits & awesome length”
“chocolate & plums”
“lovely wine, really enjoyable”
“earthy wine”

Average Score – 7.75

7. 2011 Ashbrook Estate Riesling (Margaret River, WA)

“I really like it”
“Enjoyed its dryness”
“Very easy wine to drink”
“Acidity, lime, dry”

Average Score – 7.64

8. 2010 Woongarra Estate “3 Wise Men” Pinot Noir (Dandenong Ranges, VIC)

“Heavy Pinot”
“Chocolate, pepper, Oak, good finish”
“Smells great, really enjoyed this wine”

Average Score – 7.64

9. 2009 Bellarine Estate Merlot (Geelong, VIC)

“very pleasant”
“very good”
“nice olives & black pepper with nice drying tannins”

10. Cider Review – Sunshack Apple Cider (Mittagong, NSW)

“crisp & dry with a touch of sweetness. Perfect drink on the verandah on a summer day”
“Rounds off magnificently”
“Crisp, smooth, dry”
“Fresh, crisp, soft”
“Lovely, fresh & clean”
“not too sweet”

Average Score – 8

Boutique Wine Tasting Dinner at Almazett Restaurant, Tuesday August 14 2013

Top Australian Wines had moved its Tuesday fortnightly dinners to Almazett Restaurant in North Caulfield in Melbourne’s South Eastern suburbs.

A total of 23 people attended on the night and 10 wines were judged.

[idgallery id=”1433″ size=”thumbnail” /]

Here are the results:

1. 2010 Sanguine Estate “Progeny” Shiraz (Heathcote, VIC)

This was the wine of the night.

“Great Value”

“fresh bright, good acid, good fruit”

“smooth, coffee, chocolate – sensational”

“perfect on the palate”

Average Score – 8.71

2. 2009 Half & Half Shiraz Monastrell (Barossa, SA)

“forest fruits, rich in flavour”

“lovely nose, rich thinck chocolate & cinnamon & blackberry”

“I really enjoyed this one”

“silky, smooth”

“prune, black pepper, chocloate, spice, cinnamon”

Average Score – 8.38

3. 2008 Neagles Rock Sangiovese (Clare Valley)

“fruit cake, spicy:

“nice aroma, beautiful flavour”

“very enjoyable”

“dry, spicy, perfect for winter”

“plum, nose smells sweet like ribena, sensational”

Average Score – 8.38

4. 2010 Good Catholic Girl “Hail Mary Full of Grace” Cabernet Sauvignon (Clare Valley, SA)

“smooth, amazing”

“very good”

“sensational wine”

“dry and oak”

“a real cabernet sauvignon”

“very ripe with lovely length”

Average Score – 8.31

5. 2009 Riverbank Estate Malbec (Swan Valley, WA)

“I really liked it”

“smokey, black pepper and spice”

“reminds me of a pine forest”

“love this wine”

Average Score – 8

6. 2009 Stella Bella Chardonnay (Margaret River, WA)

“lovely, big & styled with good oak”

“lovely and pleasant”

“nice and buttery”

“smooth and buttery”

“full flavoured”

Average Score – 7.91

7. 2009 Boekenhoutskloof Porcupine Ridge Syrah (South Africa)

“nice sweet taste”

“strong – I liked it”

“violets, spice & chocolate”

“plum – warms you inside”

“big with oak – like a Barossa”

Average Score – 7.95

8. 2011 Rieslingfreak No.3 (Clare Valley, SA)

“easy to drink. lime”

“just right”

“lime, orange blossom, oiliness, curd, minerally, good tang, intensity. Great length and persistence”

Average Score – 7.86

9. 2005 Domain Day “Mt Crawford” Lagrein (Barossa Valley, SA)

“blackberry burst, plenty of acid”

“more than decent”

“tastes Italian, sour cherries”



Average Score – 7.78

Golden Hawk Wines from Andraos Bros Winery

I wanted to bring to your attention an exclusive wine label which is made from Andraos Bros winery, exclusive to the Abu Dhabi National Hotel Group.

Andraos Bros is a small boutique winery in Sunbury, Victoria.

Their wines have not been readily available in the Australian domestic market until recently through Top Australian Wines.

Their wines have mainly been exported to the National Hotel Group & The Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi where Andraos Bros wines are highly sought after and fetch very high prices.

Andraos Bros have made some wine exclusive to The National Hotels Group with the Label “Golden Hawk Wines” and I will be reviewing 2 of these wines.

2004 Golden Hawk “Black Label” Cabernet Shiraz

Golden Hawk Wines
The colour of this wine has a deep core of plum with light plum coloured hues.

The nose displays ink, deep rich ripe plums, blackcurrant, cinnamom, oak, spice & vanilla.

The palate is oaky, strong varietal fruit with signs of aged integration and development with good tannin presence without domination.

It has good length and persistence.

It also has some leathery notes on the palate with red fruits on the back palate.

It is an excellent wine which is ready to drink now and would go very well with a slow roast beef sirloin with a strong mustard crust.

2004 Golden Hawk Shiraz

This wine has a deep ruby colour with a slight reddening of the hue.Golden Hawk Wines

The nose displays dried meats and olives as a secondary nose. Fruit in the backgound with evidence of plum, aniseed and some oak.

The palate has good acid structure with ripe tannins not dominating and fruit roundness.

This wine is ready to drink now and is an excellent food wine.

These wines are not available in Australia but I wanted to share these outstanding wines with you for your information.

2012 Willow Bridge Gravel Pit Estate Shiraz

gravel pit

I am constantly on the look out for the ultimate “WOW” Wine.

What I mean by this is when your nose tells you that you are about to embark on a journey and tour taste buds are about to have a party.

Well, ladies & gentlemen, I have found a “WOW” wine, and it is the 2012 Willow Bridge Estate Gravel Pit Shiraz.

I tried this wine with 2 other friends of mine who likewise don’t mind a glass of wine on a regular basis. They too were extremely impressed with this wine.

It really exceeded our expectations (and I know you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover), but when I looked at the label I thought it was going to be a “JAW” (just another wine).

Well, we were wrong, and my mouth wouldn’t stop drooling whilst I was drinking this moreish wine.

I love it, and it is an exceptional shiraz from Geographe Bay in Western Australia.

13.6% ALC/VOL

100% Shiraz.

Deep purple appearance

It has a serious nose of roasted meats, black pepper, dark plum, dark chocolate, young polished leather.

The palate has lots of pepper and ‘dark’ spice / roasted meats to start. It’s not too thick and heavy but has plenty of fine tannins through the palate, which seem to accompany roasted nut flavours also. Dark cherry and plum fruits come through also, especially with more time/air.

2011 Rieslingfreak No 3


2011 Rieslingfreak No 3 was judged by 30 people at Acqua E Vino in Yarraville on Wednesday April 10 2013.

2011 Rieslingfreak No 3 scored an average of 7.94

Here are some of the comments:

“Nice acid & fruit, Balanced & clean”

“Beautiful riesling”

“I really like this wine. Clean line of acid down the tongue”

“Dry, good acid structure, cellar for 5-6 years”

MasterChef contestant and winemaker John Hughes captured the hearts and minds of Australia with his honest, top quality cooking along side his now famous gutsy decision to not serve the judges a dish he wasn’t happy with.

John suffers from a condition known as cerbral palsy, which slightly slows down his movement.

Thankfully winemaking requires time and patience, something John has plenty of, so why not allow him the opportunity to recapture your heart, mind an imagination with one of his fine expressions of Clare Valley Riesling?

John makes his Rieslings the same as he does food – serious. Rieslingfreak is all about excitement and passion; John Hughes only releases vintages where the style can be perfected, hence 2011 Rieslingfreak No.3 is a Top Australian Wine.

The 2011 Rieslingfreak wines were sourced from the family vineyard, situated in the sub region of White Hut, in the Clare Valley.

The grapes were harvested early in the season, resulting in a lower alcohol (11.5%ALC/VOL) than previous vintages, but encompassing the depth of flavour for which the hallmark of the Rieslingfreak wines.

Colour: pale straw with green hues.

Nose: Ripe lemon and grapefruit, with hints of melon and floral aromas.

Palate: Ripe lemon and limes, with some melon and tropical notes.

The wine is fruit driven, tangy, with some pineapple notes. A good fresh crispy style, which drinks well now, or will reward with a number of years cellaring.