Uncharacteristic cool weather and spring rains retarded vine development. This was exacerbated by high temperatures in January followed by rains in February and early March. The season finished warm and dry, however, enabling a trouble-free final ripening, with 1999 fruit showing excellent varietal character and a highly approachable
- SA - Adelaide / Adelaide Hills
- South Australia
Made entirely from estate fruit grown in the Adelaide suburb of Magill. French and American Oak (seemed all French to me), hand picked, basket pressed, unfiltered, around 1500 case production. All the ticks for an artisinal wine – but from a large company.
The last vintage I had of Magill was the 1991. A very good wine from a very good vintage. So expectations were high…I have been keen to try the 1998.
Brooding dark colour. Aromas of blackberry/dark cherry, earth, cold coffee and toast. Perhaps some floral overtones. Lots of impact on the palate with masses of ripe creamy tannins and flavours of blackberry, toasty oak, black olive and leather. Long tannic finish. This is a very dense and savoury wine yet it has finesse – a bit like a St Henri but with a good dollop of French oak. I get the feeling that this bottle was just far too young. One to add to the shopping list.
Gary Walsh, The Wine Front, 13 January 2006, Rated 94+ points, Drink: 2008 - 2022.
Winery Tasting Notes
Deep red/purple colour, with ruby/crimson rim.
A complex and highly appealing perfumed nose, offering plum pudding, cinnamon, soy and meats, supported by nicely integrated, high class oak. Lovely depth, with mineral exotic spices filling out the background aromas.
Balanced and flavoursome, the wine is tightly structured, with rounded, almost manicured tannins and highly appealing cedary oak. Bright, primary flavours of dark cherry and Satsuma plum flavours - typical of the vineyard.