You can tell this wine is serious from the first sniff. It doesn’t reveal all in a moment, tight and dense initially. As it sits in the glass, the fruit of a very attractive ripeness comes to the fore. There's a strong core of red fruits, plum, just ripe raspberries and dark Amarillo cherry that front dark fruits, blackcurrant and plenty of spice. It's compact and concentrated on the palate while still remaining elegant. Medium to full-bodied, certainly not overhandled. Sleek and elegant. Beautifully handled oak, layered and subtle. There's a real polish to the tannin, tight-knit and full of class. Remarkable wine.
From a single site planted somewhere in the 1980s, dry grown, loved by viti/winemaker couple/combo Clemence and Lee Haselgrove. It’s another step forward in their narrative arc, away from the shackles of working for others, now on the path to fine-tuned grape growing and expressive wines of special places in Great Southern, WA. Fascinating, fine wines emerging here.
This has restraint and elegance written all over it. At first, a head turn for its quiet presence. Time in glass, bottle open, more is revealed, more beauty too. The texture is by and large the main message – tightly bound in a sheath of pleasing, lacy tannin, there’s a core of dark, pepper-and-herb-spiked fruit that sits brooding beneath. Power and grace hand-in-hand. The perfume is a mesh of spice, faint woody notes, a touch of sweet earth, sarsaparilla and dark berries. The volume grows as the wine opens. This is a wonderful wine. - 94 Points Mike Bennie