• Tim Pawsey, Quench Magazine

    Vanessa Vineyard Syrah 2013

    92 points – “Second release shows more varietal character from still young vines, with a splash of Viognier for complexity. Black plum, mocha and cedar notes precede a meaty palate of black fruit, chocolate and pepper notes with some spice and smoke before a lingering end.”

  • John Schreiner

    Vanessa Vineyard Syrah 2013

    92 points – “This is 91% Syrah co-fermented with 9% Viognier in the classic style of the Rhone. This wine has been aged 18 months in French and American barrels, again 60% new. Powerful aromas explode from the glass: white and black pepper, gamy red fruit, chocolate and licorice. All of this is echoed on the palate, along with flavours of plum, figs, black olives and leather.”

  • John Schreiner

    Vanessa Vineyard Meritage 2013

    92 points – “This is a blend of 44% Cabernet Sauvignon, 32% Cabernet Franc and 24% Merlot. It is a bold red, beginning with aromas of vanilla and spice that reflect the 18 months the wine had in barrel. The barrel regime was complex: individual varieties were fermented in and aged eight months in barrel. Then the wine was blended and aged another 12 months in French and American oak barrels, of which 60% were new. On the palate, there are flavours of black currants, black cherries, coffee and licorice. The finish is lingering, with notes of spice and cedar.”

  • Tim Pawsey, Quench Magazine

    Vanessa Vineyard Meritage 2013

    91 points – “Lifted black fruit, blackberry and cassis precede a plush and well balanced palate of blackberry, black cherry and anise, with well integrated tannins, a pronounced, stony mineral streak and a lengthy, spicy finish.”