• David Lawrason

    Vanessa Vineyard Syrah 2016

    93 points – Here’s a very intense, classic cooler climate syrah with a blast furnace nose of hot stones, pepper, black fruit and wild sage/thyme. The same flavour intensity crashes through the palate but the wine is not heavy or sapid. There is great energy with firm acidity, green fresh herbs and tar on the palate. The tannins are a touch green too, but within this landscape they are well meshed. The length is excellent to outstanding. Tasted April 2020

  • David Lawrason

    Vanessa Vineyard Cabernet Franc 2016

    90 points – This is an impressive young cabernet franc that captures all the right raspberry/currant fruit, tobacco and gently herbal notes of this grape, along with considerable oak character from 20 months in French and American barrels. It feels slender due to good acidity but in fact is quite full bodied with 15.5% alcohol and considerable dusty, starchy tannin. The length is very good to excellent behind the heat screen. Age it at least two years; it should live for a decade.

  • Daenna Van Mulligen

    Vanessa Vineyard Rose 2016

    91 points – “Dry, powerful, lively. Made from Syrah with a generous splash (32%) of Merlot, this inaugural release rose from Vanessa Vineyard is comprised of only 90 cases, which was sold in their new tasting room on their estate in Cawston. It is a blessedly bone-dry version ruby-cranberry in colour with aromas of sunwarmed strawberries, tangy cranberries and kumquats, wild herbs tealeaf and savoury spices. Impressive focus and structure; it is simultaneously lively and powerful. An excellent first vintage, for a red-only (so far) producer.”

  • Natalie MacLean

    Vanessa Vineyard Rose 2016

    91 points – “A full-bodied, dry rose made from a blend of syrah and merlot grapes. Lots of racy acidity and aromas of tart cherry and cranberry. Pair with grilled seafood.”