James Halliday 2018 Companion Reviews
Nick Haselgrove Wines and The Old faithful have again been highly reviewed in James Halliday’s latest 2018 Wine Companion.
2013 The Old Faithful Northern Exposure Grenache – 97 points
95% 80+yo grenache, 5% 103yo shiraz, matured in used French oak for 40 months. Retains exceptional hue and depth given it is grenache, not shiraz. Very classy wine reminiscent of the greatest examples of the Rhone Valley. Its red and black cherry and raspberry fruit is perfectly balanced by fine tannins, and won’t reach a plateau of perfection until ’23. Diam. 14.5% ale. Rating 97 To 2033 $60 *
Cafe Block McLaren Vale Shiraz 2013 – 96 points
Vines planted in ’52, matured for 6 months in new French oak, followed by 34 months in demi-muids. A powerful, uncompromising full-bodied shiraz, but retains freshness and balance, the fruit outpacing the oak and the tannins. A long and healthy future is assured. Diam. 14.5% ale. Rating 95 To 2038 $60
James Haselgrove Futures McLaren Vale Shiraz 2014 – 95 points
Vines over 100yo gave this crimson-purple wine a handy start, but it has been intelligently made. It has lipsmacking elegance, content with its medium-bodied weight and fine tannins. Diam. 14.5% ale. Rating 95 To 2034 $40
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