Wine Reviews

Ratings Key

Outstanding (Score range 95-100)

Often an internationally recognised, leading brand or winery – but not always! Produces a classic wine that is a faultless representation of the style/variety. Complexity on the nose and a seamless palate are an example of the hallmarks of an outstanding wine.

Highly Recommended (Score range 92-94)

A quality focused wine that has plenty of style. Length of palate and intensity are often key characteristics of highly recommended wines. These producers could be the ones to watch in the future.

Recommended (Score range 89-91)

An above average well-made, reflection of the style/variety, which often represents good value for money.

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Margan Wines

Primary fruit driven with plums and black cherries. Sweet front palate, smooth, liquorice, dark chocolate and maraschino cherries. Medium bodied with noticeable acidity as expected from this grape variety. Medium finish.

RRP: $40

Sidewood

Cool climate nettle and green sugar snap aromas on the nose. Fresh vibrant medium bodied on the palate. Some yeasty lees flavours producing a creamy texture that underpins an herbaceous edge and creates a complex palate. Medium finish. This wine kept improving in the glass so do not overchill.

RRP: $38

Coolangatta Estate

toasty, lanolin notes showing some early ageing. Creamy lemon pith palate but balanced by vibrant acidity. Medium bodied juicy lemon driven flavours producing a medium finish. Impressive.

RRP: $35

Hahndorf Hill

One of 4 different Gruner Veltliner’s produced by Hahndorf Hill. This one has orange peel mixed in with wet stony minerality on the nose. A delicious dry ,rich, textured palate. Medium bodied with a touch of a warm finish. Extremely satisfying.

RRP: $30

Thomas Wines

Ideal summer wine for lunch at 8.6% abv. Off dry wine full of tropical fruits such as mango and passion fruits. Acid balanced the RS perfectly. Easy, drink early style. What is not to like about this.

RRP: $25

Tamburlaine Organic Wines

Fresh lemon scented wine with medium intensity. Dry, light fresh and zesty lemon flavour. Medium finish.

RRP: $37

Tamburlaine Organic Wines

Green peppercorns, earthy, cedar with an underlay of dark cherries and blackberry leaf. Dry medium bodied with soft tannins. Liqueur cherries & blackcurrant flavours. Medium intensity and finish.

RRP: $30

Helm Wines

Medium intense nose full of citrus, limes, pears with a touch of stone fruit. Racy and drying palate with high acidity. Fresh and light bodied with blossom floral flavours and a medium finish. Sourced from Juliet Cullen grapes grown at 630 meters above sea level.

RRP: $35

Tamburlaine Organic Wines

Sweet floral and cooking spices with black cherry, a hint of vanilla oak. Dry medium bodied with more cherries on the palate. Negligible tannins. Primary fruit driven making a soft easy drinking wine, round and soft.

RRP: $30

Helm Wines

Lovely lemon pith and sherbet nose with hints of tropical fruits such as pineapple. A touch of residual sugar, which you hardly notice, on the palate that is expertly balanced by high acidity. A lovely long finish with a high degree of extract that is Germanic in its character. Peach and apricot flavours. The fruit is key, it’s ripe and rich and holds your attention. Great wine.

Rating: Outstanding

RRP: $35

Thomas Wines

Floral nose, a hint herbal and a little withdrawn. But eventually opens up to redcurrant aromas. Dry, medium bodied wine with dry mouth puckering tannins which dominant the finish. Plenty of structure on this wine.

RRP: $55

Mount Pleasant


Earthy cooking spice, mocha and sweet leather nose. Well balanced primary fruit driven palate. Medium bodied, fairly high chewy tannins. Medium plus finish. Elegant Hunter wine.

RRP: $55

Tyrrell's Wines


Red cherry, herbal and white pepper driven. Elegant dry medium – palate. Cedar oak and maraschino cherry driven flavours. Medium acidity with a juicy cherry driven finish.

RRP: $100

Margan Wines

Pristine red fruits with black cherries. Dry medium bodied wine with firm tannins. Juicy well balanced palate.

RRP: $50

de Iuliis Wines


Redcurrant and blackberry aromas. Well balanced palate. Medium bodied, dry with medium tannic finish.

RRP: $80

Thomas Wines

Primary driven red cherry and redcurrant nose. Dry, medium bodied with vibrant acidity. Red cherry, redcurrants on the palate with a firm tannic finish. Well structured Hunter Shiraz.

RRP: $45

Heslop Wines

Blueberry driven wine supported by cedar oak. Soft, juicy wine on the palate. Round, well balanced tannins. But a overall Juicy primary fruit driven wine. Nice easy drinking shiraz.

RRP: $35

Lark Hill

Smoke oaky nose with a hint of burnt match. Lovely supple palate. Medium bodied, black cherry, liquorice. Medium finish.

RRP: $55

Margan Wines

Red cherries, and a hint reductive. Earthy with a touch of leather. Palate is medium bodied, dry with chalky tannins. Medium acidity. Well balanced palate, Medium finish. Complex and elegant wine.

RRP: $85

Ross Hill Wines

The nose is driven by primary red fruits. Red cherries, hint of sweet coconut new oak. Gentle palate, dry, medium bodied, sweet red fruit with medium tannins. Savoury cinnamon flavours on the finish.

RRP: $50

Helm Wines

New oak driven, earthy, medium bodied, dry, well balanced, elegant drinking. Blackberry and black cherry flavours on the palate. Medium length with a medium tannic finish. Ken Helm is an iconic, irrepressible winemaker and scientist in the District notching up over 45 vintages.

RRP: $90

Helm Wines

Earthy cedar oak nose with accompanying blackberry and cassis aromas. Well balanced, nice primary fruit. Medium bodied. Juicy blackberry and plum notes. Medium intensity and finish. Elegant.

RRP: $50

Hoosegg

Deep earthy, pencil shavings and perfumed pot pourri notes. Elegant measured palate. Dry sticky tannins producing a long savoury finish. 89% Merlot, 7% Cabernet and Shiraz.

Rating: Outstanding

RRP: $118

Hoosegg

Philip Shaw’s label. A legendary winemaker and the genius behind Rosemount wines.
Elegant wine showing a deft hand. Ripe redcurrant and cranberry nose. Well balanced gently primary red fruit, medium bodied, dry with a long finish.
42% Cabernet Sauvignon 24% Shiraz 17% Merlot and 7% Cabernet Franc.

RRP: $58

Tamburlaine Wines

Showing some pleasant bottle development. Leafy, herbal, blackcurrant aromas. Dry savoury palate. Acid and tannins drive the palate. Firm full bodied wine which expresses the variety.

RRP: $80

Lark Hill

Inviting cherries and earthy, cedar notes. Dry medium bodied, hints of mocha and blueberries. Fine dry light tannins with balanced acidity. Medium finish

RRP: $45

Mistletoe Winery

Lovely pale salmon colour. Hints of red cherry and bubblegum. Dry racy palate, nicely textured without being heavy. Fresh acid driven finish. Well made wine.

RRP: $24

Heslop Wines


Inviting pungent cherry red berry nose. Dry, medium acid, firm palate with more cherries on the palate, medium length. Attractive rose with some fleshy notes.

RRP: $30

Tyrrell's Wines

Traditional and classic Australian chardonnay. The nose displays butter, yeast and leesy vanilla notes. Elegant, well balanced palate with good levels of acidity and a long savoury finish. Accomplished winemaking.

RRP: $100

Ross Hill Wines

Vanilla new oak nose with leesy butter notes. Medium intensity on the palate, dry, medium bodied wine with soft acidity. Medium finish. Flavour of honey, butter and brioche.

RRP: $75

Tyrrell's Wines

Gently white peach and pear nose, hints confectionary mazipan and almond nuts. Dry, medium acidity, medium bodied, elegant palate with a medium finish

RRP: $100

de Iuliis Wines

Stoney, minerally nose with a touch of toast. Dry, good vibrant acidity that support the palate. Minerally and stony showing no sign of age yet. Chalk dry finish. A wine for the long haul. This wine has not been released yet (27/12/21) so price is a rough guide.

RRP: $45

Tyrrell's

Showing least development of the three single vineyard Tyrrell’s wines. Hints of talcum powder, with floral and lime aromas.
Juicy lime driven palate but still the least acidic of the three, more riper softer flavour, eminently quaffable.

RRP: $40

Tyrrell's Wines

Beginning its journey into tertiary development. Subtle hints of toast, wet wool and butter notes of medium – intensity. Tighter more refined elegant palate than HVD Semillon. Acid supports the wine until the lemon primary fruit finish kicks in. Overall better acid profile a hint leaner than HVD. Grown in the south of the region on sand with some clay.

RRP: $40

Margan Wines

Primary fruit driven with plum and black cherry aromas. Smooth, sweet front palate with cherry ripe, licorice and dark chocolate flavours. Medium bodied with noticeable acidity that is typical of this grape variety. Overall it is well balanced with soft tannins. Good example.

RRP: $40

Sidewood Estate

Nettle and green sugar snap pea aromas. Dry, medium bodied wine. Textured and creamy palate that shows a touch of lees stirring, this underpins an herbaceous edge. Medium finish. Well made wine.

RRP: $38

Coolangatta Estate

Showing some nice tertiary development. Toasty aromas with lanolin. Lovely vibrant palate displaying vibrant acidity. Medium bodied with a juicy lemon driven palate. Medium finish.

RRP: $40

Hahndorf Hill

Citrus, orange peel, wet stone and minerally aromas. Dry, rich, textured palate. Medium bodied with good middle palate acidity. Chalk minerally finish. Great example of this Austrian grape variety.

RRP: $30

Thomas Wines

Floral, blossom fragrant nose, with white peach and mandarins. Lovely balanced palate with high acidity but some riper fruit sitting underneath the lengthen the palate. Green apple flavours with acidity that supports the wine along its journey on the palate. Long finish. Classic Hunter Semillon

RRP: $35

Tyrrell's

Beginning its journey into tertiary development. Toast, wet wool and lanolin notes of medium intensity. Dry with zesty acidity that fades and softens on the back palate to a lemon slightly honey finish. Plantings from 1908 the wine is named after the old distillery.

RRP: $40

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