Wine Reviews

Bishop Merlot 2013

85% Merlot, 7% Malbec, 5% Cabernet Franc and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 13 months in approx. 35% new French oak. Very dark, deep, near impenetrable black-red colour with youthful purple hues. This has a full and densely packed nose of ripe black berry and black plum aromas along with Asian spices, and toasty, bacon-like oak notes. Full-bodied, the flavours of sweetly ripe black berries and plums fill the mouth. The fruit is melded with layers of blue fruits, spices, and toasty oak that unfold in waves, enriching the fruit. The mouthfeel is soft and fleshy, with good tannin structure and fresh acidity in support, providing texture, vitality and line. The flavours carry through to a long and concentrated finish of spiced plums and toasty oak. This is a rich, fleshy, hearty and ripe, plummy and toasty flavoured Merlot with good structure.

Raymond Chan,

Barrel Fermented Chardonnay

Bright straw-yellow colour, lighter on rim. The nose is elegantly concentrated with subtly restrained aromas of yellow stonefruits and citrus fruits, with nutty, vanillin lifted oak notes, the bouquet building in depth. Medium-full bodied, clean and clear fruit flavours of white and yellow stonefruits show delicate nutty and flinty lees flavours. The mouthfeel is gently creamy with soft, balanced acidity in support. This has good underlying power, with a fine phenolic thread guiding the palate to a lightly textured finish with long citrus and nutty notes. This is a stylish Chardonnay with restrained fruit and barrel-ferment flavours and subtle nutty interest. Match with most white meat dishes over the next 4-5+ years. Fruit selectively hand-picked, WBP, and full barrel-fermented to 14.0% alc., the wine aged 9 months in 33% new French oak with approx. 25% MLF and given 4 months batonnage

Raymond Chan,

Temptation Malbec 2009

Fresh, juicy red with ripe plum, red berries and hints of spice. Deliciously easy to drink with sweet fruit supported by fruity acidity rather than tannins. 85/100

Bob Campbell (Master of Wine) ,

Prophet Cabernet Blend 2013

Full, deep, black-hued ruby-red with purple hues on rim. The nose is soft and harmoniously melded with aromas of ripe black and redcurrants, dark red plums, dark herbs and spicy oak. The aromatics are integrated and exude good ripeness. Medium-full bodied, the flavours of ripe blackcurrants, red berry fruits and plums are elegantly presented. The mouthfeel is smooth with integrated, fine-grained and supple tannins and discreet background acidity. The flavours flow effortlessly with a fine guiding line, unfolding herb and cedary oak nuances, leading to a gentle, smooth, grainy finish. This is a smooth, supple, blackcurrant and plummy fruited Cabernet blend with integrated and balanced oak. Serve with roast lamb and beef, and with semi-hard cheeses over the next 4-5 years. 51% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Cabernet Franc, 15% Malbec and 9% Merlot, fermented to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 13 months in approx. 30% new French oak.

Bob Campbell (Master of Wine) June 2011,