Huon Hooke (huonhooke.com)
89 Points - Deepish red/purple colour, with a subdued but attractive nose of jubey red fruits and subtle spices. The wine is soft and fruity, straightforward and bright but not that complex, with a little juiciness and alcohol warmth. It's light to medium-bodied and sweetly juicy. 19/2/2019
Drink 2019 to 2029
89 Points - A blend of two vineyards from the northern Barossa. A little more time in the glass reveals its true personality.
Some good fruit characteristics are shown but the back palate drops off quicker than expected.
Raspberries and strawberries headline the red fruits aided by scents of purple flowers. A faint bacon-like aroma puts out its hand late but after a couple of days of tasting it's gone. Milk chocolatey feels in the mouth with mulberries coming into contention. It's silky with delicious spices to close. It will grow on you.
Drink now to five years. 18/02/2019
2017 Winemaker's Selection Grenache
Huon Hooke (huonhooke.com)
89 Points - Bright, light to medium purple colour, the aroma sweetly cherry, plummy and fragrant. It’s sweet and slightly mawkish in the mouth, a little on the syrupy side, with seemingly high alcohol and certainly high ripeness - without loss of freshness, though. The texture is soft and sleek, slurpable and gentle, finishing with some alcohol warmth. 12/10/2017
Drink 2017 to 2027
2019 Wine Companion (Campbell Mattinson)
92 Points - From old vines in the northern Barossa, hand-picked and sorted, destemmed, fermented in a single 685l ceramic egg before spending 90 days on skins, matured for a further 6 months in the egg, 75 dozen made. Light, clear crimson-magenta; fresh and lively, with twin cords of juicy red fruits and savoury/earthy fine-grained tannins. I think it's at its best now or soonish, although its balance will keep it in good stead for some years yet.
Drink by: 2021
93 Points - Hot off the press comes this 2017 release. Owner Brett Hayes' wife only drinks Pinot. Grenache is cheekily known as Barossa Pinot and winemaker Andrew Seppelt has smashed the brief to get the boss's wife drinking the stuff. If you don't rip into a few glasses of this, something just ain't right.
Handpicked and hand sorted, destemmed and wild yeast fermented in a 685L ceramic egg before spending 90 days on skins. Skins removed, saw another 6 weeks on in the egg maturing before bottling.
Super attractive Grenache. I reckon I could dive into that egg with pike. Scents of dried red flowers, violets, baking type spices - pretty evocative aromas really.
Bright red fruit leads the way. A sheet of savoury feels and spice is draped across the mouth. Soft and fine, this sits long and devilishly moreish.
Drink now to five years. 12/10/2017
2016 Barossa Valley Grenache
93 Points - And thank you very much... What a delicious Grenache! I could be absolutely selfish and drink the whole lot myself. And I may just do that - self-control can be a tough thing when wines like this come through the door which are so delicious and approachable.
Owner Brett Hayes personally dropped off a few samples recently. We chewed the fat on a range of topics too. It seems like things have barely got moving in his new full-time venture here - watch this space.
The fruit for this Grenache comes from a biodynamic vineyard in Greenock. 100% bush vine, 16 days on skins before 10 months in old French oak.
The simple tasting note looks like this: berry fruits, some fruit sweetness, a touch of spice and medium bodied with the delish factor cranked up to 15.
Delve deeper and there's plenty of intrigue despite its sheer pleasure...
Red flowers, juicy berry basket and raspberries - it's youthful exuberance is captivating. The more I swirl the glass aromas of violets and hint of orange peel reveal themselves. Super soft tannins roll through the mouth almost care-free. Those ripe berry fruits keep knocking on the door but not to be confused with jubey and jammy Grenache seen from time to time. So moreish and delicious.
A terrific wine and super buying.
Drink now to eight years. 7/7/2017