Single Vineyard The Hill Shiraz 2011
Newcastle Herald, December 2013
This very fine 13.5 per cent-alcohol shiraz is inky purple and has briar and bouquet garni aromas. Vibrant cassis flavour zings on the front of the palate and mulberry, dark chocolate, spearmint and spice fruit characters meld with savoury oak on the3 middle palate. Flinty tannins feature at the finish.
Rating: 5 stars
Winepress, September 2012
I adore the texture of this vineyard, its chalky mineral finesse providing a grace and silky persona to beautifully primary fruit. There's great concentration of black plum and black cherry, nuanced with licorice and violets, lingering long and seamless.
Astandout of a great vintage.
Rating 95 points
Single Vineyard Ablington Shiraz 2010
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Wine Business Magazine, Hunter Heroes, January 2012
Unashamedly restrained and lighter bodied, clocking in at just 12.5% on the alcohol scale, but lacking nothing in fine-boned structure and red berry and red cherry fruit persistence.
Give it time to build.
Rating: 92 points
Single Vineyard Ablington Shiraz 2009
Wine Business Monthly, Wines of the Year 2011, Jan 2012
The Hunter's most captivating new star has produced a Shiraz of elegance, restraint and cool, textural finesse over a deep-set core of concentrated blackberries, coal, anise and black pepper.
Rating: 95 points
Newcastle Herald, June 2011
Smooth and multilayered, this red shows Damien Stevens and Jodie Belleville have a good handle on Hunter Shiraz. The wine is garnet hued and has candied cherry and bouquet garni scents. Ripe blood plum flavour shows on the front palate and Turkish delight chocolate, mint and cloves fruit flavours meld with restrained savoury oak on the middle palate.
Flinty tannins come through on the finish.
Rating: 4 stars
UK Decanter, May 2011
This seems rich and flavoursome at only 13.1% which just goes to show this variety can resemble the great ‘Hunter Burgundies’ of the previous millennia. With juicy stem and briar notes, H&H might seem like a new-wave, 'cool' wine, but it’s made to an age-old recipe.
Rating: 4 stars, 17 points
Like a shard of onyx, Ablington is chiselled and honed. Elegance, restraint and cool textural finesse meet a deep-set core of concentrated blackberries, coal, anise and black pepper.
The interplay is captivating, played out against a backdrop of ultra-fine, textural tannins.
A newcomer to hunt down.