JAMES HALLIDAY 2016 EDITION AUSTRALIAN WINE COMPANION

2012 The Marker Cabernet Shiraz – 96 Points

Outstanding + Special Value + Best of the Best by Variety

Standard vinification, matured for 16 months in French oak (40% new). Still has a vivid primary hue, and vivid cassis and blackberry fruits with exceptional energy, tension and drive; the great length of the palate and aftertaste is an inevitable reflection of the amazing fruit.

2014 The Marker Pinot Noir – 95 Points

Outstanding + Special Value

Hand-picked, crushed into small open fermenters for cold soak, then warm-fermented (peak 25 degrees Celsius), 9 month’s maturation in French oak (40% new). Vivid hue; a garden of red flower scents on the bouquet, the palate echoing the bouquet, although not all the buds are open; the way the wine finishes is a sure sign of what is around the corner; just a little patience required.

2013 Garten Cabernet Sauvignon – 94 Points

Outstanding + Special Value

Standard Rosenthal vinification/oak maturation (18 months French oak, 30% new). Impressive depth to its crimson-purple colour; blackcurrant, bay leaf, dark chocolate and a touch of plum march across the medium to full-bodied palate. An unbeatable proposition for cellaring.

2014 Richings Chardonnay – 94 Points

Outstanding

Hand-picked fruit chilled and whole bunch-pressed direct to French oak for wild-yeast ferment in a temperature-controlled room for slow fermentation, lees-stirred weekly until balanced, 9 month’s maturation. A super-elegant wine, still needing to build a little more flesh over the next year.

2014 The Marker Riesling – 94 Points

Outstanding + Special Value

Hand-picked, whole bunch-pressed, cold-fermented with natural yeast. Quartz-white; has the authority and drive that are the markers of the region, fruit and minerally acidity intertwined, lime and grapefruit at its heart.

2013 The Marker Shiraz – 93 Points

Highly Recommended

2013 Garten Merlot – 92 Points

Highly Recommended + Special Value

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