Nick Butler – Pinot Noir 2018, 93 points
A pinot noir with plenty of colour – dark cherry. It’s an intense nose of raspberry liqueur, licorice, toasty oak and a tease of bunch spice. Ripe and imposing in its youth, it has rare flavour intensity that suggests it has a very long life ahead of it. A long finish with tannic grip further affirming its capacity to age. Drink 2021–2035.
Nick Butler – Shiraz 2018, 96 points
A sensational, lustrous purple when poured – loads of energy from its dark core to its cherry red edges.
Instantly a classy and overtly regional nose – dark cherries; red plums; cinnamon, cloves; even blackberries. It’s loaded with charm. I could swirl this for days. The spice and berries of Orange – ripe, without straying into a larger, sweeter fruit spectrum. A delightful first sip – delicate and true to its elevated, distinctly cool origins – it builds to the mid palate with width and concentration – blackberries and cranberries – the finish tapers to fresh, crunchy red and black berry acidity. The pedigree of this wine defined by its minerally, chalky tannins. I’ve not seen this in any other Orange Shiraz. Would confound the finest of palates in a line up of Rhone wines. Brilliant.
James Halliday, Wine Companion – Shiraz 2016, 95 points
Hand picked, open fermented with 10% whole bunches, nearly two years in French Oak (25% new). There’s more than enough spicy/peppery and blackberry/cherry fruit aromas and flavours to fill the senses before you come to the finish and burst of New Year’s Eve fireworks on the log, lingering aftertaste. Striking. ALC 14%, Drink by 2036.
Huon Hooke, Nick Butler, Chardonnay 2017, 94 points.
Deep yellow colour suggests barrel ferment. Almond meal, roasted cashews – savoury aromas, with vanilla slice and caramel rounding out the theme. Peaches on the front-palate taper very quickly to a sustained, grapefruit and lemon pith back-palate. It’s complex, winemaking bells and whistles evident. Air is very kind to it, suggesting further time in the bottle will be rewarded.
Halliday Cellaring Selections Chardonnay 2017, 93 points. Top 100 wines to cellar.
James Haliday, Wine Companion – Shiraz 2016, 95 points (word for word review on Matts Insta account)
Halliday Wine Companion – ‘A winery to love for Orange’
James Halliday, Wine Companion – Shiraz 2015, 95 points
20+yo vines from single vineyard at 830m, hand picked, crushed/destemmed with some whole berries and 15% whole bunches, open-fermented, used French Oak for 24 months. This is an utterly delicious cool-grown shiraz with a warm vinous heart that ticks all the boxes. Its luscious, yet not OTT, with an elegant framework for its red and black cherryfruit provided by superfine tannins and the time in barrel., ALC 14%, Drink by 2035
James Halliday, Wine Companion – Chardonnay 2015, 92 points
A complex wine showing the 20 months in barrel and 12 months in bottle. The French oak is obvious on the bouquet, but pulled back by the white peach, melon and fig flavours of the palate. Mlf has also played its part, and all in all, this is a wine to enjoy now or soonish.’ ALC 12.8%, drink by: 2022
NSW Wine Show – Chardonnay 2015, Bronze