94 Points Wine Orbit –
A fabulous rendition of the variety, showing bright fruit characters of dark cherry and sweet plum with floral, olive and subtle anise notes on the nose. The palate is equally satisfying with succulent fruit intensity and lovely mid-palate weight, wonderfully supported by fine texture and silky tannins, leading to a lengthy supple finish. At its best: now to 2025.
92 Points James Halliday –
It’s labelled as South Australia, which is true enough, though more specifically comes from the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale. And I think some old vines in the Riverland, though the website offers conflicting information. Anyway, here’s the wine. The name is indeed, not misleading. Poached strawberries with fresh mint, some brown spice and musk perfume. It’s supple and juicy, soft powdery tannin, succulence and easy drinking appeal, not over done, and only really medium-bodied. It begins well, and ends well. It’s an easy wine to like.
Right across South Australia, the 2019 vintage will be remembered as a very challenging one. Very dry conditions persisted throughout the growing season while some areas also had to contend with frost, hail and wind – all of which reduced the crop but helped increase concentration and quality.