EDITORIAL: This year was the third year where new assessments were introduced, encompassing not only the wines to be assessed but also oenologists, producers and wine producing regions, that will be later on included in a world ranking which can be used by those who intend to buy or distribute a product tested by the best-qualified technicians in the world
Conte Estate Reserve Over The Hill Shiraz 2009 – Nothing over the hill about this wine other than the name on its label. 132 year old vines deliver the fruit, quality fruit, deep dark robust substantial complex fruit – ink staining big but yet drinking very well with a seamlessness and lineality that just rewards at all levels. Having said that it’s only a baby still with a good 10 years under its belt. About $50.
EDITORIAL: 94 Points James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2013
Produced from vines planted in 1880, said to be the oldest in McLaren Vale, a claim others may challenge, but no matter ? the vines are seriously old, and the wine is very good, awash with dark fruits, fine tannins and well-integrated French oak. May well outlive its cork.