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Grove Estate The Cellar Block Shiraz Viognier

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Grove Estate The Cellar Block Shiraz Viognier

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Tyson Stelzer (2012 Vintage) says
Despite the difficulties of the wet 2012 season in Hilltops, this is one of my favourite vintages of Grove Estate, a wine of impressive persistence, fine-boned structure and exotic allure. An intricately peppery and spicy style of lifted violet perfume and a subtle hint of game, capturing the lively cool climate of the season and the finely gravelly structure of the region’s red granite soils. No surprise it’s made at Clonakilla.
Wine Taste Edition 125 2013
Rob Geddes MW (2011 Vintage) says
Forward in style with ripe sweet pungent black berry jam aromas with a floral edge and a lick of licorice in the back ground.Fuller and softer than Orange, Hilltops has a large quantity of accessible bold berry fruit a large volume of silky tannins, subtle florals on the long open flavoured palate finishes black berry, marmite and licorice and a great restaurant wine for drinking now as the flavours are peaking and tannins are ready now.
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Jeremy Oliver (2011 Vintage) says
Sweetly fruited and approachable, this slightly herbal blend has a musky bouquet of cassis, raspberries and apricots lifted by scents of violets. Its forward, juicy flavours of blackberries, apricots and red berries overlie a fine, pliant spine, finishing with pleasing longth of fruit but some faintly greenish edges.While it adds to its richness and fruit weight, the viognier is just a little self-evident in this wine.
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition 2014
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Light crimson-purple; a vibrantly spicy wine with a mix of red and black berry fruits on the medium-bodied palate that accelerate through to the long, savoury finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2013 2012
Nick Stock (2010 Vintage) says
This is a complex and meaty style that has plenty of swirling, viognier-fuelled, fragrant complexity going on. Lovely lift, really musky with an apricot edge, cedary oak and plenty of bright summer berries in the mix. The palate s bright and ripe, really quite rich, showing cassis and plum fruit, soft, sweeping tannins and a dark chocolate, cherry liqueur thread.
Good Wine Guide 2013
Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
A convincing, generous and juicy shiraz viognier with savoury, meaty and stalky complexity. It's scented with a dusty, briary bouquet of violets, red flowers, cassis, raspberries, blackberries and plums backed by fragrant, exotic spices and herbal, stalk-derived suggestions of snap pea. Deep, pastille-like flavours of dark berries and plums with dusty, herbal undertones integrate with cedary oak and fine, if slightly gritty tannins. It finishes with a faintly metallic and greenish edge, but should develop through this phase in time.
The Australian Wine Annual 2013 2012
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Highly aromatic and very attractive spiced blue and black fruit bouquet, accentuated by an elegant viognier lift; the palate is silky, medium-bodied and loaded with clearly defined fruit and powdery fine tannins; long, ample and quite succulent to conclude.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says
While it's slightly imperfectly ripened, with under and overripe influences, this spicy, floral Rhone blend does deliver a musky bouquet of violets, blackberries, dark plums and smoked meats, if indeed backed by a hint of herbaceousness and a faintly baked aspect. Supported by a firmish, powdery astringency, its dark-fruited, briary palate lacks genuine length of fruit sweetness, finishing with pruney, currant-like notes.
The Australian Wine Annual 2012
Rob Geddes MW (2009 Vintage) says
Our tasting back to 2004 showed they progressed in subtlety and detail as they got younger.A curious feature is that their aromas are very subdued and savoury and the fruit only leaps into action on the palate. 2009 showed appealing black berry dark plums and smoked meat aromas and regional briar earth spice back drop. The palate is ripe but not heavy silky medium body good fruit dimensions and silky tannin structure which has a lovely tannin and acid finish that makes the lively fruit morish.
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Nick Stock (2008 Vintage) says
Sporting some impressive, lifted, spicy
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
Rob Geddes MW (2008 Vintage) says
Nicely exotic briary ripe blackberries mineral savoury earth currant.On the palate ripe silky tannins and sweet fruit berry fruit, sustained flavor, fine tannins with a lick of mineral and pepper to finish a touch hot.
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Jeremy Oliver (2007 Vintage) says
A huge step forward for Grove Estate, although it might have been slightly bigger with a little less viognier. It's heady, floral and musky, with an assertive apricot-like impression that overlies nuances of dark plums, blackberries, blueberries and cranberries plus some artfully integrated sweet vanilla/cedary oak. Underpinned by a firm, chalky backbone smoothed out by its viognier presence, its luscious, confiture and jujube-like fruit overlies dusty nuances of dried herbs. Long, evenly ripened and balanced.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
Nick Stock (2007 Vintage) says
This fragrant shiraz viognier shows vision and insight in its making. Very complex fine spice and pepper aromas, some whole-bunch dark chocolate notes and dark cherry fruit. Savoury tannins back intense fruit presence, the palate's really focused and driven. Complex texture, dark minerals and meaty ferment characters; very young, dense and Cornas-like. Terrific.
Good Australian Wine Guide 2009 2008
Rob Geddes MW (2007 Vintage) says
Mineral quality while oak adds a note of vanilla aroma.Understated medium bodied palate lacks fruit and is drying and quite firm without flesh the tannins have an appealing mineral and earth savouty flavor but the tannins are grippy and dry and hard palate.
Rob Geddes MW
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Despite the skill of maker Tim Kirk, I'm not convinced about the wine, which, while having plenty of flavour, lacks the expected focus and line.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
Jeremy Oliver (2006 Vintage) says
Surprisingly firm and astringent, with wild, spicy aromas of sweet black and red berries, smoked meats, black pepper, cloves and cinnamon that reveal musky scents of animal hide. Medium to full in weight, it's smooth and supple, with a partially cooked and raisined expression of fruit framed by a slightly raw and metallic extract and a green-edged finish. Good winemaking with stressed fruit.
Australian Wine Annual 2009 2008
Rob Geddes MW (2006 Vintage) says
Subdued and savoury black berry dark plums and smoked meat aromas and regional briar earth spice back drop. subdued and savoury, not much distinction with a understated personality the same as prior this is seems less acid lower in fruit and drying out.
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Rob Geddes MW (2004 Vintage) says
Smells ripe and mature rich thick blackberry puree, meatstock and briar on the nose.The palate leaps into action with bright berry fruit nice ripeness and good dry tannins to finish the fruit lasts 20 seconds after spitting A freak.
Rob Geddes MW

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