Reviews

Langton's Classification VI

Once again Dalwhinnie has been recognised as one of Australia's iconic producers with not one, but two of our wines classified in the recently released Langton's Classification VI (May 2014).

The Dalwhinnie Eagle Shiraz obtained the classification of OUTSTANDING defined by Langton's as " Australian wines of outstanding quality and provenance. Wines that comprise the essence of the Australian ultra-fine wine scene. These classic wines represent the pinnacle of genre or evoke an enduring standard; wines that demonstrate individual winemaking philosophy, single-vineyard expression, old-vine heritage, regional classicism and house-style".

The Dalwhinnie Moonambel Shiraz obtained the classification EXCELLENT defined by Langton's as "high performing wines of exquisite quality. Many have a long-standing reputation for consistency, integrity and longevity."

 

 

Dalwhinnie Moonambel Chardonnay 2011

James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition

"David Jones has long been the leader of chardonnay in the Pyrenees, and this rendition is full of energy and life; the bouquet reveals lemon pith, smokey oak and struck quartz; the palate is racy and taut, with the acidity and mineral personality working seamlessly."

95 points      Drink to 2022

 

Dalwhinnie Moonambel Chardonnay 2010

James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2013 Edition

"Light, bright green-straw; there is a precision and clarity about the wine that puts it in a class of its own, as its line spears through from the first sip to the aftertaste without any break whatsoever."

94 points     Drink to 2018

 

Huon Hooke.com     30 May 2012

"Very light yellow colour. Shy, restrained aroma of melon and nuts with some creamy, buttery, malo-like overtones. Very fine and intense in the mouth, racy and long, with line and refinement. Excellent full-bodied but subtle wine. Nectarine, white peach, underlying complexity; lovely finesse and length. Has a future ahead of it."

95 points     Drink 2012 - 2019

 

Robert Parker Wine Advocate # 201 (June 2012)  by Lisa Perrotti-Brown 

"Dalwhinnie's 2010 Moonambel Chardonnay displays delicate white peach, under-ripe pineapple, grapefruit and citrus zest notes with hints of toast, cream and almonds. Medium bodied, crisp and with great concentration on the palate, it finishes long and yeasty/creamy. Though approachable now, it's built to age and should cellar to 2017+"

92+ points     Drink 2012 - 2017

 

Dalwhinnie Moonambel Chardonnay 2008

James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2012 Edition

"Deep in colour and showing a rich, toasty and developed bouquet of fig, straw, grapefruit and fennel; the palate is dense, unctuous and hedonistic; with quite simply more of everything working in complete harmony; a little old fashioned, but done very well indeed."

94 points     Drink to 2014

 

Dalwhinnie Moonambel Chardonnay 2007

Robert Parker Wine Advocate   June 2010

"The 2007 Moonambel Chardonnay is the first year under screw cap for this wine. This vintage has an incredibly intense nose beginning with pineapple paste, guava and ginger leading into struck matchstick and fresh oats with hints of fennel and coriander seed. The palate is very crisp with good concentration and a long finish. A little tight but approachable now, it should give pleasure through 2018."

92 points     Drink 2010 - 2018

 

Dalwhinnie Moonambel Chardonnay 2006

Tyson Stelzer  Wine Business Magazine

"This is a phenomenal Chardonnay, even by Dalwhinnie's standards. It's restrained and compact and at the same time very powerful but in no way luscious or alcoholic. Instead, it's all about minerality and complexity, with an almond meal suppleness. A wine to contemplate for hours."

95 points

 

Dalwhinnie Moonambel Shiraz 2010

James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2013 Edition

"Typical deep crimson-purple; intense dark berry fruit aromas join with quality French oak on the bouquet, the svelte palate adding perfectly balanced and integrated tannins; top class finish and aftertaste; purity and power."

96 points     Drink to 2035

Huon Hooke.com     29 April 2012

"Deep, dark red/purple colour. Shy, subdued bouquet, but the dark fruits are there and a multiplicity of dry spices; deep and latent. Sumptuous, wonderful depth of flavour and weight, with a  marvellous balance between primary suit and savoury complexities. Very well structured wine, dense and rewarding, with profound flavour that builds and then lasts and lasts on the aftertaste. The tannins are really special, giving great structure and mouthfeel and supporting the flavour."

96 points      Drink 2012 - 2040

Robert Parker Wine Advocate  # 201 (June 2012) by Lisa Perrotti-Brown

"Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2010 Moonambel Shiraz is scented of blackberries, creme de cassis, cedar and black pepper plus touches of dried herbs, violets and liquorice. Medium to full-bodied with plenty of mouth-filling black berry and spice flavours, it has got a solid foundation of medium to firm grainy tannins and enlivening acidity, finishing long with some vanilla and cedar notes coming through. Drink this one now to 2020+."

94 points     Drink  2012 - 2020

 

Dalwhinnie Moonambel Shiraz 2009

James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2012 Edition

"Highly polished blueberry and blackberry fruit bouquet, showing well- integrated toasty oak. Asian allspice, game and vivid mineral complexity; the palate is finely layered with vibrant red fruits and crunchy acidity prominent, offset by silky fine-grained tannins and an engagingly long and harmonious conclusion; a little time will also be well rewarded.

95 points      Drink to 2020

Robert Parker Wine Advocate #195 (Jun 2011)  Lisa Perrotti-Brown

"Deep garnet-purple coloured, the 2009 Moonambel Shiraz offers intense aromas of warm blackberries, black cherry preserves and blueberries over baking spices, aniseed and a whiff of red roses.  Medium bodied with a tight-knit structure of firm, fine-grained tannins and high acid, it offers a generous amount of spicy dark berry fruit in the mouth with a long finish.  Approachable now, it should open considerably with another 2-3 years in bottle and drink best from 2014-2020+."

94+ points    Drink  2014 - 2020+

 

Dalwhinnie Moonambel Shiraz 2008

Robert Parker Wine Advocate  (June 2010)

"The recent vintages of Shirazes coming off this estate are seriously worth finding. Beginning with the very deep garnet-purple coloured 2008 Moonambel Shiraz, there's a moderate, muted intensity of ripe blackberry and blueberry aromas with a dash of anise and black pepper leading into savoury game, marmite and toasted nut notes. The medium to full-bodied palate has crisp acid and a medium-high level of very fine tannins. This wine is tightly knit with that elusive combination of concentration and elegance, finishing long. Delicious now, give this wine another year or so to really open, and drink to 2020."

94 points     Drink  2010 - 2020

 

The Big Red Wine Book 2010/2011 Edition    Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh

"An exquisitely delicious red. We're rating it below last year's release for sheer quality, but in truth we prefer this as a drink. It's just so well balanced , so silky smooth, so savoury and yet so sweet. It tastes of plums, coffee beans, Asian spices and woodsmoke. Trace elements of mint provide lift. It has beautiful but unobtrusive tannin and gorgeous input from oak. A wonderful Aussie red."

95 points     Drink  2011 - 2020

 

Dalwhinnie Moonambel Shiraz 2007

James Halliday TOP 100  The Weekend Australian Magazine  Nov 14-15 2009

"The 28th vintage of this wine, which owner and winemaker David Jones believes to be the best to date, and I won't argue about that. Brilliant crimson colour; a marvellous combination of elegance and intensity, the rippling red and black fruit flavours supported by silky tannins and oak; extreme length and great balance."

97 points    Drink to 2020

The Big Red Wine Book 2009/2010 Edition    Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh 

"The Dalwhinnie shiraz vineyard is one of Australia's great wine treasures. It has hit top form here. As good as perfect. Here's that rare beast:  it has smoothness, length of flavour, layers to its personality and deliciousness to boot. It has the tannin to age long-term, the balance to make it drink terrifically at any stage of its life and the class to make it stand out. Aged beef, thanks."

97 points     Drink  2010 - 2020

 

Dalwhinnie Moonambel Shiraz 2006

The Wine Front    Campbell Mattinson

"My kind of wine. Lovely mix of ripe elegant flavour and smart oak, the perfume and style of it both delicious and enchanting. This is a wine distinguished by its complex, elongated, integrated tannin, by its fresh acidity, by its easy length of flavour. It tastes of spice, cherries, plums and musk, and after decanting it for an hour or so, a bottle of this disappeared in a flash."

94 points     Drink  2008 - 2020

 

Dalwhinnie Moonambel Cabernet 2010

James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2013 Edition

"Classic Dalwhinnie style with abundant aromas, fruit on the fore-palate likewise; tightens up on the finish with tannin grip that will relax as the years go by."

95 points     Drink to 2030

Huon Hooke.com   July 2012

"Deep red/purple colour. Vibrant, youthful cassis aromas with a strong veneer of toasted new oak. Very bright all round, in colour, aroma and flavour, with oak and fruit quite firmly asserted and needing time to fully integrate. Good flavours, coffee and mocha notes, gripping and tight int he mouth, but not green nor bitter. Very good. Cellarworthy."

95 points    Drink  2012 - 2035

Robert Parker Wine Advocate # 201  (June 2012)  by Lisa Perroti-Brown

"Deep garnet-purple coloured, the 2010 Moonambel Cabernet Sauvignon offers a nose of cassis, wild blueberries, toasty oak and yeast extract with subtle suggestions of pencil lead and chocolate. Full-bodied with a nice backbone of medium to firm, grainy tannins and very crisp acidity, it has a long savoury finish. Delicious in this youthful stage, it should develop gracefully and drink to 2022+.

92+ points     Drink  2012 - 2022

 

Dalwhinnie Moonambel Cabernet 2009

Robert Parker Wine Advocate

"Deep garnet-purple, the 2009 Moonambel Cabernet Sauvignon has pronounced notes of creme de cassis, blackberry preserves, eucalyptus, allspice, vanilla and nutella on toast. Medium bodied, it has a generous amount of blackberry and black currant flavour, medium high acid, a firm level of chewy tannins and a long minty finish. Still a little tight and angular, it needs another year or two in bottle and should drink best 2014 to 2020+.

92 points       Drink 2014 - 2022

 

Dalwhinnie Moonambel Cabernet 2008

James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2011 Edition

"The 2008 Moonambel Cabernet Sauvignon will be a real crowd pleaser. Very deep garnet-purple in colour, it has fragrant aromas of freshly crushed black currant, blackberries with supporting notes of cloves, cigar boxes, dark chocolate and lamb fat plus a not unpleasant whiff of mint and bay leaf. The medium-bodied palate has moderate alcohol at around 13.5% yet is plenty ripe with great fruit concentration supported by crisp acid and a medium-high level of very fine tannins, finishing long.  Give this wine another year or two to soften and marry on the palate and enjoy drinking through 2022+".

92 points     Drink 2010 - 2022

 

Dalwhinnie The Eagle Shiraz 2010

James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition

" Deep crimson-purple hue; aromas of black and blue fruits, Asian spices and ironstone are evident on the bouquet; The palate is medium-bodied and restrained with fine-grained tannins a feature of the long graphite-laden finish."

94 points     Drink to 2022

 

Dalwhinnie The Eagle Shiraz 2005

"stuffing; redcurrant, blackberry, sage and a touch of mint are all evident; the texture appears to be the key, with all of the elements working together harmoniously; still oaky, but with plenty of time ahead to enjoy witnessing its evolution."

94 points     Drink 2010 - 2020

 

Dalwhinnie The Eagle Shiraz 2004

Wine Business Monthly 100 (May 2009)

"This is an exceedingly graceful Eagle which is set to soar in a decade's time.  It's remarkably complex, with lifted lavender freshness, charcuterie, roast game, oregano, roasted tomato and hints of smokehouse complexity.  With sensational length and line, it brings flashbacks to the greatest vintages on the hill of Hermitage."

96 points

 

 

Dalwhinnie Southwest Rocks Shiraz 2010

James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2013 Edition

"Crimson-purple; black fruits abound on the bouquet and palate, intertwined with spice, pepper and fine tannins; the overall mouthfeel is exceptionally good, emphasising  the medium-bodied, elegant nature of the wine."

96 points       Drink to 2030

Wine Advocate #201 (June 2012)   Lisa Perotti-Brown

 "Deep garnet-purple coloured, the 2010 Southwest Rocks Shiraz has an intense, complex nose of ripe black cherries, black raspberries and roses with underlying hints of toast, nuts, baking spices and smoked meat.  Light to medium-bodied with amazing intensity and tension in the mouth, it has a medium to firm level of grainy tannins, very crisp acid and a long finish. Made for the long haul, consider holding onto it for a year or two and drink 2014 to 2024+."

95 points

 

Dalwhinnie The Pinnacle 2010

Wine Advocate #201 (Jun 2012)   Lisa Perotti-Brown

"Very deep purple-black coloured, the 2010 The Pinnacle Shiraz has aromas of creme de cassis, violets, bruchetta, yeast extract and roasted nuts with whiffs of mocha, menthol, potpourri, aniseed and cloves.  Medium to full-bodied and packed with taut, muscular black berry and savoury flavour layers, it has a firm structure of grainy tannins and lively acid, finishing very long."

97 points  

James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2013 Edition

"Slightly deeper colour than Southwest Rocks, with a touch more purple; plum joins the blackberry fruit, and the multifaceted palate is medium - to - full-bodied, with balanced, but substantial, tannins.  Here power is the key, although it doesn't threaten the balance of the wine.  While the two wines are significantly different in style, they can't be separated in terms of quality."

96 points     Drink to 2040

 

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