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James Halliday’s 2015 Wine Companion

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Evans & Tate is pleased to announce some terrific reviews in the 2015 Australian Wine Companion.

James Halliday’s annual publication is one of the most influential and respected wine resources in the world, and the release of each year’s edition is an event closely watched by the wine community.

As well as excellent reviews for wines across many of the ranges, Evans & Tate were again recognised as a “5 Red Star Winery”, the highest rating bestowed by the publication.




2011 Redbrook Cabernet Sauvignon: 95 Points

Wonderfully bright crimson; the bouquet is equally attractive and varietally expressive, a theme that continues through the palate and into the finish; cassis fruit has a subtext of leaf, black olive and earth that adds to, rather than detracts from, the wine. Has the elegance to carry it for many years to come.


2011 Redbrook Shiraz: 95 Points

Deep, bright colour; finesse and elegance are stamped all over the wine, but in no way compromising the intensity, focus and length of the red and black cherry fruit; oak and tannins are precisely measured, the finish long and complete.


Evans & Tate - Redbrook


2012 Cellar Door Pemberton Chardonnay: 95 Points

Colour, aroma, weight of flavour and length. All are in excellent condition. Straw-green, peach and toast with subtle spent match, powerful peach, grapefruit and toast and then some tangy razzle dazzle through the finish. Overt quality.


2013 Cellar Door Frankland River Riesling: 95 Points

A flowery, blossom-filled bouquet leads into the delicate and detailed palate of a great Riesling at the dawn of its life, and by the circumstances of its birth will age superbly – if you can possibly keep your hands off it for a minimum of 3 years, you will be richly rewarded.


2012 Cellar Door Porongurup Pinot Noir: 94 Points

One swallow doesn’t make a summer but two in a row sets an impression. The ’11 was excellent and this proves it was no fluke. Deep, dark and tannic but with a clear sense of varietal integrity. Undergrowth, black cherry and dried spice, complemented by lively acidity and chalky tannin. As good for the cellar as it is to drink now.


2012 Cellar Door Margaret River Malbec: 91 Points

Full-bodied and seductively smooth, but the fruit lacks energy/life. Powerful punches of tar, blackberry, liquorice root and creamy oak. Tannin flexes through the finish. Robust red.


Evans & Tate - Metricup Road


2013 Metricup Road Chardonnay: 93 Points

Pale straw-green; a particularly intense and lively wine, with great drive to the zesty fruit, the flavours of pink grapefruit and white nectarine subtly enhanced by controlled barrel ferment notes.


2012 Metricup Road Semillon Sauvignon Blanc: 93 Points

Still as fresh as the day it was bottled; Evans & Tate has decided that the quality and intensity of the fruit is such that even partial barrel fermentation is not needed. I agree with that proposition, Semillon providing both the framework and minerally acidity that respectively cradle the gently tropical fruit flavours. Not a wine that needs to be deconstructed, simply taken at face value and enjoyed for what it is.


2012 Metricup Cabernet Merlot: 93 points

Good colour; an authoritative bouquet of blackcurrant, redcurrant and cedar translates into a firm, linear wine with crystal clear fruit spanning the two varieties; the wine is medium-bodied, long and balanced in the mouth, its fruits neatly trimmed by pronounced tannins and notes of earth and black olive on the finish.


2011 Metricup Road Shiraz: 91 Points

Healthy, full colour; shiraz continues to build on its reputation in Margaret River, with its evenly balanced mix of red and black fruits, intensity and length seemingly readily achieved in medium-bodied wines such as this; oak, too, plays a role, albeit a minor one.


Matt Byrne


2012 Classic Cabernet Merlot: 92 Points

A pre-fermentation cold soak and 14 months maturation in French oak have resulted in a generous, medium to full-bodied palate, richly endowed with blackcurrant and redcurrant fruit, bolstered by cedary oak and well-honed tannins. A wine for drinking now or in 10 years, offering excellent value.


2013 Classic Semillon Sauvignon Blanc: 92 Points

It is possible to miss the intensity of this wine on the first taste, but not the second. It’s Margaret River’s secret blend business, never failing to produce wines of authority and complexity, ample tropical fruits picked up and swept along the palate to the finish and aftertaste by citrussy/grassy Semillon.


2012 Classic Shiraz: 90 points

Soft, easy-going red. Puts a tick cleanly in a number of boxes. Bright berried flavour, a general juiciness, good fruit/acid balance and enough persistence to keep most drinkers satisfied. In short: it tastes unforced.


2013 Breathing Space Sauvignon Blanc: 90 points

In a word, yes. Brimful of tropical fruit and cut grass flavours. Crisp and clean through the finish but intense and impressive through the palate. Keen value.




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