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  • Alkina Old Quarter GSM 2019

    £64.95

    “This 2019 Old Quarter GSM is fine and striking—the concentration of fruit is unmarred by oak, but has textural complexity and plushness in the mouth. The tannins in this wine are pliable, whippy and omnipresent, while bringing extreme pleasure and freshness to the wine. It has form and shape. Vitality. Purity. Finesse. Drink: 2022-2032. 95+ points”

    Erin Larkin, Wine Advocate (07/22)

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  • Alkina Polygon No. 1 Shiraz 2019

    £189.95

    “The 2019 Polygon 1 Shiraz is spicy, taut and mineral-driven. This has shape and slender form, with pepper spice and all the things, black tea, graphite, etc. There are also notes of lamb fat and cloves as well as dark chocolate, mulberries and licorice. It is savory and exotic and exciting. Although, it does take some getting used to because it is quite different from other Barossa Shirazes—it is pure and febrile rather than big and tannic. This was fermented in concrete and finished off in a custom 420-liter barrel. The fruit for this wine is from a tiny 0.4-hectare polygon and is part of the Old Quarter of the vineyard. The vineyard was split into four distinct parcels, and in three of those parcels, vines grow on heavily fractured micaceous schist. One small area of 0.097 hectares in the middle lacks this schist content and is excluded from the ferment. 46 cases made and 50 magnums. Drink: 2022-2032. 93 points”

    Erin Larkin, Wine Advocate (09/22)

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  • Alkina Polygon No. 5 Grenache 2019

    £189.95

    “The Polygon 5 is grown on a schist-dominant site, and the thread of tannin between the 2018 and 2019 shows a lineage of assertive, focused tannins. At no point, however, do they intrude on or impede the flow of the fruit. This 2019 Polygon 5 Grenache is supple, buoyant and spicy. It steps outside of the expected Grenache territory for the Barossa and treads a dangerously elegant and fine line. Thrilling. It has savory red fruits: salted redcurrants, pomegranate, raspberry. Wild. Layered. Earthy. Big, yes. Drink: 2022-2036. 96+ points”

    Erin Larkin, Wine Advocate (07/22)

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  • Alkina Spice Garden Shiraz 2020

    £69.95

    “This 2020 Spice Garden Shiraz, like the other premium Alkina Shirazes will certainly split the crowd. Some will be titillated by its purity and febrile nature. Others will pine for the density and volume that Barossa Shiraz can deliver. It’s important to know what you’re walking into before you do it. I’m in the former camp. This features succulent, chewy fruit grown on limestone (90% of the blend) and schist (10% of the blend); the neighboring clay-based Polygon was excluded as it was thought to overpower the detail in Polygons 10 and 11. This is exceptional. It is supple, pliable and exciting, with layers of exotic spice, layers of fat, clove, star anise, red licorice and mulberry. Balanced. It’s good for the Barossa, this wine. It shows the great thing about the Barossa that made it famous: concentration. But it does so in an elegant, medium-bodied way. The splay of firm Pinot-esque tannin through the finish is the highlight. 44 cases made. Drink: 2022-2037. 95 points”

    Erin Larkin, Wine Advocate (09/22)

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  • By Farr Chardonnay 2021

    £61.95

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  • By Farr Farrside Pinot Noir 2021

    £59.95

    “Gary Farr is something of a legend in his own time in the Australian wine scene. He made his name as the winemaker at Bannockburn Vineyards since its inception in the late 1970s, forging the distinctive Pinots that put this great property on the map. Meanwhile his passion for Burgundy drew him to that region where he racked-up no less than 13 vintages working at Domaine Dujac. For many years he eyed the property next to Bannockburn Vineyards before finally purchasing 90 acres of the neighboring farmland, though only a small proportion has yet been planted to vine. The “House Block” plantings of Shiraz, Viognier and Chardonnay began in 1994. Then isolating the most promising Pinot Noir sites, three single vineyard plots were planted on varying soil types: Sangreal (red loam / pink clay over limestone, planted in 1995 at the House Block), Farrside (black volcanic topsoil with a limestone base) and Tout Pres (2.5 acres on a variety of free draining soils with limestone in the profile). Tout Pres is the most densely planted at 8000 vines per hectare, hence the name. Rather predictably, it was not long before Farr decided to part ways with Bannockburn Vineyards. Rumors abound throughout Victoria as to what caused the ensuing rift; though I suspect that the major factor involved was no more salacious than Farr’s strong desire to do his own thing and the competition it created. 1999 was the first vintage of By Farr wines to be released. I was taken through the By Farr vineyards after harvest in 2011 by Gary Farr’s very talented son Nick who has joined him in the winery, assuming greater responsibility and making his own “Farr Rising” label (see separate review). There aren’t many wineries in Australia as pristine as By Farr. Everything is naturally made and hands-off in the winery, right down to the use of corks and non-filtration for the reds, with varying proportions of whole-bunch inclusions in the Pinots depending upon the vintage. These are very exciting wines that are well worth seeking out and should go from strength to strength as the vines continue to mature.”

    Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Wine Advocate (05/11)

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  • By Farr RP Pinot Noir 2018

    £71.95

    “Youthful nose, dark cherry and spice. Great energy and firm tannins, a nice whole-bunch smoky note. Wonderful gripping texture with such poise and acidity. Always a pleasure! Drink: 2021-2028. 17.5 points”

    Alistair Cooper, JancisRobinson.com (09/21)

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  • By Farr Sangreal Pinot Noir 2021

    £74.95

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  • By Farr Shiraz 2020

    £58.25

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  • By Farr Tout Pres Pinot Noir 2021

    £82.95

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  • By Farr Viognier 2021

    £65.95

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  • Cherubino Budworth Cabernet Sauvignon 2019

    £67.95

    “To suggest that Larry Cherubino makes a prodigious amount of wine would be both correct and a gentle understatement. However, he and his winemaking team (not to be overlooked or underestimated) are responsible for a huge number of very high quality wines, as are evidenced in this report. The Chardonnays are routinely made in a full-bodied, plush style, which is created by winemaking rather than later picking dates. The wines are enveloping, rich, balanced and opulent, in many cases, yet always classy.

    The Cabernets are often supported by a profusion of very high quality French oak. They offer cellaring propositions of the highest order, emphasized by Larry’s access to very high quality fruit and very high attention to detail in his vineyards.

    The wines included in this report are his Margaret River wines, but he also makes a collection of wines from the Great Southern. The “plus” signs in the scores here indicate that the wines will be better with time.”

    Erin Larkin, Wine Advocate (07/23)

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