“These wines have strength, intensity, and glorious grape tannins, which wind the palate together, almost like a double helix. The complex structure pulls you straight through.
On the nose they have a unique characteristic, which can’t be clearly identified, but can only be described as Koomilya.
They illustrate what I’m hoping modern McLaren Vale Shiraz will be, which harps back to a tradition of what it looked like in the 1960s, without all the artifice of winemaking.” – Steve Pannell
It’s never easy to describe the assault of aromas and flavours from the JC Block Shiraz, for me that’s the true indication of a great wine. One moment there is soil; red brick, ironstone and terracotta, the next, boysenberry and scarlet fruit and then moments of mahogany and split wood, Koomilya’s signature aromas and flavours.
The tannins gently coat and caress the palate, the fruit is juicy and comes in waves, forming layers as it goes and there is a deftness and lightness that always surprises and delights.
A gloriously complex perfume of lavender, thyme and spring herbs, followed by Upper Tintara’s signature aromas of iodine and seaweed. Bright red fruits soon kick in with a dusting of cocoa and rooibos tea.
The palate is lous and rambunctious, a hurly burly tumble of tannins that speak to the struggle in getting these vines right. There is a sanguine richness to the palate and a suggestion of tomato sauce and caramelised onion on a long finish. Deeply complex and satisfying.
First and foremost, dark fruits including cherry, loganberry and blackcurrant followed by red dust, dark caramel and creaming soda, reminiscent of coastal, country-roads and the Australian bush.
I love the weight and elegant tap dance of the tannins that are unmistakably DC. Texturally like chewing on pomegranate seeds followed by a finish that is voluptuous and velvety with an upright bearing. Regal.
Typical cassis and red currant to start then bramble and dry dirt road finishing with sumac, Za’atar, rose hip, cranberry and mahogany.
Perfectly ripe Cabernet with no herbaceous character. An open knit palate, generous and opulent without being over done. Fine tannins beautifully resolved that carry the finish well over the horizon.
The difficulty with truly great wine is describing it. The nuance and complexity seem almost out of grasp. JC is an assault of many aromas and flavours that sweep together in one fluid motion, bound in the Koomilya signature of split redwood and mahogany.
Silky tannins play across the back palate, soft yet powerful, enveloping and supple with deep spice and cassis flavours that surprise and delight.
Cool and aromatic, reminiscent of the Australian bush with blood plums, fresh prunes, citrus and fresh herbs
The most tannic wine I make. Pleasingly ripe, rich flavours filling all corners of the mouth with blue fruits and Eau de Vie. A finish of dusty earth and roasted meats.
Blackberry and bramble fill the room on removing the cap. There is nothing shy about the red wine aromas that smell unmistakably of Koomilya; freshly cut red wood, mahogany, iodine and liquorice.
Cool on entry with a nice flow of dark fruit to the back of the palate where tannins kick in, supple and supportive. The backbone of acidity keeps all in check. Mid weight and carefree speaking clearly of Upper Tintara Shiraz.
Creaming soda, blackberry, cocoa powder, dried herbs, rust and red dust.
Action packed with a backbone of acidity. A lesson in contradiction: complex yet light, elegant yet tannic, sweet fruit yet umami with a finish that offers a warm embrace.
Western red cedar, red currants, blackcurrant, mace, rhubarb and vanilla pods.
Medium-bodied, with a sweet-fruited, drying and persistent palate of musk sticks, Pekoe tea leaves, layers of red fruits, red clay tiles and pancetta.
A strangely and unexpectedly Italian style.
Violets, ripe plum, woody spice, black grapes, molasses and 70% dark chocolate. The dark aromas and colour lead you to believe the pallet will be heavy, but a surprise awaits.
Touriga’s typically savoury entry is followed by a gradual unfurling of dark fruits from the Mataro and Graciano. The tannins penetrate all corners but don’t dominate nor distract from the freshness of the fruit. The finish is intensely long and moreish.
Tasting Notes to come….
Blackberry, fruits of the forest, red toffee- apple, roast beetroot, smoky paprika & Dutch cocoa.
Red toffee apple and blackberry on entry followed by the earthier elements of cocoa and paprika finishing with Touriga’s signature fruit mince and plum pudding. There is a tension to the texture from a firm spine surrounded by generosity. The tannins ripple and repeat folding back on themselves.