Tasting Notes from James Halliday Australian Wine companion.
2002 SOLSTICE SHIRAZ 94 Points
"Deep colour; a complex, rich, mouthfilling array of black fruits, spice and licorice; very good texture and structure; quality French oak. Drink up to 2017.”
2003 SOLSTICE SHIRAZ CABERNET 95 Points
"The power of cabernet takes the wine into yet another dimension, with cassis and blackcurrant joining the fray; retains grace and has lovely length and finish". Drink up to 2015."
2003 SOLSTICE SHIRAZ VIOGNIER 94 Points
"Medium to full bodied; an epitome of the synergy between shiraz and Viognier; a round and velvety mix of red and black fruit and that Viognier lift". Drink up to 2013.
2003 SOLSTICE SHIRAZ 94 Points
"Medium bodied; an utterly different aromatic profile to that of the Shiraz Viognier; spicier, earthier, with more licorice and blackberry ; fine, long palate". Drink up to 2015”
2003 SOLSTICE VIOGNIER 91 Points
" Bright straw-green; very interesting wine which has absorbed 18 months barrel maturation, and in doing so cuts the edge off what can be a confronting variety, remarkably fresh"
2004 SOLSTICE SHIRAZ 94 Points
"As expected, no less firm than the Shiraz Viognier; excellent texture, structure and balance in a medium-to full bodied frame; restrained oak, quality savoury tannins and very good length" Drink up to 2018.
2004 SOLSTICE SHIRAZ VIOGNIER 94 Points
" Very complex, paradoxically with more grip and structure than often encountered with Shiraz Viognier notwithstanding the very high [ 10% ] Viognier component; black fruits, spice and licorice; fine, savoury tannins". Drink up to 2017
2005 SOLSTICE SHIRAZ 93 Points
" Retains good hue, fragrant spice pepper , plum and black cherry fruit on the bouquet and pallet, good mouthfeel and balance" Drink 2020
2005 SOLSTICE SHIRAZ VIOGNIER 94 Points
" Very good colour, has much more energy and intensity than the 06, with spicy black fruit and licorice lifting on the long finish and aftertaste" Drink 2020
2006 SOLSTICE VIOGNIER 90 Points
" Has sunstantially more going for it than most , there is strong varietal character in a stone fruit spectrum and pallet richness, the twitch of heat on the finish has no real expanation" Drink 2012
2006 SOLSTICE SHIRAZ VIOGNIER 90 Points
" Neither the colour nor the flavours shows the normal intensity or lift of Viognier, very different to the 04 and 05 vintages, seems the 10% addition was simply too high" Drink 2013
2006 SOLSTICE SHIRAZ 95 Points
" Great hue and clarity , a spotlessly clean gently spicy/peppery bouquet leads into a zesty/spicy palate with energy and thrust to its array of black friuts, excellent line and length" Drink 2018
2007 SOLSTICE SHIRAZ VIOGNIER 95 Points
" Curiously, less vibrant colour than the shiraz; fermented on 10% viognier skins and aged for 20 months in French oak; the bouquet is certainly fragrant and the medium-bodied palate is juicy and supple, with spicy fruit and a long finish. Drink up to 2015.
2007 SOLSTICE SHIRAZ 94 Points
" Deep colour; has spicy savoury/peppery black fruit aromas and flavours; the medium-to to full-bodied palate has very good length, tannins and oak both adding to the overall package. Drink up to 2017.
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