2019 Hamill Shiraz
Colour: Dark purple hue.
Bouquet: Perfumed aromatics of Campari, infused with notes of lifted orange citrus.
Palate: Medium bodied with bright fleshy red fruits. Hints of cherry and plum are apparent in the front palate. Whole bunch spice
creates complexity through the mid-palate and finishes with chewy chocolate tannins
Cellaring: Great to drink as a young wine with food, but will soften and gain complexity for ten years or more.
Pairing: Good Sunday roast
Vintage: 2019 was a warm, dry growing season which meant the vines ripened quickly and crops were lower than average. Sufficient water supply ensured the grapevines remained in good health and some February rain gave the vines a well-deserved drink and freshened them up before they were harvested.
Region: Great Western, Victoria
Grape Variety: Shiraz
Winemaker: Justin Purser
Halliday 2022 Wine Companion, Jeni Port
Comes fully formed into the world, combining black/blueberry fruits, sweet spice, baked earth and wood smoke. Warms on the palates, with a depth of fruit intensity and light savouriness. Tasted soon after bottling and already looking a winner. Drink to 2034. Rating: 94 points
The Real Review, Huon Hooke
Deepish red/purple colour, with a first aroma of white pepper, a trademark of shiraz grown in a cool-climate or cool-site. There are floral and dried herb notes, too, and the wine has great elegance and lightness of touch. The tannins are present but fine and harmonious, the wine medium to full-weighted and long, with finesse rather than heft. A lovely style. Drink now to 2034. Rating: 93 points
Clive Hartley – Winestate Magazine June, 2022
Complex nose with deep mocha chocolate aromas laced with smoked meats and a hint of cigar smoke. Full bodied and rich on the palate with primary blackberry fruits, cedar oak and dark chocolate. Well balanced with a find dry slightly tannin finish. This is the inaugural release of Hamill Shiraz which is made from the ‘best performing blocks’ of their Sugarloaf Creek Vineyard. A delicious Shiraz which can be drunk now or aged for a decade. Rating: Highly Recommended
Rob Geddes – The Gold Book June, 2022
An impressive debut from this established shiraz hero. Here is a wine that speaks of its origins, the land and soil in the vineyard and less about the hand of the maker or the cooperage. Sweet fruit and sweet oak, blackberry, confectionary, and stalky spice, but no raisined fruit notes. What you can smell is what you get. It’s medium bodied ripe blackberry fruits, fresh hints of whole bunch pepper and brown spices in the middle and has fine tannins to build out the length of flavours framed all the way through by the whole bunch tannins. Drink now to 2031. Rating: 95 points
James Suckling – October 2022
Deep yet transparent nose of plum, candied orange and wet earth. At once fleshy and elegant on
the very focused palate, which has a wonderful delicacy. Long refined finish. From the Sugarloaf
Creek Vineyard. Drink or hold. Rating: 95 points
See below video review of the 2019 Hamill Shiraz by Rob Geddes, Master of Wine and author of the The Gold Book