Spring

Well the year is speeding up, buds are bursting and sap is flowing. The long pruning season is complete and Sam, our vineyard manager has the spray program well under way, as well as slashing and weeding with the assistance of Sam’s co-worker Chrissy.

The cover crops of peas and oats planted between the vine rows have just been slashed and will be turned back into the soil.

The Hut Rose and Chardonnay 2012 have just been bottled for release shortly and the 2012 Dalwhinnie wines are coming along very nicely in barrel.

Export is looking a little bighter with an exciting new distributor in China and the British market is looking stronger.

It’s a wonderful time to visit Dalwhinnie and the Pyrenees, hope to see you here soon.

David Jones.


David assessing wines at the European where our
30 Year Dalwhinnie Retrospective Tasting was held on the 10th October 2011

Don't miss out on next year's 'Seduction by Tastebuds' lunch with renowned Melbourne Chef Andrew Blake, from Blake's Feast. Saturday 24th August 2013

 

 

 

 

 

Langton’s Classification V

Once again Dalwhinnie has been recognized as one of Australia’s iconic producers with not one, but two of our wines classified in the just-released Langton’s Classification V.

Eagle obtained the classification of OUTSTANDING defined by Langton’s as “benchmark quality wines with a very strong market following”. The Moonambel Shiraz was classified EXCELLENT or “High-performing wines of exquisite quality”!

We are in excellent company, to see the full classification have a look at the attached PDF! Download PDF here.
 

Reviews

Dalwhinnie Cellar Door


99 Great Wine Experiences,
James Halliday’s Wine Companion Magazine
Oct/Nov 2012

“Few cellar doors quite capture – and elevate – the essence of a region quite like Dalwhinnie’s and the Pyrenees in Victoria. Step out of your car – the expansive view, the sculptured vineyard – and know instantly why this is a hallowed wine place. The wines on tasting at the cellar door underline the impression.”

Dalwhinnie Moonambel Chardonnay 2010


James Halliday Review
James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2013 Edition
“Light, bright green-straw; there is a precision and clarity about the wine that puts it in a class of its own, as its line spears through from the first sip to the aftertaste without any break whatsoever.”
Drink to 2018 Rating: 94

Huon Hooke Review
Huon Hooke.com
30 May 2012
“Very light yellow colour. Shy, restrained aroma of melon and nuts with some creamy, buttery, malo-like overtones. Very fine and intense in the mouth, racy and long, with line and refinement. Excellent full-bodied but subtle wine. Nectarine, white peach, underlying complexity; lovely finesse and length. Has a future ahead of it.”
Drink: 2012 – 2019 Rating: 95

Robert Parker Review
A Chardonnay Dry White Table wine from Pyrenees, Victoria, Australia
 
Review by Lisa Perrotti-Brown
Wine Advocate # 201 (Jun 2012)
Dalwhinnie’s 2010 Moonambel Chardonnay displays delicate white peach, under-ripe pineapple, grapefruit and citrus zest notes with hints of toast, cream and almonds. Medium-bodied, crisp and with great concentration on the palate, it finishes long and yeasty / creamy. Though approachable now, it’s built to age and should cellar to 2017+
Drink: 2012 – 2017 Rating: 92+

Dalwhinnie Moonambel Shiraz 2010


James Halliday Review
James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2013 Edition
“Typical deep crimson-purple; intense dark berry fruit aromas join with quality French oak on the bouquet, the svelte palate adding perfectly balanced and integrated tannins; top-class finish and aftertaste; purity and power.”
Drink to 2035 Rating: 96

Huon Hooke Review
Huon Hooke.com
29 April 2012
“Deep, dark red/purple colour. Shy, subdued bouquet, but the dark fruits are there and a Multiplicity of dry spices; deep and latent. Sumptuous, wonderful depth of flavour and weight, with a marvellous balance between primary fruit and savoury complexities. Very well structured wine, dense and rewarding, with profound flavour that builds and then lasts and lasts on the aftertaste. The tannins are really special, giving great structure and mouthfeel and supporting the flavour.”
Drink: 2012 – 2040 Rating: 96

Robert Parker Review
A Syrah Dry Red Table wine from Moonambel, Victoria, Australia

Review by Lisa Perrotti-Brown
Wine Advocate # 201 (Jun 2012)
Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2010 Moonambel Shiraz is scented of blackberries, creme de cassis, cedar and black pepper plus touches of dried herbs, violets and licorice. Medium to full-bodied with plenty of mouth-filling black berry and spice flavors, it has got a solid foundation of medium to firm grainy tannins and enlivening acidity, finishing long with some vanilla and cedar notes coming through. Drink this one now to 2020+.
Drink: 2012 – 2020 Rating: 94

Dalwhinnie Moonambel Cabernet 2010


James Halliday Review
James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2013 Edition
Classic Dalwhinnie style with abundant aromas, fruit on the fore-palate likewise; tightens up on the finish with tannin grip that will relax as the years go by.
Drink to 2030 Rating: 95

Huon Hooke Review
Huon Hooke.com
01 July 2012
“Deep red/purple colour. Vibrant, youthful cassis aromas with a strong veneer of toasted new oak. Very bright all round, in colour, aroma and flavour, with oak and fruit quite firmly asserted and needing time to fully integrate. Good flavours, coffee and mocha notes, gripping and tight in the mouth, but not green nor bitter. Very good. Cellarworthy.”
Drink: 2012 – 2035 Rating: 95

Robert Parker Review
A Cabernet Sauvignon Dry Red Table wine from Moonambel, Victoria, Australia

Review by Lisa Perrotti-Brown
Wine Advocate # 201 (Jun 2012)
Deep garnet-purple coloured, the 2010 Moonambel Cabernet Sauvignon offers a nose of cassis, wild blueberries, toasty oak and yeast extract with subtle suggestions of pencil lead and chocolate. Full-bodied with a nice backbone of medium to firm, grainy tannins and very crisp acidity, it has a long savoury finish. Delicious in this youthful stage, it should develop gracefully and drink to 2022+.
Drink: 2012 – 2022 Rating: 92+

10 X 20 Vineyards Victorian Tasting, Sydney/Brisbane
Fine Wine Club.com.au
August 2012
David Clarke, Sommeliers Australia
“Cabernet Sauvignon
– (18.5). 2010 Spectacular wine! Classic cabernet fruit showing mint and hints of red fruits. The structure is outstanding and the palate displays tremendous power, yet at the same time being tight and restrained. The balance is outstanding and the saying "iron fist in a velvet glove" comes to mind. Although the shiraz gets all the hype with this producer, this may well be the wine of the entire tasting.”

Dalwhinnie The Hut Shiraz 2010


Epicure, The Age
April 2011

“The Hut 2010 shiraz sports one of the coolest labels going—Austin Powers meets Mary Quant in orange, brown and blue triangles. The Hut is produced by the Pyrenees-based Dalwhinnie and yells its heritage from the glass with the heady scent of minty eucalyptus. There’s no mistaking this wine’s origin. Eucalyptus aside, the young shiraz is a dense purple. Solid and strong, the wine has a world of juicy, ripe blackberry fruit, spiced lums and PK gumlike chewiness. Drink young to preserve the juicy fruit.

Mike Bennie, Wine Business
Magazine WBM September 2011

Malty oak with vanilla undercurrants – oh, and some herbs and white pepper too. The palate is peppery and spearminty; shows freshness as black fruits trundle through neatly. Coiled and impressive ‘baby’ Dalwhinnie.
Rating:
92/100
 

Dalwhinnie Cabernet Moonambel 2009


Robert Parker
eRobertParker.com

Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2009 Moonambel Cabernet Sauvignon has pronounced notes of creme de cassis, blackberry preserves, eucalypt, allspice, vanilla and nutella on toast. Medium bodied, it has a generous amount of blackberry and black currant flavor, medium-high acid, a firm level of chewy tannins and a long minty finish. Still a little tight and angular, it needs another year or two in bottle and should drink best 2014 to 2020+. Dalwhinnie does not have a USA importer but exports to Canada, Russia, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore.
Rating:
92 Drink: 2014 - 2020
 

Dalwhinnie Moonambel Shiraz 2009


James Halliday
Australian Wine Companion 2012

Highly polished blueberry and blackberry fruit bouquet, showing well-integrated toasty oak, Asian allspice, game and vivid mineral complexity; the palate is finely layered with vibrant red fruits and crunchy acidity prominent, offset by silky fine-grained tannins and an engagingly long and harmonious conclusion; a little time will also be well rewarded.
Rating:
95 To: 2020
 

Dalwhinnie Moonambel Chardonnay 2008


James Halliday
Australian Wine Companion 2012

Deep in colour and showing a rich, toasty and developed bouquet of fig, straw, grapefruit and fennel; the palate is dense, unctuous and hedonistic; with quite simply more of everything working in complete harmony; a little old fashioned, but done very well indeed.
Rating:
94 To: 2014
 

Dalwhinnie Moonambel Shiraz 2008


James Halliday
Australian Wine Companion 2011
Jun 2010

“The recent vintages of Shirazes coming off this estate are seriously worth finding. Beginning with the very deep garnet-purple colored 2008 Moonambel Shiraz, there’s a moderate, muted intensity of ripe blackberry and blueberry aromas with a dash of anise and black pepper leading into savory game, marmite and toasted nut notes. The medium to full-bodied palate has crisp acid and a medium-high level of very fine tannins. This wine is tightly knit with that elusive combination of concentration and elegance, finishing long. Delicious now, give this wine another year or so to really open, and drink to 2020.”
Rating: 94 Drink: 2010 - 2020

Jeremy Oliver
“A huge return to form for Dalwhinnie. Beautifully ripe and vibrant, with layers of deliciously spicy fruit finely integrated with oak and tannin. Deep, ripe aromas of dark berry/plum fruit are backed by musky spices and fresh cedary, gamey notes. Long, smooth and succulent, with a seamless presence of juicy dark cherry/plum flavour tightly knit with vanilla oak, it finishes with persistent meaty undertones and a fine, lingering grip of dusty, astringent tannins.”
Rating: 18.7/95 Drink: 2016 - 2020+

Robert Parker
June 2010
The recent vintages of Shirazes coming off this estate are seriously worth finding. Beginning with the very deep garnet-purple colored 2008 Moonambel Shiraz, there’s a moderate, muted intensity of ripe blackberry and blueberry aromas with a dash of anise and black pepper leading into savory game, marmite and toasted nut notes. The medium to full-bodied palate has crisp acid and a medium-high level of very fine tannins. This wine is tightly knit with that elusive combination of concentration and elegance, finishing long. Delicious now, give this wine another year or so to really open, and drink to 2020. Dalwhinnie does not have a US importer but exports to Canada, Russia, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore.
Rating: 94 Drink: 2010 - 2020

Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/2011 Edition

“An exquisitely delicious red. We’re rating it below last year’s release for sheer quality, but in truth we prefer this as a drink. It’s just so well balanced, so silky smooth, so savoury and yet so sweet. It tastes of plums, coffee beans, Asian spices and woodsmoke. Trace elements of mint provide lift. It has beautiful but unobtrusive tannin and gorgeous input from oak. A wonderful Aussie red.”
Rating: 95 Points Drink: 2011 – 2020

Robert Geddes MW
Australian Wine Vintages 28th Edition (Gold Book)

“Very seductive scents of ripe blackberry with deep-set middle-palate fruit and fine tannins creating its seamless texture. Enormous, powerful fruit yet finishes dry and firm.”
Rating: 5 gold stars Drink: 2020
 

Dalwhinnie Moonambel Cabernet 2008


James Halliday
Australian Wine Companion 2011
June 2010

“The 2008 Moonambel Cabernet Sauvignon will be a real crowd pleaser. Very deep garnet-purple in color, it has fragrant aromas of freshly crushed black currant, blackberries with supporting notes of cloves, cigar boxes, dark chocolate and lamb fat plus a not unpleasant whiff of mint and bay leaf. The medium-bodied palate has moderate alcohol at around 13.5% yet is plenty ripe with great fruit concentration supported by crisp acid and a medium-high level of very fine tannins, finishing long. Give this wine another year or two to soften and marry on the palate and enjoy drinking through 2022+.”
Rating: 92 Drink: 2010 - 2022

Robert Parker
June 2010

The 2008 Moonambel Cabernet Sauvignon will be a real crowd pleaser. Very deep garnet-purple in color, it has fragrant aromas of freshly crushed black currant, blackberries with supporting notes of cloves, cigar boxes, dark chocolate and lamb fat plus a not unpleasant whiff of mint and bay leaf. The medium-bodied palate has moderate alcohol at around 13.5% yet is plenty ripe with great fruit concentration supported by crisp acid and a medium-high level of very fine tannins, finishing long. Give this wine another year or two to soften and marry on the palate and enjoy drinking through 2022+. Dalwhinnie does not have a US importer but exports to Canada, Russia, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore.
 

Dalwhinnie Southwest Rocks Shiraz 2008


Robert Parker
June 2010

From vines planted in 1995, the 2008 South West Rocks Shiraz gives a very deep garnet-purple color and an incredibly perfumed nose of red roses, ripe raspberry and milk chocolate with some espresso, Chinese five-spice and Szechuan pepper. The medium to full-bodied palate is crisp and concentrated with very silky, seductive tannins and a very long finish. Only 120 cases of each of these single Shirazes have been produced. Dalwhinnie does not have a US importer but exports to Canada, Russia, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore.
Rating: 95
 

Dalwhinnie The Pinnacle Shiraz 2008


Robert Parker
June 2010

The 2008 Pinnacle Shiraz comes from vines planted in 1997. Very deep garnet purple in color, it’s a little mute to begin producing pretty aromas of violets, black pepper, dark chocolate, black cherries and earth. Very crisp in the mouth, it has a medium-high level of very fine, velvety tannins and meaty, savory, spicy flavors coming through in layers. Full-bodied and rich, this wine has a very long finish. Drink 2012 to 2022+. Dalwhinnie does not have a US importer but exports to Canada, Russia, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore.
Rating: 95
 

Dalwhinnie Moonambel Shiraz 2007


Robert Parker
June 2010

Equally good is the 2007 Moonambel Shiraz revealing a deep garnet color and very spicy / peppery aromas plus a nice undercurrent of hung meat and ripe blackberry. The palate is intense very crisp and taut with a medium-high level of fine, chewy tannins, finishing very long. Enjoy now and drink through 2020+. Lastly, there’s a couple of amazing single vineyard Shiraz upcoming releases. David Jones informed me that these two wines are made in more of a Burgundian method with a high proportion of lees used in the maturation and about 40% new oak. Dalwhinnie does not have a US importer but exports to Canada, Russia, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore.
Rating: 94 Drink: 2010-2020

James Halliday TOP 100
The Weekend Australian Magazine
Nov 14-15 2009

The 28th vintage of this wine, which owner and ,vinemaker David Jones believes to be the best to date, and I won't argile about that. Brilliant crimson colour; a marvellous combination of elegance and intensity, the rippling red and black fruit flavours supported by silky tannins and oak; extreme length and great balance.
From: Pyrenees, Vic
Drink: to 2020 with braised oxtail 97 Points, 13.5% alc

James Halliday TOP 100
The Weekend Australian Magazine
Nov 14-15 2009

The 28th vintage of this wine, which owner and ,vinemaker David Jones believes to be the best to date, and I won't argile about that. Brilliant crimson colour; a marvellous combination of elegance and intensity, the rippling red and black fruit flavours supported by silky tannins and oak; extreme length and great balance.
From:
Pyrenees, Vic
Drink:
to 2020 with braised oxtail 97 Points, 13.5% alc

THE BIG RED WINE BOOK 2009/10
Campbell Mattinson and Gary Walsh
“The Dalwhinnie shiraz vineyard is one of Australia’s great wine treasures. It has hit top form here. As good as perfect. Here’s that rare beast: it has smoothness, length of flavour, layers to its personality and deliciousness to boot. It has the tannin to age long-term, the balance to make it drink terrifically at any stage of its life and the class to make it stand out. Aged beef, thanks.” Drink: 2010 – 2020. 97 points

Wine Business Monthly 100 (May 2009)
“This is a great expression of Dalwhinnie Shiraz which transcends the drought season in this elegant, structured wine, honed down to a streamlined shape. It's tightly structured palate has fresh acidity and sinewy tannins to tie together its black cherry, plum pudding and mixed spice fruit.” 94 points
 

Dalwhinnie ‘Eagle Series’ Shiraz 2005


JAMES HALLIDAY
Australian Wine Companion 2011
June 2010

“Still pristine and fresh, with more of everything providing plenty of stuffing; redcurrant, blackberry, sage and a touch of mint are all evident; the texture appears to be the key, with all of the elements working together harmoniously; still oaky, but with plenty of time ahead to enjoy witnessing its evolution.”
Rating: 94 Drink: 2010 – 2020
 

Dalwhinnie ‘Eagle Series’ Shiraz 2004


Wine Business Monthly 100 (May 2009)
“This is an exceedingly graceful Eagle which is set to soar in a decade’s time. It’s remarkably complex, with lifted lavender freshness, charcuterie, roast game, oregano, roasted tomato and hints of smokehouse complexity. With sensational length and line, it brings flashbacks to the greatest vintages on the hill of Hermitage.” 96 points

Uncorked Ralph Kyte-Powell ‘Epicure’
The Age Tuesday 26 May 2009
“This flagship from an outstanding Pyrenees maker is a deeply coloured, very concentrated wine that, like most Dalwhinnie reds, doesn’t show regional eucalypt character. Instead light mintiness edges, aromas of juicy mixed berries, spice, blueberry and deep, beef-stocky richness. Trimmed in restrained oak, it is deeply flavoured with lovely texture and balanced ripe tannins.” Ageing - Drink over 10 years. Food ideas: Rare roast beef.
5 stars... $$
 

Dalwhinnie Moonambel Chardonnay 2007


Robert Parker
June 2010

The 2007 Moonambel Chardonnay is the first year under screw cap for this wine. This vintage has an incredibly intense nose beginning with pineapple paste, guava and ginger leading into struck matchstick and fresh oats with hints of fennel and coriander seed. The palate is very crisp with good concentration and a long finish. A little tight but approachable now, it should give pleasure through 2018. Dalwhinnie does not have a US importer but exports to Canada, Russia, China, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore.
Rating: 92 Drink: 2010-2018
 

Dalwhinnie Moonambel Chardonnay 2006


Tyson Stelzer, Wine Business Magazine
“This is a phenomenal Chardonnay, even by Dalwhinnie’s standards. It’s restrained and compact and at the same time very powerful but in no way luscious or alcoholic. Instead, it’s all about minerality and complexity, with an almond meal suppleness. A wine to contemplate for hours. 95 points”
 

Dalwhinnie Moonambel Shiraz 2006


Campbell Mattinson 'The Wine Front'
“My kind of wine. Lovely mix of ripe elegant flavour and smart oak, the perfume and style of it both delicious and enchanting. This is a wine distinguished by its complex, elongated, integrated tannin, by its fresh acidity, by its easy length of flavour. It tastes of spice, cherries, plums and musk, and after decanting it for an hour or so, a bottle of this disappeared in a flash. Drink: 2008 - 2020. 94 points”
 

Dalwhinnie Moonambel Cabernet 2006


“It's an elegant cabernet but there's enough substance to keep all-comers happy. It is a high quality wine. It tastes of pencils, currants, chocolate and eucalypt, and its balance between fruit flavour and complex tannin is impeccable. Musky oak drifts through the aftertaste - this is a medium-weight, well structured cabernet of inherent class. Drink: 2012 - 2017. 93 points”


 

Coming Events

August 2014 – Saturday 23rd August 2014
'The Dalwhinnie Long Lunch' Lunch to be held at Dalwhinnie featuring renowned chef Brigitte Hafner from Gertrude Street Enoteca.

Bookings: T – 03 54672388 or sales@dalwhinnie.com.au


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The harvest is now complete with the last couple of tonnes of Shiraz picked on the 10th May. This means the vintage of 2011 is the latest on record. Over the last six weeks we have picked around 70 tonnes of grapes and what was picked looks very good at this early stage. We picked about 1.5 tonnes of Viognier first up which will be used as a blending option for The Hut Shiraz which I am excited about. The Chardonnay 2011 looks very exciting at this early stage as do both the Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. We are due to start pruning early June and will keep you informed of what’s happening in the vineyard and winery.

David Jones
Vigneron