Reviews

Polperro

Polperro Pinot Noir, Mornington Peninsula, VIC

2015 

94 POINTS - Qwine

"I feel a bit stylish and fancy as I sip away at this. Smart Pinot indeed. Whilst it presents with a little more masculine grunt than a few other Pinots, there's a his and hers delivery about it which appeals the most. Classy sophistication and sleek presentation comes with depth and complexity. Dark berry and strawberry aromas. Forrest floor characters and supported by more fruit in the form of dark plum skins. A spicy edge finishes with a chalky/powdery like tannin. Classy stuff."

93 POINTS - Mike Bennie , WBM

"Arguably one of the producers to watch from Mornington Peninsula at present, Polperro has delighted drinkers over past vintages with cooler, more restrained Pinot Noir, and continues the theme in 2015. This is lithe in texture and weight, hewn from grapey, chalky tannins, bold in cherry and spice perfume. Super."

2013

VIC100 Wine Awards, 2015

Polperro 'Landividdy Lane' Pinot Noir, Mornington Peninsula, VIC

2014

94 POINTS - Huon Hooke

"Full red colour with a strong tint of purple; vanilla, chocolate, plummy aromas, ripe and warm-grown. Discreet vegetal, whole-bunchy and minty notes. The wine is full-bodied and rich, generously flavoured and solidly structured. Good wine and it has potential. Lots of character."

2012

94 POINTS - Huon Hooke
 

"Medium to light red colour with a purple rim. The bouquet is rich and ripe, with plum and dark cherry notes, the palate rich and full and smooth, with ample soft tannins and lovely texture. This is a real contrast to the Mill Hill bottling, the richer, fuller, fleshier style reflecting the warmer site, 100-metres lower in altitude. It's generous, fruit-sweet, but still restrained and very elegant. The style would probably be understood better by most pinot drinkers than the Mill Hill. Like that wine, it expands superbly on the finish and has a very long aftertaste."

 
95 POINTS - Andrew Graham, Oz Wine Review
 
"This is perhaps the most generous of Sam's Pinots, with that delicious Mornington red fruit and redcurrant juiciness on nose and palate that is ultra seductive. For all that flashiness, however, this is no show pony, with firm acid and a back end is serious indeed, the tannins quite full and ensuring a seriously long finish.The very model of a Mornington Pinot, without losing structure, this is a mighty fine wine. Detailed too. Big yes."
 
VIC100 Wine Awards, 2014

2011

"Moody kind of bouquet with red cherry, briar, game characters rolling around. A savoury intro before it hits the palate. More grunt and density than expected, chewy, dusty tannins trim the wine, red fruit flavours set to more animale than fruitiness and a long, chalky finish. It’s the kind of wine destined for a huge glass and big swirls, super drinkable, but a quiet complexity too. Light on through the finish, but the scene was set for that. Delicious."

"Light red colour with purple tinges. Dark and red fruit aromas, spicy and stemmy, a sweeter nose than the Mill Hill and more ample palate, softer and rounder, too (it's from a warmer site), but still a light-bodied pinot. Ripe tannins and clean finish. More structure than the Mill Hill. A very attractive wine, with good length and balance. Don't judge pinot by its colour!" 

2010

95 POINTS - Ray Jordan , The West Australian August 2012

"Great fruity purity, which comes from the sheltered site. It’s juicy and supple, reflecting the warmer climes. Lovely texture and mouthfeel, excellent structure and richness. It has a minerally character, but the bigger middle palate tends to dominate."

Clive Hartley, author of The Australian Wine Guide "Highly Recommended"

“Focused red fruits - redcurrants - with well integrated savoury oak. Fruit driven palate showing all the attributes of a sheltered, warmer vineyard site. Firm yet smooth with velvet tannins, well knitted together.  Attractive, well-made pinot from Sam Coverdale.”

2009

92 POINTS - Nick Stock, The Age Good Wine Guide 2012 

“This fresh and ripe Mornington Peninsula pinot shows a wealth of the ripe dark-cherry fruit that defines this region’s offering; there’s a thread of leafy, sappy aromas too. It looks really bright and there’s inherent complexity that will unfold with more time. The palate has an engaging mix of ripeness and freshness: red- and purple- cherry flavours, some crunchy acid and a neat, juicy finish.”

Polperro 'Mill Hill' Pinot Noir, Mornington Peninsula, VIC

 2014

★★★★★  95 POINTS- Huon Hooke, Gourmet Traveller Wine Top 100 Wines  

"Excellent deep red-purple hue and a rich, foresty bouquet with lavish oak and black cherry to dark plum fruit aromas. The palate is rich and full, soft and broad, showing more character the longer it was aired. It will age well. A top pinot." 

★★★★  92 POINTS- Rob Geddes, The Gold Book 

"Very good colour leads a fruit complex wine; aromas of rose, raspberry with a balanced toasty oak adding to the overall richness and complexity. The palate is well built, nice fruit weight, fruit wrapped in stemmy tannin structure and length, raw red fruit flavours, fresh raspberry and red cherry with toasty oak adding a dimension to the finish. Needs food.   

2013

93 POINTS- Mike Bennie, Wine Front 

"What’s this red cherry, rose petal, leather, undergrowth, dried herbs thing going on? Nebbiolo via pinot noir? Gosh. It’s all about savouriness and briar to taste too – firm, slender ropes of tannin, brisk acidity, a clench of texture, fruit comes second through the breathy finish. Certainly wild and wooly, but has a charisma that drags you back to the glass. Intriguing wine."

91 POINTS - Huon Hooke

 "The colour is forward, medium to full red to brick-red and the bouquet is slightly muffled and indistinct, with a slight volatile lift. It is a forward, complex style, which has had some whole-bunch fermentation, and the palate is sinewy and intense, refined and slightly nervy, thanks to the subtle VA (volatile acidity), which is not a problem for me. A finer-boned, more ethereal style."

2012

Max Allen 

"The wine stopped me dead in my sips. I’d already tasted 50 Australian pinot noirs that morning. But this pinot 
I now had in my mouth was different: so deliciously unlike anything else I’d tried. There were plenty of fragrant red berries, as you’d expect in many Aussie pinots, but also a thrilling, sinuous line of tannin running along the tongue."

92 POINTS - Huon Hooke

"Light tile-red colour, with a faint trace of purple. The bouquet is very complex in a foresty style, with lots of spice and some herby, sousbois notes. In the mouth, it's lean and nervy, tight and intense and very long, with an aftertaste that expands and lingers for a long time. The tannin is persuasive and firm adding very good structure to the fruit. It's an ethereal, delicate, almost sinewy style of pinot and would be very good with the right foods, eg, tuna, beef carpaccio, or veal scalloppine."

2011

"Pale ruby due to a long 7 week maceration post alcohol. Aromas are subliminal oak and floral red fruit with strawberry, red cherry pinot. Lands juicy and generous mid palate, light framed, but filled the palate with a structured fine grained tannin finish that adds length and flavour. For lovers of delicate burgandian styles, not the full and fleshy. A pinot made by a guy who loves chardonnay. 

"Pale coloured wine in glass. Earthy, savoury aromas, touch of meatiness and red fruited charm rises to the fore. Red cherry, touch of cranberry piquancy. There’s a riff of tomato bush leafiness in bouquet and flavour too. Vintage vagaries, ey? Expansive in texture, but acid trims the wine to a pointed finish. It feels a bit muted, but conversely it’s mellow, fleshy and seductive in its looser-knit feel. Touch of crunchiness through the finish too. It’s compelling, in it’s own way. It’s worth a look for sure."

92 POINTS - Huon Hooke

"Very light red/brick-red colour. This is 2011 Victorian pinot without colour enhancement! The bouquet is smoky, spicy and savoury developed red fruit aromas. Lots of charcuterie and delicatessen smells. Some vestiges of cherry and faded flowers. Light-bodied but deeper and fuller than the Even Keel bottling, with good tannins which are very fine and soft. A very attractive wine, and don't worry about the pale colour. Quite long finish, too. Needs lighter foods."

2010

94 POINTS - Tyson Stelzer February 2013 

"Sam Coverdale’s first premium pinot captures the linear focus and cooler expression of Mornington that comes from the lofty position of its highest vineyard. It’s an attractively textural style that harmonises perfumed elegance with well-textured structure. Powerful red fruits and rose hip fragrance are supported by tangy acidity and fine, supple tannins."

Elie Maalouly, Spit Bucket, posted May 2012

“This is a gentle pinot noir, one that you can enjoy with friends without having to concentrate too much on it, you’re only reminded that it’s there when it pokes at you with subtle and gentle fruits every other second, very Burgundian in style. The wine offers fresh strawberry, cherry and mushroom, ending with a long cherry finish. Lots of acid here and one that will do with a bit of aging. I enjoyed this wine and again bagged two bottles, but if you like big pinots this may not be your cup of tea as it’s elegant and light.”

Polperro Chardonnay, Mornington Peninsula, VIC

2015

 92 POINTS - Mike Bennie

"Rich, mellow lemon butter and lemon curd scents, sniffs of ripe apple, light custard sniff, some nougat. Generous bouquet segues to creamy-textured, full flavoured, light buttery palate. It gives good flavour, is set on crunchy acidity, so you kind of get best both of both worlds. It’s good drinking"

 92 POINTS - Wine Genius

"The 2015 Chardonnay is delicious, showing lifted aromas of Lemon zest, apple and custard with a soft but generous mouth feel.  There are nuances of minerals and spice on the palate blended nicely with the fruits on display.  The acid line of the wine is long and clean so the flavours seem to linger in your mouth for ages."

2014

 90 POINTS - Huon Hooke 

"Medium to full yellow colour; the bouquet overt and rich, with developed apricot flavours and aromas. The palate is rich and slightly viscous, but the bright acidity cuts through it all. Some smoky, toasted nut nuances. Good drive and length."

Polperro 'Mill Hill' Chardonnay, Mornington Peninsula,VIC

 2013 

Max Allen- The Australian 

"Outstanding, with exquisite purity and clarity of yellow and white nectarine fruit."

2012 

94 POINTS - James Halliday

"A radically different style to Even Keel, with obvious barrel ferment inputs and what may, or may not be, a contribution from mlf. The texture is more fleshy, the flavours in the white peach/nectarine spectrum, allied with some creamy cashew nuances."

2011

95 POINTS - James Halliday

It's an ill wind... while the vintage caused much heartache for pinot noir, it produced wonderfully fragrant and poised chardonnays. These have great length and precision to the fruit flavours of the palate, paying little heed to the French oak in which they were matured. And this wine precisely demonstrates all those attributes.

92 POINTS - Huon Hooke

"From a very high vineyard at 270-metres. 24-months on lees in barrel and then tank; 40% new French oak) Full buttercup yellow hue, and a very rich and complex bouquet reflecting its barrel fermentation with wild yeasts and full malolactic. There's generous roast hazelnut and malt, butter and stone fruit chardonnay aromas, peanuty brittle also. It all translates well to the palate where it's full in the mouth, but without any heaviness, with the finish rolling on and on. A quite funky and 'out-there' style of chardonnay."

2010

94 POINTS - Rob Geddes, The Golden Book 

"Classic burgundian aromas with savoury solids, wild doughy yeast, full malo in an elegant mineral Puligny Montrachet style. The palate is refined, intensity long, mixes savoury and lemon mineral stone fruit and fine acid depth with great length and unfolding on the finish with a long tail of flavour that lingers well after swallowing. Rinds and pith style rather than fruit and pulp." 

95 POINTS - Tyson Stelzer  February 2013

"Taut lemon zest and crunchy white peach meet lifted lemon blossom and spicy fig, pulling into a long, honed tail of lemon zest acidity. The texture is akin to finely ground glass, perhaps because the vines have reached the quartz below?"

95 POINTS - James Halliday, The Australian Wine Companion 2013

“Brilliant straw-green; a long and intense palate, with white peach and grapefruit flavours; the acid balance is immaculate, leaving the mouth fresh and thirsting for the next mouthful.”

95 POINTS - Ray Jordan, The West Australian August 2012

 "This is fine and intense, with a deep and lingering mineral line which runs the depth of the wine to a long finish. So well integrated, with a crunchiness of lemon rind and acid that creates such a great mouthfeel and complexity. Delicate, yet with power and length. "

Clive Hartley, author of The Australian Wine Guide - "Outstanding"

“Mineral, gun smoke driven nose with saline, slatey notes. Lovely textured palate with crisp natural acidity (even after receiving 100% MLF). Well balanced with restrained oak and more mineral flavours. Medium plus length. This is produced from an extremely cool climate, high site on the Peninsula and shows great terroir.”

Polperro Mornington Peninsula Pinot Gris, Mornington Peninsula, VIC

2015 

★★★★★  92 POINTS-Rob Geddes, The Gold Book 

"Very aromatic for a gris with florals, pears herbal, botanicals and a wild yeast note. The palate balances the lush obviousness of gris texture with some restraint, fresh pear spectrum fruits, long flavours firming palate with solid texture, winemaking really understands the variety. Mid way between gris and grigio with freshness and appealing weight."

★★★★★  95 POINTS-Gourmet Traveller Wine Top 100 Wines  

"A serious gris, perhaps showing its oak a little strongly at this stage, but the complexity and depth are unarguable. Intense, rich aromas and flavours of nutty barrel-ferment coupled with tropical fruit notes. Concentrated and powerful."

Gary Walsh- The Wine Front 

"Powerful version of Pinot Gris, that would suit fanciers of rich Chardonnay. Flowers, tangerine, pear and butter the main flavours. It’s medium to full bodied, slick and glycerol in texture with a good cut of tangerine acidity, a savoury side of nuts sizzled in butter, and a robust, floral and spicy finish, again drizzled in butter."

Andrew Graham- Oz Wine Review 

“Blindingly good, a nod to how much more interesting Mornington Gris is than, say, bloody Sauvignon Blanc. Rich, varietal, textural, ‘Oregon’s best’ style Gris, with weight and, you guessed it acidity.”

2014

92 POINTS-Rob Geddes, The Gold Book 

"Plenty of aroma with varietal pears and extra oomph, lychee apricot exotic lucious purfume. The front palate of lucious botrytis adds a pleasing fresh and cooked pear fruit complexity nicely handled fruit weight the flavours run off the reservation on the finish into exotic funky sooty, blue cheese, old oak leather notes looking like Alsace gris this vintage"

2012

Huon Hooke, ★★★★ ½

#1 of 16 Pinot Gris tasted from Mornington Peninsula.

"Light yellow colour and a spicy, ripe gris bouquet with lots of secondary characters from wild barrel fermentation in old wood and full malolactic. Dominant nutty aromas with hints of malt, toast and spices. The palate is rich and fruit-sweet, full and soft, rounded and pillowy, but also fresh and lively thanks to its delicious acidity. Very long carry. A really top-class gris. (only 80 to 100-dozen made each year) "

2012

Ben Thomas, The Weekly Review Melbourne, ★★★★ ½

“Complex and bright aromas of pear, spice, citrus blossom and smoky oak are replicated on a vibrant, zippy palate. The structure is great, with a smooth texture and a line of mineral-flavoured acid that fans out as it crosses the tongue. There’s good intensity and length to the finish of fresh-cut pear and lemon juice.”

93 POINTS - Ray Jordan , The West Australian August 2012

"Distinctive pinot gris from a single, small vineyard at the highest point on the Peninsula. Stone fruit, without being flabby. This had full malolactic fermentation with whole-bunch pressing, before wild yeast ferment in oak. Great palate, with so much fruit and texture showing a long savoury finish."

Elie Maalouly, Spit Bucket, posted May 2012

“I haven’t been a big fan of many Australian pinot gris, however when I tasted this one, I was pleasantly surprised. On the nose: nuts, nougat, white flower, lemon/mandarin. On the palate: an entry of pear and apple with a hint of ripe mandarin. Really like this wine, liked it so much that I ordered two bottles right there.”

2010 

92 POINTS - Nick Stock, The Age Good Wine Guide 2012

“A nice ripe Mornington Peninsula pinot gris that has all the trademark pears and apples, with pear candy and a gentle creamy element too. The palate’s supple and soft, showing some citrus too. With solid texture and balance, this is certainly sitting well in the regional mix.” 

Even Keel

Even Keel Pinot Gris, Mornington Peninsula,VIC

2016

 93 POINTS- Winsor Dobbin, Wine of the week

"Winemaker Sam Coverdale is producing some excellent Mornington Peninsula wines under both the Polperro and Even Keel labels. While this is labelled as gris, rather than grigio, I found the 2015 Polperro release much more in the gris spectrum than this younger wine, which has an appealing vibrancy and freshness with a crisp acid finish in the Italian grigio style. Wild yeast ferment, malo and barrel ageing add complexity but the bright natural acid and ripe pear and zingy citrus zest notes make this extremely refreshing. Well worth."

93 POINTS- QWines

"It's almost as though this Pinot Gris reflects Sam's persona - generous, creative and welcoming.I could just smell this and feel content. A faint touch of nutmeg wafts by as does under ripe pear and a sliver of lemon peel. There's creamy appeal too. Delivery is plentiful - some citrus flecks, more cream and pear fruit plus a gentle ginger spice holding it together. I just want to drink it."

2015

★★★★  93 POINTS-Gourmet Traveller Wine Top 100 Wines  

"This has a bright yellow hue and a rich, nutty, spicy aroma which suggest some barrel fermentation, while the palate has more depth and presence than most Aussie gris. Lovely texture and drinkability. From Polperro winemaker Sam Coverdale."

Even Keel Riesling, Canberra District, ACT

2013

91 POINTS - Mike Bennie

"I am looking to clear apple green, looking for a bit of fruit weight, but still conscious of alcohol levels, finding a fine line, natural acidity but some body in the wines. I want the wines to tell the story of the vineyard, looking for transparency of the variety, not too much fiddling in the winery’. It’s left on lees for about five months though and some residual sugar is left in this wine to balance out the higher than usual, for Coverdale, acid levels in the wine.Kicks off with floral and slate-like mineral aromas, shy in a way, but attractive, and possibly a hint of savoury lees stuff going on too. It’s light, simple and pristine to taste; a tight, tugging line of lightly waxed fruit, and lemony tang, that drags like a sleek dart across the palate. It’s very refreshing, and lovely in restraint. Finishes with neat briny twang. Nice drinking to be had here."

94 POINTS - James Halliday, Wine Companion 2015

"Bright, light straw-green; the complex bouquet has lime, lemon and apple blossom aromas, the palate with an impressive balance between citrus fruit and lingering, minerally acidity."

Even Keel Chardonnay, Tumbarumba, NSW

2014

93 POINTS - Mike Bennie, WBM

"Tumbarumba seems fertile ground for an increasing number of indie producers,and here the Polperro/Even Keel team have released a squeaky-textured, tightly wound, green apple-meets-grapefruit-andflint-mineral-character Chardonnay of high drinkability and great future."

2013

93 POINTS - Mike Bennie, WBM

2009

94 POINTS - James Halliday, Wine Companion

"Bright, pale quartz-green; shows Tumbarumba to full advantage with its ability to put a subtly sweet edge on grapefruit flavours, gossamer oak doing the rest."

2008

93 POINTS - James Halliday, Wine Companion

91 POINTS - Campbell Mattinson, Winefront

91 POINTS - Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate

2006

93 POINTS - James Halliday, Wine Companion

Nick Stock, The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2009

Campbell Mattinson, Winefront - 93 points

Even Keel Chardonnay, Mornington Peninsula, VIC

2015

91 POINTS - QWines

"Morning sunrise gold in the glass, Werther's butterscotch, jersey caramel, and vanilla pod aromas. I'm hooked. Rich in delivery, it's a bit creamy. That butterscotch and jersey caramel tighten the noose and reign supreme. The mouth is coated evenly, a thick layer at that. A few drops of lemon juice plus a squeeze of grapefruit slips through on the finish showing its class. A Chardy which offers the soul comfort." 

2012

93 POINTS - James Halliday, Wine Companion 2014

"Pale straw-green; the complex, flinty bouquet is followed by an intense and highly focused palate, grapefruit notes alongside white peach the primary flavour drivers, oak taking a back seat"Some old school appeal here with a bit of new age hip.

2011

90 POIINTS - Huon Hooke

"Medium straw-yellow colour. Very attractive, slightly funky bouquet with smoky oak and low-level sulfides dominating. It's delicate and restrained, but intense, with refinement and a hint of peach which grew as the wine breathed. Very fine, delicate, restrained palate with real tension and finesse. There's a hint of grapefruit in the acidity."

"Attractive entry to the wine with almond, oatmeal then stone fruit characters. Bright and shiny, gently savoury. It’s juicy and lightly fleshy across the palate – a great drinking experience without too much intellect required. Finishes fruity and fresh, unadorned and lively. It’s a looser knit expression, but the trim line of acidity, a belt running through the core of the fruit, feels frisky and lifts the tension of the wine. Interesting fine nutty detail through the wine too. Not overly complex, but delicious."

2010

94 POINTS - Tyson Stelzer, TysonStelzer.com.au May2012

"This is a small price to pay for a Mornington Peninsula chardonnay of such fruit integrity of spicy grapefruit, fig and anise, lifted by a bouquet of pretty lemon blossom and mixed spice. A wine of balance and poise drawn out by a long finish of focused fruit definition and perfectly gauged mineral acidity. The price may be explained by an absence of retail and wholesale margins – as far as I can ascertain, it’s only available direct from the estate by the dozen.”

92 POINTS - Ray Jordan, The West Australian 2012

"Lovely flinty, minerally wine, with some light cashew and crisp, fine fruit. Wild yeast influence is profound. All barrel fermentation, with full maloactic fermentation. Lingering palate with a slight cheesy character, which is most appealing. Well textured with excellent structure and line. "

Even Keel Pinot Noir Rosé, Tumbarumba, NSW 

2014

93 POINTS - Gary Walsh, Wine Front

"Canberra District and Mornington Peninsula. That must be a first for regional blending, right? Has a distinct briny and chamomile top note, not dissimilar to Manzanilla, along with red fruits, roses, almond and dried herb. Cool, lightly flavoured, fleshy almost chalky texture, perfumed and savoury – edgy even, you might say – yet fascinating. Less of an Even Keel, and more of a freshening, wild sea sprayed ride, I’d say.  Finish is cool and composed, and you’re up for another sip pretty fast. Right then."

Even Keel Sangiovese Rosé, Heathcote, VIC 

2016 

91 POINTS - QWine 

"Bone dry, strawberries and cream set the scene here. Cranberries highlight the showcase of red fruits. A dash of savoury action on the finish plus some textural appeal adds another layer of interest. Worth a look for sure."

Even Keel Pinot Noir, Mornington Peninsula, VIC

2015 

93 POINTS -Qwine
"Ultimately I rather like the cut of this wines jib. It's a cool year wine but not an unripe one - an important distinction - that will never woo with its fruit richness, but has real savoury interest. It's older brother (the 2011 Polperro Mill Hill Pinot Noir) is arguably a better wine, yet this is better drinking now. Both are worthy of attention.I tasted this along with a few other Pinots. Similar vintages but varying price points. Compared to the TMBT 10X which shoots for the same money, I like the shape of this that bit more - more meat on the bones so to speak. It's a bit rustic but a bit refined all at the same time. A delicate spice is interwoven yet it doesn't wrestle the attention from the fruit. Good weight in the mouth with a persistent fruit drive keeping me keen. Oak is played well but the mid palate interest has me coming back for more."

2011

Andrew Graham  Aus wine review
Ultimately I rather like the cut of this wines jib. It's a cool year wine but not an unripe one - an important distinction - that will never woo with its fruit richness, but has real savoury interest. It's older brother (the 2011 Polperro Mill Hill Pinot Noir) is arguably a better wine, yet this is better drinking now. Both are worthy of attention.

Drink: 2013-2018
Score: 17.7/20, 92/100
Would I buy it? A two glass wine. With duck.

2010

90 POINTS - Ray Jordan, The West Australian 2012

Sour cherry and light raspberry aromas with some forest floor and rhubarb influence. It’s a light- bodied wine, with a delicate, spicy sappiness to it that shows on the nose and the palate. Largely older oak, with just a little new for lift. It’s all wild yeast; nice drinking in the shorter term."

2009

93 POINTS - Nick Stock, The Age Good Wine Guide 2012

“This wine benefits from some air to enliven it in the glass, opening to reveal ripe, dark cherries and hints of plum; some bracken and spice here too. The palate delivers darker flavours within a juicy, crunchy texture: purple cherry and blood plum here. Smooth, ripe tannins flow through evenly. ” 

92 POINTS - Campbell Mattinson, Winefront, posted on 19 March 2012

“It’s a lovely mix of foresty, woody, undergrowthy character with up-front succulent fruit. The fruit is ripe, but not too sweet; it has a confidence about it. Velvety tannin – and texture throughout. Good length. Smoky/rubbery aftertaste. Beautiful.”

2008

Matt Skinner's Wine Guide 2011  “one of the finds of the year”

“Armed with a raft of industry experience, Sam Coverdale handcrafts a cracking range of wines sourced from some of Australia’s most prominent regions. One of the finds of the year was Even Keel Pinot Noir 2008. A rich and savoury nose of macerated cherries, blood plums and sweet Middle Eastern spices gives way to a palate that’s soft, sweet and flashy with plenty of broad mouth-filling fruit, edgy acidity, fine tannin and a balanced, drying end. Drink it with Chinese barbecued duck and rice.”

Campbell Mattinson, Winefront

"It smells sweet, almost blueberried or Turkish delight-like. It’s rather simple but rather inviting. In the mouth it’s light and tannic but nicely juicy, with complexing notes of hay and woodsmoke. There’s a lovely, easy-going fruitiness here, matched well to a good tannic backbone. Lovely drinking. An Aussie version of a good village style."

Even Keel Syrah Canberra District, ACT

2015

92 POINTS - Gary Walsh, Wine Front 

"I reckon the amount of Canberra Shiraz I taste these days is roughly equivalent to the amount of Coonawarra Cabernet; bugger all.Cracked pepper and five spice, charred meat and sappy herbal notes, cherry and chocolate. Medium bodied, crackles with spice, hazelnut and meaty flavours mix with mixed berries, it’s fresh and punctuated by sappy acidity, tannin is very fine and controlling, and the finish is lively and long. Savoury, briary Canberra Shiraz in full flight."   

92 POINTS - Huon Hooke, Good Food & Sydney Morning Herald  

"An elegant Canberra shiraz with meaty, spicy, Peppery cool-climate aromas. There are suggestions of whole bunch fermentation in its foresty nuances. Stylish current drinking."

More and more Canberra wines keep coming across my bench and I've got to say the quality and consistency continues to impress. The cool climate Syrah particularly lots of appeal. Here we go again.

93 POINTS - Qwine
"I can't help but think of a good ragout when I take a whiff of this. Charred meat, red and blue berry fruit, red cherry, tomato bush and some pan juices for good measure too. Deliciously medium bodied, there's a coil of savoury delights and peppery spice wrapping up the fruit. Acid is cut and running in peak form. Medium bodied depth and density is ready to be devoured yet there's plenty of energy for dancing around the mouth - a most impressive wine."

2014

93 POINTS - Ben Thomas, The Weekly Review

"This is a gloriously perfumed and spicy wine and behind the spice are blueberry, violet, dark cherry and cured-meat flavours. There’s a silkiness to the texture and great length." 

93 POINTS - Mike Bennie, Wine Front 

"Cherry juice, game meat, pepper, herbs, sense of general ‘spiciness’. Nice to sniff on. Cool and clean across the palate, medium weight, good concentration of dark cherry and more of that game meat. Succulent, fine, finishes with leathery flavour but cool freshness of acidity. I really like this wine – good cool climate shiraz (syrah) zone and Canberra District with flair." 

2013

95 POINTS- Awarded a gold ribbon - Huon Hooke

Awarded #3 of 19 2013 Shiraz tasted from Southern New South Wales- Huon Hooke

95 POINTS - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2012

“Vivid crimson-purple; the bouquet is filled to overflowing with luscious plum and blackberry fruit, with a liberal sprinkling of spice and pepper; the palate carries on where the bouquet leaves off, with a great display of varietal fruit, and a long, perfectly balanced palate; the tannin and oak contributions have been precisely measured.” 

2009

94 POINTS - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2012

 “Bright, clear purple; fresher and more lively and juicy than the Even Keel Shiraz, leading to a search for viognier (there is none); notwithstanding the modest alcohol, the wine has energy and drive to its cascade of red fruits, and there are no green/minty notes.” 

2008

Nick Stock, The Age Good Wine Guide 2012 - 92 points

“This shows some of the Canberra region’s classic pepper and spice, some fragrant dark-plum fruits and a complex swirling lift. The palate’s supple and beautifully balanced, the tannins built up nicely through the middle, with dark-cherry flavour and some dark chocolate to close.” 

2006

NSW Wine Awards 2008 Top 40 Wines

Wine of the Year Awards 2007, Winestate Magazine

Equal Best New Shiraz Blend Release and 5 Stars

“Deep, brooding nose of intense plum and stonefruit with a hint of honeycomb. Big, flavoursome palate with powerful oak tannins atop ripe plum and blueberry fruit”