Reviews of our Latest Releases

Read on to find our what James Halliday thought of our latest releases in his 2016 Australian Wine Companion.

A.T. Richardson Chockstone Grampians Riesling 2014

Drink by: 2030

As ever, has an extra layer – indeed layers – of lime juice fruit, balance coming easily and quickly with the crunchy, minerally acidity. Riesling abounds with bargains, but this is close to the head of the queue, ready to go.

A.T. Richardson Chockstone Grampians Shiraz 2013

Drink by: 2038

Deeply coloured; a classic medium- to full-bodied Grampians shiraz; the fruit is all black, no red, purple or blue get a look in, just touches of anise and licorice; the complexity derives from the singular texture of the wine, grainy and cedary, but in no way bitter or angular.

A.T. Richardson Hard Hill Road Great Western Shiraz 2013

Drink by: 2033

When tasting Chockstone Shiraz you wonder what Hard Hill Road could possibly bring to the table that isn’t already there; the answer is the unexpected elegance, and the glimmer of red fruit of this wine; the tannins are fine and silky, the medium-bodied palate very long, new French oak lurking in the background.

A.T. Richardson Hard Hill Road Grt Western Durif 2013

Drink by: 2023

Has a bright rim to the moderately deep colour; a strange region for durif to bob up in, presumably estate-grown; all things are relative, and in that context, this is an elegant wine, with great light and shade through the open weave texture to its back fruits and savoury tannins.