November News

Read on to find out about our 95 and 96 point ratings in the 2015 Halliday Australian Wine Companion, and a reminder to order your 2014 A.T. Richardson Chockstone Riesling before it runs out.  And check out our updated website.

96 Points for Some Hand-Built Wines

You can see its a family affair at our Hard Hill Road winery; our daughter Madeleine testing the progress of the 2015 Hard Hill Road Durif fermentation.

As many of you may already know, Adam’s winemaking philosophy focusses on a gentle hands-on approach; letting the grapes and wine find their own rythym, rather than forcing them along a production path.  As a result, our wines turn out subtly complex and full of their own personality.

And, its great to see that one of Australias most revered wine critics agrees, highly regarding our current release wines and expounding their value for money.

James Halliday awarded 96 points to our 2013 Hard Hill Road Shiraz and 95 points to the 2013 Chockstone Shiraz. Both these wines are due for release in the coming months. Our 2014 Chockstone Riesling also received 95 points  – not bad for a wine that sells for $20.

Read the reviews

Your Last Chance to Secure the 2014 Chockstone Riesling

Another tough vintage in the vineyard for Riesling yielded a dense and focused 2014 Chockstone Riesling. We didn’t make much of it and the fact that Halliday talked up its great value has certainly quickened sales.

For the full detail on this wine, read our tasting notes, but make sure you buy some before it runs out.

Adam’s Recent Cool Discoveries

Music: More retro stuff here (and another now-dead artist), Ive been listening to Cannonball Adderley’s, Phenix. His jazz sax has a cool and, I think, unique sound.

Wine: Tight and zippy, with funky earthy notes – I tried an Ottosoldi Gavi from Piedmont last week.  It was a smart accompaniment to some goat cheese anchovy toast appetizers. 

Food: A pretty simple one this month; Strawberries and cream birthday cake, paired surprisingly nicely with a Prosecco sparkler.

Book:  Alan Turing:The Enigma, by Andrew Hodges. The story of the man who broke the Nazi radio codes in WW2, significantly contributing to the winning of the war. At times felt like I was reading a mathematics text but it was an intriguing insight into a strange man and stranger times in English history.