Onwards and upwards.
I’ve reviewed several different wines in this post, some from a pre-release tasting in the Hunter several months ago and a few more from a tasting this week. The pre-release bottles were labelled and finished but I’ve got scant information on where they sit price-wise, just a very quick tasting impression.
Tasted Monday 20th October
Gundog Estate Rare Game Hunter Valley Shiraz 2014
Ruby red with a little purple, there’s a quite old school Hunter earth to this, but tempered with purple fruit. Old and new. It’s still a modern purple fruit wine, but with a savoury and quite grippy core and acidity that tastes, well, not like it has come from a bag. You could probably pass over this at first without realising its glory. But the closer you look, the more this looks like a real classic red for the long term. Drink 2016-2035. 18.5/20+, 94/100. 13.5%, $50. Would I buy it? Absolutely.
Gundog Estate Canberra Shiraz 2014
Tasted 29th May. I’ve got less info on these but woah such quality! Standout wines.
Gundog Estate Wild Semillon 2015
Admittedly I saw this when it was just bottled and it looked a bit weird – I’ll retaste in time. Full of tropicals. Passionfruit ahoy! Generous and full, yeasty and quite round/slightly sweaty. I can’t get past the passionfruit though! Ugh. Definitely a retaste required. Drink: 2016?. 16.5/20, 88/100. Would I buy it? Not yet.
Gundog Estate Old Road Shiraz 2014
I don’t know the story of this wine but gee I like. Purple fruit and earth. Loads of earth. Great tannins. Rhone meets the purple juice of Hunter – definitely some whole bunch spiciness here and it shows. Really meaty and even a little wild, this is excellent, earthy, exciting wine in very much an old school earthy style with a twist. 18.7/20, 95/100
Gundog Estate The ’48 Block Shiraz 2014
Again scant details, but this looked that little bit more classical after the raucous spice of the Old Road. Of all the wines this looked perhaps the most oak drawn for now, but gee there is presence underneath. Vibrant fruit a joy, if in very much an old school style. Length is superior though – it really sneaks up on you. High, high quality. Needs time though. 18.5/20, 94/100+
Gundog Estate Somerset Vineyard 2014
Just a little lesser than the other Gundog reds but only just. If anything, this looks a little plump but with a viscosity too. Still all arms and legs, if with potential to come. 18/20, 93/100+