Fox Creek, ‘Postmaster’, Grenache, Shiraz, Mouvedre 2015£17.45
Background and Winemaking
First produced in 2013 Postmaster GSM is a luscious, elegant, mid-weight wine that displays great flavour and balance, with a medium bodied nature that complements our food, lifestyle and climate. Grenache thrives in McLaren Vale’s warm maritime climate and diverse soil structure where it develops rich, balanced fruit flavour. Traditionally grown for producing fortified wines, the old vineyards contribute flavours and complexity that cannot be matched by younger vines.
Combined with the rich, ripe Shiraz and earthy, textural Mourvèdre, the combination of flavours and tannins deliver exotic gamey notes along with elegance, structure and longevity to the final blend. The 70-year-old Shiraz batch is matured in 2, 3 and 4-year-old French and American oak, barrels were selected for their spice, character and sweet tannin profiles. The 60 and 80-year-old Grenache is matured in older French and American puncheons and selected for the perfumed lift and tannin elegance and power. The Mourvèdre spends time in new, 1 and 2-year-old French and American oak puncheons and was selected for its earthy texture and ability to tie the blend together.
Bright, cherry red.
Perfumed confectionery lift with aromas of raspberry, mulberry, cherry, hints of musk, gingernut biscuits, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove.
Mulberry, raspberry, red cherry, strawberries, hints of chocolate éclair. The wine has focused and elegant tannins, well integrated oak, with a silky persistent finish.
Grenache delivers perfumed lift, juicy red berry fruits, Shiraz adds fleshy plum and strawberries, Old vine tannins provide elegance and structure. Mourvedre ties the palate together as it adds tannin volume and earthy texture. This is a classic regional blend that shows off the varieties that do well and is also fantastic
Fox Creek, ‘Short Row’ Shiraz, 2016£18.95
First produced in 1999, Short Row Shiraz acknowledges the traditional McLaren Vale Shiraz style that has brought the region the recognition and standing amongst the great wine regions of the world. A style based on a powerful fruit driven front and mid palate, with rich ripe tannins requiring significant new oak influence to be brought back into a semblance of balance.
This big and rich Shiraz has been tamed slightly over the years to enhance its drinkability and poise in the glass but it still packs a punch on the palate. The original incarnation was from the short row vineyard, which is characterised by a magnificent big ball of fruit on the mid palate. We also select parcels from two other vineyards that exhibit similar flavour and tannin profiles.
Plums, black cherry, raspberry, clove, dark chocolate. Intertwined with nutmeg, cinnamon, and roasted vanilla bean.
Fruit driven front palate of plum, strawberry, black cherry, mid palate of strawberry and cream with hints of dark chocolate. The youthful grape tannins provide a firm texture and length that will soften and integrate with age.
Drink now but this will reward with careful cellaring until 2020.
GOLD Medal Mundus Vini 2018
GOLD Medal CWWSC 2018
GOLD Medal Berlin Wine Trophy 2018
GOLD Medal “Sakura” Japan’s Woman’s Wine Awards 2018
Gilligan, Shiraz, Grenache, Mouvedre, 2013£15.95
Gilligan is one of the smallest wineries from which Tilley’s Wines import. We have known Leigh Gilligan for many years and now Leigh’s son Sami has joined the family winery as the winemaker.
Leigh and Sami have a passion for sustainable viticultural practices and traditional winemaking techniques. Estate grown fruit, open fermentation, basket pressing and oak maturation produces a superb blend of Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvedre which has earned high praise since the first release in 2002, from wine critics and consumers throughout the world.
Medium purple in colour with a vibrant bouquet of black fruits, violets, long finish with silky tannins. Excellent structure displaying fine, chalky tannins and good acidity which will complement a wide range of foods.
The blend is dominated by Shiraz (80 %) with the remainder shared equally between Grenache and Mourvedre grapes.
A portion of this vintage was fermented on roussanne lees to give additional silkiness and texture to the palate.
Hugh Hamilton ‘The Rascal’ Shiraz 2015£17.95
The Rascal Shiraz is just that – a bold, brash interpretation of McLaren Vale’s hero variety with a dense bouquet of black cherries, dark plums and mulberries. A nose of fresh liquorice and warm earth. Black-fruits fill the mouth with some spicy oak adding complexity while vigorous tannins wagging the wine’s long satisfying ‘tail. It’s the perfect wine to pair with dukkah crusted lamb – those hearty tannins quickly mopping up the lamb’s hit of protein and flavourful fat.
Hugh Hamilton “Black Ops” Shiraz Saperavi, 2014£18.95
Black Ops is a limited release from Hugh Hamilton and the first time we have have been able to export it from Australia.
Black Ops was Hugh’s chance to experiment and as from that irrefutable source of Gospel Truth: Wikipedia… “A black operation or black op is a covert operation typically involving activities that are highly clandestine and often outside of standard military protocol or even against the law.
Hugh had always wanted to put together Shiraz and Saperavi (an ancient Georgian grape) but had to wait until he had grown enough Saperavi.
The appearance of the Saperavi (pronounced Sapper-are-we) in this blend is indeed covert, totalling 1% of the blend. Boundless savoury and spice notes with dark black and blue fruit provide a full frontal assault. The cachets of dark plum, cinnamon and liquorice open up within a warm, toasty framework – all of which linger while providing a beautifully balanced, fat, luscious mouthfeel on the palate. Love your red wine? Then you to should willingly submit to Black Ops.
Hugh Hamilton, ‘Agent Provocateur’ Grenache, Gewurztraminer, Shiraz, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier 2017£21.50
Hugh Hamilton is the 5th generation of a large wine dynasty and is regarded as the black sheep of the family.
His daughter and 6th generation of the family, Mary, continues the legacy making Hugh Hamilton Australia’s oldest wine family.
Hugh is the master of a most reprobate flock and his Agent Provocateur is a member of his Dark Arts range – a range of wines from varieties that are not meant to go together but work!
Agent Provocateur is an established style of wine which was first produced in 2014. It looks scary on paper but Grenache, Gewurztraminer, Shiraz, Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier work together; truly every component in this blend performs a specific task.
Clear, red violet
Cola and Turkish Delight jockey with star anise, raspberry and rose oil in a bouquet that leaps from the glass provided by the Grenache and Gewurztraminer.
The Shiraz, Sauvignon Blanc, and Viognier complete a textural profile that lends weight without sweetness. The supple texture of the white varieties form a perfect counterpoint to the grippier tannins of the reds.
This wine can even be chilled a little. We like it best with Peking Duck and pancakes or some pulled pork burgers.
Hugh Hamilton, ‘Ancient Earth’ Shiraz 2013£37.50
McLaren Vale has some of the most variable, ancient and
weathered soils on the planet. 19 different soil types have been
identified in one of the most detailed soil studies carried out in
any wine region. It is for this reason behind the name ‘Ancient
Earth’. It is a single-vineyard Shiraz from the beautiful sweep of
vines immediately to the south of our Cellar Door; aptly named ‘Cellar Vineyard’. So what’s special about the earth? The earth is
known locally as ‘Biscay soil’. It is also referred to as ‘selfmulching
black cracking clay’ and these soils have unique
properties. Slow to wet, they can tightly hold a large volumes of
water. Unfortunately the soil is not so generous in giving the vines
access to this moisture so in heatwave conditions the vines can
stress quite quickly. On the other hand, correctly managed, the
resulting wine can be quite magnificent. Shiraz thrives here and
can produce fruit with great fragrance and power, but a structure
which guarantees ageing potential.
The bouquet is fragrant with spicy fruit, and shows notes of
raspberry. You will find a hint of toast from French oak barriques.
On the palate, the wine is rich & spicy with chocolatey depth.
Once again, there is toast and spice from oak; lingering blackberry
fruit with pleasantly gritty tannins.
Hugh Hamilton, ‘Three Card Monte’ Shiraz, Cabernet, Montepulciano 2016£18.95
In a Three Card Monte, as hard as the mark tries to choose a
winning card from three, the dealer always wins. Hugh Hamilton have turned
this on its head by using only winning cards, so that the real trick
is not which but how well all three go together. A neat trick where
everyone is a winner.
Australia has always excelled in creating red blends – merging
classic European varieties in un-thought of ways to create
unthinkably good new combinations. Cabernet and Shiraz are one
such classic collision; Bordeaux meets the Rhone. It’s only
Australian to add a slab of Italian Abruzzo too.
Nose and Palate
A meaty/spicy mix of Christmas cake and charcuterie. A collision
of violets, cranberries, baking spices, and mulberry. A clean acid
line keeps everything together; complex, crunchy, and deliciously
alive in the glass
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Hugh Hamilton, “The Rascal” Shiraz, 2012£19.95
Premium Shiraz from McLaren Vale’s most visited and award-winning cellar door, Hugh Hamilton wines. Undoubtedly this is still a Shiraz but Hugh decided to harvest his grapes before over-ripening took place. It is not the general blackcurrant notes but more raspberry, licorice instead of plum – and yes, and olives instead of jam. There is oak there, too and French but it is in the background where it should be. A refined result!
Hugh Hamilton, Black Blood II, Single Vineyard Shiraz 2014£36.00
The ‘Black Blood’ trio are a fascinating journey into single site Shiraz from Hugh Hamilton’s distinct vineyards. Defined by the unique taste of the places where they grow in McLaren Vale, we keep everything else as consistent as possible so you can taste the terroir. Currently we have only been lucky enough to present you Black Blood II as they sell out so quickly in Australia but we are working on Hugh to reserve us some stock!
Heady red berries; Warm baking spices; Hints of mocha; Notes of black pepper.
Velvety and long. The brightness of the fruit is as fresh as the crunch of the grapes at harvest. Chocolatey and mouthfillingly rich.
Black Blood II’ is a wine that undulates with a myriad of flavours. It has a firm core of tannin, but it’s the flesh on the bones that draws the attention. Generous without being over the top. This is a very ‘giving’ wine and will continue to do so for the next decade.
Hugh Hamilton, Jim Jim Shiraz, 2015£11.95
Jim Jim [The Down-Underdog]
What’s on the label:
“Jim Jim was Hugh’s faithful Labrador/Kelpie, a highly intelligent sheepdog that had some of the native wild dog, the dingo in its genes.
Every vintage Jim Jim would eat Shiraz grapes only when they were ripe for the picking, so with viticultural skills like that Hugh decided he should get his own brand. Jim Jim went to the big kennel in the sky in November 2010 but his talent is remembered in his wines.
Now a little about the wine:
A great nose with distinct varietal spice, hints of earthy complexity and a blend of dark red fruits like blackberries, cherries and raspberries.
A fleshy rich mouth filling palate with hints of vanilla, bright red berries and liquorice. With a spicy finish, lively mid-palate and gentle tannins the focus of this wine is on generosity and approachability which makes it your best friend on the dining room table.
Cellar or Drink?
This wine will reward with ageing up to 2025 but if you want to experience the spirit of Australia in a bottle, its made in a drink now style.
Il N.5 di Poggio L’Apparita, DOC Maremma Toscano Rosso, 2014£14.45
Micro-production of this vintage of just 1100 bottles.
International Wine Challenge’s tasting note:
“Juicy fruit, lots of herbal edges. Nicely rustic with fine tannins.”
Maxwell ‘Eight Bells’ Shiraz 2013
The Maxwell Winery is located on the south facing slope of a solid limestone hill in the heart of McLaren Vale, a region made famous by the impressive quality and consistency of its Shiraz wines.
This vintage Shiraz displays excellent regional characters of dark berries complemented by earthy complexity, mocha and spice, with a dash of black pepper. The full yet balanced palate is rounded out by soft tannins to provide a pleasing finish.
‘Eight Bells’ in nautical terms represents the finish of a sailor’s time on watch – a time to relax and enjoy something to eat and drink, and the company of other crew members. This wine is perfect for such occasions, be they at sea or on land…
Maxwell ‘Minotaur’ Reserve Shiraz 2012£53.95
A feature of the Maxwell estate is the conifer maze adjacent to the old Ellen Street in front of the Winery. Many visitors to the estate take time to stroll down its paths. A labyrinth is a special circular maze that in ancient Greek mythology secured the fearsome might of the half man / half bull Minotaur for King Minos of Crete. We have created the Minotaur label to convey the power and intensity contained within this, our Reserve Shiraz.
COLOUR AND AROMA
Deep purple in colour. An intense perfume of red and black berries, cherry notes balanced by savoury oak and hints of earthiness.
At release the wine displays varietal primary fruit flavours of rich dark berry fruits, robust gamey and complex forest floor notes. Cedar oak tones and ultra-fine tannins underwrite these flavours, to provide structure and length.
Though the balance and integration of flavours upon its release are excellent, the Minotaur Reserve Shiraz is made for medium to long term cellaring. Given satisfactory cellaring conditions, it is expected this wine will drink particularly well at 12 to 15 years of age, and beyond.
Maxwell ‘Silver Hammer’ Shiraz, 2013£13.95
The Maxwell Silver Hammer Shiraz delivers all the hallmarks that make the combination of this variety and the McLaren Vale region so famous – a juicy palate with an abundance of sweet black fruits, ripe plum, mocha and sweet spice with just a dash of freshly ground black pepper. Add to this some subtle creamy oak and long, silky tannins – the result is a wonderfully generous mouthfeel with excellent depth of flavour.
The inspiration for the name is from “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer” a song by the Beatles, sung by Paul McCartney on their album Abbey Road.
Maxwell, Ellen Street Shiraz, 2011£23.95
COLOUR AND NOSE
The colour of cherry red. This wine shows aromas of coffee and vanilla bean, violets, glacé fruits and cherries.
Flavours of plum, chocolate, and blackberry are immediate in the first sip. This Shiraz shows clean minerality from the limestone sub soils and rich earthy characters through the middle palate offering intense concentration of fruit with soft velvety tannin to complete this wine.
Given satisfactory cellaring conditions, it is expected this wine will drink particularly well at 6 to 8 years of age.
Maxwell, Eocene Ancient Earth, Shiraz 2011£32.95
The Maxwell winery is located on a solid limestone hill in the heart of McLaren Vale. The limestone was created during the Eocene Epoch, 56-34 million years ago creating the foundation for the low yield/high quality fruit born on our vines.
This is a very limited release Shiraz which begins with a heady mix of aromas including maraschino cherries, aniseed and a rich compote of ripe dark berries. The complex, detailed and multi-faceted palate continues with dark cherries and forest fruits, while introducing layers of dark chocolate and light, savoury earth.
Interwoven by long fine tannins and a backbone of well-integrated cedary oak;
the wine finishes with an abundance of fruit length and intensity – this could easily age up to 15 years.
O’Leary Walker “Claire” Reserve Shiraz, 2010£56.95
We discovered this powerful Clare Valley shiraz from a customer recommendation asking if we could import some for him. We obliged even though this was a rather punchy in price Shiraz. However, we are now thanking our customer for introducing us to this concentrated, complex bottle of blackberry spice and keep buying more and more. Totally deserving of the price and will last for years to come. Will cellar well until 2040.