2015 SubRosa Grampians Shiraz Winefront Review

2015 SubRosa Grampians Shiraz_jpeg2015 SubRosa Grampians Shiraz – $30

Mike Bennie, Winefront 

91 Points

From a vineyard that Sub Rosa manage themselves. Only nine rows of shiraz in this vineyard. Natural ferment, de-stemmed fruit, hangs out in used oak for a while, no filtering or fining. “Kinda wanted it fresh and approachable”, says winemaker Adam Louder.

Peppery whiffs, dark berries and dark cherry, scents of Chinese five spice, anise. Light feeling in the palate, lick of leafiness and herbs over darker fruit, big dusting of pepper. Juicy, bright, squeaky acidity, velvety yet tightly wound and pure. High drinkability and good Grampians character.

Rated : 91 Points
Tasted : JUN16
Alcohol : 13.7%
Price : $35
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2016 – 2025

2015 SubRosa Pyrenees Shiraz Winefront Review

SubRosa 2015 Pyrenees Shiraz2015 SubRosa Pyrenees Shiraz – $30

Mike Bennie, Winefront 

92 Points

It’s just 17 kilometres from the Grampians shiraz in this range. Natural ferment, sees used oak. Winemaking kept very simple to reflect clear regionality.

Earthy, spicy scents, dusty cupboard, sniff of twigs and briar. Crisp in texture, some sweet, red and black fruitiness, white peppery spice, lick of mint and herbs. Nice, cool, restrained, even flow to this wine. Doesn’t match the reading of 14.9% on the label, evenly balanced and more genteel. Sleek. Lovely drink.

Rated : 92 Points
Tasted : JUN16
Alcohol : 14.9%
Price : $30
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2016 – 2022


2013 SubRosa Shiraz Winefront Review

shirz22013 SubRosa Mount Cole Shiraz, Grampians – $41

Mike Bennie, Winefront

90 points

Some more intel on this producer if you click here. Definitely someone to watch.

About 30% comes off Malakoff vineyard in the Pyrenees. The rest comes from the Mount Cole site in the Grampians. The next release will be from 2015; 2014 was skipped over. “I wanted to make it 100% Malakoff, and made that portion whole bunch, and it had great aroma, but didn’t have the weight, so I blended for a better wine”, says winemaker Adam Louder. Louder worked with Trevor Mast at Mount Langi, amongst many high profile places, and is setting sail on his own winemaking project, looking to produce wines that show where they come from, with little in the way of veils in winemaking.

Smells quite ripe, a touch of the dried fruits, but not untoward, you just get a richness in the bouquet meshed to anise, sweet spice, mustard powder, asphalt – pretty attractive perfume. It’s medium bodied, slippery in texture, feels very concentrated, but then also quite fresh riding on its peppery spice,  fine tannin web and crisp acidity. A bit short, but forgiven for ease of drinking. Satisfying shiraz here. Has a really good feel.

Rated : 90 Points
Tasted : JUN15
Alcohol : 14.7%
Price : $41
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2015 – 2025

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