SubRosa 2021 Grampians Viognier
Erin LarkinRobert Parker Wine Advocate 92
This 2021 Grampians Viognier is a classic example of the effusive outpouring of flowers and apricots that Viognier is capable of. It is like peach and apricot essence on the nose, and a quick glance at the alcohol explains why this expressive, rambunctious nature may be so: 14.5%. Ripe. In the mouth, it is everything that the nose has promised, with the most authentic display of apricot jam, outside of, well, apricot jam. Impressive. With a bit of citrus rind and brine to go with, this is plump, billowing and quite delicious.
Drink date: 2022 – 2027
SubRosa 2018 Pyrenees Nebbiolo
Jeni PortHalliday Wine Companion 93 points
Malakoff Estate vineyard, 16 months’ maturation in French oak, 12 months in bottle before release. Attractive rose petal, Turkish delight, black cherry, leafy aromas. Brambly spice, chewy fruit on the palate, but time in oak is also apparent, delivering a varnish character which together with savoury tannins completes a pretty complex nebbiolo picture. Give it time in the cellar.
Huon HookeThe Real Review 92
Light ruby-red colour with a nice tinge of purple in the rim, and a youthfully reserved bouquet that whispers rather than shouts, of dried herbs, red cherries and sweet raspberry. The tannins are fine and gentle without losing their essential grip. The wine is medium-bodied at most and easy to enjoy young, especially if served with protein. Quite lovely, like a pinot with tannin.
SubRosa 2018 Grampians Shiraz
Huon HookeThe Real Review 96
Deep, rich, bright colour, with a smoky-char and earthy-ironstone shiraz nose, surprisingly complex for its years and savoury, the palate likewise supple, mellow, savoury and multi-layered. Toasty, pepper-spicy, the palate elegantly crafted and refined, with a core of fruit sweetness and finishing with lovely balance and completeness. Harmony and charm. A really superb shiraz, and great value.
Jeni PortHalliday Wine Companion 90 points
Sourced from a vineyard in Great Western and matured for 16 months in French oak barriques. Appealing aromatics with floral, raspberry, dry leaves and a green edginess. Firm across the palate and fine in fruit density boasting, red cherry, baking spices, a hint of pepper and mocha oak. A taut, well tannined shiraz.
Drink by: 2027
SubRosa 2017 Monseigneur Grampians Cabernet Sauvignon
Hand-picked fruit from Great Western, matured for 16 months in French oak. 70 dozen made. Blackcurrant, green herb and a touch of mint/eucalypt on the bouquet. It’s ripe and solid in flavour through the palate and with good length, the tannin mostly unobtrusive but providing some grip on the finish. A bit more bottle age will only do it good.
Drink by: 2030
SubRosa 2017 Grampians Shiraz
Shiraz from Great Western, 16 months in French oak. A gamey first impression on the bouquet, a touch of peppery spice, slightly herbal. More open on the palate with some sweetish, quite generous red berry flavours, lightening off towards the finish.
Drink by: 2027
SubRosa 2016 Malakoff Estate Pyrenees Shiraz
Mike BennieThe Winefront 95 points
I could have accepted this release as ‘SubRosa Syrah 2016’, but no, no, this is Shiraz with a capital ‘S’ from Malakoff Vineyard in Pyrenees. Adam Louder, winemaker, knows his turf. Anyway, if you haven’t cottoned onto SubRosa, you should. You’ll be thanking yourself down the trail when these start commanding higher prices and generally being difficult to find. No doubt.
Svelte, seamless, succulent wine. Dark cherry, sarsaparilla, lavish spice scents, with all this doubling back into the palate. It slips softly over the palate leaving a slick of that spice and blackcurrant fruit character, with tannins just gently holding shape. If you like ‘syrah’, let’s say, with some concentration, this is excellent.
Rated: 95 Points
Drink: 2018 – 2030
Reviewed: 21 December, 2018
James Halliday2020 Wine Companion 95 points
Hand-picked, matured for 16 months in French oak, only 80 dozen made. The colour is much lighter than expected, and it’s on the lighter side of medium-bodied – but it’s well balanced, expressing its variety and region, its fruit spicy and juicy. And yes, it’s a great drink.
Drink by: 2031
Reviewed: March 2019
SubRosa 2015 The Aristocracy Grampians Shiraz
James HallidayWine Companion/The Australian, May 2018 95 points
Estate-grown, matured for 16 months in French barriques, neither fined nor filtered. Bright in colour and light in body (by Grampians standards). Its mouthfeel, balance and studied length are on another level, with vibrant red fruits, spices and feather-light tannins.
Drink By 2030