SubRosa 2021 Grampians Viognier

Erin Larkin

Robert 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

Huon Hooke

The Real Review 94

Light, bright yellow hue leads into a creamy, talcy, nutty, savoury barrel-fermented style of bouquet, wheaty/mealy and quite complex. The spice/apricot fruit is a little hidden just now. In the mouth, it’s intense and medium-full bodied, with richness and roundness typical of this grape. Long, resonating finish. Very good, but it could benefit from another year to tone down the oak.

SubRosa 2019 Pyrenees Nebbiolo

Huon Hooke

The Real Review 91 points
Medium-full red with a purple trim, bright and attractive. There are dried-herb, sweet berry and floral aromas, more fruity and aromatic than expected of nebbiolo, while the palate is medium-bodied and quite mild in its tannins. Gentle sweet berry fruit leads. It’s a moderately complex, fruit-driven wine, pretty and easygoing—just a mild kick of firmness lingering on the farewell to remind us of the grape. 13 DEC 2022
Drink: 2022–2029

SubRosa 2019 Malakoff Estate Pyrenees Shiraz

Huon Hooke

The Real Review 95 points

Deep colour and aromas of fresh-turned earth, plum, spices and overtones of graphite and ironstone. The wine is intense and focused, taut and precise on the tongue. Lovely wine of real concentration and focus, drive and elegance, the stony mineral theme running throughout. A ripping shiraz, great to drink now and has a bright future. 18 DEC 2022

Drink: 2022–2034

Top rank, #1 in 2019 Shiraz from the Pyrenees

SubRosa 2019 Grampians Pyrenees Shiraz

Huon Hooke

The Real Review 91 points

Deep colour; aromas of fresh-turned earth and plum and a whiff of star anise. Medium-full bodied shiraz with supple tannins and excellent balance. Good early drinking shiraz which will also keep well.

Drink: 2022–2031

SubRosa 2018 Pyrenees Nebbiolo

Jeni Port

Halliday 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 Hooke

The 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 2017 Monseigneur Grampians Cabernet Sauvignon

Halliday Wine Companion 92 points

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 2016 Malakoff Estate Pyrenees Shiraz

Mike Bennie

The 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
Alcohol: 14.2%
Closure: Screwcap
Drink: 2018 – 2030

Reviewed: 21 December, 2018

James Halliday

2020 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

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