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 Pyrenees Nebbiolo
Hand-picked fruit from the Malakoff Estate. Matured for 16 months in French oak. Authentically pale in colour, the bouquet offers aromas of cherry, floral perfume, liquorice and woody spice. A just medium-weight palate, quite supple in texture although edged with fine, savoury tannin, the flavours mostly in a slightly tart red berry vein, persisting through the finish.
Drink by 2029.
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 2016 Grampians Pyrenees Shiraz
James Halliday2020 Halliday Wine Companion 95 points + special value
A 70/30% regional blend matured for 10 months in French oak, 240 dozen made. The Grampians gives the wine more stiffening – not of tannins or extract, but of fruit flavour, black cherry and blackberry acting in concert. The label design and printing is worth extra points, as is the splash of viognier. Terrific value.
Rated : 95 Points
Alcohol : 14.4%
Closure : Screwcap
Drink by: 2036
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
SubRosa 2015 Malakoff Estate Pyrenees Shiraz
James HallidayWine Companion/The Australian, May 2018 96 points
Grown by the John family at Malakoff Estate, matured for 16 months in French barriques. Its deeper crimson-purple colour and medium to full-bodied palate are in continuing contrast for the two SubRosa Shirazs, but not in the skill of the winemaker. Balance is often said to be the one word to describe a great wine, and this exudes velvety black cherry at every turn. Cedary oak nuances and persistent, pliable tannins complete the picture.
Drink By 2040
SubRosa 2013 Shiraz
Mike BennieWinefront 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.
Tasted : JUN15
Alcohol : 14.7%
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2015 – 2025