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

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 2018 Grampians Shiraz

Huon Hooke

The 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 Port

Halliday 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

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 2017 Grampians Shiraz

Halliday Wine Companion 92 points

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 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

SubRosa 2015 The Aristocracy Grampians Shiraz

James Halliday

Wine 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

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