Australian wine guru Nick Haselgrove does it again

James Halliday’s latest ranking for Nick Haselgroves, The Old Faithful Estate Wines, are:

The Old Faithful Estate Cafe Block Mclaren Vale Shiraz 2007        View Winery

A concentrated and rich bouquet of blackberry and mocha; the palate is dense and chewy, with a strong element of tar playing an important role; a massive and dark spirited wine. Diam.

14.9% alc. Rating 92 drink 2016 $75 Date Tasted February 09

The Old Faithful Estate Top of the Hill McLaren Vale Shiraz 2007      View Winery

Retains good, bright colour; the bouquet is pure McLaren Vale, dark berry fruits and dark chocolate; the palate flavours follow on in similar fashion, but it is the texture that is so compelling particularly in a tough vintage such as ’07. Cork.

15% alc. Rating 94 Drink 2027 $75 Date Tasted February 10

A high-toned bouquet, showing black fruit confiture and savoury, tarry notes; thickly textured, the finish is a little clipped and tart. Diam.

14.9% alc. Rating 87 Drink 2013 $75 Date Tasted February 09

The Old Faithful Estate Sandhill Mclaren Vale Grenache 2009     View Winery

Deep crimson, exceptional for grenache; a luscious panoply of black cherry, raspberry and licorice that Guigal would be proud of; 50+-year old vines planted on the contoured sandy soil slopes are very low yielding. Diam.

14.5% alc. Rating 96 Drink 2030 $50 Date Tasted January 11

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