Damsel of the Barossa Merlot Awards

2022 Vintage

  • Sommeliers Challenge Awards 2023 – Silver Medal
  • The Real Review, Huon Hooke (30th Nov 2023) – 93 Points, Silver

2021 Vintage

  • Women’s Wine & Spirits Awards 2023 – Gold Medal
  • The Real Review, Huon Hooke (Nov 2022) – 92 Points, Silver
  • Royal Hobart Wine Show 2022 – Silver
  • 2022 Sommelier Challenge IWSC San Diego – Silver
  • Melbourne International Wine Competition 2022 – 90 Points, Bronze Medal

2020 Vintage

  • Women’s Wine & Spirits Awards 2022 – Gold Medal
  • “SAKURA” Japan Women’s Wine Awards 2022 – Gold Medal
  • James Halliday Wine Companion, Jeni Port (7 March 2022) – 92 Points, Silver
  • 2021 Sommelier Challenge International Wine & Spirits Competition (USA) – 90 Points, Gold
  • Wine Pilot, Ken Gargett – 93 Points (Oct 2021)
  • 24th Japan Wine Challenge 2021 – Silver Medal

2019 Vintage

  • China Wine & Spirits Awards Best Value 2021 – Gold Medal
  • The Real Review, Stuart Knox – 90 Points
  • Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition (USA) 2021 –
    Silver Medal, 90 Points

 

Deep ruby core. Plums, tobacco leaf and boudin noir aromas. Rich and full palate. Ample tannins to frame the weight though. There’s a pleasing saline savoury note throughout that gives tension and drive. Handles it all with grace and poise. Intense and weighty, but with a well thought-out framework”.  – Stuart Knox, The Real Review

2018 Vintage

  • Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition (USA) 2020 – Platinum, 94 Points
  • James Halliday Australian Wine Companion – 91 Points
  • San Diego International Wine & Spirits Challenge 2020 – Gold Medal, 92 Points
  • China Wine & Spirits Awards Best Value 2020- Gold Medal
  • Critics International Wine Challenge (USA) 2019 – Silver Medal
  • Melbourne International Wine Competition 2020 – Silver Medal

    “Damson plum, five-spice, choco-cherry and some mint slip their way across gently astringent tannins. A solid merlot.” Ned Goodwin

2017 Vintage

  • China Wine & Spirits Best Value Awards 2019 – Gold Medal
  • Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition (USA) 2019 – Gold, 91 Points
  • Sommelier Challenge International Wine & Spirits Competition 2017 – Gold Medal
  • James Halliday Wine Companion 2019 – 91 Points

 

“Hand-picked, crushed, wild yeast-open fermented, 10 months maturation in used French barriques. It is a substantial merlot, not far short of full-bodied, and reined in by firm, although not aggressive, tannins. It’s a serious wine, and casual merlot drinkers used to lighter-bodied, slightly sweet, versions may balk at this.” – James Halliday

2016 Vintage

  • San Diego International Wine Challenge 2018 – Gold Medal 92 points
  • International Wine Challenge Tranche 2 2017 – Silver Medal
  • Critics Challenge International Wine Challenge (USA) 2018 – Silver Medal
  • James Halliday Australian Wine Companion – 88 Points

 

“Hand-picked from 35yo vines, wild-fermented for 8 days, the fermentation finished in French and American oak, matured for 10 months. A well balanced medium-bodied wine, easy to enjoy without much introspection. Those who like merlot from temperate regions will flock to this.” – James Halliday

2015 Vintage

  • Vienna AWC International Wine Challenge 2016 – Gold Medal
  • Critics International Wine Challenge (USA) 2017 – Gold Medal
  • Winemaker Challenge International Winemaker Competition (USA) 2017 – Silver Medal
  • San Diego International Wine & Spirit Competition 2017 – Silver Medal
  • Sommelier Challenge International Wine & Spirits Competition 2017 – Silver Medal
  • James Halliday Australian Wine Companion – 90 Points

2014 Vintage

  • China Wine and Spirits Awards 2015 – Gold Medal
  • Vienna AWC International Wine Challenge – Silver Medal
  • Sommelier’s Challenge USA – Silver Medal
  • Sommelier Wine Awards UK – Silver Medal
  • Critics International Wine Challenge (USA) 2016 – Silver Medal – 88 Points
  • China Wine and Spirits Awards Best Value 2016 – Silver Medal
  • James Halliday Australian Wine Companion – 91 Points 

2013 Vintage

  • China Wine and Spirits Awards 2014 – Gold Medal
  • James Halliday Australian Wine Companion – 92 Points

2012 Vintage

  • AWC Vienna International Wine Challenge (Austria) 2014 – Gold Medal
  • Critics Challenge (USA) 2014 – Gold Medal 92 points
  • San Diego International Wine Competition (USA) 2014 – Gold Medal 90 points
  • New York International Wine Competition (USA) 2014 – Silver Medal
  • San Francisco Wine Competition (USA) 2014 – Silver Medal
  • James Halliday Australian Wine Companion – 91 Points

2021 Vintage

  • Women’s Wine & Spirits Awards 2023 – Gold Medal
  • The Real Review, Huon Hooke (Nov 2022) – 92 Points, Silver
  • Royal Hobart Wine Show 2022 – Silver
  • 2022 Sommelier Challenge IWSC San Diego – Silver
  • Melbourne International Wine Competition 2022 – 90 Points, Bronze Medal

2020 Vintage

  • Women’s Wine & Spirits Awards 2022 – Gold Medal
  • “SAKURA” Japan Women’s Wine Awards 2022 – Gold Medal
  • James Halliday Wine Companion, Jeni Port (7 March 2022) – 92 Points, Silver
  • 2021 Sommelier Challenge International Wine & Spirits Competition (USA) – 90 Points, Gold
  • Wine Pilot, Ken Gargett – 93 Points (Oct 2021)
  • 24th Japan Wine Challenge 2021 – Silver Medal

2019 Vintage

  • China Wine & Spirits Awards Best Value 2021 – Gold Medal
  • The Real Review, Stuart Knox – 90 Points
  • Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition (USA) 2021 –
    Silver Medal, 90 Points

 

Deep ruby core. Plums, tobacco leaf and boudin noir aromas. Rich and full palate. Ample tannins to frame the weight though. There’s a pleasing saline savoury note throughout that gives tension and drive. Handles it all with grace and poise. Intense and weighty, but with a well thought-out framework”.  – Stuart Knox, The Real Review

2018 Vintage

  • Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition (USA) 2020 – Platinum, 94 Points
  • James Halliday Australian Wine Companion – 91 Points
  • San Diego International Wine & Spirits Challenge 2020 – Gold Medal, 92 Points
  • China Wine & Spirits Awards Best Value 2020- Gold Medal
  • Critics International Wine Challenge (USA) 2019 – Silver Medal
  • Melbourne International Wine Competition 2020 – Silver Medal

    “Damson plum, five-spice, choco-cherry and some mint slip their way across gently astringent tannins. A solid merlot.” Ned Goodwin

2017 Vintage

  • China Wine & Spirits Best Value Awards 2019 – Gold Medal
  • Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition (USA) 2019 – Gold, 91 Points
  • Sommelier Challenge International Wine & Spirits Competition 2017 – Gold Medal
  • James Halliday Wine Companion 2019 – 91 Points

 

“Hand-picked, crushed, wild yeast-open fermented, 10 months maturation in used French barriques. It is a substantial merlot, not far short of full-bodied, and reined in by firm, although not aggressive, tannins. It’s a serious wine, and casual merlot drinkers used to lighter-bodied, slightly sweet, versions may balk at this.” – James Halliday

2016 Vintage

  • San Diego International Wine Challenge 2018 – Gold Medal 92 points
  • International Wine Challenge Tranche 2 2017 – Silver Medal
  • Critics Challenge International Wine Challenge (USA) 2018 – Silver Medal
  • James Halliday Australian Wine Companion – 88 Points

 

“Hand-picked from 35yo vines, wild-fermented for 8 days, the fermentation finished in French and American oak, matured for 10 months. A well balanced medium-bodied wine, easy to enjoy without much introspection. Those who like merlot from temperate regions will flock to this.” – James Halliday

2015 Vintage

  • Vienna AWC International Wine Challenge 2016 – Gold Medal
  • Critics International Wine Challenge (USA) 2017 – Gold Medal
  • Winemaker Challenge International Winemaker Competition (USA) 2017 – Silver Medal
  • San Diego International Wine & Spirit Competition 2017 – Silver Medal
  • Sommelier Challenge International Wine & Spirits Competition 2017 – Silver Medal
  • James Halliday Australian Wine Companion – 90 Points

2014 Vintage

  • China Wine and Spirits Awards 2015 – Gold Medal
  • Vienna AWC International Wine Challenge – Silver Medal
  • Sommelier’s Challenge USA – Silver Medal
  • Sommelier Wine Awards UK – Silver Medal
  • Critics International Wine Challenge (USA) 2016 – Silver Medal – 88 Points
  • China Wine and Spirits Awards Best Value 2016 – Silver Medal
  • James Halliday Australian Wine Companion – 91 Points 

2013 Vintage

  • China Wine and Spirits Awards 2014 – Gold Medal
  • James Halliday Australian Wine Companion – 92 Points

2012 Vintage

  • AWC Vienna International Wine Challenge (Austria) 2014 – Gold Medal
  • Critics Challenge (USA) 2014 – Gold Medal 92 points
  • San Diego International Wine Competition (USA) 2014 – Gold Medal 90 points
  • New York International Wine Competition (USA) 2014 – Silver Medal
  • San Francisco Wine Competition (USA) 2014 – Silver Medal
  • James Halliday Australian Wine Companion – 91 Points

2021 Vintage

  • Women’s Wine & Spirits Awards 2023 – Gold Medal
  • The Real Review, Huon Hooke (Nov 2022) – 92 Points, Silver
  • Royal Hobart Wine Show 2022 – Silver
  • 2022 Sommelier Challenge IWSC San Diego – Silver
  • Melbourne International Wine Competition 2022 – 90 Points, Bronze Medal

2020 Vintage

  • Women’s Wine & Spirits Awards 2022 – Gold Medal
  • “SAKURA” Japan Women’s Wine Awards 2022 – Gold Medal
  • James Halliday Wine Companion, Jeni Port (7 March 2022) – 92 Points, Silver
  • 2021 Sommelier Challenge International Wine & Spirits Competition (USA) – 90 Points, Gold
  • Wine Pilot, Ken Gargett – 93 Points (Oct 2021)
  • 24th Japan Wine Challenge 2021 – Silver Medal

2019 Vintage

  • China Wine & Spirits Awards Best Value 2021 – Gold Medal
  • The Real Review, Stuart Knox – 90 Points
  • Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition (USA) 2021 –
    Silver Medal, 90 Points

 

Deep ruby core. Plums, tobacco leaf and boudin noir aromas. Rich and full palate. Ample tannins to frame the weight though. There’s a pleasing saline savoury note throughout that gives tension and drive. Handles it all with grace and poise. Intense and weighty, but with a well thought-out framework”.  – Stuart Knox, The Real Review

2018 Vintage

  • Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition (USA) 2020 – Platinum, 94 Points
  • James Halliday Australian Wine Companion – 91 Points
  • San Diego International Wine & Spirits Challenge 2020 – Gold Medal, 92 Points
  • China Wine & Spirits Awards Best Value 2020- Gold Medal
  • Critics International Wine Challenge (USA) 2019 – Silver Medal
  • Melbourne International Wine Competition 2020 – Silver Medal

    “Damson plum, five-spice, choco-cherry and some mint slip their way across gently astringent tannins. A solid merlot.” Ned Goodwin

2017 Vintage

  • China Wine & Spirits Best Value Awards 2019 – Gold Medal
  • Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition (USA) 2019 – Gold, 91 Points
  • Sommelier Challenge International Wine & Spirits Competition 2017 – Gold Medal
  • James Halliday Wine Companion 2019 – 91 Points

 

“Hand-picked, crushed, wild yeast-open fermented, 10 months maturation in used French barriques. It is a substantial merlot, not far short of full-bodied, and reined in by firm, although not aggressive, tannins. It’s a serious wine, and casual merlot drinkers used to lighter-bodied, slightly sweet, versions may balk at this.” – James Halliday

2016 Vintage

  • San Diego International Wine Challenge 2018 – Gold Medal 92 points
  • International Wine Challenge Tranche 2 2017 – Silver Medal
  • Critics Challenge International Wine Challenge (USA) 2018 – Silver Medal
  • James Halliday Australian Wine Companion – 88 Points

 

“Hand-picked from 35yo vines, wild-fermented for 8 days, the fermentation finished in French and American oak, matured for 10 months. A well balanced medium-bodied wine, easy to enjoy without much introspection. Those who like merlot from temperate regions will flock to this.” – James Halliday

2015 Vintage

  • Vienna AWC International Wine Challenge 2016 – Gold Medal
  • Critics International Wine Challenge (USA) 2017 – Gold Medal
  • Winemaker Challenge International Winemaker Competition (USA) 2017 – Silver Medal
  • San Diego International Wine & Spirit Competition 2017 – Silver Medal
  • Sommelier Challenge International Wine & Spirits Competition 2017 – Silver Medal
  • James Halliday Australian Wine Companion – 90 Points

2014 Vintage

  • China Wine and Spirits Awards 2015 – Gold Medal
  • Vienna AWC International Wine Challenge – Silver Medal
  • Sommelier’s Challenge USA – Silver Medal
  • Sommelier Wine Awards UK – Silver Medal
  • Critics International Wine Challenge (USA) 2016 – Silver Medal – 88 Points
  • China Wine and Spirits Awards Best Value 2016 – Silver Medal
  • James Halliday Australian Wine Companion – 91 Points 

2013 Vintage

  • China Wine and Spirits Awards 2014 – Gold Medal
  • James Halliday Australian Wine Companion – 92 Points

2012 Vintage

  • AWC Vienna International Wine Challenge (Austria) 2014 – Gold Medal
  • Critics Challenge (USA) 2014 – Gold Medal 92 points
  • San Diego International Wine Competition (USA) 2014 – Gold Medal 90 points
  • New York International Wine Competition (USA) 2014 – Silver Medal
  • San Francisco Wine Competition (USA) 2014 – Silver Medal
  • James Halliday Australian Wine Companion – 91 Points

2021 Vintage

  • Women’s Wine & Spirits Awards 2023 – Gold Medal
  • The Real Review, Huon Hooke (Nov 2022) – 92 Points, Silver
  • Royal Hobart Wine Show 2022 – Silver
  • 2022 Sommelier Challenge IWSC San Diego – Silver
  • Melbourne International Wine Competition 2022 – 90 Points, Bronze Medal

2020 Vintage

  • Women’s Wine & Spirits Awards 2022 – Gold Medal
  • “SAKURA” Japan Women’s Wine Awards 2022 – Gold Medal
  • James Halliday Wine Companion, Jeni Port (7 March 2022) – 92 Points, Silver
  • 2021 Sommelier Challenge International Wine & Spirits Competition (USA) – 90 Points, Gold
  • Wine Pilot, Ken Gargett – 93 Points (Oct 2021)
  • 24th Japan Wine Challenge 2021 – Silver Medal

2019 Vintage

  • China Wine & Spirits Awards Best Value 2021 – Gold Medal
  • The Real Review, Stuart Knox – 90 Points
  • Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition (USA) 2021 –
    Silver Medal, 90 Points

 

Deep ruby core. Plums, tobacco leaf and boudin noir aromas. Rich and full palate. Ample tannins to frame the weight though. There’s a pleasing saline savoury note throughout that gives tension and drive. Handles it all with grace and poise. Intense and weighty, but with a well thought-out framework”.  – Stuart Knox, The Real Review

2018 Vintage

  • Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition (USA) 2020 – Platinum, 94 Points
  • James Halliday Australian Wine Companion – 91 Points
  • San Diego International Wine & Spirits Challenge 2020 – Gold Medal, 92 Points
  • China Wine & Spirits Awards Best Value 2020- Gold Medal
  • Critics International Wine Challenge (USA) 2019 – Silver Medal
  • Melbourne International Wine Competition 2020 – Silver Medal

    “Damson plum, five-spice, choco-cherry and some mint slip their way across gently astringent tannins. A solid merlot.” Ned Goodwin

2017 Vintage

  • China Wine & Spirits Best Value Awards 2019 – Gold Medal
  • Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition (USA) 2019 – Gold, 91 Points
  • Sommelier Challenge International Wine & Spirits Competition 2017 – Gold Medal
  • James Halliday Wine Companion 2019 – 91 Points

 

“Hand-picked, crushed, wild yeast-open fermented, 10 months maturation in used French barriques. It is a substantial merlot, not far short of full-bodied, and reined in by firm, although not aggressive, tannins. It’s a serious wine, and casual merlot drinkers used to lighter-bodied, slightly sweet, versions may balk at this.” – James Halliday

2016 Vintage

  • San Diego International Wine Challenge 2018 – Gold Medal 92 points
  • International Wine Challenge Tranche 2 2017 – Silver Medal
  • Critics Challenge International Wine Challenge (USA) 2018 – Silver Medal
  • James Halliday Australian Wine Companion – 88 Points

 

“Hand-picked from 35yo vines, wild-fermented for 8 days, the fermentation finished in French and American oak, matured for 10 months. A well balanced medium-bodied wine, easy to enjoy without much introspection. Those who like merlot from temperate regions will flock to this.” – James Halliday

2015 Vintage

  • Vienna AWC International Wine Challenge 2016 – Gold Medal
  • Critics International Wine Challenge (USA) 2017 – Gold Medal
  • Winemaker Challenge International Winemaker Competition (USA) 2017 – Silver Medal
  • San Diego International Wine & Spirit Competition 2017 – Silver Medal
  • Sommelier Challenge International Wine & Spirits Competition 2017 – Silver Medal
  • James Halliday Australian Wine Companion – 90 Points

2014 Vintage

  • China Wine and Spirits Awards 2015 – Gold Medal
  • Vienna AWC International Wine Challenge – Silver Medal
  • Sommelier’s Challenge USA – Silver Medal
  • Sommelier Wine Awards UK – Silver Medal
  • Critics International Wine Challenge (USA) 2016 – Silver Medal – 88 Points
  • China Wine and Spirits Awards Best Value 2016 – Silver Medal
  • James Halliday Australian Wine Companion – 91 Points 

2013 Vintage

  • China Wine and Spirits Awards 2014 – Gold Medal
  • James Halliday Australian Wine Companion – 92 Points

2012 Vintage

  • AWC Vienna International Wine Challenge (Austria) 2014 – Gold Medal
  • Critics Challenge (USA) 2014 – Gold Medal 92 points
  • San Diego International Wine Competition (USA) 2014 – Gold Medal 90 points
  • New York International Wine Competition (USA) 2014 – Silver Medal
  • San Francisco Wine Competition (USA) 2014 – Silver Medal
  • James Halliday Australian Wine Companion – 91 Points

2021 Vintage

  • Women’s Wine & Spirits Awards 2023 – Gold Medal
  • The Real Review, Huon Hooke (Nov 2022) – 92 Points, Silver
  • Royal Hobart Wine Show 2022 – Silver
  • 2022 Sommelier Challenge IWSC San Diego – Silver
  • Melbourne International Wine Competition 2022 – 90 Points, Bronze Medal

2020 Vintage

  • Women’s Wine & Spirits Awards 2022 – Gold Medal
  • “SAKURA” Japan Women’s Wine Awards 2022 – Gold Medal
  • James Halliday Wine Companion, Jeni Port (7 March 2022) – 92 Points, Silver
  • 2021 Sommelier Challenge International Wine & Spirits Competition (USA) – 90 Points, Gold
  • Wine Pilot, Ken Gargett – 93 Points (Oct 2021)
  • 24th Japan Wine Challenge 2021 – Silver Medal

2019 Vintage

  • China Wine & Spirits Awards Best Value 2021 – Gold Medal
  • The Real Review, Stuart Knox – 90 Points
  • Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition (USA) 2021 –
    Silver Medal, 90 Points

 

Deep ruby core. Plums, tobacco leaf and boudin noir aromas. Rich and full palate. Ample tannins to frame the weight though. There’s a pleasing saline savoury note throughout that gives tension and drive. Handles it all with grace and poise. Intense and weighty, but with a well thought-out framework”.  – Stuart Knox, The Real Review

2018 Vintage

  • Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition (USA) 2020 – Platinum, 94 Points
  • James Halliday Australian Wine Companion – 91 Points
  • San Diego International Wine & Spirits Challenge 2020 – Gold Medal, 92 Points
  • China Wine & Spirits Awards Best Value 2020- Gold Medal
  • Critics International Wine Challenge (USA) 2019 – Silver Medal
  • Melbourne International Wine Competition 2020 – Silver Medal

    “Damson plum, five-spice, choco-cherry and some mint slip their way across gently astringent tannins. A solid merlot.” Ned Goodwin

2017 Vintage

  • China Wine & Spirits Best Value Awards 2019 – Gold Medal
  • Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition (USA) 2019 – Gold, 91 Points
  • Sommelier Challenge International Wine & Spirits Competition 2017 – Gold Medal
  • James Halliday Wine Companion 2019 – 91 Points

 

“Hand-picked, crushed, wild yeast-open fermented, 10 months maturation in used French barriques. It is a substantial merlot, not far short of full-bodied, and reined in by firm, although not aggressive, tannins. It’s a serious wine, and casual merlot drinkers used to lighter-bodied, slightly sweet, versions may balk at this.” – James Halliday

2016 Vintage

  • San Diego International Wine Challenge 2018 – Gold Medal 92 points
  • International Wine Challenge Tranche 2 2017 – Silver Medal
  • Critics Challenge International Wine Challenge (USA) 2018 – Silver Medal
  • James Halliday Australian Wine Companion – 88 Points

 

“Hand-picked from 35yo vines, wild-fermented for 8 days, the fermentation finished in French and American oak, matured for 10 months. A well balanced medium-bodied wine, easy to enjoy without much introspection. Those who like merlot from temperate regions will flock to this.” – James Halliday

2015 Vintage

  • Vienna AWC International Wine Challenge 2016 – Gold Medal
  • Critics International Wine Challenge (USA) 2017 – Gold Medal
  • Winemaker Challenge International Winemaker Competition (USA) 2017 – Silver Medal
  • San Diego International Wine & Spirit Competition 2017 – Silver Medal
  • Sommelier Challenge International Wine & Spirits Competition 2017 – Silver Medal
  • James Halliday Australian Wine Companion – 90 Points

2014 Vintage

  • China Wine and Spirits Awards 2015 – Gold Medal
  • Vienna AWC International Wine Challenge – Silver Medal
  • Sommelier’s Challenge USA – Silver Medal
  • Sommelier Wine Awards UK – Silver Medal
  • Critics International Wine Challenge (USA) 2016 – Silver Medal – 88 Points
  • China Wine and Spirits Awards Best Value 2016 – Silver Medal
  • James Halliday Australian Wine Companion – 91 Points 

2013 Vintage

  • China Wine and Spirits Awards 2014 – Gold Medal
  • James Halliday Australian Wine Companion – 92 Points

2012 Vintage

  • AWC Vienna International Wine Challenge (Austria) 2014 – Gold Medal
  • Critics Challenge (USA) 2014 – Gold Medal 92 points
  • San Diego International Wine Competition (USA) 2014 – Gold Medal 90 points
  • New York International Wine Competition (USA) 2014 – Silver Medal
  • San Francisco Wine Competition (USA) 2014 – Silver Medal
  • James Halliday Australian Wine Companion – 91 Points

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