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Lion’s Tooth of McLaren Vale Shiraz Riesling Awards

Posted January 17, 2018

Vintage 2019

  • James Halliday Wine Companion - 93 Points
  • Critics International Wine Challenge (USA) 2021 - Gold Medal, 92 Points
  • China Wine & Spirits Awards 2021 - Gold Medal
  • Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition (USA) 2021 - Gold Medal, 90 Pints
  • International Wine & Spirits Competition 2020, Tranche 2 - Silver Medal, 93 Points
  • San Francisco International Wine Competition 2020 - Silver Medal
  • Women's Wine & Spirits Awards 2020 - Silver Medal

    "A paean to the hipster fraternity, with a dollop of riesling skins underlying whole-bunch shiraz, sourced from a prized block. Matured in mostly older French wood for 18 months. The concept makes sense, with warm-climate shiraz always in need of a bona fide grape-tannin kick. Aromas of cherry, iodine and violet. Anise and clove douse the palate, with some pickled lift and an expansive spiderweb of spindly tannins, firm and detailed and nourishing. I'd like to see this in a couple of years." 
    Ned Goodwin, Halliday Wine Companion

    Vintage 2018

    • McLaren Vale Wine Show 2019 – Trophy Best Shiraz Predominant Blend
    • James Halliday Australian Wine Companion – 95 Points
    • Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition (USA) 2020 – Platinum, 94 Points
    • Critics International Wine Challenge (USA) 2019 – Gold Medal, 93 Points
    • China Wine & Spirits Awards 2019 – Gold Medal
    • New Zealand International Wine Show 2019– Gold Medal
    • Decanter World Wine Awards 2020 - 93 Points
    • San Francisco International Wine Competition 2019 – Gold Medal, 93 Points
    • Woman Wine & Spirit Awards UK 2020 – Gold Medal
    • James Suckling – 90 Points

      "Clearly eager to showcase the riesling component (as at 5% of the blend it is not necessary to note it on the label), this is quirky but wholly delicious. Makes sense: riesling's zingy acidity imparting life to the swirl of purple to blue fruit references inherent to Vale shiraz. Whole bunches of the latter were fermented with stems, atop riesling skins. Beautifully floral. Think lilac and rose water. Charming. Crunchy and long. The tannins are like chewing grape skins and the most delicious pulp. Real verve here."
      Ned Goodwin, Halliday Wine Companion

    Vintage 2017

    • Sydney International Wine Competition 2019 – Top 100 Award Top 100/Blue-Gold, Medium Bodied Dry Red Wines Category
    • Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition (USA) 2019 - Platinum, 94 Points
    • China Wine & Spirits Best Value Awards 2019 - Double Gold
    • AWC Vienna International Wine Show 2019 - Gold Medal 91 points
    • McLaren Vale Wine Show 2018 – Gold Medal, 95 Points
    • Asia International Wine Competition 2018 – Gold Medal
    • Royal Adelaide Wine Show 2018 – Gold Medal
    • New Zealand International Wine Show 2018 – Silver Medal
    • San Francisco International Wine Competition 2018 – Silver Medal
    • James Halliday Wine Companion 2020 - 94 Points

    "95% whole bunch shiraz fermented with 5% riesling skins for 11 days, then matured in French barriques (mostly new) for 18 months. Is the type of wine that fuels fierce arguments about 100% whole bunch ferments (the riesling is a side show). Vibrantly aromatic and flavoured to the point of outright mouthwatering red fruits and a streak of acidity end up as a coherent whole."

    Vintage 2016

    • Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2018 – Trophy Best in Show, 97 Points
    • San Diego International Wine Challenge 2018 - Platinum 94 points 
    • Vienna AWC International Wine Challenge 2018 – Gold Medal
    • China Wine & Spirits Awards 2018 – Gold Medal
    • Asia International Wine Competition 2018 – Gold Medal
    • Critics Challenge International Wine Challenge (USA) 2018 – Silver MedalKorea Wine Challenge 2018 - Silver Medal
    • James Suckling – 91 Points

    Vintage 2015

    • China Wine & Spirits 2018 – Gold Medal
    • Sommelier Wine Awards UK 2017 – Gold Medal
    • International Wine Challenge Trance 2 2017 – Gold Medal
    • Vienna AWC International Wine Challenge 2017 – Gold Medal
    • China Wine & Spirits 2017 – Gold Medal
    • Critics Challenge International Wine Challenge (USA) 2017 – Silver Medal
    • San Diego International Wine & Spirit Competition 2017 – Silver Medal
    • San Francisco International Wine Competition 2017 – Silver Medal
    • Melbourne International Wine Show 2017 – Silver Medal
    • James Suckling – 92 Points 
    • James Halliday Australian Wine Companion - 92 Points

    "95% shiraz, 5% riesling. You can't argue with its brightness, nor with its perfumed appeal. It's blue and red-berried, touched with sweet herbs, medium-weight at most and ripe/sound through the finish. Riesling no doubt had an influence but it's not overt, there's nothing dogs-balls about it. It's a pretty red wine, well-shaped and massaged into highly drinkable territory."

    Vintage 2014

    • Korea Wine Challenge 2016 – Gold Medal
    • Critics Challenge (USA) 2016 – Gold Medal – 93 Points
    • Sommelier Challenge International Wine Competition (USA) 2016 - Gold Medal 91 Points
    • San Francisco International Wine Competition 2016 – Gold Medal
    • New York International Wine Challenge 2016 – Gold Medal
    • New Zealand International Wine Show 2016 – Gold Medal
    • China Wine & Spirits Awards Best Value 2017 – Double Gold Medal
    • China Wine & Spirits Awards 2016 – Gold Medal
    • San Diego International Wine Challenge 2016 – Silver Medal 88 Points
    • Vienna AWC International Wine Challenge 2016 – Silver Medal
    • Melbourne International Wine Competition 2016 – Silver Medal
    • Royal Hobart International Wine Show 2016 – Silver Medal
    • James Halliday Australian Wine Companion – 90 Points

    Vintage 2013

    • San Diego International Wine Competition (USA) 2015 - Gold Medal 92 points
    • Critics Challenge (USA) 2015 – Gold Medal 92 Points
    • Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition (USA) 2015 – Gold Medal
    • Vienna AWC International Wine Challenge – Gold Medal
    • Sommelier's Challenge USA – Silver Medal
    • San Francisco Wine Competition (USA) 2015 - Silver Medal
    • International Wine and Spirits Competition 2015 – Silver Medal
    • Royal Melbourne Wine Awards 2015 – Silver Medal 90 points
    • James Halliday Australian Wine Companion – 94 Points

    Vintage 2012

    • AWC Vienna International Wine Challenge (Austria) 2014 - Gold Medal
    • Shanghai International Wine Challenge (China) 2014 - Gold Medal
    • China Wine & Spirits Awards (Shanghai) 2014 - Gold Medal
    • Winemaker Challenge International Wine Competition (USA) – Gold Medal
    • Critics Challenge (USA) 2014 - Silver Medal
    • San Diego International Wine Competition (USA) 2014 - Gold Medal
    • Cathay Pacific (Hong Kong) International Wine & Spirit Competition 2014 – Silver Medal
    • San Francisco Wine Competition (USA) 2014 - Silver Medal
    • James Halliday Australian Wine Companion - 92 Points
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