5 STAR WINERY
2011 Riesling ~ 94 points
2010 Chardonnay ~ 94 points
2010 Pinot Noir ~ 94 points
2009 Shiraz ~ 94 points
2009 Cabernet Sauvignon ~ 91 points
2011 Omrah Chardonnay ~ 90 points
2009 Omrah Shiraz ~ 90 points 2011
Omrah Sauvignon Blanc ~ 89 points
My top rated Victorian chardonnay, comes from the relatively unknown region of Gippsland around the town of Leongatha, further south even than the Mornington Peninsula: 2008 Caledonia Australis Reserve Chardonnay. The name of the estate was borrowed from 19th century Scottish explorer Angus McMillan, who upon gazing over eastern Victoria from Mount Macleod was so strongly struck by the landscape’s resemblance to his native Scotland that he named the place “Caledonia”, the Roman name for present-day Scotland, and “Australis”, meaning “southern”. Scotland in Australia? That’s Victoria. In any case the wine is a classy, refined yet substantial example of Australian chardonnay, with uncommon depth and richness on the palate.
Victoria - Australia's New Cool; John Szabo's Vintages Preview, Wine Align, 21st July 2012
Made in a traditional style of Australian chardonnay and a pretty impressive rendition it is too.
Upfront power and impact but no shortage of persistence. Lovely drinking package. Toast and honey, grapefruit and grilled nuts. Oak certainly makes a statement but the fruit is not lacking. Should be an even better drinking in another year or two. Alcohol : 13.5%. Closure : Screwcap. Drink : 2013 - 2017.
Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front, 11th July 2012
The much awaited results for the 2012 Decanter World Wine Awards were officially announced at the 32nd London International Wine Fair yesterday.
Judged by some of the world’s best palates, All Saints Estate was thrilled to have been awarded one gold and two silver medals for its range of fortified Grand, Rare and Rutherglen Muscats. The winery also received a silver medal for its All Saints Estate 2010 Marsanne.
The Decanter World Wine Awards has been running for 9 years and is recognised by producers and consumers in Australia and overseas as one of the major wine shows in the world. In addition to this win, All Saints Estate also celebrated with the release of the official results for the world’s largest wine competition, the 2012 International Wine Challenge. Our winemaking team were delighted to receive three more gold medals for the Rutherglen, Grand and Rare Muscats as well as ‘Commended’ for its All Saints Estate 2010 Durif.
“All Saints Estate won the first Australian Gold Medal in London over 100 years ago and now we can claim four more. It’s a fantastic result for our winemaking team, Dan Crane and Nicholas Brown, and shows our international credentials as producers of exceptional wine” says Eliza Brown, CEO. Chief Winemaker Dan Crane is also very excited to “show the potential of this treasured corner of North East Victoria to the world”.
Eliza runs daily operations of the estate alongside her two siblings Angela and Nicholas Brown. All share the vision of producing outstanding premium table wines and Australia’s finest winery experience. They believe that innovation, youthful passion, sustainability, a healthy respect for traditional winemaking and a talented team of people are the key to delivering that vision.
I revel in the opportunity to see older wine. While so many are 2010 and 2011 vintage, with this wine we get to taste the complexity derived from age and the levels of flavour it brings with it. The colour is deeper and the nose is of buttery toast, oats, biscuit with lemon and a little honey. The wine offers a grapefruit acidity that follows the richness and balances its power with ease. White it is full flavoured, the texture is still light and the acidity refreshing. This is a beautiful bottle of chardonnay.
Ben Knight, From the Grapevine, Melbourne Weekly Eastern, May 1st 2012, Page 28
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