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2007 Greenstone Heathcote Sangiovese
"One is the best Sangiovese I’ve tasted from outside Tuscany. Fresh and complex with notes of cherry stone, tea leaf and raspberry." Tim Atkin, The Times June 2010

Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
Lisa Perotti Brown
2007 Greenstone Vineyard Sangiovese 91 points 2006 Greenstone Vineyard Shiraz 90 points
2007 Greenstone Vineyard Shiraz 93 points

James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2009
"This is one of the most interesting new ventures to emerge over the past few years…"

Greenstone Sangiovese 2007 - James Halliday’s Top 100 wines of 2009. November 2009 "96 points"

Heathcote Shiraz 2006 - James Halliday - 95 points - Outstanding
"Grapes picked at optimal ripeness, producing a wine that is stacked with regional black fruits but has no alcohol derived sweetness; long finish with fine grained tannins. Screwcap

Greenstone Sangiovese 2007 - Matt Skinner-Uncorked, The Age, Sunday Life November 8, 2009
"Certain to become one of Australia’s benchmark examples of sangiovese, this has plenty of brooding dark fruit coupled with trademark tobacco and spice. A similarly intense palate is nicely framed by dry and chalky sangiovese tannin and good acidity. "

Greenstone Sangiovese 2007 - Jane Faulkner - The Age, ‘A2’ November 7 - November 2009
"There's no other Australian sangiovese quite like this, for Greenstone manages to meld a gorgeous perfume with a structured palate without the wine being heavy or awkward. It's essentially a savoury wine, but there's some delicate fruit underneath; cherry, plums with some dried herbs, earthy with fine Italianate tannins and cleansing acidity. Some will baulk at the price but Greenstone has taken the quality of local sangiovese up several notches. Superb stuff."
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Greenstone Rose - 2009 - Jane Faulkner - The Age, ‘A2’ October 24, 2009
"While this rose’s pale onion-skin colour is so enticing, the real joy is the palate- spicy, moreish, crisp and dry with a touch of watermelon- it’s made from mouvedre (a much used Bandol variety) although greenstone uses the Spanish name, monastrell. Chill this and enjoy with antipasta or on it’s own."

Heathcote Shiraz 2006 - Jane Faulkner, The Age, ‘A2’ May 23, 2009
"It is extraordinary to think this is only the second vintage, give it plenty of air to reveal deep red and bramble fruits notes, blueberry too with earthy savoury spice and pepper notes. A very restrained oak builds to a plush palate with velvety tannins and tangy acidity."

Greenstone Sangiovese 2007 - Max Allen, The Weekend Australian Magazine, March 22-23, 2009
"The 2007 Sangiovese (tasted as a barrel sample and due for release in a few months) is even better; made from new Tuscan clones of the Sangiovese vine, it is a heavenly mix of Heathcote sandalwood aromatics and the most amazing, fine, powdery tannic grip that gently hugs your tongue and refuses to let go. It’s a new benchmark of Sangiovese in Australia."

Heathcote Shiraz 2006 - Nick Stock in the Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2009
" From one of the newest and most cleverly established Heathcote vineyards, right on the golden mile of red Cambrian dirt. Shows integrated savoury complexity; fruit, oak and spice aromas swirl around together, some smokey toast, meaty notes and peppered plums. The palate has rich savoury tannin chew, long and fine, some dark fruits and mineral flavours, polished slate through the finish " - 92 points

Heathcote Shiraz 2006 - Winart (Japan) - May 2009
"Ripe Black Fruits,mineral, smoky at the nose, smooth at the palate, with melted spices and lots of acidity at the greatest level. Deep and Complex, it is so fresh and elegant, that it's hard to think it is an Australian wine. Produced in the Victoria region by Alberto Antonini, a famous Italian oenologist. "
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Heathcote Shiraz 2006 - Tim White, Financial Review, January 2009: 95(96) points.
"lots of brambly fruit here; there’s an earthy gunpowder sniff too. Gets kumquat peel with air. Plenty of brambly, pippy berry fruit, building firm grippy tannins identifying this as a serious red. There’re wholemeal oak characters and a touch of sumac at the back. Puts most other Heathcote reds to shame, including more expensive ones, especially in the matter of balance." Even better with a few years in bottle.

Wines of Victoria - Harrods
"Vibrantly coloured with purple hues and of notable elegance, this wine gives way to a ripe, brambly, spicy fruit on the nose. Thepalate meanwhile is rich andframed by supple, grainy tannins and a lifted acidity on the finish."
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Max Allen - The Weekend Australian Magazine - 22-23rd March 2008
"An Italian winemaker is the last person you'd expect to hear supporting regional styles and terroir in Australian wine. But Alberto Antonini is no ordinary Italian winemaker."
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Huon Hooke - Sydney Morning Herald - Good Living - March 11th 2008
"A European expert passes on his wisdom to Australian vineyards - to great effect."
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Bronze medal for 2005 vintage at the Indian Wine Challenge 2007

James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2008
5* RATING and selected as one of the “TEN OF THE BEST NEW WINERIES” - 95 points:

"A very complex and highly fragrant bouquet with oriental spice aromas; a beautifully finegrained palate, long, fine and gentle savoury. TO 2012"
"…the first vintage from 3-year-old vines making one wonder just how exceptional the site is."
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The Australian Financial Review 10t-12th August 2007 – Tim White
GREENSTONE VINEYARD 90 points

Earthy, raspberry pip smelling, with intriguing mossy humus characters too. Attacks with sweet, sharp currants and that earthy humus character again, as well as bitter orange and raspberry to close. The tannins are dry and building

The Independent Magazine - 28th April 2007 - Anthony Rose
Splash Out
This is a fine-tuned, not oversweet Oz shiraz whose opulence is finely balanced by a damsony acidity.

Decanter - Peter McCombie MW- April 2007 - Awarded four stars
From warmish Heathcote this newcomer is not initially very expressive on the nose, with a lean, tight, almost European structure. No surprise really as the winemaker is Italian. Beautiful, firm but ripe tannins mean this will need a minimum of 5 years' cellaring.

The Sydney Morning Herald - Huon Hooke - March 2007 - Greenstone was one of the top 3 Heathcote Shiraz’s chosen by Huon Hooke out of 54 tasted
Deep and spicy, blueberry-fruited, ripely elegant and lively, with good length and excellent freshness. Remarkable for a first-crop wine.

Restaurant Magazine - Peter McCombie MW- Feb-March 2007
Initially not very expressive on the nose, with a tight, lean, almost European structure. No surprise, the winemaker is Italian. Beautiful, firm, but ripe tannins mean worth cellaring.

Gourmet Traveller - December 2006 - Top Drops of the Month - Max Allen
A smart, spicy, medium-weight shiraz

James Halliday in the Weekend Australian - 18-19th November 2006
"The wine certainly has more elegance than most Heathcote reds and it gives consumers a choice of style…"

GREENSTONE VINEYARD 92 points
Sydney Morning Herald - Good Living - Huon Hooke 31.10.2006
FOR THE CELLAR

An elegant Shiraz with a deep, rich, spice, blueberry bouquet. The palate is lean with a tangy mineral edge and an intense, stylish, tautly constructed palate.
Best now to 2015+.

THE SATURDAY AGE – A2 - 7th October 2006 - Jane Faulkner
I can’t believe the fruit in this Heathcote wine is sourced from vines less than two years old. Already it manages to balance vibrant fruit, particularly blueberries and spicy plums, with savoury nuances, black pepper and just a touch of fine charry oak. There’s also a slight herbal note, almost thyme-like, that’s very appealing. A very exciting debut.

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