Australia's Greatest Pinot Grigio? - 2019 Hahndorf Hill Adelaide Hills Pinot Grigio


In an unprecedented move this edition of Corker is headlined by a Pinot Grigio; one that has strong claims to being Australia's finest example.  

The 2019 Hahndorf Hill Adelaide Hills Pinot Grigio stopped us in our tracks when we recently tasted it; delivering a level of vibrancy, structure and complexity rarely associated with this varietal. 

A dominant performer on the Australian wine show circuit over the past 6 months (including numerous gold medals), this also attracted a glowing 96 point review from James Halliday.  At our one week-only discounted price of $22.90 a bottle, this is a wine not to be missed. 

Also featured in this edition is a last chance on the hugely popular 2018 Sons Of Eden Marschall Shiraz, a cracking sub-$20 Clare Valley Riesling from Pauletts and last stocks of a benchmark Rosé from Luke Lambert. 


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2019 Hahndorf Hill Adelaide Hills Pinot Grigio - $22.90

96 Points - James Halliday

Gold Medal - National Wine Show of Australia 2019

Gold Medal - Royal Hobart Wine Show 2019

Gold Medal - Australian Cool Climate Wine Show 2019

One of the standout wineries of the Adelaide Hills region, Hahndorf Hill has been in superb recent form recently with their white wines particularly impressive. A multiple gold medal winner, this 2019 Hahndorf Hill Adelaide Hills Pinot Grigio delivers a breathtakingly complex and intensely flavoured white wine that is rarely associated with this popular variety.

This is loaded with lip-smacking green apple and crunchy nashi-pear all wrapped together in a luscious, juicy acidity that is laced with a hint of musk. Vibrant and complex on the palate, this has the weight to compliment a range of dishes - yet offers plenty of drinking pleasure as a stand-alone proposition.

"96 Points. I took this wine up to the house after my daily tasting to make sure I hadn't lost my senses. (I hadn't.) A storm-induced crop loss of 60% saw the grapes hand-picked from two Adelaide Hills sites, chilled overnight, whole-bunch pressed and flash-oxygenated to eliminate anthocyanin colour contribution, then cool-fermented in stainless steel, racked off lees asap to prevent 'plumping up'. An ever so fine distillation of nashi pear, a prodigiously long palate and crunchy acidity. Three gold medals and a trophy pre end-'19. $25. 12.5% alc. Drink by: 2025. Screwcap."- James Halliday,


2019 Pauletts Polish Hill River Riesling - $19.90

"Packed with personality and appeal" - Gary Walsh

Based in the Polish Hill River sub-region of South Australia's Clare Valley, Pauletts has long been regarded as one of Australia's leading Riesling makers; producing a style can be enjoyed young or develop further depth and complexity with several years in the cellar.

The 2019 Pauletts Polish Hill Clare Valley River Riesling is another wonderfully flavoursome and expressive example of Clare Valley Riesling that is sure to please the many fans this wine already has. For those with the patience, we suggest stashing some away in the cellar and observing it evolve over the next decade.

"93 Points. Tasting alongside the 2019 Grosset Polish Hill (no river), and interesting to taste the similarities, and little differences. I like the grip and intensity on offer here. It’s green apple sorbet tang, some lime, lime rind, and vanilla, a pleasant green herb and quinine-like bitterness gives it a good old tweak, chalky texture, long firm finish. A little rugged in a way, but packed with personality and appeal. Tasted: Feb20 12% alc. $28 Screwcap Drink: 2020 - 2030" - Gary Walsh, The Wine Front.


2018 Sons Of Eden Marschall Shiraz - $21.90

96 Points - James Halliday

The 2018 Sons Of Eden Marschall is made as a modern interpretation of the classic Barossa style; opening with lovely lifted ripe blueberry and red licorice notes on the nose. The palate is vibrant, juicy and fresh, while offering the depth, fruit-weight and oak you'd expect in a high-quality Barossa Shiraz. A Shiraz that offers sensational value drinking in its youth, this is likely to only get better over the coming decade.

"96 Points. An unashamed full-bodied shiraz that has perfect balance, rare beast indeed. Blackberry, satsuma plum and polished cherries have unseen tannins and oak embedded in their core. This really is an exceptional wine, the one criticism the extensive print on the label remaining unreadable, even with a magnifying glass with an inbuilt torch. 14.5% alc"- James Halliday, Top Value Wines, Halliday Magazine Feb/ March 2020.

"95 Points. This is gorgeously fragrant on the nose showing Black Doris plum, blackberry, floral, subtle spice and toasted nut characters, leading to a plump palate that is beautifully rounded and impressively weighted. It is up front and delectable with excellent fruit intensity, finishing long and delicious."- Sam Kim, Wine Orbit. 


2019 Luke Lambert Crudo Rosé - $22.90

Last Stocks Of Benchmark Aussie Rosé

Luke Lambert is widely recognised as one of Australia's most talented young winemakers, producing some stunning wines under his Crudo label; most notably the hugely popular 2019 Luke Lambert Crudo Shiraz. Lambert's Crudo Rosé has established itself as one of Australia's finest and the 2019 is again in fine form. 

A blend of 80% Syrah and 20% Nebbiolo; whole bunch pressed, the cloudy juice sent to tank for wild ferment and wild malo before storage in 5,000-litre French oak foudre. The result is a complex, textural and lip- smackingly delicious wine - pretty much everything you could hope for a bottle of rosé to deliver. Only very limited last stocks of this wine are available so please be quick to avoid disappointment. 

"94 Points. Calm, fluid, gentle cool acidity, fine chalky texture, red fruits and blood orange, slight earthiness, perhaps a few fennel fronds and flowers. Red cherry and almond creaminess pops through on a very long finish. It’s as ever, a beautiful wine of harmony and supreme drinking pleasure. Touch and go for 95 points. Regardless, I’ll be buying some. Tasted: Dec19 13.5% alc. $23 Screwcap Drink: 2019 - 2024"- Gary Walsh, The Wine Front.


2016 Majella The Musician Cabernet Shiraz - $16.90

"It is a joyous wine" - James Halliday

One of the Coonawarra region's leading wineries, Majella has been in fine form in recent years delivering some outstanding red wines. One of Australia's most popular and consistently best value red wines, Majella The Musician is a sensational example of the classic Aussie Cabernet Shiraz blend.

The 2016 vintage of Majella 'The Musician' is bursting with plenty of typical blackcurrant, raspberry, herb notes. Mouth-wateringly juicy and super approachable, this is another impressive release that will deliver plenty of drinking pleasure in the short to medium term. 

"94 Points. A 70/ 30% blend, fermented in stainless steel and oak, matured for 6 months with minimal oak contact before blending. Great colour; one of life's sweet mysteries is keeping the price identical to that of the first release in '04. It is a joyous wine, revelling in its blend of blackcurrant, blackberry and plum fruit. Made with minimal oak contact, retaining maximum fruit freshness. 14.5% alc. Drink: 2026 Screwcap"- James Halliday,


2017 Yering Station Village Pinot Noir - $21.90

"This is very good" - Campbell Mattinson

Yering Station is widely recognised as one of Australia's leading Pinot Noir makers and their Village offering has established a strong reputation for delivering high quality drinking at a fantastic value price. Following in the footsteps of hugely popular recent vintages of this wine, the 2017 Yering Station Village Pinot Noir is another impressive drink-now proposition.

Bursting with plenty of regional and varietal personality, this is a lovely approachable Yarra Valley Pinot Noir with bright strawberry, soft cherry fruit flavours, and soft subtle tannin providing some complexity on the finish. For those seeking high quality Pinot drinking at a very reasonable price, it's hard to look past this offering from Yering Station.

"It’s only a minor step up the ladder but this sees 15% new oak and no doubt better grade grapes. Little Yering is good value and worth buying but this is worth every cent extra. This is very good. In a word: reach. It has above-average flow and flavour, it feels seamless from start to finish, it has just the right amount of both depth and complexity and it pushes on through the finish. Buy. Rated: 92 Points Tasted: Mar19 Alcohol: 13% Price: $24 Closure: Screwcap Drink: 2019 - 2023+"- Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front.


2018 Paxton Tempranillo - $21.90

"Gosh, this is great drinking" - Ray Jordan

Paxton Wines has been nurturing their family owned vineyards in McLaren Vale, South Australia since 1979. Producing premium certified organic and biodynamic wines, Paxton manage all their vineyards without synthetic fertilisers or pesticides in order to promote healthy, living soils.

This 2018 Paxton Tempranillo is another top-line example of McLaren Vale Tempranillo from the team at Paxton. Juicy and medium-bodied, this is utterly approachable while offering plenty of plum, cola, cherry flavours. Delicious drinking and super value at this great price.

"94/100. From organic and biodynamic vineyards, this is a gorgeous tempranillo that captures the variety to perfection. Juicy and fruity with lavish raspberry and spicy, savoury fruit in perfect balance with the oak which has just a little new. Gosh, this is great drinking"- Ray Jordan, The West Australian, 22 May 2019. 


2018 Dexter Chardonnay - $39.90

95 Points - Gary Walsh

Dexter Wines is the personal project of Tod Dexter who has several decades winemaking experience in the Mornington Peninsula, most notably as head winemaker at Stoniers and then Yabby Lake. Suffice to say, Tod brings some real winemaking pedigree to this venture that is reflected in the exceptional quality of his wines.

The 2018 Dexter Chardonnay is another refined, vibrant Mornington Peninsula Chardonnay that offers up plenty of complex, nutty, white peach flavours with restrained oak playing merely a support role. An outstanding cool-climate Chardonnay that will only bolster the reputation of this producer.

"95 Points. It’s laid down a mighty track record over the years at TWF. Ample flavour delivered on a fine and lean frame. Ripe lime and white nectarine, cashew and light ginger spice. Tight and intense. Line and length. Super Chardonnay satisfaction. It’s just right. Tasted: Feb20 13.5% alc. $40 Screwcap Drink: 2020 - 2027"- Gary Walsh, The Wine Front.


2018 John Duval Entity Shiraz - $47.90

New Vintage Release

When it comes to Australian winemakers, few are as esteemed as John Duval. Appointed Chief Winemaker at Penfolds in 1986, Duval followed in the footsteps of Australian winemaking greats including Max Schubert and Don Ditter, and was the custodian of Penfolds Grange for almost 30 years.

John Duval established his eponymous label back in 2003, with a focus on old vine Barossa Valley Shiraz, along with some select other Rhone varietals. The 2018 John Duval Entity Shiraz is another high-quality Shiraz from this esteemed winemaker, which follows in the steps of the hugely popular 2017 vintage (99 Points - Halliday).

Made with the intention of delivering an elegant Shiraz true to the Barossa, this again includes some Eden Valley Shiraz to help maintain the elegance and style of Entity. Approachable in its youth, this has impressive fruit depth and ample structure; awash with fresh, vibrant blue fruits/ blueberries and concentrated plum. Finishing with hints of cedar spice and extremely fine tannins, this superb Barossa Shiraz will cellar for many years to come.

While the 2018 vintage is yet to be reviewed, it's worth revisiting the praise heaped on the 2017 vintage in Halliday's review below;

"99 Points. From old vines in five districts, fermented with submerged cap, matured in French hogsheads (32% new) for 15 months. Complex and rich from first whiff, it doesn't waste a single berry of this great vintage. So much power, such elegance. 14% alc. Screwcap. $50. Drink to 2047" - James Halliday, The Weekend Australia Magazine, May 25, 2019.