RARE FEATURE AUSTRALIAN WINES

Australia has some of the finest winemaking talent in the world.

These winemakers continually strive to match and surpass some the greatest wines in the world. Max Schubert made Grange, Roman Bratasuik made Astralis, and the Henschke name stands proudly tall with the finest.

Following in these traditions comes a new generation of talented winemakers, building on the talents of the previousgeneration. These artisans of the land have produced small batches of the finest that they can offer. Many of these wines have been critically acclaimed for their value in the auction circuit, in competitions, and recognised by international wine critics as unsurpassed for quality.

The Malesco portfolio contains a high percentage of these valuable icon wines, which are sold in preferrence to our agents, and can be made available to private buyers, importers and agents, and collectors by request.

Links to our icon producers' portfolios are on the left of this page. Existing agency agreements for all countries do apply.

Please email Malesco Wine Broker, or contact us to discuss your requirements.

Barossa Old Vine Company

Barossa Old Vine Company Shiraz

 

 

The grapes are sourced from special100+ year old Shiraz vines and, using traditional open fermentation and basket pressing, this unique hand made wine is the reward.

The wine from these gnarled and twisted vines is matured for two years in carefully chosen new American, new French and seasoned French Oak. It is then bottled without fining and filtration to ensure the true essence of the Barossa is captured.

Like all good things it starts with passion and a dream: the BOVC is Carl Lindner’s dream. It ensures that we continue to save and showcase these old timers and share their uniqueness with wine enthusiasts everywhere. Wine from these old vines gives a taste of living history.

James Halliday

95 (2005)

96 (2004)

89 (2003)

Robert Parker

87 (2006)

93-95 (2004)

93 (2003)

Wine Spectator

92 (2005)

88 (2003)

 

 
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Beer Bros

Old Vine Shiraz

 

All fruit sourced from Colin and Bruce Beer’s 40 year old Siegersdorf Road vineyard. Fruit is hand-picked, open fermented, basket pressed and barrel aged in 80% new French oak. This wine was fermented using wild/natural yeast.

James Halliday

NR

 

 

Robert Parker

NR

 

 

Wine Spectator

NR

 

 

 
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Clarendon Hills

Moritz Vineyard Syrah

 

This wine forms part of Clarendon Hills’ ‘Moritz Premier Cru’ classification. Deep, spicy dark fruits line this earthy and liquorice basement. Upstairs, there is tobacco and boot leather. Roofed with lavender and coffee, this is the house that cornas built. Layered and with a velvety texture, the palate is luxurious and the nose is liqueur-like smooth. It has depth and balance to warrant 25 years, or 25 minutes.

James Halliday

NR

 

 

Robert Parker

94+ (2007)

95 (2006)

95 (2004)

Wine Spectator

93 (2002)

91 (2001)

 

 
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Domaines Tatiarra

Cambrian Heathcote Shiraz

 

A barrel sample of the 2007 Cambrian Shiraz finds a more forward, glossy effort with rich, succulent flavors, excellent depth and volume, and a pure, fruit-filled finish. It is a pleasure-bent style of Shiraz that should drink well for at least a decade.

James Halliday

88 (2007)

83 (2006)

93 (2005)

Robert Parker

88+ (2007)

93 (2006)

94+ (2005)

Wine Spectator

91 (2007)

91 (2006)

90 (2004)

 

 

Caravan of Dreams Heathcote Shiraz

 

The 2006 Pressings Shiraz Caravan of Dreams was aged for 18 months in new American oak. It offers an expressive nose of cedar, spice box, pencil lead, game, and blueberry compote. Dense, full-bodied, and structured on the palate, it has a big core of concentrated, savory blue and black fruit, with pepper and chocolate notes making an appearance. Give it 6-8 years of additional cellaring and drink it from 2015 to 2030.

James Halliday

90 (2007)

88 (2006)

92 (2005)

Robert Parker

90 (2007)

94 (2006)

95-96 (2005)

Wine Spectator

91 (2007)

92 (2006)

 

Dutschke Wines

Oscar Semmler Shiraz

 

The 2006 Oscar Semmler Shiraz is a full bodied ripe silky textured wine, showing mid palate fruit sweetness with characteristics of plum and dark cherries. The spicy French oak characters and fine grain grape tannins compliment the sweet fruit mid palate concentration. The finish is long, with clean acidity. It’s a wine that will further soften and complex with careful cellaring.

James Halliday

96 (2006)

94 (2005)

94 (2005)

Robert Parker

93 (2006)

93 (2005)

93 (2004)

Wine Spectator

90 (2006)

88 (2005)

88 (2004)

 
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Elderton Wines

Barossa Command Single Vineyard Shiraz

 

A block-buster style of red that typifies the best of the Barossa. Made from fruit from a 104-year-old single vineyard, matured in new oak puncheons, this is dark, smoky and intense. Full-bodied and potentially long lived, it’s a wine to put hair on your chest.

James Halliday

94 (2006)

90 (2005)

90 (2003)

Robert Parker

94 (2006)

97 (2005)

98 (2004)

Wine Spectator

94 (2005)

94 (2004)

94 (2003)

 
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Gralyn Estate

SBR 2002

 

Firm, a restrained red with a generous bead of blackberry, currant and spice at the core, shaded with earth and herb notes as the finish lingers. Drink now through 2012.

James Halliday

90 (2003)

94 (2001)

 

Robert Parker

92 (2003)

92 (2002)

 

Wine Spectator

NR

 

 

 
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Hazyblur Wines

Invictus Shiraz

 

Black with a purple edge showing youthfulness. A big rich nose with lovely fruitcake and plum pudding fruit aromas and ground coffee from the new oak. Some chocolate and leathery complexities on the palate. An absolute seamless structure with rich ripe tannins. A wine which will handsomely reward after a good cellaring. This is a classy wine.

James Halliday

92 (2006)

 

 

Robert Parker

94 (2006)

 

 

Wine Spectator

94 (2004)

 

 

 
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Irvine Wines

Grand Merlot

 

The intriguing plummy depths, full complete racy flavours; balancing tannins and premium oak interaction, with overall complexity and satisfaction of style is how the Irvine “Grand Merlot” is perceived.

The Grand Merlot shows all the characters we were after and represents a high level of refinement of style and individuality. Further comparisons of analysis of Merlot from overseas and Australia plus intuitive drawings from forty plus years winemaking has brought about a number of changes to the Grand Merlot over the years. The changes have resulted in a more complex wine than usual with tobacco/leather overtones above the plummy bouquet. Deeper tannins have added to the palate, firming the end but still leaving the plum fruitiness in mid-palate. There is a light pepperiness which adds to the overall kaleidoscope of the bouquet. The grandness in all this mostly refers to the completeness of the wine and its ability to express itself in a totally prestigious way.

James Halliday

94 (2004)

95 (2002)

 

Robert Parker

NR

 

 

Wine Spectator

NR

 

 

 
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Kaesler Wines

Old Bastard Shiraz

 

Arterial blood. Once opened, and when it’s young, exhibits soy sauce, vegemite, mandarin rind and flowers. A few hours with air, and more suggestive of its future, it leans slowly towards dark chocolate embedded with black rip yet still sour cherries. After 5 hours or more, small berried fruit, black and red start streaming through; vanilla lift adds a nice topping and ethereal afterglow. Intensely ferrous and austere upon opening but this trait will become complex over time. The savoury qualities, pronounced by this vineyard persist until about 4 hours into the bottle. The oak is well wound into the fruit at this stage but the competition is intense.

James Halliday

95 (2004)

93 (2003)

96 (2002)

Robert Parker

92 (2007)

96 (2006)

98 (2005)

Wine Spectator

92 (2006)

94 (2005)

95 (2004)

 
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Kalleske Wines

Johann Georg Shiraz

 

Johann Georg Shiraz is a single vineyard wine produced from the oldest vineyard on the Kalleske farm, planted in 1875, that produces very low yields from gnarly, dry grown vines. The wine is a tribute to Johann Georg Kalleske, the first Kalleske ancestor to migrate to Australia from Prussia in 1838. The old vine fruit is open-top fermented, basket pressed and matured in new and used French and American hogsheads for two years prior to bottling. A powerful, but elegant wine of great sophistication showing flavours of dark berries, cured meats and savoury spice. The full-bodied muscular palate is rich and dense with finely textured tannins and fleshy dark fruit. A generous finish completes this magnificent wine that will benefit from a decade or more in the cellar.

James Halliday

96 (2006)

95 (2005)

96 (2004)

Robert Parker

93+ (2007)

97 (2006)

96 (2005)

Wine Spectator

94 (2006)

89 (2003)

 

 
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Kurtz Family Vineyards

Lunar Block Shiraz

 

A most attractive medium-bodied wine, with a spirited display of warm spices on a bed of red and black fruits, the tannins ripe and oak subtle; excellent length.

James Halliday

94 (2005)

95 (2004)

 

Robert Parker

93 (2005)

 

 

Wine Spectator

NR

 

 

 
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Langmeil Wines

The Freedom 1843 Shiraz

 

Very deep crimson with purple hues. Satsuma plum, raspberry and hints of blue fruits mingle deliciously with cedar wood, biscuity characters and hints of toasty French oak. Rich and velvety sweet fruit coasts the palate with love fine French oak tannins adding to the structure. Hints of briary spice add to the complexity with good acidity, the balance is created which carries on through the long and fruitful finish.

James Halliday

94 (2006)

95 (2005)

95 (2004)

Robert Parker

92 (2007)

97 (2006)

94 (2005)

Wine Spectator

NR

 

 

 
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Longview Vineyard

Block 11 Cabernet Sauvignon

 

 

 

 

 

 

James Halliday

NR

 

 

Robert Parker

NR

 

 

Wine Spectator

NR

 

 

 
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Mt Billy

Antiquity Shiraz

 

Immaculately balanced. Moorish palate of sweet black plum, rich minerally, blackberry, black licorice, dark chocolate, black olives, beef stock and orange peel with a long, fine grained fruit tannin finish, and lick of French oak seasoning.

James Halliday

96 (2006)

94 (2004)

 

Robert Parker

92 (2004)

 

 

Wine Spectator

NR

 

 

 
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Oliverhill

Jimmy Section Shiraz

 

Shows rich fruit characters with fine mouth filling tannins. The use of French oak has added structure and balance giving us a wine with a full mid palate and extremely good length.

James Halliday

NR

 

 

Robert Parker

93 (2008)

92 (2007)

96 (2005)

Wine Spectator

91 (2006)

88 (2005)

91 (2003)

 
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Penfold's

Grange

 

Saturated purple-crimson colour; has an amazing depth to the bouquet, oak and black fruits already seemlessly woven; the longer you spend inhaling the aromas, the more you learn about the wine within, in much the same way as a Grand Cru red burgundy. The palate delivers all that the bouquet promises, and then some; it has absolutely perfect proportions to the river of flavours running through blackberry, Satsuma plum, licorice and spice; the tannins are quite active, but totally balanced and ripe.

James Halliday

98 (2004)

93 (2005)

97 (2002)

Robert Parker

99 (2004)

92 (2003)

98 (2002)

Wine Spectator

98 (2004)

94 (2003)

95 (2002)

 
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Pheasant Farm

Home Block Shiraz

 

Ripe black fruit aromas mingle with cigarbox characteristics in this bold shiraz. Stewed plums and blackberries on the nose follow through on the palate with black olives and a hint of violet. Well-integrated toasty oak and nice layers of firm drying tannins give this wine a great mouthfeel.

James Halliday

NR

 

 

Robert Parker

92 (2003)

 

 

Wine Spectator

87 (2003)

90 (2002)

 

 
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Robertsons of Clare

Max V 2005

 

Powerful and concentrated, but in the best way; blackcurrant leads the charge, quality oak is also very much part of the equation; lingering tannins. Exceptionally complex oak treatment: one third fermented in oak vats, two-thirds fermented in old Mintaro slate fermenters. Cabernet Sauvignon/Malbec/Merlot/Cabernet Franc/Petit Verdot.

James Halliday

95 (2005)

 

 

Robert Parker

NR

 

 

Wine Spectator

NR

 

 

 
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Sanguine Estate

Heathcote Shiraz

 

Extremely rich, dense and concentrated in the main Heathcote style; blackberry, licorice, plum and spice; fine but lingering tannins; hard to deny.

James Halliday

94 (2006)

94 (2005)

91 (2003)

Robert Parker

89 (2005)

88 (2004)

92 (2002)

Wine Spectator

NR

 

 

 
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Schubert Estate

Goose Yard Block Shiraz

 

Deep red, some crimson; medium- to full-bodied, and particularly intense; perfectly ripened fruit gives blackberry and bitter chocolate flavours without a scintilla of overripe/ dead fruit characters; great characters; great length.

James Halliday

94 (2007)

96 (2006)

 

Robert Parker

92 (2007)

95 (2006)

95 (2005)

Wine Spectator

NR

 

 

 
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Shirvington Wines

McLaren Vale Shiraz

 

The wine was 100% barrel fermented and aged for 14 months in 85% new oak and 15% one year old oak. 90% of the oak was American and 10% was French. The 2005 vintage is now showing deep red with a purple rim. The wine in its infancy still shows a lifted and perfumed nose with traces of red plum, blackcurrant and cracked red peppercorn. The palate with all its freshness and luxurious, velvety tannins is so rich and concentrated, yet so reserved. It is a satisfying mixture of chocolate, aniseed and smoky oak. The copious layers are incredibly tightly bound and need time and careful cellaring to unleash the full potential of this wine. It is drinking well now and will cellar for many years.

James Halliday

NR

 

 

Robert Parker

92 (2007)

95 (2006)

93 (2005)

Wine Spectator

90 (2007)

92 (2005)

 

 
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Standish Wine Company

Relic Shiraz Viognier

 

A brooding monster of a wine! Incredibly concentrated, powerful and intense, with fruitcake spice enveloping a massive core of fruit; the palate is almost syrupy, and so rich that a great deal of time will be needed to see this wine come around; if in fact it ever does.

James Halliday

93 (2004)

94 (2002)

 

Robert Parker

94+ (2007)

93 (2006)

93+ (2005)

99 (2004)

Wine Spectator

90 (2006)

 

 

 

 

Standish Shiraz

 

The 2006 Shiraz was sourced from a single parcel of 98 year old vines yielding a minuscule 0.5 tons of fruit per acre. It was aged for 36 months in seasoned French oak. A glass-coating opaque purple color, it offers up a superb, room-filling bouquet of cigar box, baking spices, smoked meat, lavender, blueberry, and blackberry liqueur. On the palate this harmonious, velvety-textured effort is voluptuous, full-flavored, succulent, and exceptionally long. It has enough structure to evolve for 4-6 years but will be hard to resist early on. Its prime drinking window will extend from 2014 to 2026.

James Halliday

92 (2003)

93 (2001)

 

Robert Parker

95 (2006)

93 (2005)

92+ (2004)

99 (2003)

Wine Spectator

91 (2007)

92 (2006)

 

Whistling Eagle Vineyard

Eagles Blood Heathcote Shiraz 2005

 

Savoury; spicy notes are slightly at odds with the high alcohol; a base of ripe, black cherry and blackberry fruit plus vanilla oak ties the palate together.

James Halliday

91 (2005)

 

 

Robert Parker

90+ (2007)

90 (2006)

91 (2005)

Wine Spectator

92 (2006)

95 (2005)

93 (2003)

 
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