Our Reviews

Our riesling reviews.

GCV Premium Riesling

“It is a sheer pleasure to drink quality wines such as this. Sourced from low-yielding vines from the Gaelic Cemetery vineyard in the Clare Valley, this is a superb riesling. Its strengths are its palate generosity coupled with focused citrus flavours. Beautifully balanced, harmonious and flavoursome. Highly recommended. 93/100 points.” Toni Paterson MW, The Real Review

“Very light colour, with a very fragrant lifted aroma, flowery and delicate, refined and pristinely clean. Delicate, fresh, light-bodied, feather-light and gorgeous. 91/100 points.” Huon Hooke, The Real Review

“Pristine riesling of high intensity and fierce freshness. It offers classic lime juice, kaffir lime and jasmin scented perfume, while the palate rushes with crisp texture, crystalline acidity and a flourish of mixed citrus juice in flavour. Poisted, tight, intense, this is an outstanding release. Destined for long term cellaring. 94/100 points.” Mike Bennie, Wine Business Magazine

“Made from the same vineyard as Celtic Farm, but here designed for long-term development-and convincingly succeeds. The bouquet and fore-palate are tighter than its sibling, with some talc and mineral to the fore, its future revealing itself on the near-explosive lime juice on the back-palate finish. 95/100 points.” – James Halliday, The Wine Companion

“4 trophies, 3 in riesling categories, and Best Wine of Show at the Clare Valley Wine Show ’15. This starts where its gold medal-winning sibling finishes; it is awesome in the way it exerts its power, taking hold of the palate without any fuss, then tightening and lengthening its grip each time it is retasted. The rainbow of citrus fruits pays scant attention to the slatey acidity that is the bedrock of its long-term development. Screwcap. 12.5% alc. 97/100 points.” – James Halliday, The Wine Companion

“A superb wine made by Riesling master Neil Pike. It’s shy in colour and nose with a fine but elusive fragrance, and a delicate, restrained and taut palate. Lemon and lime juice flavours, it is zesty and frisky, and loaded with energy. Absolutely delicious and has a big future. 95/100 points.” Huon Hooke, Gourmet Traveller WINE

“This is worth looking for. In its tiny 1300 bottle volume, it’s an exciting newcomer to the Clare, shamelessly and confidently flying the flag for a fuller-bodied, more textural Clare Riesling. Whole bunch pressed and fermented with partial solids, it’s textural and fleshy and at the same time crunchy, held in vibrant tension thanks to lime juice acidity. An enticing nose of lime blossom, kafir lime juice and granny-smith apple skin contrasts with well-gauged solidsy texture that builds great mouth feel on a very long finish. 95/100 points.” – Tyson Stelzer

“Pretty bathroom florals, musk and lemon and lime, and just so clean and straight with its glacial freshness that it’s immediately impressive. Billowing and clam with gentle slatey ‘mineraity’ and perfect balance and length. Tightens up in the glass though, tricky thing. Beautiful. Wow! Bury deep in love. Certainly one of the highlights of this great vintage. 96/100 points.” Gary Walsh

There are many reasons this wine is so brilliant. In essence it is a mix of winemaking pedigree, outstanding site, minimal winemaking and a region rightly lauded for its ability to produce world class Riesling. Made by Neil Pike of Pikes Wines, the brief was to craft small volumes of a super premium, single vineyard, single varietal Clare Valley wine that best reflects the vintage, varietal and uniqueness of the place.

The wine has aromas of talc, citrus, flint and blossom with an enlivening crisp, dry palate with citrus, minerality and excellent length. At a recent dinner, a glass of this did what a glass of Champagne would normally do – give a kick and announce the night as something special. One sip and it was though every single point of taste, flavour and sensation were being brushed with fine gold braid. Like sipping wine with a minute current that shimmered all the way down. If that’s not enough to make you smile and make you wonder what else is involved, I’m not sure I can help.” Andrea Frost, Adelaide Review

GCV Celtic Farm Riesling

“Dainty aromatics of bath salts and scented blossoms. The palate is lemony and spicy; crisp and refreshing. Admirable purity and length. It shows its best alongside food. 90/100 points.” Toni Paterson MW, The Real Review

“Dusty floral, powder-puff aroma, talcum powder, the palate soft and clean, crisp and spritely. Acid drives it. A very good wine, suited for cellaring. 91/100 points.” Huon Hooke, The Real Review

“Grown in the White Hutt district north of the Clare township, this has a terrific cut apple flesh and skin note to its first approach, and catches your nose with a little perfumed talc as well. But it’s that really delicious citrus/green apple acidity with its salivating dash that really works the wine’s magic – and you may even catch a whiff of weisswurt sausage which sounds strange but isn’t unusual for a wine of this bravado. 4.5 stars.” Tony Love, Wine with Tony Love

“Another fine Riesling from this label in subtle off-dry style. Bright, light yellow colour. Creamy yeast lees and lemony aromas turn to apple and lemon on the palate with slight sweetness before a balanced finish. Seamless acidity. 93/100 points.” Huon Hooke, Gourmet Traveller WINE

“The less expensive, more ready to rumble little brother of the Gaelic Cemetery Riesling. More weight and less purity than its big brother, but more open and affable as a youngster. There’s a slight chalkiness to the texture and a twist of lime rind bitterness on the finish along with lime, lemon, apple and bathroom florals. Clean acidity and juicy sweetness makes this a very good drink. 94/100 points.” – Gary Walsh

“Made in a fresh fruity style for current drinking. It delivers mouthwatering lime and lemon freshness. It’s soft, round, juicy and seductive but dry and cut through with zesty acidity. This is a style to enjoy over the next three or four years, but never better than now. 4 ½ stars.Chris Shanahan, Canberra Times

“Quite herbal to start with, flinty, nice green apples and limes and then elements of lemongrass and a light inherent spiciness. The aromas are a bit of everything and I like them as they draw you in and make you ponder. Dry and light …it is a pretty wine, flowery, elegant and nice easy soft drinking. Nice long dry finish. Drinking sooner than later. i.e next 4-5 years. Try it with broad bean risotto.” – Paul Ippolito, 5 Minute Wine Rush

“So much flavour and intensity packed into a wine of just 11 % alcohol. Lemon and lime leaf, slate, spice and flowers. It’s all go. Chalky and juicy, bursts through the mouth, and finishes long with a tussle between lemon sherbet and dry flinty texture. Bang on the money.” – Gary Walsh, The Wine Front

Our red reviews.

GCV Premium Shiraz

“Production of just over 100 dozen. Released as a four year old. Folds of plum and cedar-cream. Suede-like. It rolls through the mouth like mist across a valley. Gentle summer-morning warm, some gum leaf, a coffee-ground character. Both smooth and assured from start to finish. A most pleasing red, in the bigger style. 93 points.” – Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front

“A glass-coating, saturated opaque purple color, it displays a sensational bouquet of scorched earth, truffle, espresso, mineral, blueberry, and blackberry liqueur. Unctuously textured and rich, this already complex Shiraz should age effortlessly for 10-15 years and drink well through 2040. It is a legend in the making! Act quickly because only 25 cases are ticketed for the USA market. 98 points.” – Robert Parker, eRobertParker.com

“The 2006 Shiraz was sourced from the low yielding Gaelic Cemetery Vineyard in the Clare Valley . It was age in new French Oak and bottled without fining or filtration.  A saturated opaque purple in colour, it exhibits a brooding nose of pain grille, lavender, mineral, blueberry,and blackberry liqueur. This is followed by a dense, layered, succulent wine with terrific integration of oak, tannin and acidity. Give this lengthy effort 3-4 years of additional cellaring and drink it from 2013 to 2026. 93 points.” – Jay Miller, The Wine Advocate

“Strong blackberry, prune and licorice aromas and flavours, with a spicy, fine tannin finish. Surprisingly, manages to more or less conceal its alcohol; 200 dozen made. 94/100 points.James Halliday, The Wine Companion

“Deep garnet with a hint of purple. the 2010 Premium Shiraz reveals a seductive nose of creme de cassis and blueberry pie with hints of Chinese five spice, sandalwood, underbrush, cloves and cigar boxes. This big, rich, full-bodied red is maturing gracefully, held up with firm rounded tannins and just enough freshness on the long and spicy finish. 93+ rating.” – Lisa Perrotti-Brown, eRobertParker.com

“A tiny volume cult sensation awaiting discovery, this is a joint venture of a number of familiar Clare heroes. The ultimate contradiction: dense and inky yet poised and refined. 96/100 points.” – Tyson Stelzer, Australia’s Wine Business Magazine

“Deep purple-crimson; a very concentrated and powerful full-bodied shiraz with blackberry, dark chocolate, licorice and mocha flavours, the tannins ripe; carries its alcohol: 280 cases made. High quality Cork. 15% alc. 94/100 points.” – James Halliday, The Wine Companion

GCV Celtic Farm Shiraz Cabernet

“Quite a name for a winery/vineyard. I’m a fan. Be bold. So many same-same names/brands around. You’re doing well here for $23. Heaps of fruit-filled flavour, good sense of balance, warming in a (most) pleasant way and clipped nicely with tannin through the finish. Well put together, all the way through. 91/100 points.” – Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front

“Deep crimson-purple: combinations of some or all of these varieties have always prospered in the Clare Valley, Wendouree and Leasingham Bin 56 being examples. This ticks the boxes set by those great wines. Deep crimson-purple, red and black berry fruits hold hands, encouraged by ripe tannins. 93/100 points.” – James Halliday, The Wine Companion

“Deep perfume of choc-berry, liqourice, Dr Pepper soda, sweet herbs and cedary oak, but all well meshed and attractive. Smooth, luscious feel in palate. Neck oil of the highest order showing sweet fruit, gently spicy oak, though the finish the wine thins out a touch quickly to carry the energy of the molten flow much longer. A sweeter, riper approach to the wine too. Good lush feel. 92/100 points.– Mike Bennie, The Wine Front

GCV Premium Cabernet Malbec

“Bold and ripe but firm. It establishes authority and exercises it responsibly. Mint, coffee-cream, dark cakey blackberry and spicy/smoky oak. Both powerful and precise. Cork. 14.5% alc. 95/100 points.– James Halliday, The Wine Companion

“Glorious perfume of blue berry fruits, Indian ink, black olives, dark chocolate, faint herbal notes. It’s soupy, generous and flows impressively and with authority through the palate. Loads of flavour, formidable concentration, yet freshness of feel and a lick of savoury, secondary dried fruits and spice helps impress in the complexity stakes. Tannins pull the wine in at a lovely, lazy pace. The finish is a touch muddled with dusty, leathery notes, but overall, such satisfaction in this bold, rich, deep wine. 95/100 points.” – Mike Bennie, The Wine Front