Top 100 Australian Wines 2019 ( Matthew Jukes)


96 pts

James Halliday


Sands of Time Old Vine Single Vineyard Grenache, Blewitt Springs, McLaren Vale 2017

‘From 80 yo vines, matured in French puncheons (25% new). A high class wine begging to be given as long as possible before a blind tasting with Chateau Rayas et al. It has the power and depth to its red and blue fruits, tamed by oak, set to develop another leg or two over the next 20 years. Classy tannins. Great package.’ Diam. 14.5% alc. To: 2037.



SILVER MEDAL McLaren Vale Wine Show 2018


SILVER MEDAL James Halliday Grenache Challenge 2018



Gary Walsh 


Sands of Time Old Vine, Single Vineyard Grenache, McLaren Vale 2017

96 pts

'Giles Cooke MW and I held hands and sang “If I Could Turn Back Time” while we tasted this in the privacy of my home. Sadly I couldn’t find my torn black tights to complete the scene. Anyway,  this comes from Sue Trott’s Home Block in the Blewitt Springs sub-region of McLaren Vale with a total production of 100 dozen.
There’s a touch of lift there to heighten the aromatics. Deep, throaty, dark red fruits, scrub herb perfume, spice and exotic things. Medium-bodied, fruity flavor of raspberry and cranberry, but dry and controlled too, plenty of grip, a bit of luxury, and a great finish. Spicy and crunchy to close. Saline. Feels long term to me. I’ve written 95 or 96 points, and either way, that’s a pretty hefty score.'


Huon Hooke


Sands of Time Old Vine, Single Vineyard Grenache, McLaren Vale 2017



''Youthful purple/red colour, medium depth, with a lovely fragrant aroma of raspberry pastille varietal fruit, bright and fresh, clean and pristinely fruit-driven. It's intense in the mouth, full-bodied and finishes with gently balanced tannin firmness. Delicious ripe-fruit sweetness. Superb wine.'

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