We were delighted to be included in the article "Famous Siblings" in the September 2015 edition of SA Life.
Written by Food & Wine Editor David Sly, he opens by saying, "Growers whose grapes contribute to iconic wines often don't sell all of their fruit, but produce their own boutique wine brands with impressive results."
Per Se Block 2011 (current release)
“I have been a big fan of all the offerings from Halifax and just love the philosophy of Peter (wine maker) who wants his wines to be expressions of the vineyard and the fruit is the key. Minimal oak influences are seen here. This wine just continues this focus with aromas of red and blue fruit (not expecting this for a Shiraz and was definitely a point of difference to the other Scarce Earth wines) with perfume florals. The flavours go through layers of the plum fruit, licorice, florals and a touch a cinnamon with just a slight lick of oak tannins. Yes I really like this wine……”
Shane Barker - tastemclarenvale.com.au
“Willowy and quite pretty. Very fragrant and almost stalky. Light, leafy palate with smoky stalky edges. Peppery stalkiness very attractive……”
Andrew Graham - Ozwinereview.com
“Finesse and minerality. Oak hardly noticeable. Very floral and lit up with white pepper on the palate. I’ve not tasted a Halifax wine before but I’m hoping to familiarise myself with them soon……”
Jeremy Pringle - Wine Will Eat Itself
“A much more lifted expression, violet and florals, almost elements of five spice and cumin as well as fruits and pepper. Medium bodied and soft with a key fruit signature that is pure and bright with a good weight jof tannin and slight spice….."
Patrick Haddock - Wining Pom
PAST VINTAGE REVIEWS
Per Se Block 2010 (small quantity remaining)
“This takes Halifax to a new, higher level, with more sharply carved definition in both its complex flavour profile and textural qualities. It's looking beautiful in its youth, with a heady red and black berry perfume, though the palate is surprisingly much softer with its velvety texture. This is far more beguiling in its character than just delivering raw power, as big blueberry and blackberry flavours carry mouthfilling savoury notes, amplified by a morish leathery texture commanding the mid-palate. Then the notable Halifax slatey edge arrives earlier and lasts longer, giving great grip to the long back palate that is immensely satisfying – and then the whole orchestra finishes in unison. Its taut structure suggests it will enjoy a long, dignified life in the cellar.”
David Sly - Food & Wine Editor, SA Life
“Here’s proof in a bottle that McLaren Vale need not lean on oak, ripeness or impact to make a profound statement. There’s real restraint here, in a tightly coiled black plum, blackberry and black cherry guise; its old French oak invisible in flavour, lending a lightly-gauged touch of support to finely poised tannins and bright acid profile. In time, a pretty violet fragrance emerges, supporting fruit of perfect ripeness long into the finish. Rating 94”
Tyson Stelzer - winepress.com.au / Gourmet Traveller
“Every so often there is a wine that really leaves you speechless. For me (once again),was the 2010 Halifax Per Se Block Shiraz. Last year I wrote about the 2009 vintage, but the 2010 vintage has put even more butterflies in my stomach (I can guarantee you it can fit a lot of them!). The opulence and ability of seduction this wine has is clearly amazing. The fruit is all right and not blown up, the tannins are there and not harsh, but the acidity in this wine is what I really love. It runs from the beginning and cutting through the richness of wine and finishing perfectly with pleasant fruit finish lingering for quite a while. Unfortunately it is seriously limited, and once it is gone it is gone.”
Micha Ilic - Food & Beverage Manager, The Adelaide Club
“I am going to have to say that this was my favorite wine from this tasting. Aromas of black and concentrated fruits. In terms of flavours I got fresh fruit compote – you know all the fruits of fresh plums, blackberries and cherries that transformed into a silky concentration on the mid palate and a subtle spice finish. In a word – Yum!”
Shane Barker - tastemclarenvale.com.au