James Suckling Reviews October 2022: 8 Wines Rated 96-89 points

Tuesday, 25 October 2022

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Amazing results from a recent tasting with James Suckling (www.jamessuckling.com) with all 8 wine submitted for review rated 89-96.

 The clear favourite was the 2021 150 Year Old Vines Semillon. 96 points is the highest ever score from this publication.

 Château Tanunda Semillon Barossa 150 Year Old Vines 2021


 Score: 96 Points

2 Oct, 2022 – The lemony and smoky character of this remarkable semillon is at once deep and discreet. The creamy texture and excellent concentration on the palate is wonderfully atypical for this variety in Australia and comes much closer to top white Graves from Bordeaux. Long, waxy finish with a ton of herbal complexity. Limited production. Drink or hold. Screw cap

Château Tanunda Shiraz Barossa The Everest 2018


 Score: 94 Points

3 Oct, 2022 – A very rich and velvety old-vine shiraz with enormous richness and a stack of fine tannins. Loads of super-ripe blackberry fruit, but also savory notes, plus hints of dried banana, unrefined brown sugar and bitter chocolate. Very long and rich, but beautifully balanced finish. Hand-picked, basket-pressed and bottled unfiltered. Drink or hold.

Château Tanunda Shiraz Barossa 100 Year Old Vines 2018


 Score: 93 Points

3 Oct, 2022 – Deep nose of damson plums, beautifully ripe blackberries and elderberries. Impressive concentration and ripeness, the expansive palate underlined by a stack of fine tannins. Just a touch of tar character at the long finish, which packs quite a punch. Drink or hold.

Château Tanunda Shiraz Barossa 50 Year Old Vines 2018


 Score: 92 Points

3 Oct, 2022 – A very classic Barossa shiraz with stacks of ripe plum and blackberry fruit with delicate spicy notes. Rich and fleshy, but with healthy tannins underlining this and giving it a clear line across the palate. Rather dense black-fruit and licorice character at the moderately long finish. Drink or hold.

Château Tanunda Cabernet Sauvignon Barossa 50 Year Old Vines 2018


 Score: 91 Points

2 Oct, 2022 – Aromas of fresh herbs, chocolate, black licorice and blackcurrants. Full-bodied with a dense bevy of black fruit and ground spice. Elegant, but needs a little more length. Best after 2024 and onwards.

Château Tanunda Cabernet Sauvignon Barossa Grand Barossa 2021


 Score: 90 Points

1 Oct, 2022 – Aromas of red cherry, blackcurrant, lead pencil and suede. Full-bodied with silky tannins. Juicy texture with pleasant, mineral undertones. Crushed stone and graphite atop a bed of black fruit. Drink now. Screw cap.

Château Tanunda Cabernet Sauvignon Barossa Valley The Chateau 2021


 Score: 89 Points

1 Oct, 2022 – Inviting aromas of pitted cherry, rose and paprika. Medium- to full-bodied with chalky tannins. Sweet red fruit on the palate, with some sappy character. Drink now. Screw cap.

 Château Tanunda Grenache Shiraz Mourvèdre Barossa Valley Grand Barossa 2021


 Score: 89 Points

1 Oct, 2022 – Aromas of plum, pine and crushed stone. Full-bodied with silky tannins. Rich fruit on the palate, with leather and earth coming through. A bit sappy. Drink now. Screw cap.