Berkmann's Wine Cellars


The book is penned by Gary Walsh and Campbell Mattinson, publishers of the wine website Winefront, and covers both “the bargains” and “the best” of the red wine world. This is what they had to say about “our” wines:

Yalumba The Octavius Old Vine Shiraz 2006:
“Good old oak-tavius – doesn’t quite live up to its nickname nowadays. It used to taste of oak, oak and more oak, but this release shows just how fine and balanced it’s become. You’d almost call this elegant – and medium-bodied. It tastes of boysenberries and tar, blackberries and cream. It’s juicy through the finish, carries highlights of dried herbs, and tastes very fresh for a four-year-old wine. Highly drinkable now, but with a long future ahead.” – 94 points

Yalumba The Signature Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz 2006:
“Yalumba Signature has a long lineage, and it almost always rewards those who have become loyal to it. Even better, it tends to drink well as both a young and mature wine. This release tastes of blackberry and vanillin, leather and mint. It’s seductively smooth, tannic but not excessively so, and long through the finish. Not a hair out of place.” – 94 points

Chapel Hill McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon 2008:
It sure doesn’t lack flavour; blackcurrant, briarwood, toast and cedar. Indeed if you ever want to see what a great team grape and pak flavours can make, try this wine. It has a terrific harmony to it. Coiled ropes of tannin mark it as a ‘monty for the cellar’. It finishes long, fine and with impressive oomph.” – 94 points

Nautilus Estate Pinot Noir 2008:
“The perfect drinking pinot noir. It’s clearly a high quality pinot and yet it’s not so complex that it’s challenging to enjoy – this impresses you straight up, but then lets you just settle down and lap its luxury. It tastes of dark plums, cherries, cedary oak and minerals. It feels satiny on your tongue – and lingers beautifully once you’ve swallowed it. Joyous drinking.” – 94 points

Chapel Hill McLaren Vale Shiraz 2008:

This is a cuddly wine and so all you want to do is wrap yourself up in it, but it also has such fine bones of tannin that you have to take it seriously. What a delicious combination; plums, cherries, smoke, cedarwood and coffe grounds, and a juicy finish too. Lovely.


Yalumba The Scribbler Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz 2008:
“Last year’s release was a huge hit in this book’s ‘best reds under $20 category’ (top place). It’s a newish wine to the Yalumba range, but it’s worth keeping an eye on. As a young wine it opens up quite charry and toasty so splash it round and give it some air if you’re going in early. It has lots of dusty, minty, aniseed fragrance over dark chocolate and mixed berries, and when it hits your mouth you’ll be greeted by a rugged and sandy, yet handsome, set of tannins. We’d call them rustic, hot vintage tannins, but they’re enjoyable nonetheless. It’s a bit of a rough diamond, but it is still a diamond.” – 91 points.

Please note, only wines with a 90+ score have been included in this item.