“A respected maker of deeply flavoured and profoundly regional McLaren Vale wines of rare depth and character. The reds offer layers of depth and complexity, typically retaining finesse, balance and savoury aspects. Recent releases are heading towards more perfume and fineness of texture – the 2017 wines are a rare brightness and deftness of touch. Fast becoming one of my go-to McLaren Vale choices.”
“Ulithorne, as one of McLaren Vale’s Finest.”
Gourmet Traveller WINE
Finalists for the 2014 Australian Winemaker of the Year
“these are cult wines”
Decanter Magazine
“1 of my 6 favourite Australian producers”
Jancis Robinson
“cult wine in waiting”
Max Allen

Ulithorne FRUX FRUGIS Shiraz 2016

97 points – James Halliday
“The most distinctive of the Ulithorne Shiraz trio. Whereas the other wines made no attempt to disguise their gentle seduction, this is unapologetically savoury, its superfine tannins not unlike those of nebbiolo. Cloves replace dark chocolate, black berries and black cherries are the Lords of Darkness, or the translation of the Latin name of this wine, ‘fruit of the earth’.

Ulithorne FRUX FRUGIS Shiraz 2015

97 points – James Halliday
“Old vines in a single vineyard with low yields. The bouquet makes me thing of the River Styx, dark and impenetrable, the full-bodied palate’s power and liquid intensity coming as a shock. No light feminine touch here, and why should there be. It is a remarkable wine of very high quality, piling on the flavour as its length extends inexorably.”

96 points – Jeremy Oliver
“A superlative, textural and gravelly McLaren Vale shiraz whose dense, deeply packed presence of black and red berries and plums reveals meaty, cracked pepper and graphite-like undertones. It’s long and pristine, delivering a seamless depth of flavour that soaks up its fresh oak and moves effortlessly over its drying, crunchy spine before finishing long, savoury and mineral with a mouthwatering acidity. Remarkably elegant and artfully balanced. For the long term. 2027-35+”

95 points – Huon Hooke (#9 of 90 McLaren Vale Shiraz)
“Deep red/purple, an excellent colour, and the aromas are savoury, oak-kissed, but also deep-set blackberry fruit is lurking there just below the surface. There’s a suggestion of volatility, which just adds to the vitality of the palate in a positive way. The finish is tight, firm and long and the wine has excellent ageing potential. An impressive wine.”

Ulithorne FRUX FRUGIS Shiraz 2014

Decanter Asia Wine Awards

97 Points – Huon Hooke
“Saturated deep red/purple colour. The bouquet is very ripe and appealing, with sweet blackberry to black cherry nuances, these flavours translating faithfully onto the very full-bodied palate. A powerful, deep-flavoured wine, with excellent structure and generous tannins. It has great balance in spite of its bigness. A luxurious wine.”

97 Points – DMWP, Peter Nixon
“Impenetrable, inky black colour with intensely concentrated black fruit, deep plum, spice and expensive chocolate richness. The wine, despite its big intense style, retains buoyancy and freshness of fruit. It is a powerhouse of a wine that will cellar for many years. A genuine tour de force.”

96 Points –, Patrick Eckel
“This is a reserve release from Ulithorne and sits at the very top end of wines from McLaren Vale. It’s a wine of great concentration but maintains and elegance and finesse that exudes class. A dark red in the glass the nose has a beautiful combination of fruit and oak with dark plum fruit given an aromatic, seductive lift of vanillin oak and a background note of leather that takes it to another plane. The palate is awash with dark chocolate and plum fruit, oak gives richness, texture and depth with a flowing line of acidity that keeps the wines richer characters in check. The finish has a drying, earthen web of tannins and layers of dark berry fruit and chocolate notes.”

96 Points –, Sam Kim
“Voluptuous and sumptuous, this gorgeous shiraz is made from grapes grown on their single vineyard planted in 1969. The powerful bouquet shows blackberry, dark plum, cedar and vanilla characters with subtle espresso and mixed spice complexity. The palate displays considerable weight and power, together with awesome fruit purity and intensity, wonderfully framed by velvety texture and polished tannins. A seriously good shiraz offering outstanding richness and length.”

94 Points – James Halliday
“From estate vines planted in ’69, The colour is still a deep, dense crimson-purple, heralding and ultra-powerful and dense wine, its black fruit with an earthy, savoury undertow, licorice, spice and bitter chocolate all present to a lesser or greater degree. Needs time to welcome visitors.”

94 points – Jeremy Oliver
“Smooth, unctuous and seamless, this opulently fruited shiraz is steeped in flavours of dark plums, blackberries, cassis and blueberries knit with fine-grained cedary oak and supported by a firmish, mineral and gravelly spine. It becomes more floral and perfumed with aeration.”

Ulithorne UNICUS SHIRAZ 2016

96 points – James Halliday

“This is more powerful and concentrated than Avitus, but no better unless it be the proclamation of place by lashings of dark chocolate and dark cherry fruit. Its virtues are notable in the way they have been tethered, the bonds not obvious even if tannins simply have to be part of the story.”

This is compelling and engaging, showing lifted aromas of blackberry, cassis, vanilla, black olive, anise and toasted hazelnut characters. It is powerful and substantial on the palate with gorgeous fruit concentration and elegant spicy/savoury nuances, wonderfully enhanced by lavish texture and seamlessly woven tannins. Flatteringly classy and sophisticated. At its best: now to 2030. AU$85.00. Dec 2018. – 96 Points, Wine Orbit NZ

Deep colour and a rich, ripe fruit and toasty oak bouquet, laced with chocolate. The oak is more apparent in the mouth, where it has a charred-timber quality overlying its substantial dark cherry and blackberry fruit flavours. It’s full-bodied, rich and concentrated, with lovely amplitude and fleshy mouth-feel. A superb wine with massive potential.22 JUL 2018 93/100 (#11 of 85 McLaren Vale Shiraz 2016) Huon Hooke
Cellaring 2020–2036

Vibrant, fresh spicy fruit. Tangy acidity. Uncluttered, pure spicy fruit. white pepper. Plump, just ripe plum, black olive. Great concentration and immaculate balance. 95 points DMWP

The more 2016 McLaren Vale reds I try the stronger I think the vintage was, a warmer year, but there have been a number of stunning Shiraz produced with the Avtius a great example. The nose gives a heady mix of blackberry, plum, and cherry with milk chocolate and vanilla spice. Elegant and luxurious at the same time. The palate opens with a swathe of dark fruits on a bed of supple but finely structured tannins. Oak provides a vanilla background with embellishments of earth and graphite that are soaked up by blackberry fruit. Chocolate richness with a touch of briar frame the long and dark fruited finish. An impeccable release. Optimal drinking 2018-2030. 96 points – (published July 5, 2018)

Luscious, smooth and tight-grained, this peppery, spicy shiraz is laced with exotic spices and pristine aromas of cassis, blackberries and dark plums. Tightly knit with cedary oak, it’s long and finely astringent, with a pleasing drive of deep, pastille-like flavour and a lingering finish. Just a little forward and jammy for an even higher score. 91/100 Jeremy Oliver 2024-28

Ulithorne UNICUS SHIRAZ 2015

“Hand-picked, hand-plunged, basket-pressed, low yields. A heavyweight bottle like Avitus. Bright, deep hue; this is a full-bodied wine that nonetheless has a certain lightness of touch. Licorice, dark chocolate and spice form a garland around the vibrant dark fruits. Tannins and oak are in play, but of far lesser importance.” 96 points – James Halliday

“One of a kind” is the Latin, which translates to a single vineyard in McLaren Vale. This is a sensual goddess of a wine, with a body of toned muscle, and power rippling and extending to all parts of the mouth. It’s a pleasure to taste and a privilege to drink. 96 points and for those who have it, well worth $75. If it came from the Rhone it would have a 1 after $ and before 7.TONY KEY – THE KEY REPORT Rating 96

“Deep, dark, slightly black/tawny tinged colour. The bouquet is subdued and earth-bound, with savoury and not fragrant aromas. Hints of ironstone. The wine is full-bodied and firm, with solid structure and excellent ripeness. Big and generous with abundant ripe tannins and a sense of gravitas. Excellent wine for the long term. 28/5/2017″ 95 Points, Huon Hooke, (#4 of 90 McLaren Vale Shiraz)

Wine Orbit NZ, Sam Kim
Rating 95
It is gloriously expressed on the nose showing dark fruit, chocolate, cedar and roasted beetroot characters with nuances of vanilla and floral. The palate is powerful and graceful at the same time, offering excellent concentration and weight, brilliantly enhanced by rich fruit intensity and velvety texture. Wonderfully composed and superbly structured. At its best: now to 2027. AU$75.00. March 2017.

Patrick Eckel,,au
Rating 91
A dense dark red in the glass, a dark fruited nose with lifted cherry and plum fruit that’s set amongst touches of savoury stem and a sprinkling of oak spice.
Medium bodied palate that is steeped in dark plum and blackberry fruit, tannins are fine, drying and work well amongst a line of acidity that keeps the wine flowing. There is dark chocolate and liquorice that are welcome additions to the long drying blackberry dominant finish.
Optimal Drinking 2017 – 2031

Ulithorne UNICUS SHIRAZ 2014

Rating 96
Deep crimson-purple; a striking full bodied shiraz that keeps its varietal shape and its sense of place, black fruits blot out other fruit flavours, but not the regional dark chocolate. The tannins are plentiful, but round and balanced, and oak also makes a positive contribution. Drink to 2034.

Ulithorne AVITUS SHIRAZ 2016

93% shiraz, 7% cabernet sauvignon from the same vineyard, open-fermented, hand-plunged, matured in new and used French oak for 18 months. A very smart wine, perfectly weighted and textured black fruits and a slick wave of regional chocolate, the tannins perfect. This beautiful wine deserves every penny of its price. 96 points James Halliday, Wine Companion 2020

It is gloriously expressed on the nose showing blackberry, plum jelly, vanilla, cedary wood, anise and cocoa characters. The palate is equally gratifying and opulent with outstanding fruit concentration and intensity, superbly framed by velvety texture and chalky tannins. Firmly structured and sumptuous at the same time, promising to evolve magnificently. At its best: now to 2030. AU$85.00. Dec 2018. 96 Points, Wine Orbit NZ

“We’re scoring this 94 points for now, as it’s a brooding, thick, sleeping giant. Confidently, this scores 96+ for potential. An individual vineyard wine produced from very low cropped grapes and displaying super plush black fruit, liqueur black cherry, graphite, dark chocolate, ripe tannins and spicy black pepper. It’s dense, very “”McLaren Vale””, harmonious, if a bit shy, and promises to have a very successful future.” -DMWP

93/100 (#10 of 85 McLaren Vale Shiraz 2016)
Ulithorne AVITUS Shiraz 2016
Huon Hooke
Deep, dark, rich red/purple colour, with an appealing bouquet of dark chocolate-coated blackberries and black cherries, subtly laced with dried herbs. The wine is full-bodied and rich, soft and rounded but possessing abundant tannins, the finish dry, cleansing and long. Very attractive shiraz, already approachable but also cellarworthy. 22 JUL 2018
Cellaring 2019–2036

Ripe and fiery, this bloody, medium to full-bodied shiraz reveals a juicy presence of blackberries, cassis, blueberries and dark plums backed by fine-grained cedar/dark chocolate oak and a fine, slatey spine. It’s spicy and peppery, with undertones of ferrous influence, finishing with brightness and savoury, mineral aspects. 92/100 Jeremy Oliver 2024-28

Ulithorne AVITUS SHIRAZ 2015

“A Shiraz Negroni. Spiced blackberries, a thick curtain of sheer concentration and penetrating blackness. Ripping tannins are formidable but perfectly in pitch with the mass of power within. Still light on its feet and primed for enjoyment. Stunning.” 98/100 DMWP

“Hand-picked from a very old vineyard, cooled overnight, crushed, open-fermented, matured in new and used French hogsheads for 20 months. You are greeted by a bouquet shrieking of its regional origin, the palate more calmly sending the same message. The tannin management is a medium to full-bodied weight of the wine, providing delivering structure in a civilised fashion.” 96 points – James Halliday

“Deep, dark red/purple colour with a rich, coconut and chocolate bouquet, the palate very full-bodied and deep, dense, luxuriously rich. The tannins are massed and imposing, persisting long on the aftertaste. A whopper of a wine, concentrated and very enduring. An opulent, buxom wine which would suit long-term cellaring. 29/5/2017″ 95 Points, Huon Hooke,
#3 of 90 McLaren Vale Shiraz
*Selected by Huon Hooke to represent Australia in the Six Nations New World Challenge

A spectacular rendition of the variety; the seductive bouquet shows dark fruit, mocha, black olive, cedar and mixed spice aromas, leading to sumptuous palate that offers delectable fruit flavours as well as savoury undertones. The wine combines power and grace, and is brilliantly structured by loads of polished tannins, ensuring its gradual development. At its best: 2019 to 2030. AU$75.00. 95 Points TONY KEY REPORT

“A deep red in the glass, the nose has a richness from judicious use of quality french oak that gives the perfect base for plum and dark cherry to make their mark with support from floral violets and potpourri notes.
There is plenty of upfront vanillin oak that is soaked up by dark plum and ripe blackberry fruit, tannins have a graphite like note to them which is a great textural contrast, there is a return of floral red cherry to finish that rounds out what is an exceptionally attractive and moreish McLaren Vale Shiraz worthy of the price tag. This will live for a long time. Optimal Drinking 2017 – 2030, 95 Points.” Patrick Eckel,

Ulithorne CHI Shiraz Grenache 2017

A 58/42% blend, a slow and cool open ferment, hand-plunged twice daily, matured for 14 months in used French oak. Clear, bright, crimson-purple; a spicy/savoury medium-bodied wine of good length and balance. Has the ’17 finesse, but needs a tad more weight.  91 points James Halliday, Wine Companion 2020

Fragrant and spicy, floral and gentle, with a delicate perfume of red and blue berries, citrusy notes and dried herbs. Long and supple, with a fine, crunchy spine, it reveals a vibrant, translucently clear core of pristine but slightly candied flavour, finishing with savoury licorice-like notes and a soft but nervy acidity. 90/100 Jeremy Oliver 2019-22+`

90/100 (#8 of 20 McLaren Vale Grenache 2017)
Ulithorne CHI Shiraz Grenache 2017
Huon Hooke
Medium red/purple colour. The aroma is youthful and spicy, with a lick of ginger, the palate lively with liberal acidity and slightly edgy tannins. A very pleasant wine, already drinking very well, but also with a future. 17 JUL 2018
Cellaring 2018–2035

Ulithorne Chi Shiraz Grenache 2017
Wine (Partrick Eckel)
An undeniably pretty wine that showcases the elegance of the cool 2017 vintage. The nose is awash with lifted red cherry and a dusting of spice. The palate is medium bodied with a subtle build of fine tannins that enjoy oak derived richness alongside pristine plum and cherry fruits. Excellent length to finish with a back and forth between fruit and subtle milk chocolate notes that are quintessentially McLaren Vale. Optimal Drinking 2018 – 2027 Date Reviewed 07 22, 2018

Ulithorne CHI Shiraz Grenache 2016

“Very good colour; a savoury, lipsmacking wine, juicy and fresh until touches of briar and earth join red and black fruits on the back-palate and finish.” 93 points – James Halliday

Ulithorne CHI Shiraz Grenache 2015

James Halliday – Wine Companion 2017
Rating 93
60% old vine shiraz and 40% old bushvine grenache. Good colour; the bouquet hums with warm spices that are in turn a major part of the medium-boded palate, joining plum and red berry fruit. Carries its alcohol well, and is ready to go.″ Drink 2021

Ulithorne CHI Grenache Shiraz 2013

James Halliday – Wine Companion
Rating 94
Old bush vines, 80/20% blend, separately vinified, both parcels matured in used oak for 14 months. Provides that elusive combination of rich fruits and spicy, bright mouthfeel and aftertaste.
Drink by: 2028
Date tasted: 26/Mar/2015
Price: $38.00
Alcohol: 15%

“Its beautifully presented, as is the wine itself. Liquorice, red/black berries and crackles of assorted dry spices. It’s fresh and lively, sweet and savoury all at once. A charming drink.”
Campbell Mattinson, Winefront, April 2015, 92 points.

94 Points, Mike Bennie & Tyson Stelzer, Parade SA Mag to be published Oct 2015.

“Savoury and sophisticated with red berry and plum fruit melding harmoniously with its spicy characters and fine tannins”
Kerry Skinner, Illawarra Mercury March 2015.

“Bright crimson and features tobacco leaf scents. Sweet, ripe blood plum flavour homes in on the front of the palate and the middle palate introduces raspberry, mocha coffee, cloves and nutty oak characters. The finish has terrific tannins”
John Lewis, Newcastle Herald, March 2015.

“Dark Cherry and blackberry fruit on the nose and palate, with some spicy aok and long, fine tannins on the finish. You could try it now with beef or lamb dishes with a Mediterranean influence of tuck away for several years”
Mike Frost, Courier Mail, Qld March 2015, 94 points.

94 Points, WBM Trade May 2015.
94 Points, Aspire Magazine (to be published Oct 2015)

Ulithorne CHI Grenache Shiraz 2012

James Halliday – Wine Companion
Rating 85
Made form old vines, and is, in its own way, complex, but the alcohol is just too high.
Drink by: 2016
Date tasted: 24/Mar/2014
Price: $38.00
Alcohol: 15.5%

Ulithorne CHI Grenache Shiraz 2010

James Halliday – Wine Companion
Rating 94
A blend of 51% bush vine grenache and 49% shiraz. Medium red-purple; every bit as attractive as its bloodlines would suggest, with bright red berry fruits ex the grenache given structure from the shiraz; the two components are at once synergistic and seamless.
Drink by: 2025
Date tasted: 20/Mar/2013
Price: $38.00
Alcohol: 14.5%

Ulithorne CHI Shiraz Grenache 2007

James Halliday – Wine Companion
Rating 92
Good colour; a positive bouquet and an even more emphatic palate, with black fruits and tannins ex the shiraz, the grenache filling in any cracks on the mid-palate; 40-year-old vines; unfiltered.
Drink by: 2020
Date tasted: 06/Mar/2010
Price: $40.00
Alcohol: 14.5%

Ulithorne EPOCH Rosé 2018

Light-ish pink colour with a subdued, shy, reserved, subtly complex aromas showing a little development, probably from barrel fermentation. The wine is light, dry and refreshing, grapy as well as savoury at the same time, and there’s a lovely floral note. It’s fruity, clean and refreshing, with plenty of life and energy. A very more-ish drink. Dec 2018, 95 points, Huon Hooke

Delicate and inviting, the bouquet shows raspberry, watermelon, apple, lemon peel and floral characters, leading to a finely textured palate that is juicy and lively. It is bright, light and zesty with pristine fruit flavours and silky texture, finishing persistent and mouth-watering. At its best: now to 2020. AU$30.00. Dec 2018. 93 points, Wine Orbit

McLaren Vale grenache, partially crushed, some whole bunch, 2 hours skin contact and then pressed to 5yo French oak for ferment and 3 months ageing. A good region and variety for Rose. Strawberries and sweet spice on the bouquet with a savoury element as well. Dry but ripe berry flavoured, textured and fresh, it’s suited to food but very easy to drink without. 92 points Steven Creber, Wine Companion 2020

Ulithorne NOVA DUO Fresh Wine 2018

Hand-picked from Ulithorne’s ’50s vineyard; filled a single 1-tonne fermenter, hand-plunged, pressed to French oak for completion of fermentation and 3 months maturation. A super-abundance of flavours are carefully balanced by tannins, oak not really in play. 94 points, James Halliday, Wine Companion 2020

Combining fruit richness and refined structure, this stylish Rhone blend shows lifted aromas of cranberry, dark plum, floral, warm spice and olive on the nose, leading to a beautifully weighted palate that is supple and fleshy. The wine offers fruit purity together with elegant savoury nuances, finishing lingering and silky. At its best: now to 2026. AU$35.00. Dec 2018. 94 Points, Wine Orbit NZ

Medium to full red/purple colour, the bouquet sweetly berry-ish and ripely strawberry, raspberry-ish. A deliciously ripe, fruit-sweet, succulent Grenache with charm, softness and slurpability. Feb 2019 -92 Points (drink 2019-2029), Huon Hooke

Sweet flavours of cranberries, blackberries, currants and blueberries blacked by notes of briar, spice and a hint of herbal complexity are delivered in a fragrant, ripe and juicy red of medium to fullish weight that is supported by a fine, faintly gravelly spine of drying tannins. It finishes with a currant-like note of dehydrated fruit. 89/100 Jeremy Oliver 2020-23

Ulithorne FAMILIA Shiraz 2017

Five separate (grower) parcels fermented in a combination of small open and static tanks, blended after 10 months in oak. Shows elegance not always associated with this region. Plum and cherry fruit on the bouquet is restrained, sitting in harmony with notes of milk chocolate and subtle oak, the palate equally composed: seamless, finely textured, long and lingering. 95 points Steven Creber, Wine Companion 2020

This is so delicious it’s hard to put the glass down. Swirling whole bunch juiciness, dark, pliant and fleshily fruit-focused, with lip smacking fresh, ripe flavours and an intriguing pot pouri of savouriness. 95 points DMWP

Medium-bodied but with a fine, drying, gravelly texture, this juicy, textural shiraz has a dusty, faitnly herbal; bouquet of pristine dark plums, black and red berries and licorice lifted by sweet spices. It’s long and vibrant, with a texture suggestive of Etna Rosso and a fresh, soft finish. 91/100 Jeremy Oliver 2022-25+

89/100 (#8 of 27 McLaren Vale Shiraz 2017)
Ulithorne FAMILIA Shiraz 2017
Huon Hooke
Deep, bold, bright red/purple colour. The aroma is fresh and youthful, floral and bright, while the palate is full-bodied and more gutsy than most early-release shirazes. There is gritty, earthy, minerally tannins, and a twist of bitterness. Black fruits and black-strap licorice. Very good. 17 JUL 2018
Cellaring 2018–2031

Ulithorne FAMILIA Shiraz 2016
“Distinctly deeper colour than its Dona sibling. Fruit selection is part of the story, but so, too, is the making. This is intense, yet barely medium-bodied, dustry tannins interacting with dark very fruits and regional dark chocolate. Totally convinving winemaking.” 95 points – James Halliday

Balsamic, tight with a crammed reduction of red fruits and glorious acidity. Spiced plum, rhubarb notes, hint of white pepper. Formidably fully powered with a deft touch of seamless mouthfeel. Long and effortless. 96/100 DMWP

This is immediate and gorgeous on the nose showing black/blueberry, mint chocolate, hazelnut and floral characters. The palate is impressively weighted and generously fruited, and displays excellent fruit richness combined with plush texture and supple tannins. A fabulously expressed shiraz offering superb fruit power. At its best: now to 2024. AU$40.00. 94 Points, TONY KEY – THE KEY REPORT

Charming, lively old school Burgundy-like shiraz with an earthy, faintly meaty presence of dark plums, blood plums, blackberries and cassis backed by smoky oak and a firmish but velvety spine that will become softer with time. Punctuated by soft, lively acids, it’s ready to enjoy. 88/100 Jeremy Oliver 2018-21

Ulithorne FAMILIA Shiraz 2015

James Halliday – Wine Companion
Rating 95
“A complex suite of aromas swirl out of the glass in a spicy, savoury dark berry spectrum. New oak makes its presence felt in the focused, medium-bodied palate, but doesn’t hide those intriguing savoury nuances in a wine that keeps drawing you back again and again. Drink 2035”

Rating 95
A young release for McVale shiraz but this is no kiddie. It’s very well made with plenty of interesting flavours as it travels that keep the drinker both entertained and thoughtful. 94 points, with maybe one or even two to come as it ages, and worth the $40 asked.

Wine Spectator US
Rating 90
Supple and generous, with seamless flavors of raspberry coulis and black cherry, accented by clove, cinnamon and white pepper details that linger effortlessly, complemented by black tea hints. Drink now through 2026. 5,000 cases made.
Issue Nov 30, 2016

Ulithorne FAMILIA Shiraz 2014
James Halliday – Wine Companion
Rating 94
Parcels of shiraz harvested from late Feb to early Apr, fermented separately in small open fermenters, matured for 12 months in used French oak and stainless steel. An elegant, medium-bodied shiraz true to both its place of birth and breeding, the feminine touch of winemaker Rose Kentish another factor in allowing the fruit full freedom to express itself.
Drink by: 2029
Date tasted: 14/Jan/2016
Price: $40.00
Alcohol: 14%

Ulithorne SPECIALIS Tempranillo Grenache 2017

This is wonderfully comforting and satisfying; the fragrant bouquet shows blackcurrant, plum, dried herb, warm spice and roasted nut aromas, followed by a silky-smooth palate that displays excellent depth and expansive mouthfeel. The wine is richly fruited while remaining harmonious and elegant, finishing impressively long and supple. At its best: now to 2027. AU$35.00. Dec 2018. 95 Points, Wine Orbit NZ

A 55/36/9% blend from two lots of grenache from Blewitt Springs, tempranillo and graciano from elsewhere in the region. It has a highly floral bouquet with spices, red and black cherry blossom/fruit and a whisper of oak. It’s lively, light to medium-bodied and will cause endless discussion in your favourite Spanish restaurant. 92 points. James Halliday, Wine Companion 2020

Ulithorne SPECIALIS Tempranillo Grenache 2016

“Juicy and vibrant with plush red and purple fruit. Ripe and delicious. Moreish cola notes with deep red rose petal aromas.
Brimming with juicy black cherry, liquorice and sweet spice flavour. This screams, “Drink me!” DMWP – Peter Nixon, Rating 95

“Bottle number 4648, suitably heavyweight. A Spanish speciality, with the high-toned red berry fruits of the mid-palate on song, and gently savoury spices to finish – perhaps a little too gently.” 91 points – James Halliday

Wild and floral, meaty and leathery, but with a palate of pristine, juicy and forward fruit that never ever weighs above gentle and restrained. Supple and soft, showing the forward nature of the vintage, it delivers mouthwatering suppleness and brightness. 87/100 Jeremy Oliver 2018-21

Ulithorne SPECIALIS Tempranillo Grenache 2015

Rating 95
It’s Latin, meaning “Special, Project”, and special it is. It’s a tempranillo, grenache, graciano blend. There’s a high cocoa content, with chocolate on the nose. It’s very decadent across the palate, as fruit characters mix wickedly with savoury, and the aftertaste is long and sensual. 95 points and worth $30.

James Halliday – Wine Companion 2017
Rating 92
An eclectic blend, and one seemingly well suited to McLaren Vale conditions. Generous vinosity and regionality take centre stage here, the individual varietal characters not so prominent, which may actually be the intention. Ripe and juicy on the bouquet and palate, showing some fruit sweetness with a savoury edge and quality tannin. Yes, it’s a food wine.″ Drink 2025

Wine Orbit NZ
Rating 92
The wine is attractively fragrant on the nose showing dark plum, raspberry coulis, clove and toasted nut characters with a touch of cocoa complexity. It is succulent and beautifully rounded on the palate, delivering fabulous fruit vibrancy and silky texture. The wine offers generosity as well as elegance, and finishes persistent and very fine. At its best: now to 2020. AU$30.00. March 2017.

Floral and spicy, with a vibrant presence of dark cherries, blueberries and redcurrants underpinned by a fine, loose-knit spine. Soft and generous, smooth and gentle, with a lingering savoury finish. 90/100 Jeremy Oliver 2020-23

Ulithorne DONA Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre 2017

Delightfully fruited and fabulously perfumed, the inviting bouquet shows dark plum, raspberry, game, dried herb and toasted almond characters. The palate is equally charming with excellent fruit weight and intensity, wonderfully framed by silky texture and polished tannins. At its best: now to 2025. AU$27.00. Dec 2018. -94 points, Wine Orbit NZ

63% grenache, 27% shiraz, 10% mourvedre, matured in both French oak and stainless steel for 12 months. A strong grenache influence (unsurprisingly) here, with its musky cherry perfume much in evidence. Behind that there’s a faintly herbal note which continues onto the palate, although soft, fleshy, sweet edged fruit is the main theme, light tannin providing some grip. 91 points Steven Creber, Wine Companion 2020

Ulithorne DONA Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre 2016

WINE SPECTATOR, INSIDER Vol 13 No. 42, October 25th 2017
Rating 91
Cumin, caraway and tobacco notes complement the dense,
velvety core of black cherry, blueberry juice and ripe plum flavors.
Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvèdre. Drink now through 2030.—M.W.

“Modest colour in depth, but its brightness is well within specs for this blend. The bouquet and palate pick up the intensity, and the cherry and plum jam fruit is enjoyable.” 90 points – James Halliday

Ulithorne DONA Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre 2015

Rating 94
“Gosh this is a good wine. Exquisitely balanced with a seamless integrated palate that does set this one apart from so many. Like the savoury and slightly grainy mouthfeel, focused tannins and good weighted oak. It all adds up to a super wine that has quality winemaking stamped all over it”

DMWP – Peter Nixon
Rating 94
“Fresh black cherry and dark fruit spectrum, medium weighted, with savoury notes on a balanced flowing palate.
The delicious ripe fruit lingers very nicely at the finish.“

Rating 94
The wine is a grenache shiraz mourvèdre blend. The nose is a fruit shop, an amazing mix of fruit smells, none to me definable. It sits pert at the front of the mouth, the acid straining to start the journey. Once the wine is moving, crisp flavours make their presence known. The wine lingers on the finish. It’s an adult’s wine and great at the table. 94 points and well worth $27.

Wine Orbit NZ
Rating 93
Silky-smooth and rounded, this fabulous blend offers terrific fruit intensity, showing lifted aromas of dark plum, spiced cherry and blueberry compote with hints of cocoa and almond on the nose. The palate is juicy and flavoursome, and delivers lovely fruit flavours with subtle savoury complexity, finishing beautifully long and smooth. At its best: now to 2021. AU$26.00. March 2017.

Ulithorne DONA Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre 2014

James Halliday – Wine Companion
Rating 95
60/30/10%, machine or hand-harvested according to growers’ vineyard requirements, the parcels aged separately for 12 months in used French oak and stainless steel, blended and bottled Feb ’15, released Jan ’16. Bright, spicy and juicy red fruits are joined by fine-spun tannins on the light to medium-bodied palate.
Drink by: 2024
Date tasted: 14 Jan 2016
Price: $25
Alcohol: 14%

Ulithorne DONA Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre 2013

James Halliday – Wine Companion
Rating 95
A 60/30/10% blend, cold-soaked and cool-fermented for 10 days, each component separately matured in used French oak for 12 months, then blended and matured for a further 3 months. Rose Kentish’s four vintages in France shows in this very good wine, with a generous supply of red and black fruits sewn together by exactly measured tannins.
Drink by: 2028
Date tasted: 17/Jun/2014
Price: $24.00
Alcohol: 14%

“94 Points. Rose Kentish’s experience in McLaren Vale and southern France shines in this beautifully varietal, characteristically regional and downright delicious blend. It’s an elegant, succulent expression of the raspberries, strawberries and red cherries of grenache, with subtle savoury spice and olive nuances characteristic of McLaren Vale. Tannins are finely textured, providing an air of sophistication to the supple approachability of grenache. Drink: 2014-2017” – Tyson Stelzer, Wine Taste Weekly Edition 157.

“Vibrant Cherry fruit – pretty and pure. Drives with great energy and vitality. Fine tannins in tow. Structure and yet smashable. Wicked.” Judges comments, Hot 100 Wines SA for 2014.

“It’s yummy and plummy with supporting cherry fruit, a good lick of spice, balanced oak and supple tannins.”
Illawarra Mercury, June 2014

“… little beauty that shows without fuss a mass of lovely, warm fruits wafting with fragrant notes of orange and fennel, textured with soft tannins and sticky mouth feel, appealing in its medium bodied drinkability and never straying from its sweet fruited rustic soul.”
Tony Love, The Advertiser, June 2014

“Four-star/ 92 Points. At 60 per cent of the blend, fragrant, softy, fruity grenache plays the lead role in this lovely red. However, the shiraz component (30 per cent) fills out the palate, while mourvedre adds to the wine’s tannic backbone. The overall impression is of a gentle, easy-to-drink red with vibrant, juicy fruit (with a touch of spice) and soft but assertive tannins. Winemaker Rose Kentish worked four vintages in France and says she drew inspiration from southern Rhone Valley blends of these varieties – particularly in letting the fruit talk, and not burdening it with oak flavours.”- Chris Shanahan, Canberra Times, July 2014.

“Cherry and fruity, ripe and spicy, light and tasty. Easy to drink, a little cuddly and fleshy but still shows some crisp acidity and a little bite of tannin. Some sour/sweet in the mix too; a nice, refreshing crispness of fruit. It came a little quickly to the tasting table from the wine fridge but felt just right like that. Slurp up!”
Mike Bennie, Winefront (June 2014)

94 Points, WBM Trade November 2014.

“Deliver and push those plush, bright, ripe fruit characters and lifted aromatics. Sounds simple enough but again, Rose is able to work in extra layers of dark fruit and spice complexities to lift the quality versus price ration well above its quite modest price point” Jon Helmer, Surf Coast Times, July 2014.

Ulithorne DONA Shiraz 2017

Sourced from growers on mostly cooler sites, 4% grenache included, and aged for 14 months in new and older French oak. Red fruit aromas are upfront in a bright, lifted bouquet, with some peppery spice, mocha, and a touch of regional earthiness. Buoyant and sweet-fruited on the palate, there’s appealing freshness with a light twist of astringency to finish. 92 points Steven Creber, Wine Companion 2020

Approachable and stylish, this spicy, juicy and brightly lit shiraz of medium to full body delivers a vibrant core of fresh black and red plum and berry flavour underpinned by a fine, faintly gravelly backbone. It finishes with brightness and freshness. 91/100 Jeremy Oliver.

Deep red/purple hue with a sweet blackberry fruit-driven aroma, the palate firm and tight with focused flavour and firm tannins, the finish lingering well and is clean and decisive. Trim and balanced. Drink 2019-2031. Reviewed Jan 2019. 89 points Huon Hooke

Fabulously ripe and fragrant, the bouquet shows Black Doris plum, blueberry, violet, subtle spice and game aromas, followed by a succulent palate that is silky and flowing. The wine offers excellent fruit purity and vibrancy, wonderfully complemented by textural mouthfeel and spicy complexity, finishing persistent and smooth. At its best: now to 2027. AU$27.00. Dec 2018. -94 Points, Wine Orbit NZ

Ulithorne DONA Shiraz 2016

WINE SPECTATOR, INSIDER Vol 13 No. 42, October 25th 2017
Rating 91
Complex and concentrated, with black tea, fresh loam and thyme accents to the dark, dense plum, cassis and black licorice flavors. Toothsome on the finish. Drink now through 2027.—M.W.

DMWP – Peter Nixon
Rating 96 pts
Bright crimson with purple hues, This displays a rich bouquet of plum, cherry and forest floor and fragrant violets . Full bodied and with rich presence, the palate has abundant flavours of blackberry,early season fresh cherry – all vibrant and energetic with a hint of quality oak. A brilliant modern take on Shiraz.

“Dona meaning ‘the gift’ in Latin. The bright, clear crimson-purple hue and the light to medium body suggest whole bunch fermentation of at least some of the fruit, all adding up to a wine that is ready to enjoy right now or in the next few years.” 93 points – James Halliday

Ulithorne DONA Shiraz 2015

Rating 95
Influenced by the time winemaker Rose Kentish spent in the Rhone Valley. It packs a punch, but in the best possible way, distilling the essence of McLaren Vale shiraz into a wine that cannot be denied, its river of black fruits, earth, licorice and high quality tannins unstoppable. Drink 2035

Rating 94
A nose I couldn’t pin so I looked up the tasting notes: “pretty, ripe plums, subtle peppery notes”. That didn’t do it for me, so let’s leave it, but do note there was nothing wrong with the smell. There’s not the heavy expression of shiraz so often found, but one of lightness on one level, with strength running through it. Again, a good wine for the table. 94 points and value at $27.

Ulithorne DONA BLANC 2017

“A co-fermented blend of Marsanne and viognier, with an unusual bouquet in which viognier is the most obvious, with dried flavours on the palate. Here, however, the tighter grip of young Marsanne provides texture and structure.” 90 points – James Halliday

Ulithorne DONA BLANC 2016

Rating 95
A co-ferment of viognier and marsanne, with pinot gris blended in. A beautiful nose: some peach, some vanilla, and other perfumed fragrances wafting in and out. It sits plump and viscous at the front of the mouth, which fools the taster into thinking there is not much more than an over-plump, dull wine there. Then it stretches very slowly like a cat flexing its claws, and carves the most beautiful track across the palate. Rich, honeyed flavours are scored through with fire and spice. It’s quite some wine. 95 points and great value at $27.

James Halliday – Wine Companion 2017
Rating 91
Co-fermented viognier, marsanne and pinot gris inspired by the blend-happy vignerons of the Rhone Valley and southern France. Fresh, and helped by some grippy texture and acidity – this makes it a now or later proposition.″ Drink 2021

Ulithorne FLAMMA Sparkling Shiraz (Disgorged 2011)
McLaren Vale
James Halliday – Wine Companion
Rating 89
This is the third disgorgement of Flamma made by hand in Oct ’11; it is a powerful food style, for the tannins are still obvious. In its favour is the decision not to increase the dosage to cover those tannins.
Drink by: 2018
Date tasted: 16/Dec/2013
Price: $38.00
Alcohol: 13.5%

Ulithorne FLAMMA McLaren Vale Sparkling Shiraz (Disgorged 2005)
James Halliday – Wine Companion
Rating 86
Drink by: Not Available
Date tasted: 16/Mar/2007
Price: $29.00
Alcohol: 14.5%