Gourmet Traveller Wine December/January 2013 issue

100 Top New Release Wines by wine contributing editor Huon Hooke

95 *****
2010 Lavina Grand Royale Cabernet Sauvignon, McLaren Vale
‘It’s unusual to find such an elegant, beautifully flavoured and structured cabernet from McLaren Vale. Red and dark fruit aromas with rose-petal and vanilla notes. Soft and deep on the palate with fine texture, succulent and charming’. Huon Hooke


95 *****
2010 Lavina Grand Royale Shiraz, McLaren Vale
‘Rich, powerful, lusciously fruited shiraz with dark chocolate, licorice, plum, beef-stock and black olive aromas. The texture is decadently smooth, fleshy and seamless. It responds to decanting. In this case big is beautiful’ Huon Hooke


94 *****
2010 Lavina The Aurum Release Shiraz, McLaren Vale
‘The little brother of Lavina’s Grand Royale is a voluptuous , decadent shiraz with dark purple colour and melted chocolate aromas. Fruit-sweet, almost luscious, with gorgeous texture and slight kick of alcohol on the finish’. Huon Hooke