Reviews & Accolades:

Sparkling | Sauv Blanc | Pinot Gris | Chardonnay | Pinot Noir | Shiraz

 

Beltana€“ 2008 Blanc de Blanc

Best Sparkling of Show Trophy – Adelaide Hills Wine Show 2012
95 points James Halliday Wine Companion Magazine Feb/Mar 2014
94 points WBM Oct 2013


An Adelaide Hills chardonnay crafted with champenoise-like style: complex, secondary and aged characteristics with creamy yeast layers. 4.5/5.

Tony Love, The Advertiser 18 Dec 2013

Australia has made terrific headway over the past decade with its sparkling wines and the Beltana is right up there with Arras, Domaine Chandon and Clover Hill.

Philip Rich, The Australian Financial Review Dec 2013

The little family Adelaide Hills winery of Kate and Hamish Laurie is producing some very smart sparkling wines. From a 500-metre-high vineyard, this nicely aged chardonnay has a bright, light yellow hue and a mellow meringue and straw-like aroma, still showing primary fruit, and a youthful, firm, full-flavoured palate with a low sweetness level and a touch of richness in its texture. The flavours persist with a clean, dry aftertaste. 92/100.€™

Huon Hooke, The Age / Epicure 29 Oct 2013

Refined high altitude pear and apple flavours are nuanced with the complexity of four years on lees, building toasty and honeyed notes of brioche and roast almonds, creamy texture and silky mouthfeel. Seamless and expertly crafted.€™

Tyson Stelzer, WBM Oct 2013

 

Loftia - Vintage Brut

Trophy Best Australian Sparkling, Sydney International Wine Show 2012 €(Loftia 2009)
Trophy Best Sparkling of Show, Adelaide Hills Wine Show 2011 (Loftia 2009)
Bronze Medal Sparkling Wine, Adelaide Hills Wine Show 2012 (Loftia 2010)
Top scoring New World Sparkling Jan 2012 85 points Imbibe Magazine UK (Loftia 2009)
94 points James Halliday Wine Companion Magazine Apr/May 2014 (Loftia 2011)
Advertiser Top 100 Wines Tony Love 2009, 2011, 2012


€˜It is made lovingly by Kate Laurie to the Champagne method, but don’t compare it to Champagne. It is gently baked apple-fruited with touches of crystallised peel and is long and lingering and perfectly balanced on the tongue. 94/100, 9/10 and Diam sealed so consistently excellent.€™

Tim White, Financial Review 2 Jan 2014 (2011 vintage)

...beautifully fine, precise and elegant. It shows lemon pith, green apple and hot sourdough lathered in cultured butter with a gentle and discrete lees influence and a flicker of funk. It's clean, racy and drives beautifully through a long, sustained finish. This is one of the finest sparklings I've seen produced in this country.

Gourmet Traveller Wine Dec/Jan 20€˜13 (2011 vintage)

Adelaide Hills pinot noir chardonnay sparkler. Bright eye, delicate strawberry fruit, patisserie-like dimensions, fine texture, dry finish and fragrant lingering aftertaste. 93/100. Fantastic value.

Ralph Kyte-Powell, The Age 17 Dec 2013 (2011 vintage)

Made in the Adelaide Hills, this is all the things the style should be – it has aromas of citrus, a hint of yeast, a palate all about finesse and an acidity that’s pert. This is one for when the right people pop in.

Ben Canaider, Virgin Australia Voyeur Dec 2013 (2011 vintage)

A Vintage Brut style that has had a lot of smart winemaking built in to create a fine beaded, sophisticated, fresh and zesty feel but with plenty of complexity as well as€“ crunchy green apples, cream cheeses, a touch of briny stock adding deeper flavour. Excellent. 4.5/5.

Tony Love, The Advertiser 30 Nov 2013 (2011 vintage)

A terrific wine whose only drawback is being released so young. Light, bright yellow hue leads into a fresh lemony aroma with a trace of lees-developed complexity, and the palate is delicate and refined, taut and focused, with bright acidity and good persistence. It is a wine of zip and drive, almost blanc de blancs-like linearity and lovely balance. 93/100.

Huon Hooke, The Age / Epicure 29 Oct 2013 (2011 vintage)

The mesh of flavor is textural, nutty autolysis with the power of Pinot Noir fruit, mostly. But there's refreshment here and a light, creamy mouthfeel giving good vibes. Well done.€™

Mike Bennie, WBM June 2013 (2010 Vintage)

Great depth on the nose with creaminess following through to the palate. Great acid fruit balance and depth of flavour. Clean fresh and textured. The flavours linger and linger.€™

Brent Marris, 6th term panel judge, Sydney International Wine Show 2012 (2009 vintage)

€˜Persistent mousse and fine bubbles, an elegant nose, hints of ginger and coconut, dry, fresh, very balanced and great lime notes on finish.€™

Roberto Loppi, Hakkasan Restaurant (2009 Vintage)

 

Altair - NV Rose

Top Gold Sparkling Rose, UK Sommelier Wine Awards 2014
Bronze Medal, Adelaide Hills Wine Show 2013
Silver Medal, UK Sommelier Wine Awards 2013

Deviation Road is a fast ascending little estate, privileged first in its 30-year-old Lenswood vineyard and second in the delicate touch of Kate Laurie, who learnt her craft in Champagne. Her sparklings are among the most restrained and textured in the Hills and her Rosé is graceful, alluring and intricately crafted. An estate to watch.

Tyson Stelzer, Adelaide Hills Magazine Autumn 2014

The NV Deviation Road Altair Brut Rose is well worth seeking out. It has a lovely rhubarb character and bristles with notes of apple skin, wild strawberries and baking spices. It’s finely balanced lithe and long. This is a truly exciting new direction for Australian sparkling wine.

Nick Ryan, Gourmet Traveller Wine Dec/Jan 2014

An intricately crafted and refreshingly young sparkling rosé of lively elegance. Lovely fruit concentration of strawberries, red cherries, pink pepper and red apples is honed by excellent acid line and lemon juice freshness.€™

Tyson Stelzer, WBM Dec/Jan 2014

€˜Delicately heady Champagne-like complexities with an almost spiced almond and hazelnut edge propel this sparkler to more noteworthy level.

Tony Love, SA Weekend Magazine Nov 2012

 

Sauvignon Blanc

Bronze Medal Adelaide Hills Wine Show 2012 (Sauvignon Blanc 2012)
Bronze Medal Royal Adelaide Wine Show 2007 (Sauvignon Blanc 2007)
94 points James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2010 (Sauvignon Blanc 2010)
92 points James Halliday Australian Wine Companion  (Sauvignon Blanc 2012)
91 points Tyson Stelzer Wine Estate Weekly July 2012 (Sauvignon Blanc 2011)
88 points Ralph Kyte Powell The Age Epicure September 2013 (Sauvignon Blanc 2012)
4 stars Ralph Kyte Powell The Age Epicure July 2012 (Sauvignon Blanc 2011)


Deviation Road deviates from the herbaceous screaming sauv blanc. Nectarine, passionfruit, ruby grapefruit with a savoury herbal finish and appealing texture makes this wine extremely food-friendly.

Jeni Port, The Age / Epicure, 25 Feb 2014 (2013 vintage)

A sauvignon blanc with attitude, thanks to its structure, texture and depth; the fruit aromas and flavours are no€™t flowery or tropical, rather in the herb/grass/capsicum end of the spectrum. A wine to stand up to many dishes.€™

Australian Wine Companion James Halliday, Dec/Jan 2014 (2012 vintage)

 

Pinot Gris

Silver Medal Adelaide Hills Wine Show 2009 (Pinot Gris 2009)
Bronze Medal National Cool Climate Wine Show Bathurst 2007 (Pinot Gris 2007)
93 points James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2010 (Pinot Gris 2009)
93 points WBM October 2013 (Pinot Gris 2012)
92 points Tyson Stelzer Winestate Weekly July 2012 (Pinot Gris 2011)
90 points Huon Hooke Top Aussie Whites The Sydney Morning Herald April 2010 (Pinot Gris 2009)
4 stars Tony Love The Advertiser Adelaide February 2011 (Pinot Gris 2010)
4 stars Ralph Kyte Powell The Age February 2009 (Pinot Gris 2009)


Tightly focused, long and tangy, this delicate and almost lean example falls between the two expressions of gris and grigio... Fine pinot gris or grigio in Australia remains the exception rather than the rule, and this wine is a step in the right direction...

Jeremy Oliver, GT Wine Apr/May 2014 (2013 vintage)

An expertly-crafted, elegant, tightly-honed and impressively-ageworthy Gris of fresh lemon and pear fruit, riding a line of well-defined high-altitude acidity, carrying evenly on the finish. Lees and oak fermentation character are refreshingly subtle, building fine texture and outstanding persistence.

Tyson Stelzer, WBM March 2014 (2013 vintage)

There's plenty of lip-smacking pear fruit and skin flavours to contrast with caramelised, spicy chicken, but there'€™s also a more sapid, swede-like aspect to the flavour profile which sits nicely with pumpkin and kishik. Importantly, and unlike many pinot gris, there'€™s an absence of oiliness; instead it finishes with gentle chewiness and exuberant, mouth-watering acidity. It'€™s toothsome.€™

Tim White, Australian Financial Review 20-26 Dec 2013 (2013 vintage)

€˜Every effort has been made to give this that little bit extra, the vineyard picked at different levels of sugar, and part of the wine barrel-fermented. It has true nashi pear flavour, and fully deserves the gris nomenclature.

Australian Wine Companion, James Halliday 92 points Dec/Jan 2014 (2012 vintage)

€˜Those high altitude vines produce rock-solid Gris of focused lemon zest and crunchy pear character, enhanced with the gently textual appeal of partial barrel fermentation. The result is restrained, backward and refreshing.

Tyson Stelzer, WBM Oct 2013 (2012 vintage)

 

Reserve Chardonnay

Australian Wine Companion 2012 – James Halliday 94pts

€˜Light straw-green; a very well-balanced wine from go to whoa; balance between fruit and oak and balance between the citrus and stone fruit flavours gives the wine harmony, and underwrites its present length and future longevity.'

James Halliday 2012

€˜Very impressive, elite style chardonnay with superb oak treatment, white stone fruit flavours and gingery spice.€™

Tony Love, The Advertiser, 26 Jan 2011

 

Pinot Noir

Medal Winner Adelaide Hills Wine Show 2012
Winestate 3 stars New release tasting May/June ‘12
Australian Wine Companion - James Halliday Outstanding 94pts (2008 Vintage)

 

Reserve Shiraz

Medal Winner Adelaide Hills Wine Show 2012
Australian Wine Companion - James Halliday Outstanding 94pts (2008 Vintage)

Give this a little airtime at first and slowly the stars within light up. subtle florals, a minerally layer, white pepper lifts, integrated oak and a foresty backdrop provide a wonderful mix of elements as you taste, finessed, finely crafted and finished, rich and soulful. 4.5 out of 5 stars. €˜A cut above.

Tony Love, Taste.com.au March 2014 (2010 vintage)

Here'€™s proof that Kate and Hamish Laurie'€™s talent extends beyond sparkling and aromatic whites. Their best red yet is impressively full in colour and flavour, a celebration of all things black, pepper included.

Tyson Stelzer,€“ WBM Dec/Jan 2014


€˜...lovely soft and generous texture, yet it is elegant and smooth with a supple mouthfeel. Fine and slightly firmish tannins, with a little sinewy character on the finish. Beautifully layered and complex.

Ray Jordan 93/100, The Western Australian April 2013