Sevenhill's Rieslings head Halliday's five-star rating
8 Aug 2017
Sevenhill Cellars received a five-star winery rating from noted Australian wine critic and author James Halliday in his newly released 2018 Wine Companion.
The five-star assessment recognises an “outstanding winery capable of producing wines of very high quality and did so this year. Also, will have at least two wines at 95 points or above”.
Sevenhill’s Rieslings led the way, with the 2016 Inigo Riesling and 2016 St Francis Xavier Single-Vineyard Riesling both scoring 95 points. This rating refers to “outstanding wines” of gold metal quality, usually with a great pedigree.
Halliday described the 2016 Inigo Riesling as “outstanding value”. “Has picked up some colour, but is bright with no cause for concern; there is a lot of high quality wine here at the price, the floral citrus bouquet starting to show. It’s bone dry but there is a wealth of lime juice, pith and zest backed by crunchy acidity.”
The 2016 St Francis Xavier Single-Vineyard Riesling was said to be “more refined and elegant than its Inigo sibling, and richly deserves time in bottle to build on the picture-perfect base it already has”. “Demure lime and Granny Smith apple is swathed in fine shards of acidity that prolong the finish and aftertaste - where the quality of the wine shines.”
Other Sevenhill ratings in the 2018 Wine Companion were 2014 St Ignatius (blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec) and 2014 Inigo Barbera (94 points). The 2014 Inigo Cabernet Sauvignon scored 90 points.
Note: Current vintages of these wines are:
2016 Inigo Riesling, 2017 St Francis Xavier Single-Vineyard Riesling, 2014 St Ignatius and 2015 Inigo Cabernet Sauvignon. Inigo Babera is waiting on a new vintage.