As they use every variety in the vineyard, Cloth Label wines are always very vintage-driven, and 2017 was our longest ever, with good, cool conditions overall. Each variety (pinot noir, shiraz, cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, a tiny bit of riesling) was fermented individually in oak before blending to build a deep, complex wine that’s still decidedly medium-bodied. Fruit intensity on the nose is excellent, backed by spicier, sweet notes of tobacco, leather and pepper. A soft but consistent acidity anchors a sophisticated, rewarding palate of red fruit, plums and a sweet, surprising vibrance.
A really lovely, elegant medium-full bodied red which drinks superbly right now, but will also age well.
—Huon Hooke (95 points)
Here is one of those complex blends where the whole is more than the sum of its parts: pinot noir/shiraz/cabernet sauvignon/cabernet franc and a squirt of riesling. It's a complex little thing. Sapid morello cherry, juicy plum and redcurrant fruits infused with sweet spice, tobacco, pressed flowers, roasting game, amaro, polished leather and earth. Gentle red fruits with a mineral cadence and an elegant, spiced sour cherry finish.
—Dave Brookes, Halliday Wine Companion (95 points)