Posted 20 March 2015
Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front, Posted on 19 March 2015, http://www.winefront.com.au/
Made by Walter Clappis but it seems to be a brand unto itself. Grown biodynamically, matured in both French and American oak, and bottled unfiltered.
Weight, flavour, freshness, length. It’s McLaren Vale to a tee, almost old school, but it’s so well done. Blackberry, chocolate, red cherry and coffee. Balanced and smooth. For many red drinkers this will be just what the doctor ordered.
Rated : 93 Points
Alcohol : 13.5%
Price : $25
Closure : Screwcap
Drink : 2015 - 2023
Posted 05 June 2014
Big, rich, dark, sappy and filling, this is a classic McLaren Vale Shiraz. It has stunning American and French oak seasoning, which adds incredible aromatics to the lusty chassis.
Matthew Jukes, The Daily Mail Weekend Magazine, 31st May 2013.
Posted 28 May 2014
Making a Case for Tempranillo
Posted 09 May 2014
The Advertiser, Taste, Tony Love - 30th April, 2014
Posted 13 March 2014
2012 The Hedonist Shiraz
Review by Lisa Perrotti-Brown
"Deep garnet-purple in color the 2012 Shiraz is intensely scented of mocha, black plum preserves and blackberry tart with suggestions of licorice and bacon fat. Medium to full-bodied with mouth-filling black fruit and mocha flavors, it has a great backbone of firm, grainy tannins and lively acid before finishing long. Drink it now to 2019+."
Wine Advocate, Issue 211, Feb 2014
Posted 26 July 2013
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition - James Halliday
Hedonist Wines has again been awarded 5-stars in James Halliday's 2014 Australian Wine Companion
- 2010 Hedonist Shiraz - 94 points
- 2010 Hedonist Reserve Shiraz - 94 points (Pre-release)
- 2012 Hedonist Sangiovese Rosé - 90 points
Posted 09 July 2013
Fruit for The Hedonist is grown biodynamically on our estate grown vineyard situated in the Willunga foothills, McLaren Vale. Warm summer days are cooled by evening sea breezes from St Vincent’s Gulf, which lies a close proximity to the West. The soil is rich loam over clay with patches of underlying limestone, giving our wines a rich and fullness of pallet.
McLaren Vale experienced its average winter rain. Early summer was relatively mild with generally cooler nights. These conditions were ideal for good natural acidity across the board. Late summer brought with it higher temperatures, which in turn pushed the vintage slightly forward, culminating in a more condensed vintage.
2013 compares very well with 2012 in McLaren Vale. Our reds from both vintages are full and well structured. Quality in general is considered very good to excellent. While it is difficult to pick a standout variety from the season, we are particularly pleased with the Shiraz and are very excited with our, coming of age, ‘small batch’ Tempranillo.
All of our reds have completed secondary (malolactic) fermentation and have been racked and put to bed in French and American barrels.
The Hedonist 2013 ‘small batch’ Sangiovese Rosé has been bottled and is about to be released. It is looking very smart, with wonderful acidity and length, and exhibits a delightful apricot kernel and strawberry aromas.
There will be some exciting wines to come out of the 2013 vintage.
Kimberly Cooter (neé Clappis) - Winemaker
Posted 10 December 2012
Jancis Robinson, 8 December 2012, http://www.jancisrobinson.com
2010 Hedonist Shiraz makes Jancis Robinson's Top 100 Reds (2012), selected from over 10,000 wines world wide.
"Polished, fun, pure. Classic glossy Shiraz from South Australia's McLaren Vale. Spicy and not too potent. Dry finish. Biodynamically grown; attractively labelled. What's not to like?"
For full article click the link: http://www.jancisrobinson.com/articles/a201212071.html
Posted 29 October 2012
Jancis Robinson, 19 October 2012 - 2010 Hedonist Shiraz
"I can thoroughly recommend this sunny, satisfying drink for consumption, with hearty food, any time over the next three years, and gave it an enthusiastic score of 17 out of 20 when I tasted a range of Waitrose current offerings recently."
For full article click the link: http://www.jancisrobinson.com/m/article/a201210181
Posted 27 July 2012
2011 The Hedonist Sangiovese Rose
Rating 94 Drink To 2014
Trophy McLaren Vale Wine Show '11 for Best Rose a handy introduction. Pale salmon-pink; the bouquet of wild flowers and spice, the palate follwoing on seamlessly, the lingering spiced cherry flavours needing no sweetness. Classy wine. Scewcap.
1 December, 2011
The 2009 Hedonist Shiraz has been rewarded as Australia's best export wine of the year, winning the prestigious George Mackey Memorial Trophy. It was chosen from more than 14,500 wines by an expert panel.
November 2011: Chosen for second year in a row to be served on Cathay Pacific Business Class
October, 2011: Trophy - Sections 1 & 5: Best Small Batch Wine
www.taste.com.au, Tony Love, National Wine writer.
The Hedonist McLaren Vale Shiraz 2006, A rich, full-flavoured, medium- to full-bodied wine with a supple texture and mouthfeel to the mix of blackberry, dark chocolate and vanilla oak, the tannins are ripe and soft. Scewcap. 14 alc. Rating 93 Drink To 2021 $19
The Hedonist Shiraz chosen to be served on British Airways Business Class.
Last year we learnt that pigs could fly - provided it was Business class on British Airways, with the prominent "pig" label of the Hedonist Shiraz being the airline's pouring red.
The worldwide swine flu epidemic has translated to a worldwide swine wine expansion; British Airways now intend to increase the wine's spread from 25 per cent of its international routes to 100 per cent - yes, all four corners of the globe. Good news indeed for both the international globe trotter and the now famous flying pig of hedonism.