*2018 Post House • Merry Widow Shiraz, 90+ Points (Reserve Shiraz still available)
The 2018 Merry Widow Shiraz begins with a dark core with purple highlights on the rim and heavy staining of tears. Offering juicy and smoky expressions, notes of smoked plum reduction, blackberry jus, hints of roasted coffee bean, black peppercorn, lavender and roasted herbs flutter out of the glass. Full-bodied, the wine offers a generous and robust structure with a lifted, black and blue-fruited frame. Even while the 15% alcohol wine is opulent, the tannin and acid structure remain in check as it achieves balance, giving a lasting flavor of chocolate-covered blueberries across the mid-palate. The wine ultimately concludes with a long, lingering finish that continues to evolve with persistence. It's a lovely wine that begs me back for a second sip. Well done!
*2019 Post House • Bulls Eye Cabernet Sauvignon, 90+ Points
Beginning with an opaque core, the 2019 Bulls Eye Cabernet Sauvignon opens with a soft touch of volatility before expressing elements of spicy black plum compote, Chambord, dusty black cherries, mocha, baked earth and sweet tobacco. Full-bodied, the wine is generous with flavours of black raspberry and crème de cassis. A soft, minty tone and elegant baking spices lift the mid-palate. A long, drawn-out finish evolves with purpose, ending with a firm, tannic edge. Just under 7,000 bottles were filled after aging for 24 months.
*2019 Post House • Penny Black, 90 Points
Deep and juicy with tones of molasses and plums, the 2019 Penny Black is a blend of 33% Shiraz, 30% Merlot, 29% Cabernet Sauvignon, 4% Petit Verdot and 4% Chenin Blanc. The nose shows a generous red and black fruit core that blossoms with spiced blackberry reduction, potpourri, dried herbs and wilted lavender. Full-bodied, the palate is generous and juicy with notes of mocha, sweet baking spices and bitter dark chocolate. A growing tannic edge grasps the palate and remains constant through the bold, lingering finish that ends with a drying and elevated alcohol sensation. Just under 9,000 bottles were filled. Give it one more year in the cellar before opening.
*2019 Post House • Stamp of Chenin, 90 Points
(Reserve Chenin still available)
With a medium gold color, the 2019 Stamp of Chenin immediately bursts from the glass with sweet oak aromas of vanilla, cinnamon and sweet corn, before displaying notes of tropical fruits, pineapple upside-down cake, sweet citrus, Meyer lemon, honeysuckle and pear drop. Medium to full-bodied, the mouth feel is rich and broad with a kiss of residual sugar that frames the generous structure and counterbalances the subtle phenolic bitterness of Chenin Blanc. The wine continues to evolve across the mid-palate with a growing spiciness. The finish is long, layered and creamy. For those who enjoy bold, buttery, oak-driven Chardonnays, there is plenty to be happy about with this bottling.