Boat O’Craigo Black Spur 2015 Chardonnay

Rating: 94          Drink By: 2021          Price: $28.00          Date Tasted: 02 Mar 2016          Alcohol: 13.5%

James Halliday – Published on 03 Aug 2016

It doesn’t put a foot wrong. Sweet fruit with savoury nuances. Spicy oak, but fully integrated. A wash of juicy acidity. And clear, clean lines from start to finish. It’s part of the new breed of sunny sophistication.

 

Boat O’Craigo Black Cameron 2013 Shiraz

Rating: 93           Drink By: 2024          Price: $30.00          Date Tasted: 02 Mar 2016          Alcohol: 13.3%

James Halliday – Published on 03 Aug 2016

A pretty shiraz with floral and sweet spice overtones leading you straight in. Falls into the sheer seduction category. Anise, black cherry and fresh sawdust notes continue the theme admirably. It’s only mid weight, but both the acid and tannin also come dripping with tangy/spicy flavour.

 

Boat O’Craigo Black Spur 2015 Sauvignon Blanc

Rating: 92          Drink By: 2018          Price: $22.00          Date Tasted: 02 Mar 2016          Alcohol: 13%

James Halliday – Published on 03 Aug 2016

Has more to say than many Yarra Valley sauvignon blancs, both in terms of texture (even though solely fermented in stainless steel) and flavour; punchy citrus opens proceedings, then there’s a flash of passionfruit, and a conclusion of mineral acidity, the unseen hand that provides texture.

 

Boat O’Craigo Braveheart 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon

Rating: 91          Drink By: 2023          Price: $30.00          Date Tasted: 02 Mar 2016          Alcohol: 13%

James Halliday – Published on 03 Aug 2016

Medium-weight with pencil, choc, leaf and sweet mulberry/cassis flavours slipping softly through the palate. This emphasises the more charming side of cabernet’s often-gruff personality.

 

Boat O’Craigo Black Spur 2015 Gewurztraminer

Rating: 91          Drink By: 2017          Price: $22.00          Date Tasted: 02 Mar 2016          Alcohol: 13%

James Halliday – Published on 03 Aug 2016

It will never be mistaken for anything other than gewurztraminer. It’s all lychee, rose petal, musk and spice, its exaggerated fragrance translated directly to a flavour-rich palate. It’s not oily or loose; indeed it feels firm. It’s a faithful representation of what this variety has to offer.

 

Boat O’Craigo Black Spur 2015 Pinot Noir

Rating: 90          Drink By: 2021          Price: $30.00          Date Tasted: 02 Mar 2016          Alcohol: 12.5%

James Halliday – Published on 03 Aug 2016

Slight, slender, complex and elegant. Generally well-balanced. It’s a foresty, twiggy wine with succulent red and black cherry flavours rising as the wine breathes. Will be better given an extra year or so in bottle.