July 2017 - The Wine Front

Andevine Reserve Semillon 2017

Gary Walsh

27 July 2017

A touch of smokiness and sulphur, lime and lemongrass, almost water-coloured, such is the subtlety, with pure minerally acidity, a light chalky texture, long clean length, with a dusting of spice in both texture and flavour to close. Beautiful. Finesse and precision.

Rated : 95 Points

Drink : 2018 - 2033+


Andevine Reserve Canberra Syrah 2016

Mike Bennie

17 July 2017

Has that distinct regional mulberry/blueberry fruit vibe, squishy in the palate (though silky too!), sweet spiced, fine in tannin, wildly fragrant. Lots to sink one’s teeth into. Yummo. Quite lush as an expression, loads of cherry elixir-maraschino sweet-sourness comes through too. Indeed, the fruit sweetness (but not over ripeness) is overt here. The tight finish helps. Good wine this, carrying on the young legacy, so to speak.

Rated : 92 Points

Drink : 2017 - 2023


Andevine Reserve Hilltops Nebbiolo 2016

Campbell Mattinson

18 July 2017

Firm and meaty. Good things when it comes to this grape. Red and black cherries, served dry and dense-enough. Peppercorns. A clip of sweet, creamy oak, but only a clip; this wine is wholeheartedly about the grape, and not the cooper. Excellent length, crackling with spice. Not an especially concentrated wine but a serious style, done well. Will age.

Rated : 93 Points

Drink : 2017 - 2027+


January 2017 - The Wine Front

Andevine Reserve Canberra Syrah 2015

Campbell Mattinson

10 January 2017

FSmoky, reductive, peppery, redolent of gunpowder – all those good things – but none of them as dominant players. Pure, black cherried fruit is the mainstay, ripe and ready but fresh. This wine rocks. It feels and tastes good, it’s complex, it’s balanced, it’s a touch warm perhaps but it’s savoury and stylish. 

Rated : 93 Points

Drink : 2019 - 2026


October 2014 - The Wine Front


Andevine Reserve Semillon 2014

Campbell Mattinson


23 October 2014.


Exciting new Hunter Valley project of winemaker Andrew Leembruggen. Ex-Mount Pleasant winemaker, among other credits. There are three tiers of wine in the Andevine range: the four “Reserve” wines at the top. The Reserve is “A range of 100% Hunter Valley wines classically styled to reflect the single vineyards sites and typicity of the region and includes Semillon, Chardonnay, Pinot Shiraz and Shiraz. This tier is available exclusively from cellar door for $30/bottle.”

This Semillon is made from 30+ year old vines.


It’s a cracking wine. Delicate and refreshing yet keen with flavour through the finish. I tasted this over 24 hours and found my rating edging higher as time passed. Tart with lemon flavour at first but perfumed and then more tropical as it breathes. Wheaty aspects add something extra. Really quite something.


Rated : 94 Points
Drink : 2014 - 2024+





Andevine Reserve Shiraz 2013


Campbell Mattinson


23 October 2014.


When you’re launching a new brand and it comes to the “flagship” red, it’s usual to go the whole hog with oak. New brands routinely release over-oaked red wine flagships. I half-expected this wine to fall for the same trap, but how wrong I was. It sees no new oak and post fermentation is largely left to its own devices in all second fill French oak. It’s grown on a vineyard planted in the 1960s.


This is the kind of Hunter Valley Shiraz we too seldom see. Fresh, beautifully mid-weight, elegant and yet with enough spunk or X-factor to make you want to fill your boots/buy a whole case. Cherries, plum, earth, dried spice, fine fingers of tannin, musk. Balanced on a pin head. Gorgeous Hunter Valley shiraz fruit.


Rated : 95 Points
Drink : 2015 - 2026+





Andevine Reserve Chardonnay 2013


Campbell Mattinson


28 October 2014.


The final of a very impressive trio of releases from the new Andevine wines. This, a Hunter Valley chardonnay.

The oak, the fruit, the acidity, the mouthfeel – it’s all been played and tuned to perfection. This is racy and lengthy but it does not want for flavour. Nectarine, white peach, citrus, spicy/toasty oak and a grainy, wholemeal character to the finish. Excellent.


Rated : 93+ Points
Drink : 2015 – 2020



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