James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2008 Edition Hardie Grant Books

Pemberton Chardonnay 2004
A beautifully crafted wine; melon, stone fruit and grapefruit in a silken web of quality oak, long finish. RATING 96 To 2014
(James also rated the 2005 Picardy Chardonnay in the ‘Best of the Best’ By Variety)

Picardy Tete de Cuvee Pinot Noir 2005
Fragrant and flowery lush red fruit aromas; rich and mouthfilling, in no way a copy of Burgundy; long life ahead. RATING 94 To 2015

Picardy Shiraz 2004
An aromatic bouquet of fresh red fruits flows into a palate where red and black cherry plus spice lead the band; silky mouthfeel with very good oak and tannin balance. RATING 94 To 2020

Picardy Merlimont 2003
Some of the same oak as in the 04 but much more fruit to justify it; cassis, blackcurrant and a touch of raspberry; good tannin structure, and a lovely juicy finish. Merlot/Cabernet Sauvignon/ Cabernet Franc. RATING 94 to 2023

Picardy Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc 2004
Strong smoky bacon oak aromas; medium bodied, with an attractive array of red fruits, soft and round; cassis, raspberry and blackcurrant. RATING 92 To 2014

Pannell Family Trial Batch No.1 Sauvignon Blanc 2006
Elegant, lively and fresh thanks in part to the moderate alcohol; an appealing mix of flavours starts herbaceous and ends with tropical passionfruit…. RATING 91 To 2008

Picardy Pinot Noir 2005
… Powerful plum and black cherry fruit; finish a touch tannic/ hard needing time. RATING 91 to 2013

NOTE: ***** Outstanding winery regularly producing wines of exemplary quality and typicity. An average of 6.5% of Australian wineries made the grade.

Arlewood Estate*****
Single Vineyard Estate Margaret River Sauvignon Blanc Semillon 2006
No reduction whatsoever; harmonious balance and integration of fruit and oak; good length; partial barrel ferment; 60%/40%. Screwcap. 13° alc. RATING 92 To 2013

Margaret River Cabernet Sauvignon 2003
A stylish, medium-bodied wine built in similar style to the '04, but with slightly more graceful cassis berry fruit. Screwcap. 14° al. RATING 92 To 2018
Plan B ****

Margaret River Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2006
A generous wine; good depth and complexity yet not extending itself into territory beyond its capacity. Screwcap.13.5° alc. RATING 90 To 2009

Margaret River Cabernet Merlot 2005
Good color, with slightly more depth than the Merlot; a touch more weight from the blackcurrant /blackberry fruits; good value for Margaret River. Screwcap. 14° alc. RATING 89 To 2013
Paul Conti Wines ****

Mariginup Shiraz 2004
Medium-bodied; supple, smooth, blackberry,cherry and plum, with touches of sweet leather; good oak. The old faithful for Paul Conti, now coming from vines of distinct seniority. Cork. 14.5° alc. RATING 92 To 2019

The Tuarts Chardonnay 2006
Nicely balanced and focused; nectarine and a dizzle of citrus; good structure and subtle French oak impact. Screwcap. 14° alc. RATING 90 To 2012

Medici Ridge Pinot Noir 2005
Distinct varietal character with notes of ripe plum held within a herbal/ stremmy earthy spectrum. Good varietal presentation. Cork. 14° alc. RATING 89 To 2010

Fronti's Late Harvest Muscat 2006
Lively, Frech, grapey, lemony aromas and flavours; bright sweetness is balanced by crisp acidity; 20 years practise makes perfect, the low alcohol especially commendable. The ultimate spring/ summer/ autumn refresher. Screwcap. 10° alc. RATING 89 To 2008

Australian Wine Companion 2007 Written By James Halliday (Extract) Published By Harper Collins 2006
Picardy *****
Cnr Vasse Highway/Eastbrook Road, Pemberton, WA 6260 REGION Pemberton
T (08) 9776 0036 F (08) 9776 0245 www.picardy.com.au OPEN By appt WINEMAKER Dan Pannell, Bill Pannell EST. 1993 CASES 5000

Picardy is owned by Dr Bill Pannell, wife Sandra and son Daniel; Bill and Sandra were the founders of Moss Wood winery in the Margaret River region (in 1969). Picardy reflects Bill Pannell’s views that the Pemberton area has proved to be one of the best regions in Australia for Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, but it is perhaps significant that the wines include a Shiraz, and a Bordeaux blend of, 50% Merlot, 25% Cabernet Franc and 25% Cabernet Sauvignon. Time will tell whether Pemberton has more Burgundy, Rhone or Bordeaux in its veins. Exports to the UK, the US and other markets.

Pemberton Chardonnay 2004
Altogether stylish wine; complex but not over the top barrel ferment and malolactic ferment inputs; intense stone fruit grapefruit flavours, long finish. High-quality cork. RATING 95 DRINK 2010 $30

Pemberton Merlot Cabernet Cabernet Franc 2003
Very good purple-red attractive cassis, blackberry and cedar mix; very good balance and mouthfeel; like wise tannins and oak. Cork. 14%alc RATING 94 DRINK 2015 $25

Tete de Cuvee Pemberton Pinot Noir 2003
Light red, with some purple remaining; leafy, spicy, savoury aroma; an elegant, supple and fine structure; ultra-restrained. Cork. 14%alc RATING 91 DRINK 2008 $40

Tete de Cuvee Pemberton Pinot Noir 2002
Light-medium bodied; complex spice and forest floor nuances to the fine red and black fruits; long finish. Cork. RATING 91 DRINK 2008 $40

Pemberton Shiraz 2003
Bright colour; fragrant black cherry fruit with a background of spicy, peppery notes; fine, savoury tannins. Dodgy cork. RATING 90 DRINK 2011 $20

White, the new black Sunday Herald, 26-27th August 2006
Stephen White's Stonyridge Vineyard is the talk of Saint-Tropez, well his Larose wine to be exact. It sells for more than 600 Euros (NZ$1200) per bottle at Hotel Byblos, the favourite jet-set hideaway for P Diddy, Beyonce, Sting and the Beckhams. The hotel is the most famous in town. Back in the 70s Brigitte Bardot was a regular, and Mick and Bianca Jagger honeymooned there. White's Larose is the only New Zealand wine on the list at the hotel's Spoon restaurant and legendary Caves du Roi nightclub, which has the toughest door policy on the coast.