James Halliday's 2018 Wine Companion has finally landed on bookstore shelves (or in our case, is waiting for collection at the Coonawarra Postoffice!). Luckily, we didn't have to hold our breath that long for the results - Thank goodness for the internet!
We are very proud to announce that Zema Estate has once again been rated a 5 red star winery by Halliday. Zema also achieved some exceptional individual wine scores, including 96 points for the 2013 Family Selection Cabernet Sauvignon. Scroll down for all the details.
Matured for 22 months in new and 1yo French hogsheads. It is a lovely medium-bodied Coonawarra cabernet with ultra-typical cassis, mulberry and faintly minty fruit on the long, supple palate. The oak has entirely integrated, as have the tannins. Will cruise along for many years to come.
Matured for 22 months in French and American oak. The palate has another dimension of depth and length, along with a touch of dark choc-mint borrowed, as it were, from McLaren Vale. The overall fruit impression is luscious, the tannins soft, although sufficient to do the job. The wine will calmly move through decades to come giving pleasure whenever it is tasted.
Estate-grown, one of only a few to hand-prune in Coonawarra, with meticulous canopy management, matured in American and French oak for 14 months. Good colour; this medium to full-bodied wine paints a picture of Coonawarra in rude good health, not a deceptive note anywhere in its body. Blackberry and blood plum are build on foundations of polished tannins and an echo of oak. Demands respect for its traditional estate winemaking.
Matured for 15 months in French oak. The hue is good, but not star-bright; notes of Coonawarra mint arrive on the scene promptly, causing a degree of consternation - but it's a fact of life, Mildara's '63 Cabernet nicknamed Peppermint Pattie, and lauded to the skies an extreme example.
65% Cabernet sauvignon, 25% merlot, 5% each cabernet franc and malbec, matured for 14 months in French and American oak (10% new). One of relatively few cabernet merlot blends in Coonawarra, and makes you wonder why there aren't more. If there are green or minty notes, I can't see them, instead there are supple, sweet cassis, redcurrant and dried herb flavours supported by fine, ripe tannins and French oak.
No doubt you will join us in eagerly awaiting the release of these wines early next year!