“Dipping our Toe in the Water….”

 

The team here at Iron Gate Estate are primarily focused on bringing you good wine for your enjoyment. We would like to think that we are on the right winemaking track and are basically guided without any third- party endorsement outside of our members. We thought, however, that we might “dip our toe in the water” and see how we compare against our erstwhile winemaking peers. One of the most pleasing results was from Winestate magazine where we recently sent some wines for the “Best of NSW Wines” tasting for their 2020 May-June edition. We came away with two five-star ratings and “Best of Class” for the 2018 Fenix Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz and the 2019 Classic Verdelho. The other wines were also highly-rated and although it was great to get that recognition, for us a contented smile, a compliment on the wine, or a re-order from a member or customer is worth more than any Gold medal.

P.S Even more pleasing is the judge’s recommended maturation time in years at the end of each review. Cellar a few bottles away….

 

Winestate Magazine Tasting

“Best of NSW Wines” – May/June 2020

 

2018 Iron Gate Estate Fenix Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz                                                

Price: $75.00

5 Stars and TOP of Class

Review/Comments

A deep purple wine with a nose that is pungent and peppery and a palate showing a very successful combination of the two varieties: plums from the shiraz – berries from the cabernet. 5+

 

2019 Iron Gate Estate Classic Verdelho

Price: $25.00

5 Stars and TOP of Class

Review/Comments

Confectionery rich, peach driven, aromas with floral fragrances and a palate that delivers plenty of fruit with great flavours of peaches, tropical fruit and floral characters.

 

 

2019 Iron Gate Estate Mudgee Hilltops Cabernet Sauvignon Merlot

Price: $38.00

3.5 stars

Review/Comments

A tight fruit package with subtle use of oak to balance, slight smoky tinges and a long finish. 5+

 

2019 Iron Gate Estate Primera Hunter Valley Chardonnay 

Price: $40.00

4 stars

Review/Comments

Interesting French-like style. Attractive, slightly tropical, aromas and a well-rounded palate with good fruit on the mid-palate.

 

2018 Iron Gate Estate Mudgee Hunter Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz

Price: $45.00

4 Stars

Review/Comments

A fruity combo of berry and cherry aromas. Warming palate with grippy fruit flavours. Age will open it up. 5+

2018 Iron Gate Estate Primera Mudgee Hunter Valley Shiraz

Price: $40.00

4 Stars

Review/Comments

Savoury impression of rhubarb and beetroot to the nose with mouth-filling peppery fruit flavours. Just needs more time. 5+

 

2019 Iron Gate Estate Primera Cabernet Rosé

Price: $30.00

4 Stars

Review/Comments

The nose is fragrant, perfumed and floral with lovely rhubarb/strawberry-like flavour profile. Nice aperitif style.

 

2019 Iron Gate Estate Primera Hilltops Tempranillo 

Price: $35.00

3.5 stars

Review/Comments

Peppery plum and berry bouquet with a bright zingy fruit palate and a tight tannin finish. 3-5

 

2018 Iron Gate Estate Hunter Valley Tempranillo

Price: $50.00

3.5 Stars

Review/Comments

A big oak driven style with smoky plum fruit and drying tannin finish. 5+

 

2019 Iron Gate Estate Primera Hunter Valley Semillon (released in Nov.2020)

Region: Hunter Valley

Year: 2019

Price: $25.00

3 stars

Review/Comments

Faint lemon-like aromas with strong crunchy green apple palate and a grippy finish. 1-2

 

 

Wine Show Results 2019

Wine

Award Wine Show

Class

2019 Primera Rosé

Silver 2019 Australian Small Winemakers Show

54

2018 Primera Cabernet Shiraz

Silver 2019 NSW Small Winemakers Show

15

2019 Primera Chardonnay

Silver 2019 Australian Small Winemakers Show

1

2019 Primera Chardonnay

Silver 2019 Hunter Valley Boutique Winemakers Show

5

2019 Primera Chardonnay

Bronze 2019 NSW Small Winemakers Show

8

2019 Classic Verdelho Semillon

Bronze 2019 Hunter Valley Boutique Winemakers Show

39

2018 Fenix Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz

Bronze 2019 Australian Small Winemakers Show

47

2019 Primera Rosé

Bronze 2019 NSW Small Winemakers Show

24

2018 Primera Tempranillo

Bronze 2019 NSW Small Winemakers Show

19

2018 Primera Shiraz

Bronze 2019 NSW Small Winemakers Show

20

2019 Sweet Semillon

Bronze 2019 Hunter Valley Wine Show

21