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98 points, Winestate, 2021 Linen Fiano

 Winestate Magazine, Annual Edition 2021

Bright green, super textural wine with a malo influence and lingering varietal fruit - very savoury and complex with an oily texture and good acidity.

97 points, Winestate, 2021 Cashmere Riesling

Winestate Magazine, March April 2022

A great wine. Lime-like aromas with a honeysuckle-like lift. More jasmine on the nicely textured palate with orange zest and lemon peel flavours.

93 points, Q Wine Review, 2019 Silk Shiraz

Q Wine Review, March 2022

Lush, generous and persistent - this is a fabulous example of all things Barossa Shiraz. Silky smooth as its name suggests, well managed density is centred around blackberries, mulberries and dark plums. Lashings of caramel, earthiness, dark chocolate, cedar and cloves all fold into one
another offering layers of pleasure. A wine that will age well to further enhance its beauty, it's a great wine.

92 points, Mike Bennie, 2021 Linen Fiano

WBM, January 2022

This Fiano gives us some 'quintessential' characters of nashi pear, cashew, ginger and light green herbs in bouquet and palate. It's juicy, a little crisp, a touch oily in texture and follows through on a promise of interest and freshness. Delightful drink.

92 points, Andrew Graham, 2019 Denim Mataro

Australian Wine Review April 2022

Flavour packed Barossa Mataro. Decadent and has the limitless Mataro blackness sown up so well. It’s just a bit coffeed and warm, but that also adds even more lusciousness. It’s plenty savoury, in that black olive fudge Mataro way too. Slightly breathy finish. More than handy. Best drinking: now to a decade as a start.

92 points, Campbell Mattinson, 2019 Silk Shiraz

The Wine Front, March 2022

Paisley’s Silk Shiraz often lives up to its name, and it certainly does here. This is an example of pure, warm, generous fruit flavour served soft and silken. The fruit is dark berried and sweet-ripe, the oak both creamy and cedar-like while at the same time being understated and neat. This is a warm,
ripe, slightly minty red wine that drinks easily and well.

92 points, Andrew Graham, 2021 Cashmere Riesling

Australian Wine Review, October 2021 

All the new Paisley releases are going to win friends, and this Riesling is one of them. All the mid-palate generosity of 2021 Eden Riesling supported by tight lines. Lime, celery and grapefruit on the nose, the palate leans towards citrus fruits, then this slatey, lightly bitter back end,. Maybe a little greenish on the finish, but long, mouthwatering stuff of real appeal.

Best drinking: I like it now, but no question that it will Iive for decades.

92 points - Campbell Mattinson, 2021 Cashmere Riesling

The Wine Front, October 2021

Eden Valley Riesling from a reliably-good producer. Right in the zone. Lemon and lime with talc and chalk inflections. To be more precise: lemon juice and lime rind. Both dry and satisfying through the finish. Flashes of dry spice too, something like nutmeg. Very good.

92 points, Q Wine Reviews, 2021 Cashmere Riesling

QWine Reviews, October 2021 

The Jasmine flowers come out at my place this time of the year only to tell me that Riesling season is in full swing. Here is a very tidy Riesling from a small Barossa producer worth you befriending.

It's fresh, bright and minerally. Bursting with limes, river stones feels move and sway throughout. There are scents of little white flowers too. Lemon zest swoops in on close and just shows that spring is Riesling time.

91 points - Campbell Mattinson, 2019 Turntable GMS

The Wine Front, October 2021

Given that Deadly Derek, maker of this wine, is known for his work at the turntable I keep wanting to say what a good groove it cuts, because it does. There are leather and iodine notes here, in among the mainstay of redcurrant and asphalt, which give this wine a weight, a presence. It’s easy to sink in and feel satisfied here. There are whispers of both mint and coconut here too, but they are whispers at most. It’s a well made wine, and well priced too.

91 points, Q Wine Reviews, 2019 Boombox Shiraz

Q Wine Reviews, October 2021 

As a wine writer, I have received various things over the years to enhance my tasting experience. Socks and t-shirts always help - it beats tasting in the nude. An Iron Maiden coffee mug was once supplied by a winemaker to taste his Shiraz. That was memorable! But Paisley Wines take things to a new level recommending this playlist curated by the winemaker - none other than DJ Deadly. Oh, and the wine is damn tasty too.

With soft and round edges, the mood is set with song #6, 'Throw your arm around me' by Hunters and Collectors. Plentiful dark fruits fill the mouth. There is a boldness yet it shows a playful side. Mulberries and shades of blueberries roll through, and as Prince suggests in the following song, it just wants your extra time and your kiss. Woodsy and baking spices ramp up the tempo on close. Long, spicy and very moreish, this is a clever and most enjoyable Shiraz for the money. Drink to five years.

91 points - Q Wine Reviews, 2019 Turntable GMS

Q Wine Reviews, October 2021

If you are on the hunt to find a new small producer to support, Paisley Wines are worth throwing your arms around. I've seen their wines for the last two vintages now and their consistency and quality at the price point is hard to fault. This GMS is a delicious wine and such as easy slurp.

Soft, it moves about with ease. Nimble on its feet, earthy, cola and tar characters are keen to befriend you. Black fruits coat the mouth with redcurrants holding back cautiously. A neat scattering of dried herbs adds further pleasure. A satisfying red that persists to a long and satisfying finish. Well played.

5 stars - Equal Top Riesling Winestate Mag, 2020 Cashmere Riesling

Winestate Magazine, December 2020

Quite a delicate bouquet that is reminiscent of meadow flowers with a typical regional flavour profile, with solid core of lemon/citrus characters and a fresh acid drive in support.

92 points - Oz Wine Review, 2018 Silk Shiraz

OzWineReview.com, November 2020

This is Barossa Valley Shiraz in a chunky, sweetly oaked and plush style, with chocolate plum and a little rum and raisin. Has a distinctly Barossan Shiraz mode through the middle, even if it’s tarter and less silken to finish. Feels substantial though. Good, solid, real Barossa Shiraz here.

91 points - QWine Reviews 2020 Cashmere Riesling

QWine Reviews, September 2020

Such a refreshing drink. Another reason why you need to ditch the Sauv Blanc and make Riesling your drink of spring and summer.

A bucket of limes await you. A juicy wine where Kaffir lime leaf and lime juice running riot. A dab of fruit sweetness can be seen but the senses are whisked away by white flowers and bath salts which add a pretty perfume. Some chalky goodness to close but the fresh factor is hard to beat. Damn, this is clever stuff. Chill hard and fill your glasses to the brim.  Drink now. 

92 points - QWine Reviews 2018 Velvet Grenache

QWine Reviews - September 2020

As the late afternoon spring breeze kicks up and brushes against your face, grab a good pour of this with the sun setting and even a bag of chips for the win. A dancy Barossa Grenache.

Soft, delicately spiced, bright medium bodied red fruits are focused and lip smacking. A Grenache that slides down with absolute ease, there's some juicy factor through the mid palate too. Beautifully balanced, it's one of those wines which demands a re-pour in quick time. Tasty stuff indeed, tick!
Drink to five years.

Paisley Wines is a 4.5 star winery in Halliday Wine Companion 2021 Guide

Halliday Wine Companion, August 2020

2018 Paisley Silk Shiraz - 94 points
30+yo vines, 85% from Ebenezer, 15% Eden Valley. Identical vilification to Boombox, but this has greater intensity to its jet black fruits, and more texture.

2018 Boombox Shiraz - 92 points
30yo vines, 50% from Ebenezer, 50% Eden Valley, mostly crushed and destemmed, wild-fermented, matured in French and American oak (20% new) for 20 months.
Both bouquet and palate are well bred, medium-bodied and supple. Nice stuff.

Paisley Wines scores another 4.5 Star rating in the Halliday Wine Companion 2020

Halliday Wine Companion, August 2019

2017 Mixed by DJ Deadly GSM 95 points
2017 Paisley Velvet Grenache 94 points
2017 Paisley Silk Shiraz 93 points
2017 Paisley Denim Mataro 91 points
2018 Paisley Linen Fiano 90 points
2018 Mixed by DJ Deadly Rose 90 points

95 points - Halliday Wine Companion 2017 Turntable GSM

2020 Halliday Wine Companion

Fair to say that the value equation is well in the buyer's favour. This is right in the GSM zone; medium-weight, well fruited, earthen and awash with well-integrated woodsy-spice notes. Balance has been judged just so, tannin is emery-board fine, length is assured. It's not a simple wine but its appeal is.

94 points - Halliday Wine Companion 2017 Velvet Grenache

2020 Halliday Wine Companion

It's as clean, fresh, fluid and well-made as you could wish. It presents red-berried flavours with splashes of mint and spice, and it remains juicy and appealing throughout. Ripeness is spot on, so too momentum through the palate. You could be excused for labelling this as ‘pure deliciousness'.

93 points - Halliday Wine Companion 2017 Silk Shiraz

2020 Halliday Wine Companion

Its affability is undeniable. Sweet plum and redcurrant flavours come lifted with citrus and smoked cedar wood. It feels balanced throughout and maintains good, juicy flow without ever feeling heavy or overdone.

91 points - Halliday Wine Companion 2017 Denim Mataro

2020 Halliday Wine Companion

Sourced from (approximately) 30yo vines, grown near Rowland Flat. A mixture of savoury, earthy characters and ripe plumminess on the bouquet. Feels a little closed on the palate at present, but you can see there's some depth to the fruit and the light but noticeable astringency is in balance.

90 points - Halliday Wine Companion 2018 Linen Fiano

2020 Halliday Wine Companion

Unusually grassy and herbal with pine needle, pear and lime flavours strutting their stuff. It's a textural white with a volume of flavour, and a point of difference.

90 points - Halliday Wine Companion 2018 Keyboard Rose

2020 Halliday Wine Companion

Made from low-yielding 70yo grenache vines grown at the southern end of the Barossa. Definitely varietal on the bouquet, but more savoury than the typical fruit-forward rose style. Dry and textural and long on the palate, better suited to matching with food than sipping on I think.

93 points - Mike Bennie 2017 Paisley Velvet Grenache

WBM Magazine, July/August 2019

A wine of substance yet vibrancy, lofty in floral and liquorice doused dark fruits, suave in its flow across the palate, set to an attractive medium weight with soft feathery tannins. It's a wine for gulping with gusto, undeniable moreish and charismatic. Velvet by name and nature here.

1 of 25 Great Reds $30 & Under - Campbell Mattinson 2017 Mixed by DJ Deadly Turntable GSM

Halliday Magazine, Aug/Sept 2019

It has help from shiraz and mataro, but again we see grenache leading the way here. Indeed this is a fantastic example of the blend. Earth, woodsy spice, redcurrant and plum; it's not a simple wine but its appeal certainly is. Absolutely 100% delicious.

93 points - Campbell Mattinson 2017 Velvet Grenache

The Winefront, July 2019

Paisley Wines, Paisley Velvet. In good form here. Lovely grenache. A deft hand. Fresh and exuberant. All about the quality and vigour of the fruit. Raspberry, sand, graphite, cloves and red licorice. Fine-grained tannin. Everything in good shape and order. Lovely wine to sit down to/settle in with.

92 points - Campbell Mattinson 2017 Silk Shiraz

The Winefront, July 2019

Paisley wines have really hit the ground running. This is just such an enjoyable red to drink. A little on the sweet-fruited side but it’s smooth, silken even, with redcurrant and port wine jelly flavours running through dry spice and earth. A clip of cedarwood oak and you have the picture; it’s a pretty one.

91 points - Campbell Mattinson 2018 Linen Fiano

The Winefront, July 2019

Fiano from the Adelaide Hills. Spontaneous ferment, some barrel. Textural white wine with a floral edge. In others words it feels and tastes good. Citrus, stone fruit, lemongrass and honeysuckle. Satisfying and enjoyable.

91 points - Campbell Mattinson 2017 Denim Mataro

The Winefront, July 2019

The back label states that “mataro is an undiscovered gem in the Barossa”. It might be an undiscovered gem in the Barossa, but it isn’t undiscovered by The Winefront subscribers. This is a pleasant, mid-weight, well-balanced red. It tastes of blackberry and leather, redcurrant and smoky oak, and its tannin has a bit of spark […]

91 points - Tyson Stelzer 2017 Turntable GSM

The Barossa Mag, Summer Ed 2018/19

Derek Fitzgerald says he is about the big “G” and the little “S” – and his new vintage blend is proof. It exemplifies the personality of Grenache in a bright and crunchy style. Refreshing acidity works in harmony with finely textured tannins, in this well-crafted, great value and friendly quaffer.

92 points James Halliday 2016 Paisley Velvet Grenache

Halliday Wine Companion 2019

Fermented in half-tonne batches with 20% whole bunches, half the batches left on skins for 6 weeks, left on lees in barrel until bottling. Bright, clear crimson; like all the Paisley wines, very well made in the context of micro-vinification. Raspberry, morello cherry and a touch of nougat fill the mouth, generating some warmth in the process, fine tannins the counterpoint.

94 points James Halliday - 2016 Silk Shiraz

Published in James Halliday's Wine Companion Cellaring Selections, May 2018

Uses whole bunches, pre and post fermentation maceration, wild yeast, matured for 12 months in French oak. Deep crimson-purple, the wine delivers maximum complexity, with a juicy, spicy intensity, yet remains light on its feet. It has great length and you sense the fresh acidity and low pH.

93 points Tyson Stelzer 2016 Clurichaun Mataro

Published in The Barossa Mag & WBM, Winter 2018

Derek Fitzgerald intended to blend this Mataro from a single site in the south of the Barossa, but couldn’t resist keeping it aside when he saw the quality of the fruit. The fruit integrity more than endorses his decision and he’s done a masterful job of upholding red fruit brightness, mixed spice complexity, even notes of sarsaparilla, beautifully framed in refined tannins and lingering long with bright acid line.

Mike Bennie - 93 points 2016 Paisley Velvet Grenache

Published in WBM Magazine

Bigger profile grenache that find good balance in its volume of mulberry, preserved plum and black currant fruit with a light dusting of spice and some faint herbal character. It’s a sloshy, bolshy, fleshy version of the variety, likely to satisfy those seeking some fruit forwardness and generosity from their reds.

​93 points Toni Paterson - 2016 Silk Shiraz

Published in The Real Review 20th March 2018

A vibrant, medium-bodied Barossa shiraz with impressive concentration of flavour. Dark cherry and sarsaparilla with a lick of spice. After decanting, the wine opens beautifully, having alluring aromatics and a supple middle. A stylish, delicious, elegant wine from a new producer. 

Tyson Stelzer - 93 points 2016 Paisley Silk Shiraz

Published in The Barossa Magazine

From a cool, elevated, later picked site in near Ebenezer, it’s refreshing to see a Shiraz of refinement and poise from this part of the world. Black and red fruits are masterfully united with well-gauged, understated touches of whole bunch and new oak, culminating in a long and well-textured finish. Derek Fitzgerald is a master of tannin management. A name to watch.

Tyson Stelzer - 93 points 2016 Paisley Velvet Grenache

Published in The Fritz Magazine

An exciting new estate from an experienced couple, this elegant and characterful grenache is the child of 70 year old vines in the southern Barossa. Blue frutis and spice coalesce in a style of impressive structure, the seamless union betreen bright acidity and finely structured tannins, with just the right touch of whole bunch fermentation leading complexity and integrity.

James Halliday - 96 points 2016 Mixed by DJ Deadly GSM

Published in Wine Companion 2018

This is a livewire blend (65/27/8%), the colour an immediate come-on, then there are mountain rivulets of ripple red fruits coursing along and down the palate, the freshness and vibrancy on the finish utterly exceptional. It would be a crying shame not to drink this wine before the end of ’18.

Campbell Mattinson - 92 points 2016 Paisley Silk Shiraz

 Posted on WineFront - 23rd November 2017

Paisley Wines was a happy discovery a few months back. The good form continues.

It's medium-weight and frisky with excellant unforced complexity and sound, juicy lenght. In short, it's a good drink. It tastes on peppers and boysenberry, plum and cedar wood and while it's tangy it also feels, well, silky. It's shiraz in a good place. I would drink it young but there's no reason why this shouldn't mature well. Drink 2018 - 2028

Campbell Mattinson - 91 points 2016 Mixed by DJ Deadly GSM

Posted on WineFront - 23rd August 2017

So many new wine brands out there and so often, when you investigate, the wines are good. Spotted this on a wine list in Adelaide.

Impeccable. Spice, fruit, texture. A lick of creamy oak but don’t be worried or fooled; fruit is the hero here. Raspberries and cherries, dry spices, a sandy/earthen character. Everything feels like it’s pulling together; everything feels cohesive. Good linger of fruit-filled flavour too.

Some warmth but right now, as a young wine, it slips down a treat. Rated: 91 points, Drink: 2017-2021.

Tyson Stelzer - 92 points 2016 Mxed by DJ Deadly Turntable GSM

Published in The Barossa Magazine

An all-new Barossa blend, masterfully mixed to capture the red fruit freshness and fragrant lift of two-third Grenache from 70-year-old southern Barossa vines, tweaked with the spicy depth of Shiraz and a dash of Mataro. Derek Fitzgerald has masterfully honed fine-grained tannins, with just the right touch of whole bunch complexity. A newcomer not to miss.

Campbell Mattinson - 91 points 2016 Paisley Velvet Grenache

Posted on -  Wine Front 18th November 2017

Paisley Wines, Paisley Velvet. What's not to like?
This is the juicieist and most sweet-fruited of the initial Paisley Wines releases. It's alomst jellied in the way it presents, in a good way. We're looking at raspberries and blueberries, all juicy and ripe and delicious. There's a lightness of touch here, despite the fruit sweetness; an unusual kind of elegance. Floral, almost blossomy characters help with this impression. Very fine tannins too. Another hit. Drink 2017-2023


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