James Halliday Wine Guide 2020 Review of Highbank

Two of our wines have been awarded 95 points and one 94 points in the latest Halliday 2020 publication.

2014 Family Reserve Cab.

This lighter shade red shimmies along a nerve of brittle, verdant tannins laden with dusty pencil shavings to iodine and crunchy acidity. The savoury mulch to peat flavours expand to currant, sour plum, tobacco leaf and red cherry, with air. This will grow in stature and may be the wine for the purists, but the ‘13 is just too darn delicious right now! 95 2034

2014 Single Vineyard

Cab (60%), Merlot (30%) and the rest Cab. Franc, there is a little more fruit in the Cabernet pastry with the addition of Merlot, than the straight-laced Family Reserve bottling from the same vintage. Merlot, an earlier ripener, serves this vintage well. This opens beautifully, with currant and a mottled leafiness blossoming to a pure line of cassis within a day of opening. Far from jammy, the tannins bind the sumptuous fruit to a dictum of precision and finesse. 94 2033