Recent Media Reviews

NGERINGA Chardonnay 2012
CAMPBELL MATTISON, The Wine Front
93 points. From a high-density planting of chardonnay vines in the Adelaide Hills. Biodynamically farmed. Spontaneous fermentation and mlf. Straw-green colour. Glowing. Complex array of flavours. Starts peachy, quite full, but turns both steelier and mealier as it rolls through the mouth. Tangy and energetic through the finish. Textural, both creamy and chalky, for the most part until a burst of limey flavour takes over the finish. An easy wine to praise and, of course, to drink.

MIKE ELLIS, The Wine Punter
A beautiful wine this. The aromatic profile is that of well behaved Chardonnay, it’s confident but not flashy. Cereal and a mealy / cashew element sits amongst ripe stone fruit featuring yellow peach. The palate texture is sensational. Honey-like in its purity and flow. Like a breath of fresh air, a breeze, it is difficult to describe why it feels so damn refreshing and relaxing but this wine is certainly a breath of fresh air. The finish lasts long, as does the feel-good factor. I could drink this for days.

MIKE BENNIE, WBM Trade: 100 of the Best
93 points. Quietly, quietly Ngeringa go about their biodynamic farming and exceptional winemaking, and have come to release some seriously good white wines from their estate vineyards. Viognier does well, white blends, too, and this Chardonnay lends credence to these thoughts. It shows some richness but the counter balance of nuttiness and brine is brilliant – so very drinkable.

J.E Assemblage 2014
MIKE ELLIS, The Wine Punter
Ooh, now here’s an interesting wine. Bold, charismatic, dripping in bling and rolling in the Benjamins. It’s got so much energy, drive and instant appeal. The nose is full of rich aromas from stone fruit to spice; like freshly applied perfume it’s intense and you know it’ll integrate beautifully over time. It’s lush on the palate too but far from flabby. Cool climate Chardonnay (70%) provides some crunch and structure while Viognier (30%) simply rolls around the mouth lavishing layers of stonefruit and bouncy texture. Some orange marmalade / apricot jam happening too. There’s a decent finish with a little spike of fresh acid zip leaving you salivating for more. Fruit is sourced form Ngeringa’s three vineyards in the Adelaide Hills and is a well balanced blend of power and finesse.So much of what I love about white wine, especially Chardonnay, is expressed here. Wicked value at 25 bucks too.

NGERINGA Viognier 2013
MIKE BENNIE, The Wine Front

91-92 points. Just got around to this wine. Apricots everywhere. Totally different wine in personality to the more nutty, savoury, saline 2012. Shows the variety really well, however, where 2012 was delicious but perhaps obtuse for viognier enthusiasts. Slippery, lightly oily, apricot and kernel, ripe perfume.

NGERINGA Pinot Noir 2012
JAMES HALLIDAY, The Wine Companion

95 points. Hand-picked; a small amount whole bunch-pressed (very unconventional), the remainder spending 28 days on skins, then 12 months in French oak (20% new). Has a fragrant, dark cherry bouquet, and an intense and long palate that sends all the right messages, the flavour and texture of the mouthfeel admirable.

NGERINGA Syrah 2010
MIKE BENNIE, The Wine Front

93 points. Biodynamics. No additions aside sulphur in winery. Natural ferment. Erinn Klein, winemaker. Vineyard in the Adelaide Hills. Nice guy Erinn. Does things on the quiet. Steady as she goes. One of the other wineries to watch, forming a legacy, from the region. Spicy! Immediate default for the wine. Medium bodied, glossy texture, fresh, frisky finish. Seamless flow. Cool, red fruits. Floral. Pepper. Delicious wine here, easy to drink, flows effortlessly, finishes long. Sleek, tight, fine, grainy tannins tugging through the wine. Has a finesse and elegance. Leafiness finds a place, crunchy acidity too. It’s mouthwatering after each sip. Fine wine, in a more slender, linear guise. Drink lots.

NGERINGA Tempranillo 2013
CAMPBELL MATTISON, The Wine Front

92 points. Lively red, complete with a beautiful roll of fruit-submerged tannin. Flavours of red and black cherry, powdered chocolate, fennel roots and tobacco leaves. Mid-weight but feels accomplished from start to finish. Drinks well now but should develop well over the medium term.

MIKE ELLIS, The Wine Punter
Drink, drank, drunk it. It’s certainly an easy proposition – bright red berry aromas, mouth watering texture and vibrant. Cured meats, shaved nice and thin, banging’ tunes and a lazy afternoon session. A little buzz goin’ on. I’m rather partial to Tempranillo, apparently. With cherry cola, spice and a little mocha on the nose it’s seductive. In the mouth it’s juicy juicy. Plenty of puckering acidity, comfortably balanced and medium bodied with just enough fruit concentration to see it through. Please eat some salty cured meats with this and share with friends. It’s as nature intended. *Disclaimer – I did drink this out of a Sigg bottle whilst sitting on a beanbag under the stars. The outdoor cinema I went to had a very limited selection of wines and I thought this would be just the ticket with pizza. It was. I also tasted it out of a real glass under strict tasting conditions. It was still great.

NGERINGA Sangiovese 2013
CAMPBELL MATTINSON, The Wine Front

93 points. Biodynamically-grown sangiovese from the Adelaide Hills. Perfumed and yet savoury. Sex and conversation. Jubey cherries and boysenberries, spicy twig notes, even a gentle meatiness. The 2010 had a pinot noir-esque personality and so too does this 2013. Juicy and perfumed with a thread of spicy tannin. It is most enjoyable.

NGERINGA Nebbiolo 2013
CAMPBELL MATTINSON, The Wine Front

93+ points. Another impressive wine from Ngeringa.High drinkability here. And yet taut and well structured at the same time. Roasted nuts, red cherries, undergrowth and dried herb notes. Blond tobacco-ish. Fine, defined, precise wine. Succulent nebbiolo. Builds beautifully in the glass.