Reviews and press

Here is a small selection of the wine reviews, scores and media articles we’ve received in recent years.

Overall reviews

“Add Whisson Lake to the Hills hot list, their 2012 pinots from a stunning elevated hillside site are entrancing, especially the pair of Monopole releases. Exciting times ahead.”
– Nick Stock, Australian Gourmet Traveller WINE, June/July 2015.

Whisson Lake named among 11 producers in a ‘Top Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir Makers’ list.
– Nick Stock, Australian Gourmet Traveller WINE, August/September 2016.

Le Gris de Noir reviews

“The wine that blows me away is Whisson Lake's Le Gris de Noir: made only from the pale juice of pinot noir grapes, pressed off the skins and barrel-fermented, this faint copper-coloured liquid combines extraordinary delicacy and subtle floral perfume with gorgeously seductive creaminess and liveliness on the tongue. Sure, it's a hefty price tag for what you could argue is just a pale, dry rose, but I think the quality and complexity of the wine justifies the dollars. Indeed, based on these 2010 wines, I'd say Whisson Lake deserves a place among regional pinot noir stars such as Ashton Hills and national pinot heroes such as Bindi or Bannockburn.”
– Max Allen, The Weekend Australian, August 2011. Read the full review here.

“Although Whisson Lake is a mature (26-year-old) vineyard and a familiar label for Adelaide pinot-lovers, the pale copper-coloured 2010 Le Gris de Noir is an exciting new addition to the range … made from just six rows of shaded hillside vines, it’s an incredibly dry but incredibly complex, perfumed and creamy wine, one of the best wines I tried all year.”
– Max Allen, Australian Gourmet Traveller, December 2011.

2011 vintage: “Well here’s an interesting wine. Pinot Noir that’s not white, rosé or red – pressed and then straight into barrel … Light bodied, subtle silky glycerol feel and then the acid core of a bright early picked Chardonnay – very gentle fine chalkiness – and a creamy yet zesty finish of excellent length. Curious, but really good. Close your eyes and let your senses run free while tasting. Rated: 93 points.”
– Gary Walsh, The Wine Front, February 2014. Read the full review here.

White Label Pinot Noir reviews

2012 vintage: “Whisson Lake is a quiet achiever in the Adelaide Hills and the winemaking team values a “less is more” approach. This is an expressive, almost loose-knit Pinot Noir with earthy, stone-and-briary-fruit perfumes, but feels juicy, slinky and long through the palate. The trim line of chalky tannins bodes well for some cellaring. I’d wager that when this wine mellows and becomes suppler with time it’ll be charmingly smooth.”
– Mike Bennie, Australian Gourmet Traveller WINE, 2012.

2012 vintage: “It’s light-bodied with particularly attractive acidity – pure and unforced in feel – very fine slatey tannin and gentle warmth and sweetness of strawberries mixing it up with mineral, sausage and spice. Charming. I suspect it will be best drinking over the next six years, though no problem holding it for longer. Rated: 94 points.”
– Gary Walsh, The Wine Front, June 2014. Read the full review here.

2011 vintage: “Surprise package from this vintage. It’s light and shows some wet/cool vintage spiciness, yet the fruit is pure and there’s fine graphite tannin lending it an almost silky feel … an articulate wine of finesse and gentle charm, and lovely to drink. Strange thing to say, but it feels like a wine that does not want to be scored. Anyway, somewhere around 93 or 94, to put a number on it.”
– Gary Walsh, The Wine Front, January 2014. Read the full review here.

La Storia Rosa Pinot Noir reviews

2011 vintage: “Light bodied, fresh and spicy, all red fruits and tangy acidity with a surprisingly silky tannin structure. Perky cool vintage character on the finish, but no astringency or rotten flavours ... Rated: 91 points.”
– Gary Walsh, The Wine Front, February 2014. Read the full review here.