Awards & Accolades

James Halliday Wine Companion

Winner – Newcomer Winery of the Year 2014

5 Red Star Rating 2016

Black Label 4+1

 2014 Vintage
  • “Lovely balance; immediate drinkability. The bouquet is shy and dried-herb scented; the palate succulently fruit-sweet and charming.” Extremely good wine – Gourmet Traveller Wine – Feb/Mar 2017

WHITE LABEL BON BLANC

2013 Vintage
  • “Spice and cumquat flavours, with a long, dry finish” – James Halliday Wine Companion – 91 Points 
  • “The bouquet is creamy and cashew nutty with dominant barrel-ferment and sur-lie notes, rather like a modern chardonnay. The palate is intense and has very good line, with a firm dry finish that carries well and leaves the mouth clean. A pristine wine, with good flavour and character… It’s a very good wine indeed” – Huon Hooke’s Top 100 New Release Wines for Gourmet Traveller WINE – 92 Points

WHITE LABEL CHARDONNAY

2015 Vintage
  • “A really pleasing Chardonnay that offers bright and clear fruit personality coupled to just a suggestion of oak influence. It makes for a great drinking experience, all citrussy and appley just kissed with a clatter of nuttiness for interest and savoury complexity. It finishes refreshing and crisp. Nice work”. – Mike Bennie for WBM 200 Of The Best – 92 Points 
  • “Substantial white wine. Lashings of stone fruit and sweet, cedary, toasty oak. Almost old school but a train of grapefruit and peach-like flavour powers through the back half. There’s a bit of thrill to this”. – Campbell Mattinson for James Halliday Wine Companion – 93 Points 
2014 Vintage
  • Placed in VIC100 2015 (Top 100 Wines in Victoria)
  • James Halliday Wine Companion – 95 Points “Quality gear.. the general quality of fruit and the extension of flavour through the finish firmly establishes its class.. both elegant and seductive”.
  • Huon Hooke’s Top 100 Wines, Gourmet Traveller Wine – 92 Points. “This is an impeccably made Chardonnay… a satisfying, well-rounded and quite complex wine”. – Huon Hooke
  • Gold Medal – Yarra Valley Wine Show – 95 Points
  • Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate – 89 Points – Lisa Perrotti Brown MW
  • Korea International Wine Challenge – Silver Medal
2012 Vintage
  • James Halliday Wine Companion – 94 Points
  • James Halliday “Some colour pickup, although bright; the bouquet is complex and expressive of place and variety; a finely structured, textured and long palate offers white peach, grapefruit and minerals in roughly equal parts. A very good chardonnay”
2010 Vintage
  • James Halliday Wine Companion – 94 Points
  • James Halliday: “Still a light, bright straw-green; the wine has very good balance, texture and complexity; while the chardonnay fruit has some grapefruit zest, it is interwoven with white peach, and nutty/creamy/toasty nuances from well-handled barrel fermentation of whole or part; minerally acidity drives the finish”

WHITE LABEL SHIRAZ

2014 Vintage
  • Intensity of fruit and intensity of tannin. This takes brooding plum-shot fruit and injects it with savoury, twiggy spice, then offers smoky/cedary oak as a complement. Time will see yet more complexity develop – James Halliday Wine Companion – 92 points
2012 Vintage
  • “Bright, light crimson-purple; a potent, highly aromatic clove/spice background to black cherry fruit bounces off firm tannins on the savoury finish” – James Halliday Wine Companion – 93 Points 
  • “Offers aromas of blackberry preserves, crushed blackcurrants and prunes with hints of cracked black pepper, cumin seeds and aniseed… it delivers a lot of flavour in a very delicate package” – Lisa Perrotti-Brown, MW for Robert Parkers Wine Advocate – 89 Points

WHITE LABEL CABERNET SAUVIGNON

2014 Vintage
  • “Essence of Yarra Valley cabernet. Medium-bodied, curranty, fresh with acidity, laced with dried herbs and with a keen future ahead. Deceptive tannin; it’s there but it remains discreet. It doesn’t announce itself but the patient will be rewarded” – Campbell Mattinson for James Halliday Wine Companion – 94 Points 
2013 Vintage
  • Gold Medal – Korea International Wine Challenge 2016
  • James Halliday Wine Companion – 94 Points
  • “An elegant, medium bodied Cabernet, reflecting its cool grown origins with laid back blackcurrant fruit, fine-grained tannins and a touch of black olive, oak in restraint. Drink whenever the mood takes you, cellaring not required” – James Halliday
2012 Vintage
  • James Halliday Wine Companion – 94 Points
  • James Halliday “A very elegant, and equally well balanced, medium-bodied palate follows on from a fragrant bouquet”
  • Korea Wine Challenge – Silver Medal
  • WineGenius.com – 95 Points  “a seamless expression of Yarra Valley Cabernet Sauvignon”.

WHITE LABEL PINOT NOIR

2015 Vintage
  • “It’s almost cruel drinking Pinot from 2015, you feel as if you’re just about eating the grapes. If we must” – Max Crus for The Daily Examiner. Rating: 8.8/10
  • “The ripe spice-laden fruit hangs perfectly off a scaffold of bright, ripe acidity and the tannins..” – Dave Brooks for The Adelaide Review
  • “Easy drinking Pinot Noir with plenty of pep and vigour.. a juicy, simple, great fun thing to drink”. – Mike Bennie for WBM 200 Of The Best – 92 Points 
  • “Enough to have you smacking your lips appreciativley” 92 Points – James Halliday Wine Companion
  • “The Upper Yarra strikes again..” – 4/5 Stars – Winewise
2013 Vintage
  • Placed in VIC100 2015 (Top 100 Wines in Victoria)
  • Gold Medal/95 Points – Yarra Valley Wine Show
  • Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate: 90+ Points – Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW
  • “the 2013 Pinot Noir possesses a very pretty perfume of violets and roses over a core of warmed red cherries and strawberries… finishing with wonderfully persistent intensity”. Lisa Perrotti-Brown, MW
  • James Halliday Wine Companion – 92 Points
  • Shanghai International Wine Challenge – Silver Medal
2012 Vintage
  • James Halliday Wine Companion – 94 Points
  • James Halliday “Full purple-crimson; a powerful pinot achieved without resort to late picking/ high alcohol; the black cherry and plum fruit is at once savoury and fruit-sweet, providing layers of flavour on the long palate. Could well gain even higher points with age.”
2010 Vintage
  • James Halliday Wine Companion – 94 Points
  • Spit Bucket.com – Ken Gargett 91 Points – This is a delightful Yarra Pinot. A nice mix of cherries, spice, underlying dry vegetation, a hint of cloves, also a hint of stalks.

WHITE LABEL PINOT GRIS

2014 Vintage
  • “Exotic aromas and the flavour to match..makes an impression”- 91 Points – James Halliday Wine Companion
  • “The bouquet is rich in ripe vanilla, strawberry characters. The palate is more restrained, with softness and balance, a long finish and more character than most gris” – Huon Hooke for The Age Epicure, Sydney Morning Herald and The Real Review – 90 Points
2013 Vintage
  • James Halliday Wine Companion – 91 Points “Pale salmon colour. Crisp, fresh and spicy with lemon, pear and talc running through the palate. Purity plus”.
  • Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate – 89 Points – Lisa Perrotti Brown MW
2012 Vintage
  • James Halliday Wine Companion – 91 Points
  • James Halliday “The pale pink hue would do some roses proud; a suitably complex wine, with a floral rose petal and spice bouquet, then a palate of poached pear and citrus before grainy acidity provides a fresh exit.”

TRUE COLOURS SAUVIGNON BLANC SEMILLON

2014 Vintage
  • “Purity of fruit is the key. This is fresh and crisp but it has enough body to mull over. Lemongrass, citrus, passionfruit and gravel. Mouthwatering but simultaneously textural and soft” – James Halliday Wine Companion – 92 Points
2013 Vintage
  • James Halliday Wine Companion – 92 Points
  • James Halliday – “Pear, lychee, mineral and crisp, juicy apple flavours. It’s both inviting and generous but it turns slender and elegant through the finish. More-ish, it certainly is.”
2012 Vintage
  • James Halliday Wine Companion – 92 Points
  • James Halliday “The wine has a fragrant bouquet and a very attractive array of lemon/citrus and peach/lychee fruit flavours woven through a web of minerally acidity. Excellent value.”

TRUE COLOURS CHARDONNAY

2015 Vintage
  • “Very light in colour and a discreet, subtly complex, restrained bouquet, with clean almond, hazelnut and grapefruit flavours.. Nicely balanced accessible palate.. Refined and delicious” – Huon Hooke’s Top Drops – 91 Points
  • “Pure pleasure” – 92 Points – James Halliday Wine Companion
2014 Vintage
  • James Halliday Wine Companion – 95 Points “Beautiful balance and composure. Everything in its place, everything delivered at the right time.. Terrific value”.
  • Campbell Mattinson “I just love the balance of it. The effortless swing of fruit flavour. There’s a drift of lactose through white peach, chalk, citrus and spicy oak and likely some malo, done well”. – 93 Points – The Wine Front
  • Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate – 90 Points – Lisa Perrotti Brown MW
  • WineGenius.com – 93 Points
2013 Vintage
  • James Halliday Wine Companion – 92 Points
  • James Halliday “Straw-gold in colour. Brimful of flavour. Peach, pear, citrus and creamy, sawdusty oak. The kind of style that won’t die wondering”
2012 Vintage
  • James Halliday Wine Companion – 89 Points
  • Chris Shanahan – Chris Shanahan.com The wine appeals because it offers the richness and nectarine-like flavour of chardonnay with body and barrel-derived complexities – but not oakiness or heaviness. It’s a really good example of bright, modern Australian chardonnay from veteran maker, Rob Dolan..

TRUE COLOURS FIELD BLEND

2015 Vintage
  • “Cindy Lauper never had it so good, nor the rest of us. You don’t see this mix much, so have fun girls” Rating 8.7 / 10 – Max Crus for Daily Examiner
  • “A little bit “out there” in terms of white blends but veteran Yarra Valley winemaker Rob Dolan has got his formula spot on…drinkability with a capital D”. – Winsor Dobbin / Winsor’s Choice
  • “It’s more floral than a bridal party” – 90 Points – James Halliday Wine Companion

TRUE COLOURS CABERNET SHIRAZ MERLOT

2013 Vintage
  • “Currants and peppered cherries make an interesting flavour combination. Distinctive. It’s a wine of freshness and life with just enough sweet fruit, before olivey, clovey, leafy notes give the finish a savouriness”. – James Halliday Wine Companion – 90 Points
  • “Scented dark fruits, plush oak and plenty of freshness on both the palate and the nose” – WineGenius.com – 92 Points
2012 Vintage
  • James Halliday Wine Companion – 93 Points James Halliday
  • The Age Wine Guide – Ralph Kyte-Powell – 90 Points
  • Wine Will Eat Itself.com – 90 Points – Quite impressed by these Rob Dolan True Colours wines all up. Good quality, fair price. I’m tempted to call them honest.

TRUE COLOURS PINOT NOIR

2015 Vintage
  • Needs content
2014 Vintage
  • Shanghai International Wine Challenge – Silver Medal
  • James Halliday “..very deep colour; decidedly curious, with distinct dry red character..”
  • Royal Melbourne Wine Awards 2015 – Bronze Medal
2013 Vintage
  • James Halliday Wine Companion – 91 Points
  • Wine Showcase Magazine – Pinot Noir Varietal Tasting – Gold Medal (94 Points)
  • Wine Selectors.com.au – Bright red garnet in the glass, it presents nicely complex aromas of black and red fruits, leaf and earth. The palate has an elegant structure and balance with velvety ripe layers of fruit and the discreet umami effect of French oak”

TRUE COLOURS DRY ROSE

2013 Vintage
  • James Halliday Wine Companion – 92 Points
  • James Halliday “Spicy personality. Impressive volume of flavour. Both perfume and fruit but an essentially dry style. Many are chasing the dry, pale, savoury style of rose, but few get it as right as this”
  • WineGenius.com – 93 Points
2012 Vintage
  • James Halliday Wine Companion – 91 Points
  • James Halliday “Salmon-pink, interesting rose, it has a bubble of red berry fruit on the mid-palate before moving onto a textured back-palate and finish striking a more savoury pose; nicely dry and firm”.