FIVE STARS 94/100 | Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
93/100 | Ray Jordan, Wine Pilot
93/100 Points | Ken Garret, Wine Pilot
Pontifex Wines is a Barossa Valley vineyard owned by Sam and Helen Clarke of Thorn-Clarke. Whilst still very much involved with Thorn-Clarke, Pontifex is a separate, small family concern that revolves around their own 17 acre vineyard where they live, between Tanunda and Nuriootpa. They produce just two wines - a shiraz and a grenache shiraz mourvedre.
A gorgeous example of Barossa GSM, this 2018 release is bold and silky, with plush palate weight and lots of supple rounded red and black fruit flavours. It's very attractive and only now coming into its perfect drinking window. Highly recommended.
Sam Kim writes "Beautifully ripe and delightfully perfumed showing sweet plum, raspberry, violet, cake spice and subtle oak nuances, leading to a succulent palate that’s plump and mouthfilling. Wonderfully composed and styled with delectable flavours, finishing silky and satisfying."
Ray Jordan writes "This small production outfit specialises in these three varieties and, in this wine, they have harmonised into a thoroughly beautiful expression of what the Barossa does so well. Aromatic red fruits over slightly darker shiraz. There is structure and purpose yet there is softness and suppleness contributing to a balanced and thoroughly drinkable, smooth wine"
Ken Garret writes "The world simply cannot have too many small, quality wine producers in the Barossa Valley and Pontifex is another to fit the bill. Deep maroon in colour with pleasing aromas of roast meats, tobacco leaf, dry herbs, raspberries and plums. This is slightly attractively rustic and appealingly flavoured. The palate moves more to dark fruits and mushrooms. Very good length here with fine tannins making this a delicious blend, worth chasing. Drink: 2022 - 2027"