A big thanks to Julie for this sample bottle. This was bottle number 2742 of the 2900 bottles produced.
It’s named after the current owner, Julie Hutton’s grandfather, Ivor Thomas Williams who purchased the Windfall property in 1949. Sadly Ivor passed away and much of the property was sold to pay the death duties.
Yet thanks to a lucky lotto win, Julie and hubby Phil purchased the River Block and were able to plant the vineyard in 1996. As they say, they ‘managed to turn a windfall into a way to work harder’. Running a vineyard is definitely no walk in a park guys!
In the glass it’s a delicious deep red shade with a ruby shine to it. Red berry fruit and sweet spice with some floral notes and charred fragrant wood come to mind when I give it a whiff. While in the mouth it’s literally an utter joy to drink. Think juicy cranberries and red berries with a lick of oak and a lovely lingering finish. $40 per bottle and will cellar well.
This wine was sent to me as a sample, I was under no obligation to post about it.
All opinions are based on my own taste buds. Wine is subjective & always evolving, so make sure you drink what you enjoy!
I recently received a #sample bottle of the Windfall Ivor Reserve 2014 Merlot which was released only last month (thank you Julie). It has since snapped up a 96 point score from James Halliday and I can confirm that the TC taste buds thought it was pretty darn good too.
The wine is named after current owner, Julie Hutton’s grandfather, Ivor Thomas Williams who purchased the Windfall property in 1949. Sadly Ivor passed away and much of the property was sold to pay the death duties. Yet thanks to a lucky lotto win, Julie and hubby Phil purchased the River Block and were able to plant the vineyard in 1996. As they say, they ‘managed to turn a windfall into a way to work harder’. Vineyards are bloody hard work guys!
My tasting note: It’s a wonderful red-y brick shade in the glass. Violets, chocolate and a mixture of blueberry and raspberry notes rise up from the glass. While in the mouth it has a juicy vibrancy with flavours of fresh berries and vanillin oak standing out for me. Have you tried it yet? What did you think?
Casey started Travelling Corkscrew in 2010 and has been wine blogging ever since. She has completed her WSET level 2 and 3 and is currently based in Tasmania, Australia. When she's not drinking wine and blogging, she runs an SEO & Google Ads company and hangs out with Mr Spittoon, her two kids and two furbabies.
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