reviews that will enrich your senses

In addition to the many Australian, Asian, European and North American
wine competitions we enter each year; we also send our wines to wine critics for review.

Please use the wine critics’ reviews as a guide to further enrich your senses.

Dan Traucki MWCC

With more than 30 years’ experience in the Wine Industry, Dan Traucki, has a broad depth of knowledge of the Wine Industry. Dan is an International Club Member of “The Wine Century Club (MWCC)” and a Freelance Journalist for two Australian wine magazines, WBM and Winestate.

Lloyds Block Chardonnay Semillon 2018        
Lively citrus & nectarine aromas with just a hint of florals, delightful lively palate with a soft acid zippy refreshing finish. VERY EASY DRINKING!!

Lloyds Block Chardonnay Semillon 2018
Recently I reviewed Trifon Estate Wines – Lloyds Block Chardonnay Semillon 2018. One of my judging panel rang me yesterday to say that it “was the most enjoyable Chardonnay based wine he had tasted ALL YEAR” High praise from an excellent, accomplished palate!!

Lloyds Block Cabernet Merlot 2017      
Gentle aromas of red berries & raspberries along with a dash spice, smooth well-rounded palate with loads of flavour & a slightly grippy, lingering finish OH YUM!!!!!

Lloyds Block Sangiovese Shiraz Cabernet 2017
An unusual blend that works ever so well!! Vibrant aromas of strawberries & raspberries with a hint of dried herbs, silky smooth, tasty palate with great acid/tannin balance & a long lingering finish. SO BEAUTIFUL!!!

Lloyds Block Shiraz Cabernet 2017  
Part of the excellent Lloyd’s Block range – It has aromas of black fruits, with a dash of brambliness & a smidge of earthiness-a gorgeous mouthful of vivid delightful flavours, with a long lingering finish. SUPERB!!     

Lagoon View Riesling Traminer 2018
Gentle traminer aromas on the bouquet, it is spritzig with a degree of sweetness that works really well. BRILLIANT FOR SPICY ASIAN FOOD!!

Lagoon View Rose 2017
Salmon pink in colour with cherries & Strawberries on the bouquet, a hint of fruit sweetness on the front palate then finishes dry & refreshing – A GREAT WINE FOR THE SUMMER!!

Lagoon View Merlot 2013
Wow a 7yr old current release!!! it has a gentle attractive bouquet with plenty of bottle aged maturation complexity. Svelte elegant palate with plenty of delightful fruit flavours & a great silky finish. ENJOY – AT ITS VERY BEST!!!

Lagoon View Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
Aging gracefully, with a lovely red colour, elegant aromas of plums, raspberries and a dash of earthiness, gorgeous mouth filling flavours, smooth, tasty yet is slightly tight on the finish making it a great food wine. OUTSTANDING!

Lagoon View Shiraz 2013
Most impressed 7-year-old wine still available, lovely colour for its age, soft gentle bouquet of dark berries & mulberries, a hint of sweetness on the front palate, well integrated & rounded – GREAT CURRENT DRINKING.

Lagoon View Semillon 2012
Awesome an 8 yr old current release white wine!! Intriguing aromas with plenty of bottle aged maturation complexity, superb silky smooth, well rounded mature flavours. DELIGHTFUL with its own “non-Hunter” style TRULY SUPERB!!!

Humble Vine Selected Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2012  
Amazingly young colour for an 8yr old wine, lovely Cab aromas + bottle aged characters, a hint of mint & chocolate, smooth elegant sophisticated palate with excellent flavours & silky tannins. OUTSTANDING 

Humble Vine Selected Reserve Tempranillo 2015
5 Yr old current release-big fruity aromas of red berries + a hint of spice & some savoury characters, rich, round mouthful of yummy flavours of cherries with a dash of spice on the slightly savoury finish. BRILLIANT – RISERVA QUALITY!!

Trifon Estate Family Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
At 6 years old the colour is deep & dense, alluring aromas of dark cherries, plums & a hint of fruit cake on the superb bouquet. perfectly integrated, super tasty palate that is brilliantly balanced. A TRULY OUTSTANDING WINE!!

Trifon Estate Family Reserve Shiraz 2015|
‘ICON RANGE’ Deep rich colour, nice Shiraz aromas of red berries with strong vanillin oak & a hint of dried herbs, the palate is still tight from the oak, so needs rich food, decanting or patience to be TRULY MAGNIFICENT.

Trifon Estate Family Reserve Tempranillo 2016
Still with purple hues in the bright red colour, great aromas of cherries & red berries, with a hint of nutmeg & dried herbs, rich, smooth well rounded, uber tasty palate with a slightly tight, grippy finish – A GRAND FOOD WINE.

Trifon Estate Museum Chardonnay 2012
WOW at an age when many Chardonnay are falling into a heap, this one is just hitting its straps, attractive nectarine & peach aromas, with a rich round yet slightly crisp palate, beautifully balanced making it a DELIGHTFUL WINE!!

Dan Traucki’s – Top 20 Wines of 2020
This year I have tasted / reviewed just under 1,000 wines. As in past years, here are my Top 20 wines reviewed over the course of the year……… Trifon Estate Museum Chardonnay 2012.

Trifon Estate Museum Marsanne 2008
“OUTSTANDING!!”

Trifon Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2010        
Amazing – 10 years old and still available – Great colour for its age, soft aromas of bottle maturation some complexity, subtle elegant flavours, well rounded over time, with gentle fine-grained tannins and silky-smooth finish. AGED TO PERFECTION!