Praxis Pinot Noir
The pale ruby colour belies an impressively smooth, skilfully-structured wine with soft, sweet notes of red liquorice, lavender and hawthorn, balanced with some sour cherry and a hint of aniseed. An incredibly smooth, easy drinking Pinot—perfectly suited to consuming now or light cellaring.
Praxis Chardonnay Musque
An unassuming colour gives little indication of the floral and fruit bomb about to ensue. Fresh linen, honeydew melon and jasmine lead the nose, followed swiftly by peach skin and lychee. Silky textures and a firm, crisp acidity balance beautifully with the playful sweetness of the peach and sherbet. Long after your last mouthful, this wine hints at a summer picnic in the garden.
Praxis Sauvignon Blanc
Spring in a glass. Almost ivory in colour, with a nose that evokes lush meadows, daisies, lemon pith and Granny Smith apples, it’s all light, fresh, and new. The palate shows hints of green capsicum and lime skin, as well as a stoney minerality and some great citrus (pink grapefruit) that gets more tart and rich towards the finish—like a life-changing lemon curd. Pair with light seafood flavours, delicate pasta dishes, or both.
An unashamedly cool-climate Syrah (call it shiraz if you like), the 2015 vintage is bold, insanely long, and displays all the finesse and complexity you could hope for. Purple-tinged in the glass, the wine shows plenty of white pepper and an appealing smokiness, layered with ripe, rich fruit and astonishing savoury characters—nuts, spice, graphite, sap—all delivered by fine, chalky tannins and the gorgeous, silken length.
Here we have a prime example: it bounces with ripe berried fruit, but then it’s layered with gun smoke, graphite, peppercorns, nuts and herbs. Tannin has a fine-grained finesse to it; length is excellent; and it has X-factor. It is a beauty. —Campbell Mattinson, Halliday Wine Companion (96 points).
Muse Extra Brut Sparkling
A toasting wine if ever there was one. The nose brings plenty of oak influence, which recedes and integrates on the palate. A lively bead in the glass carries nicely into the mouth, retaining a nice ticklish fizz of crisp apple, white nectarine (softer, gentler and more refined than typical stonefruit notes), light almond, and a nice floral lily-hyacinth bouquet into the impressively long finish. Tuck some away for an occasion worth a speech and a tipple.
Muse Pinot Noir
Moorilla’s location and growing conditions tend to produce a heavier, more robust Pinot noir, which we embrace, while still aiming for levity and balance in the finished wine. The 2015 Pinot noir is a fine expression of this, with a medium-red colour (and the faintest tinge of purple), and an elegant, vital tension between deeper, earthy notes (kola, chocolate, dark cherry) and an almost ethereal top end (red summer fruit in particular). Will improve even further with cellaring.