CREST                               The  Staniford      wine  company                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Great Southern Reserve                          

great southern cabernet & chardonnay

REVIEWS    What the critics say

Extract from James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2015 Edition
Staniford Wine Co.  5 star
“ Michael Staniford has been making wine in the Great Southern region since 1995 principally as senior winemaker for Alkoomi with additional experience as a contract maker for other wineries. The business will be built around single vineyard wines. The first two releases are a Chardonnay (Mendoza clone) from a 20 year old vineyard in Albany and a Cabernet Sauvignon from a 15 year old vineyard in Mount Barker. The quality of these two wines is every bit as one would expect.”

    glass Great Southern Reserve Chardonnay 2012      Keeps you entertained from the first hello to the final goodbye. Indeed it saves its best anecdotes till last. Powerful grapefruit, white peach, mineral and ginger notes
     before a dry textural finish. The whole show is good but the final push of flavour is rousing. Screwcap. 13.5% alc.
     Rating 95. To 2020. $38.

    hlass  Great Southern Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

     A high-quality wine from top to toe, opening with deep, bright crimson-purple,moving to a bouquet flooded with cassis and intriguing touches of spice, thence to
     a medium to full-bodied, but perfectly balanced, palate: here, the juicy cassis fruit is invested with a sense of gravitas by firm tannins and cedary oak. Bred to stay.
    Rating 96
     To 2041    13.5% alc.    $38

“The Staniford Great Southern Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 Chosen In The Best of The Best Cabernet Sauvignon For 2014”

Nick’s Wine Merchants Review  march 2015  :

2012 Staniford Great Southern Reserve Chardonnay   94 Points
Brilliant pale straw colour with a slight greenish tinge around the edges and a watery hue. Attractive aromas of ripe white peaches intermixed with
some butterscotch and cashew arise from the glass with nougat and spice end notes. Medium to full bodied the palate features a creamy texture
with flavours of white peach, cashew, butterscotch and light honeycomb over a background of nougat and spice. Clean dry finish with good
balancing acidity. Long aftertaste of cashew, butterscotch, subtle honeycomb and citrusy nougat.

Drink over the next 4-5 years.
Tasted : 13 Jan 2015
Cellar : 4 - 5 years (2019-2020)  Alc. 13.5%  Rating 94 points.

Extract from James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition  :

Staniford Wine Co.  5 star
   glass Great Southern Reserve Chardonnay 2011
     Deep glowing yellow/greens; the grapes were grown in the Albany subregion from mature, low-yielding vines, the fruit of sufficient depth and intensity to justify the
     use of 100% new French oak: despite this power, and resultant complexity, the wine is so well balanced it retains elegance. The finish and aftertaste are especially
    Rating 94    13.5% alc.  $36   To 2018.
Extract from James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2013 Edition Staniford Wine Co.  5 star
    glassGreat Southern Reserve Chardonnay 2010

     Medium straw green : Michael Staniford’s experience shines through in this beautifully crafted wine, with fruit and oak seamlessly interwoven ; the fruit is in the
     grapefruit/white stone fruit spectrum and although the French oak used was new it never threatens to dominate.

    Rating 95.    To 2017.     

    glass Great Southern Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2010
     Bright light crimson ; while only medium bodied ; has great intensity and drive to its finely detailed palate, with cassis woven through cedar and savoury spice notes ;
     has great length and overall balance.
    Rating 95
   To 2025.

“The Staniford Great Southern Reserve Chardonnay 2010 Chosen In The Best of The Best Chardonnay For 2013”

Huon Hooke.  wine writer ,  Sydney Morning Herald Good Living. Gourmet Traveller WINE. Decanter Magazine. Australia's Wine Communicator of the Year 2008

Staniford Reserve Chardonnay 2010 : $36.00 vs price benchmark of $57.50 
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Ray Jordan.   West Australian Wine Guide  2013

 " Staniford has been established by experienced winemaker Michael Staniford, focussing initially on Cabernet and Chardonnay. The wines are made with minimal intervention using      traditional and innovative techniques and matured in the finest quality French oak."  

Staniford Great Southern Reserve Chardonnay 2010 ($36)
  Score 93/100  Cellar 5 years
This is a new name on the scene from experienced Michael Staniford. The wine is mighty impressive and almost atypically Aussie. It's tight and lean with a fine             savoury minerally character that threads through a beautifully integrated palate. The oak is deliberately underplayed while the subtle flavours of brioche and light   custard apple are appealing.  
        Staniford Great Southern Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2010  ($36)            Score 93/100  Cellar 6 years
Pure and defined cabernet on the nose. Lots of blackcurrant and dark plum aromas with some nice spicy and black olive influences. The oak is well applied and the tannins fine and supple. It has a juicy richness and good intensity. A very stylish and impressive cabernet debut from the former Alkoomi winemaker.

Staniford Great Southern Reserve Chardonnay 2011
 Score 93/100  Cellar 5 years
An impressive Great Southern chardonnay. Complex mealy stone fruit aromas with a thread of minerally grapefruit. The palate is beautifully composed with lovely supplementary oak and crisp minerally acid. It's very long and displays multi-layered complexity. Excellent.

 " ....One of the small makers is Staniford, owned by Michael Staniford, the former longserving winemaker of Alkoomi Estate......there is an impressive assemblage of winemaking skill and experience in the winery during vintage, the benefits obvious to see.  "   -    James Halliday.  Weekend Australian  9th July 2011