Hamish and Kate Laurie continue a five generation winemaking tradition. Devoted to the high altitude sites of the Adelaide Hills and with Kate's French oenology training the wines they produce are at once traditional and contemporary. With a fiery passion to create premium bottle fermented and aged sparkling together with aromatic whites that can genuinely cellar, their signature style is focussed, textural, restrained and balanced. At Deviation Road every sip reveals a little of this mystery; a taste of the terroir, a glimpse at the season, a hint of the science and a wink to the heritage that crafts its existence.
NED GOODWIN - HALLIDAY'S WINE COMPANION
Hewn of a base of '16: 55% chardonnay, 30% pinot noir, in addition to older reserves (15%), this is a gorgeous salmon hue flecked with amber. Gentle scents of crushed strawberry, loganberry and a thread of herb are woven by a needle of vibrant acidity and mineral crunch. Subtle, refined stuff. Just enough toast. Dosage nestled in. This attests to Deviation Road being among Australia's very top sparkling wine producers.
This is one of Australia's best Non Vintage rosé sparkling wines, really impressive. Pale salmon and packed with bright pink fruits, this has a handy mix of primary and more savory complex characters. Strawberries, spicy red cherries and gently earthy mushroom aromas lead to a palate that has attractive pastry-like flavors and, pink grapefruit and pink berry fruits, chalky, tingly and fresh. Great balance and plenty of flavor, dosage is perfectly judged, drink now.
HUON HOOKE - THE REAL REVIEW
Light, fresh salmon-pink colour, the bouquet holds aromas of nettles and dried herbs, smoky strawberry and pot-pourri. The palate is crisp, clean and refined, intense and beautifully balanced, clean and dry to close. Musk and rose petal nuances. It's refreshing and more-ish, a lovely wine. Good intensity and persistence. The complete package.
Earthy, gravelly and savoury, with bright strawberries, cherries, raspberries and citrusy notes backed by hints of game meat and creamy, yeasty notes; soft and charming.
MIKE BENNIE - THE WINE FRONT
Made by Hamish and Kate Laurie at their Adelaide Hills winery, fruit is sourced from Lenswood vineyards, in parcels, to produce this wine. Some red wine specifically produced for blending, is blended back into it to make it blush. Pretty pink colour, well, that’s the idea, with stone fruit and red cherry aromas. It’s tangy and zippy across the palate, crisp to finish and light in flavour without detracting from the overall appeal. Some strawberry sweetness creeps in, bead is foamy and coarse, good fresh flavours linger. Nicely put together, good to drink albeit a simpler expression of rose here.