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: St Micheals Vineyard


St Micheals Vineyard

503 Pook Road, Toolleen

Cellar Door: By appointment only

Ph: (03) 5433 2680 or 0427 558 786

This is Mick Cann's small boutique winery and vineyard. The range includes a Shiraz, a sparkling Shiraz, a Shiraz/Merlot/ Petit Verdot blend, Durif and a Petit Verdot. The full bodied but savoury St. Michael's Shiraz is well worth a try.

The wines tend to be (but not always) in the old school Heathcote style - big tarry and tannic with high alcohol. The use of Russian oak in some wines is a bit unusual in Australia.

Tasting Notes

There are three types of Tasting notes:

(W) Notes from the winery (blurbs from bottle)

(GXY) Notes from a GenXY wine reviewer

(G) Notes from GenXY's Tasting events (collective opinions)

St. Michaels Petit Verdot 2015

Purchased: Not ($35)

Drink: 2018

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2016, juicy and medium bodied blueberry  and dark plum with violet florals and white pepper notes, supple with light tannins with toasty vanilla/cedar oak, good length, best drunk fairly fresh (****)

St. Michael Durif 2011

Purchased: Not ($15)

Drink: 2016

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2014, plump and extracted plum and blackberry with liquorice and mint notes. plenty of violet florals, juicy with open knit grainy tannins with chocolate/cedar oak, hearty budget value BBQ wine (***1/2)

St. Michael Petit Verdot Merlot 2010

Purchased: Not ($15)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2014, juicy and plump blueberry, chocolate and plum with violet and peppery spice notes, basic medium bodied quaffer with soft, open knit tannins (***)

St. Michael Semillon Viognier 2013

Purchased: Not ($15)

Drink: 2014

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2014, viscous and fairly broad lemon barley and lime with some gingery spices, forward with a crisp citrus finish (**1/2)

St. Michaels Vineyard Limited Release Shiraz 2009

Purchased: Not ($26)

Drink: 2020

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2011, high octane style showing tarry plum and blackberry with liquorice and pepper notes, earthy and full bodied with lots of coffee/cedar/chocolate from the French and Russian hogsheads, powdery savoury tannins with a warming alcohol finish (***1/2)

St. Michaels Vineyard Stella’s Blend 2008

Purchased: Not ($25)


(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2011, a Shiraz, Merlot, Petit Verdot blend, more in a medium bodied mode showing blackberry and redcurrant showing lots of spice, violet and a touch of menthol, fleshy and earthy with coffee-cedar oak and grainy tannins (***1/2)

St. Michaels Vineyard Reserve Durif 2009

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2023+

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2011, heavily extracted and tarry style but has a very low 12.8% alcohol for the variety, blocky blackberry and plum with anise, mint and violet notes, mouth coating firm and astringent tannins with roast coffee oak, nothing like Rutherglen Durifs I am more familiar with, while it is a long cellaring style I am not convinced it will ever get into balance (***)

St. Michaels Vineyard Nellie’s Merlot 2009

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2011, broad, forward and glycerolly showing cassis and plum with warm spice and violet notes, medium-full bodied with dusty tannins and rich spicy/charry oak inputs (***)

St. Michael's Shiraz 2004

Purchased: Not ($23)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: July 2006, fruit driven palate showing blackcurrant and plum flavours with liquorice and pepper notes, savoury medium-full bodied palate is quite mouth-filling, subtle toasty vanilla oak, drying tannins (****)

St. Michael's Merlot 2004

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2013

(GXY) Tasting: red currant and plum flavours with cigar box and liquorice features, oak-driven style with charry cedar-vanilla oak, quite tannic, needs lots of cellaring time (***1/2)

St. Michael's Cabernet Merlot 2004

Purchased: Not ($25)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: July 2006, intense plum and cassis flavours, medium-full bodied palate is quite savoury, lots of eucalypt and charry oak on the finish (***1/2)

St. Michael's Personal Reserve Petit Verdot 2004

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: July 2006, lighter, more fruit-driven style of Petit Verdot,with cassis and black cherry flavours and varietal pepperiness, framed with toasty vanilla new French oak (***)