Accolades & Reviews…

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Adelaide Review’s Hot 100 Wines of South Australia

Minko Wines Blanc De Blancs 2012
Serious stuff – nutty, tight and focussed. A real aperitif style that is pleasingly dry and evokes salt and bread flavours.

James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion

Minko Wines Pinot Noir 2008

Slightly diffuse colour; a fragrant bouquet and decisive palate, with a range of plum, cherry and delicate spice flavours; excellent length to a wine of breed and class.

Points: 98
Drink by: 2015
Date tasted: December 2009

Minko Wines Pinot Grigio 2014

Straw-coloured; a well above average grigio with vibrant pear, apple and a flash of pink grapefruit flavours, the finish long and compelling with its bright acidity. Bargain.

Points: 94
Drink by: 2016
Date tasted: January 2015

Minko Wines Pinot Grigio 2013

Pale pink-grey; distinctly varietal nashi pear leads the fruit, with crackling/crunchy acidity on the long palate. Almost frightening intensity, simply great for spicy food.

Points: 94
Drink by: 2014
Date tasted: January 2014

Minko Wines Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2005

Dense, deep purple-red; rich, layered folds of blackcurrant fruit, and echoes of licorice; superfine tannins could be a little more forceful.

Points: 94
Drink by: 2025
Date tasted: December 2007

Blanc de Blancs Methode Traditionelle 2010

Virtually colourless; chardonnay from Minko’s Mt Compass Vineyard on the Fleurieu Peninsula spent over two years on yeast lees; grapefruit flavours come through loud and clear on the bright, tightly focused palate.

Points: 92
Drink by: 2016
Date tasted: April 2013

Minko Wines Pinot Noir 2006

Has retained excellent hue; a generous mouthfilling mix of spicy plum fruit, round and soft in the mouth, but not jammy; does shorten fractionally on the finish.

Points: 91
Drink by: 2013
Date tasted: December 2008

Minko Wines Merlot 2012

Deep colour; a powerful and potent wine, with blackcurrant and black olive fruit ensconced in a framework of oak and tannins. A merlot built for the long haul.

Points: 91
Drink by: 2032
Date tasted: January 2015

Minko Wines Merlot 2006

Impressive colour; reaching towards maturity, with texture, structure and weight all good, the varietal fruit is correct too; just falters at the finish line.

Points: 90
Drink by: 2013
Date tasted: December 2009

Minko Wines Chardonnay 2012

Bright quartz; barrel-fermented and then matured in French oak for three months; it has zesty grapefruit pitch, apple and melon fruit; and good acidity is a given. Good value.

Points: 90
Drink by: 2016
Date tasted: February 2013

Minko Wines Cabernet Sauvignon 2006

Good colour; a neatly put together medium-bodied cabernet, blackcurrant fruit supported by quite gentle tannins; good balance and length.

Points: 90
Drink by: 2016
Date tasted: December 2009

Australian Wine Showcase

Pinot Noir 2013: 92 points
Pinot Noir 2012: 91 points

Australian Wine Journal

Minko Pinot Noir 2008


Minko is a small, family based winery whose wine business revolves around a 13 year old, 10 hectare vineyard planted at Mount Compass in the southern Fleurieu Peninsula. Its 2008 Pinot Noir (made by McLaren Vale’s James Hastwell at Hawker’s Gate) certainly impressed popular critic James Halliday, who awarded the $25 wine a lofty 95 points.

Slightly hazy and bright red, its rather withheld nose reveals a prominent note of beetroot backed by more savoury, reserved aromas of cherry, earth and cinnamon with restrained, toasty oak. Appropriately weighted in a medium-light sense, its palate is held in check by a lithe outline of faintly sour, zippy pinot acids and soft yet dry tannins. It’s pleasingly composed and elegant, with a balanced finish that announces a rich push of earth and spearmint flavours with gentle spice, yet no rawness or hardness whatsoever.

Minko’s 2008 clearly states the benefit of fastidious, small-scale winemaking for pinot noir. If Tapanappa’s 2008 was downright sexy, then this is quite cute. It’s also a big win for me on 3 different levels; for its price, for its region and for South Australia. Drink to 2014.

Points: 90
Review by: Chris Plummer
Date published: Wednesday, July 14, 2010


Australian Small Winemakers Wine Show

Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2005: Silver Medal

Australian Cool Climate Wine Show

Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2005: Bronze Medal
Unwooded Chardonnay 2006: Bronze Medal

Cellar Door

Best Cellar Door Person in the McLaren Vale Region: Winner, 2010
Best Cellar Door in the McLaren Vale Region: Finalist, 2010

Olive Oil – Minko Gold

 Silver medal in the 2015 Fleurieu Olive Awards
 Gold medal in the 2010 Fleurieu Olive Awards
 Silver Medal in the 2008 Fleurieu Olive Awards
 Punters Pick in the Willunga and Victor Harbour Farmers Markets