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  • December 2013 – James Halliday review from www.winecompanion.com.au:

Thick as Thieves 2013 Sauvignon Blanc – Yarra Valley ‘The Show Pony’

SCORE – 96 points

TASTING NOTES – 86% Yarra Valley Sauvignon Blanc and 14% Semillon from Kilmore, whole bunch pressed, wild yeast fermented, the Sauvignon Blanc in used French puncheons, the Semillon in new French hogsheads. An expensive and time-consuming approach that has succeeded brilliantly, the opening stanzas supple and mouth filling, with great fruit expression, moving through to an exceptionally lively, crisp and long finish. Outstanding wine. 13.5% alc.

Author: James Halliday www.winecompanion.com.au

  • July 2013 – James Halliday review from www.winecompanion.com.au:

Thick as Thieves 2012 Chardonnay – Yarra Valley ‘Another Bloody Chardonnay’

SCORE – 95 points

TASTING NOTES – Hand-picked, whole bunch-pressed direct to barrel, half left on full solids; 100% French oak, 33% new Mercury puncheon; no mlf, no lees stirring. A very good example of Yarra Valley chardonnay, with intense grapefruit and stone fruit flavours on a palate of very good length. 12.9% alc.

Author: James Halliday www.winecompanion.com.au

  • July 2013 – James Halliday review from www.winecompanion.com.au:

Thick as Thieves 2012 Pinot Noir – Yarra Valley  ‘Plump’

SCORE – 94 points

TASTING NOTES – Excellent crimson-purple; clones MV6 and 114 were destemmed (90%) with a four-day cold soak, 10% whole bunch carbonic maceration for 10 days; wild yeast fermentation that, in the context of the exceptional vintage, has resulted in a very complex wine. 13.2% alc.

Author: James Halliday www.winecompanion.com.au

  • July 2013 – James Halliday review from www.winecompanion.com.au:

Thick as Thieves 2012 Spring Pinot Rose’ – Yarra Valley  ‘La vie Rustique’

SCORE – 91 points

TASTING NOTES – Bright crimson-purple; 100% carbonic/whole bunch maceration, then fermentation in barrel. The highly fragrant red cherry bouquet is a great start, but the palate moves defiantly in a more savoury direction, reflecting the whole bunches. 13.2% alc.

Author: James Halliday www.winecompanion.com.au

  • June 2012 – James Halliday review from www.winecompanion.com.au:

Thick as Thieves 2011 Pinot Noir – Yarra Valley ‘Plump’

SCORE – 93 points

TASTING NOTES – Bright colour; a single vineyard, single clone (MV6) wine using carbonic maceration plus whole bunches and barrel fermentation inputs; an extraordinarily brave approach given the very wet vintage, and an unqualified success. There won’t be too many better Yarra Valley Pinot’s made in ’11.

Author: James Halliday www.winecompanion.com.au

  • June 2012 – James Halliday review from www.winecompanion.com.au:

Thick as Thieves 2011 Chardonnay – Yarra Valley ‘Another Bloody Chardonnay’

SCORE – 94 points

TASTING NOTES – Whole bunch-pressed direct to barrel, half left on full solids in a mix of new and used French oak; 15% mlf and no lees stirring. Its low baume, together with the making techniques, delivers a wine with energy and concentration, driving through emphatically to the finish and aftertaste, riding on the back of grapefruit and white peach.

Author: James Halliday www.winecompanion.com.au

  • June 2012 – James Suckling tasting report on Australian Whites:

Thick as Thieves 2011 Sylvaner – King Valley ‘The Love Letter’

SCORE – 92 points

TASTING NOTES – Wonderful nose of flint and minerals with limes and other citrus fruit. Full body, and very dry with a racy mineral undertone and marked acidity. An extreme style with class. Drink now. Screw cap.

Author: James Suckling www.jamessuckling.com

  • June 2012 – James Suckling tasting report on Australian Whites:

Thick as Thieves 2011 Sauvignon Blanc – Yarra Valley ‘The Show Pony’

SCORE – 90 points

TASTING NOTES – Sliced apple and melon aromas and flavors. Medium to full body, with a herbal and fruit aftertaste. Almost off dry in character. Lots of fruit yet subtle. Bright tangy finish. Barrel fermented. Drink now.

Author: James Suckling www.jamessuckling.com

  • December 2011 – James Suckling tasting report on Australian Chardonnay:

 Thick as Thieves 2010 Chardonnay – Yarra Valley ‘Another Bloody Chardonnay’

SCORE – 93 points

TASTING NOTES – Melon and flint. Tight and tangy. Reductively handled in a judicious fashion. Long and slightly drying on the finish at this stage, but has real presence and density in the mouth. Tactile. Needs time to open.

Author: James Suckling www.jamessuckling.com

  • December 2011 – James Suckling tasting report on Australian Pinot Noir:

Thick as Thieves 2010 Pinot Noir – Macedon Ranges ‘Starjack’

SCORE93 points

TASTING NOTES – Soft and fruity, with spice and dried strawberries. Full-bodied, with silky tannins and a delicate fruity finish. Gorgeous and balanced. Such finesse.

Author: James Suckling www.jamessuckling.com

  • July 2011 – James Halliday Australian Wine Companion – Best New Wineries for 2012:

Thick as Thieves was one of the top ten and these are the kind words that James had to say:

“Syd Bradford is living proof that small can be beautiful, and, equally, that an old dog can learn new tricks. Starting with a horticultural degree from the University of Technology, Sydney, in 1995, he cruised Europe and Asia on and off until returning to Sydney in 2002. A growing interest in good food and wine might have come to nothing had it not been for Pfeiffer Wines giving him a vintage job in ’03. In that year he enrolled in the wine science course at CSU as a distance education student, moving to the Yarra Valley in ’05. He gained experience at Coldstream Hills (vintage cellar hand), Rochford (assistant winemaker), Domaine Chandon (cellar hand) and Giant Steps/Innocent Bystander (assistant winemaker). In ’06 Syd achieved the Dean’s Award of Academic Excellence at CSU and in ’07 was the sole recipient of the A&G Engineering Scholarship. Aged 35, he was desperate to have a go at crafting his own ‘babies’, and in ’09 came across a small parcel of arneis from the Hoddles Creek area, and Thick as Thieves was born. In ’10 he purchased small parcels of arneis, chardonnay, pinot noir and nebbiolo, making his wine in a home-away-from-home. The techniques used to make his babies could only come from someone who has spent a long time observing and thinking about what he might do.”

Author: James Halliday www.winecompanion.com.au

Quick review of  Thick as Thieves Arneis, by Jane Faulkner of The Age Epicure:

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