Every year, Mother Nature challenges us to a game of hide & seek ~ The fun begins as we search hither & yon through our medley of vineyards scattered high & low across McLaren Vale’s diverse majesty ~ Our quest ~ to discover that secret place each vintage, where the variety & vineyard environment have conjured something above & beyond expectations ~ Then we respect this prized fruit by allowing it to express itself, pure & natural.
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Huon Hooke. January 2016. 88 points
"Palish colour and an intense, young, fragrant aroma of simple muscat fruit. Some jasmine-like nuances. The wine is light and dry in the mouth, straightforward in flavour and pleasant early drinking, without complexity."
Reviews for 2014 Muscat Blanc:
Winsor Dobbin. Jan 2015. www.winsorschoice.blogspot.com.au
"Lovely light and aromatic white for summer. This has aromas of intense musk, rose petals and Turkish delight and a light, crisp and dry palate that tastes distinctively grapey. Serve young. Serve chilled. A fun wine with a point of difference that is worth every cent."
89 points. Stuart Robinson. Dec 2014. www.thevinsomniac.com
"Musky, the merest hints of passionfruit, mango with a touch of citrus rind - not especially bold aromatics. Refreshing, drying - somewhat faint lemon and lime, veering to saline/ briny characteristics with a touch of chalky pucker. Enjoyable for sure."
88 points. Gary Walsh. Dec 2014. www.winefront.com.au
"Floral, musk, lemon and brine. Dry saline palate, neat acidity, light chalky texture and a brine laced finish. Pretty short and light, but nice to drink. Versatile too. Good stuff."
September 2015. 92 points. Mike Bennie, Wine Business Magazine
"From this creative, exciting producer, this Rose style wine is made from the Muscat Rouge variety. Some candied whiffs in the bouqet, think Turkish delight and fairy floss. Its dryer to taste, still shows some gently sweet red fruit characters, but with a chalky feel to close. Like it."
July 2015. 90 points. Gary Walsh, The Wine Front www.winefront.com.au
"Salmon pink in colour, though really so light it might be called blush. Floral and musk stick aromatics with passionfruit and blood orange flavours. It’s clean, crisp and inviting with a kiss of sweetness to offset tangy acidity and grassy perfume. Subtle chalkiness in the aftertaste. Highly quaffable, pretty and affable. Kind of like a nice pink Sauvignon Blanc in some respects."
May 2016. Max Allen - Australian Gourmet Traveller. www.gourmettraveller.com.au
Top Drops of the Month, No 1. "heaps of juicy red berry-fruit flavours, but there is also a delicious gutsy earthiness-like sweet black composting leaf litter-that sets it apart".
March 2016. Stuart Robinson. 91 points. www.the vinsomniac.com.au
February 2016. Winsor Dobbin. www.winsorschoice.blogspot.com.au
This is a fabulously accessible blend of 60% grenache and 40% mataro – the ripe, sweet grenache fruit melding with the earthy funkiness of the mataro to produce a beautifully balanced red that is designed for immediate enjoyment. No need to cellar this one; just put some gourmet sausages on the barbeque and you have a wine/food match made in heaven.
February 2016. 90 points. Gary Walsh. www.winefront.com.au
Good stuff. It’s crisp and perky, almost Italianate. Raspberry rope, strawberry, dried herb perfume. Medium bodied, crunchy and fresh, red fruits, light sandy tannin, more red fruits on the finish. Almost a ‘volcanic rock’ kind of thing going on. Nice to see a McLaren Vale wine that so bright and ‘food friendly’.
Mike Bennie. WBM Magazine. May 2016. 93 points.
"This is Tempranillo marching to its own beat. Neither joven nor Riserva, it's a slurpy, slippery, medium weight thing that shows choc-cherry and anise characters in perfume and flavours, lushness of fruit and a lightly sandy finish. It's seriously great drinking and could take a light chill too."
Wine Enthusiast (USA). March 2016. 91 points.
Dark cherry in colour with black infections at the core, this wine has a pleasantly vinous nose of pomegranate seeds and blueberries. Sweet spice and perk acidity invigorate the medium bodied palate, while supple rounded tannins hang in the background. The finish lingers with cinnamon-dappled raspberry pie flavors. Even if only moderately complex, this wine is incredibly easy to sip. Drink now through to 2018.
Stuart Robinson. March 2016. 91 points. www.thevinsomniac.com
Savoury, woody hints, flashes of blue fruit, a little black cherry. In the house style: a juicy fruit-bomb, not lacking in a little savoury depth - a second pick of fruit comprising 12% of the wine was allowed a little extra hang-time, with some whole bunch inclusion - a little acidic reach into the corners of the palate. A light rub of tannin, some black licorice and a little bitter cocoa. Juicy, moreish, another winner from the H&Y team.
Huon Hooke. March 2016. www.huonhooke.com
"Deep red colour with a trace of purple. Dark cherry fruit pervades the bouquet, becoming chaffy with airing, while the palate is ironstony and firm, straightforward and plum-pippy, ending with a trace of bitterness. A pretty good temp."
Andrew Graham. March 2016. 88points. www.ozwinereview.com.au
Juicy red fruit, wet brick Temp varietal characters, then more raspberry and cola fruit with a little earth. It’s a nice 'joven' style this, all fruit, minimal oak and light sandy tannins. Slurpable, juicy wine, if a tad simple. Best drinking: 2017-2021.
Reviews of previous Tempranillo vintages:
94 points. James Halliday. July 2014.
"Strong crimson-purple; a wonderfully rich wine with layer-upon-layer of opulent dark cherry fruit; whether it is a true Joven style that bypassed oak doesn't matter, it is sheer hedonistic joy."
"93 points. Mike Bennie. Wine Business Magazine, March 2014.
"It’s super-jubey, but with a good whack of tannins and pepper to close which makes the wine that much more compelling. Great style here. Should be more of it."
Silver Medal, Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show. November 2013.
Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show, November 2015.
Trophy: Best Red Wine of Show.
Trophy: Best Italian Red Variety.
Trophy: Best Nero d'Avola.
Huon Hooke, March 2016. www.huonhooke.com
"Deep purple/red colour, very bright and youthful. It's very grapy: sweet-fruited and raspberry-like to taste, fresh and bright and clean. A straightforward, fresh, primary fruit-driven style without much complexity or secondary characters."
Stuart Robinson, January 2016. www.vinsomniac.com
"The brand and wines out of the portfolio remain some of the most consistent, drinkable and exciting out of the region. Jubey, black fruited, juicy, heavenly, intoxicating, alluring. The barest hint of licorice, fennel, touch of grilled linguica, more about black fruit. Medium bodied, easy going, straddles a line of sweet black fruit with some Italianate seasoning."
Gary Walsh, October 2015, The Wine Front www.winefront.com.au
"Great packaging on all these Hither & Yon wines. Honey nougat, raspberry, some spice and flowers, char-grilled sausage, and that metallic thing Nero often has going on. Medium bodied, talks pretty sweet, but tastes almost dry when the light sandy tannin and herbal seasoning bring it back into line. Not a very deep wine, as such, but interesting and good to drink."
Reviews of 2014 Nero d'Avola:
Trophy for 'Best Italian Red Wine'. Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show, Nov 2014.
92 points. Mike Bennie. April 2015. www.wbmonline.com.au
"Lots to like about this Nero d'Avola. Its juicy, fresh, lightly spiced and set to the bold sweetness of red fruits without strying into the jammy zone. It opens up with pretty floral, rose petal and spice scents, with a good dose of wild raspberry fruit alongside. Has some restraint and seriousness about it."
Walter Speller. Feb 2015. www.jancisrobinson.com
"Sweet leafy raspberry fruit and very clean on the nose. The leafiness is quite distinct and makes the impression of young vines, but this has a good fruit expression on the palate with soft drying tannins and integrated but matching acidity. Promising. (WS) 13.8%"
91 points. Stuart Robinson. Dec 2014. www.thevinsomniac.com
"Nero lives up to its name here, with an inky darkness emanating from the glass. Red and black fruits and something - I wrote at the time - like hanging your head over a pan of sizzling pork and fennel snags. Delightful herbal and spice notes too. Plump entry - cushioned and soft on the tongue - depth and spice kick-in, a fine rub of tannin. More licorice and fennel seed spice mops up at the back. So delicious, so moreish. Grand drinking for something that can be had for a shade over 20 beans."
91 points. Gary Walsh. Nov 2014. www.winefront.com.au
"Plenty of Nero character. Bursting with ripe dark berries, raw almonds, fragnant and sweet dried herbs with a handful of black jelly beans tossed in for good measure. Medium bodied, fleshy and ripe, with well rounded tannin and almost a gummy feel in the mouth - certainly good to chew and swirl round - bright jubey fruit flavours, savoury dried herbs and glorious food friendly tannin mops up the finish. Super drinking here. Can't recommend it highly enough."
Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show, Novebember 2015.
Sarah Ahmed. October 2015. The Wine Detective. www.thewinedetective.co.uk
"It’s a favourite grape which I sort of bunch together with Piedmont’s Nebbiolo and Portugal’s Baga – capable of wonderful aromatics and butch tannins – hopefully with enough fruit to join the dots between nose to tail. Very spicy with leather and inky florals to its plum and red berry fruit; ripe but present tannins and persistent acidity make for a well disciplined, serious finish. 12.6%"
Andrew Graham. June 2015. Australian Wine Review. www.ozwinereview.com 93 points
"Of all the new generation Mediterranean red grapes to come our way, I've got to pick Aglianico as one of my favourites. Too get this much structure and flavour at 12.6% alcohol suggests that Aglianico might like it in McLaren Vale too. Bright plum red; the nose has a soft red fruit fragrance - there's a reference on the back label to 'pink marshmallow' which I think is great. Sappy, dry palate is framed with tannins - bitter, mouth-cleansing, proper tannins. Complement that with some cherry red fruit late juiciness and you've got frankly one utterly delicious, dry and savoury red. Massive yes."
Tony Love. June 2015. The Advertiser - Taste. 4 and 1/2 Stars out of 5.
"Ripping along with its mix of earthy herbs, anise-led spices and classic trio of cherry, plum and raspberry fruits, all slammed in there with a lightness of being; and fine medium bodied flow. Speaks lucidly of its origins and its new home - a delightful drink."
Gary Walsh. May 2015. www.thewinefront.com.au 91 points
"Such a good grape Aglianico. I’m betting we’re going to see much more if it grown locally in the coming years. This is a good go at Aglianico. Cherry and juicy raspberry, liquorice, that typical, for want of better words, ‘volcanic rocks’ character that this grape often has, plus maybe some flowers. Medium bodied, well etched acidity and dry tannin almost scrapes it along the palate (in a good way), and bright juicy fruit, aromatic herbs and dusty tannin close it out. Refreshing style with a bit of complexity. In some ways, not an easy wine to rate, though it’s certainly easy to recommend."
Stuart Robinson. May 2015. www.thevinsomniac.com 90 points.
"Licorice root, amaro/bitter wood and herb - deliciously savoury with a dark undercurrent. Fruit, by way of cherry and plum, with a moreish tang and juiciness. That black edge reappears on the back palate - a little licorice root against the lighter touch of raspberry over spice."
James Halliday. July 2015. www.thewinecompanion.com.au 90 points
"Light, bright colour; a lively, indeed wild, ride: there's a lot of red fruits criss-crossed by herbs and brisk acidity."
Wine Enthusiast (USA). March 2016. 91 points.
The pitch black wine has a thin dark ruby rim.The attractive and forward nose smells of cassis, sweet spices, sugarcoated walnuts and dates. The palate layers on baked blackberries, pencil lead and dried figs. Moderately long on the finish, this wine is feisty, and youthful. Its strucutre of lightly strappy tannins, brisk acidity and its wealth of well proportioned aromas and flavours point to ageing potential. Drink now through to 2020.
Gary Walsh. June 2015. 91 points. www.winefront.com.au
"The more I taste of these Hither & Yon wines, the more I like the cut of their jib. This is juicy and, given it’s a Cabernet, almost fun to drink. Cherry pip, blackberry, slight whiff of gum leaf, floral perfume, gentle spiced nougat wood in the background. Medium to full bodied, fresh and bright red and black fruits, light grainy tannin, some aniseed floating about and a clean well defined finish. Lively and great to drink. It’s the kind of wine I would like to rate even higher, but it’s not really the points that matters here. Tuck in."
Stuart Robinson. August 2015. 90 points. www.thevinsomniac.com
"There's just something about the Hither & Yon wines, be it visual appeal, relative ease on the pocket, approachability without sacrificing varietal character. Consistent. That too. Cherry ripe-esque: mass of fruit over chocolate, without eschewing varietal character. Per the Hither & Yon style, a wine of easy going nature; medium-bodied elegance, suggestion of blueberry and bright fruit in general. So easy - and pleasurable - to drink, not an easy feat to achieve."
Reviews for the 2012 Tannat Grenache.
Mike Bennie. October 2014. 92 points. WBM Magazine.
"Sourced from two vineyards. This wine kicks off with an amaro-like entry, but flows in a juicy, thick, and rich but fresh fruity way. Length is satisfying and the bold flavours and complex perfume work a treat in tandem. Cool booze here."
Gary Walsh. July 2014. 90 points. www.winefront.com.au
"Full bodied, pretty rugged, with a wave of chewy tannin and blood orange sweetness to flavour and acidity. Very attractive Chinotto and aromatic herb bitterness on the finish. I like it. A very interesting wine."
Stuart Robinson. July 2014. 90 points. www.thevinsomniac.com
"Black earth with floral lift, dried leaf matter, spice, sweeter accents coming through latterly from the Grenache. Full, yet - in a somewhat contradictory manner - a light, loose and open feel to the wine. Dark spice, savoury, dreadfully moreish. There's a little grainy tannin, latent red fruit pulls through and a little citrus twist adds freshness."
Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show, November 2015.
James Halliday. July 2015. 93 points. "Full purple-crimson; this is a hair's breadth away from brilliance; the regional bitter chocolate, the multiple, powerful varietal sombre black fruits and the ripe tannins are all of very high quality."
July 2015. 94 points. James Halliday. www.winecompanion.com.au
"A 92/8% blend that spent 21 months in a mix of used French oak of various sizes. An impressive wine with a multilayered, full-bodied palate. Will handsomely repay patience."
June 2015. Gold Medeal. Korean Wine Challenge. www.koreawinechallenge.com
Feb 2015. 90 points. Stuart Robinson. www.thevinsomniac.com
"Purple aromatics emanate from the glass: violets, blackcurrant, florals general - switches to a little black fruit and mint. Quite ripe, forward - as befits the year - black fruited. Hints of licorice, herb, cassis/blackcurrant here too. Not over-ripe, made in an easy going style and alcohol wise, quite restrained. The finish reminded me of the 'cake' from the press at vintage - a little bit savoury, of juniper and cedar - all up a combination that just made me want meat".
November 2014. 89 points. Huon Hooke. www.huonhooke.com
"Very deep red/purple colour. The chaffy pepper and crushed seashell aromas dominant and are quite regional McLaren Vale. The palate is full-bodied and very firm with loads of grippy tannins. Dense, concentrated and essency. It's very young and needs more time."
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Tony Love. September 2015. 4 out of 5 stars. The Adelaide Advertiser, Taste.
"Fascinating cola meets bright fruits duet - think plums, raspberries, blueberries, which all crush into a tangy and distinctive flavour bomb, while its texture and and feel add some grip around its vibrant nature."
Ben Thomas. May 2015. 91 points. The Weekly Review www.theweeklyreview.com.au
"It smells of violets, spice, mint, blackberries and plums. Dense and smooth, this is the vinous equivalent of a chocolate bullet, with liquorice and milk chocolate complementing its blackberry and blueberry flavours. Glossy and grippy meat-friendly tannins complete the picture."
Gary Walsh. May 2015. 89 points. The Wine Front www.thewinefront.com.au
"Juicy red fruits, a little mint, spice and Iced Vovo. Medium bodied, plump and almost silky, with a bouncy gummy feel, bright juicy fruit and unforced acidity. A little sour cherry tartness and silty tannin runs on a pretty solid finish. Much to like here and lovely to drink."
Huon Hooke. May 2015. 88 points. www.huonhooke.com
"Deep red colour, with a black tint and some purple in the rim. The aroma is brooding, smoky, earthy and ironstone. Green peppercorns, too. The palate has more of the same, and is tight and firm. There is concentration here. It's a firm, sappy, quite strident style of shiraz. It's different."
Stuart Robinson. April 2015. 89 points. www.thevinsomniac.com
"Inviting, youthful aromas, smells a little like a Grenache with its raspberry, grenadine and vanilla. The wine has a lightness, fleet-footed, tannin's feel a little waxy, coating the mouth. Good presence, the carry of fruit flavour. Drinks well, easily."
James Halliday. July 2015. 90 points. www.thewinecompanion.com.au
"Full colour, full-bodied, full dark plum fruit; there's sufficient balance to justify a few years in bottle; it was the first crop from a new planting - sometimes this results in a wine that won't be repeated until 7 or so years time. All the more interesting."
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Ask anyone who’s tried to bargain with us: the Leasks are of undoubted Scottish descent. That said, we also live by our clan’s motto—by virtue I grow—as exemplified by our parents. In the 1970s, they moved from the Hunter Valley in NSW to McLaren Vale, where Dad unearthed these disparate parcels of fertile land languishing. Here, by virtue, he grew the family’s vineyards and wine business from scratch while Mum juggled the handful of looking after us, running the vineyard office and vintage bookings on her own.
It’s probably not surprising then that one brother (Richard) would grow up to become a vigneron, gaining experience across the breadth of Australia’s wine regions, developing/managing vineyards, and implementing sustainable farming programs. The other (Malcolm) traveled and worked extensively
in the hospitality, retail liquor, and wine trade in Australia and abroad, on the corporate and private side of the fence.
Together, we now nurture the vineyard and wine business, with great help and passion from all of the Leask family. Our aim with Hither & Yon is very simple: respect our family’s hard work and leave our land in an even better state for the next generation of Leask’s. The way to achieve that is by sustainable grape growing, with wines made essentially in our family vineyards by McLaren Vale’s amazing geology and maritime influence.
We hope you enjoy the journey with us by sharing our wine with food & friends, whether you’re at hearth & home or hither & yon.
Cheers, The Brothers Leask.
Originally Willunga butcher’s shop built in the 1860s, our cellar door still retains its local slate flooring and limestone walls. We share this space with cool café/providore next door, 3 Monkeys. So, the designated driver can have a caffe latte or a margherita while you indulge in either the sunny courtyard out back, by the fireplace in winter, or you repair to our replete cellar.
A very intimate space, we can only serve up to 14 people at anytime. Please contact us prior for a booking if you have a group of 6 or more.
We offer wine tasting, gourmet burgers or cheese platters, so sit back and relax with our wines by the glass after grazing at the Farmers Market, perusing the local shops, or a bike ride up the famous old Willunga Hill.
17 High Street
Willunga, South Australia 5172
08 8556 2082
We are open 7 days, 11am to 4pm; other times by appointment.
If you can’t get to our cellar door, don’t get hot & bothered. Just email, call or tweet.
If you wish to make a group booking or enquire about hiring our cellar door for a private function, contact Jessica Hodge at email@example.com or call.
If you wish to buy or sell our wines, please contact Malcolm Leask. If you wish to talk about vineyards or winemaking, please contact Richard Leask. If you have an enquiry about marketing, events or sponsorships, please contact Luka Van Cauteren.
Seek & find us at the following events
The Cellar Door Sessions, presented by The Porch Sessions.
Hither & Yon Cellar Door, Willunga
June 20 - 21
Walk on the Wine Side
Melbourne and Sydney