"Tightly focused blackberry, plum and spice fruit; has depth and good tannins, the oak well integrated. Carries its alcohol with ease." 94 points, James Halliday (July 2006)
"Oscar Semmler shiraz is a single vineyard wine made from vines that are now 30 years old. It is matured for 24 months in new and used French oak hogsheads – and the French oak does it the world of good. It’s big and dry but there’s a sense of completeness to it too, the resiny, cedary influence of the French oak marrying beautifully to deep, black, textured fruit – this is a terrifically supple wine. It’s dense and weighty but there’s some red fruit brightness too. It’s fully of licoricey, blackberried impact. It’s warm and a touch spirity, but it is also a hearty tribute to what Barossan shiraz is all about."
93 points, Campbell Mattinson (January 2005)
"The single vineyard Reserve, the 2004 Shiraz Oscar Semmler, was aged in new and one year old French oak for 22 months prior to bottling. Its dense ruby/purple hue is followed by sumptuous aromas of graphite, blueberries, creme de cassis, licorice, and white pepper. With fabulous fruit, good balance, ripe tannin, and a full-bodied, long finish, this beauty can be drunk now or cellared for a decade." 93 points, Robert Parker Jr (October 2006)
Colonel William Light, the South Australian colony’s Surveyor-General, named the Barossa in 1837 after the site of an English victory over the French in the Spanish Peninsular War. In the mid-1800’s Silesian and English immigrants settled in the area. The Barossa itself comprises two distinct sub-regions: Eden Valley and the warmer Barossa Valley floor at 270m.The Barossa Valley enjoys a warm Mediterranean climate characterised by hot dry summers and relatively low rainfall. Cool sea breezes from the Gulf of St Vincent modify the temperature, however hot northerly winds can occasionally dominate creating considerable vine stress. Many older established vineyards are dry-grown, but supplementary irrigation is also extensively used. The valley is comprised of rich brown soils and alluvial sands. A long history of uninterrupted viticulture in the area means the Barossa valley is home to Australia’s largest concentration of old-vine Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvedre with many over 100 years old. Although most famous for Shiraz, the Barossa can also produce fragrant and deliciously fruity Grenache blends and beautifully rich, chocolatey Cabernet Sauvignons.