Hobbs Shiraz, Barossa Valley
Overlooking Flaxman’s Valley, Hobbs Estate is next door to Chris Ringland, who has been a consultant to Greg and Allison since 1995. Their grapes, sourced from dry grown vines that are over 100 years old, produce wines of richness and intensity and are a pure expression of their unique terroir.
Exceptional hue for age; 30 months in French oak may be part of the reason why the wine carries its alcohol as well as it does, 90+-year-old vines another part; the richness of the black fruits is only gently warmed on the finish; 200 dozen made. 94 points, Wine Companion.
Exceptional hue for age; 30 months in French oak may be part of the reason why the wine carries its alcohol as well as it does, 90+-year-old vines another part; the richness of the black fruits is only gently warmed on the finish; 200 dozen made.
94 Points, James Halliday, Wine Companion
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.