Bright crimson-purple; the exemplary varietal expression is immediate in its impact, with flowing cassis supported by fine quality French oak and fine tannins. Each time you return to the wine it seems even better than it was before. A wonderful outcome for the vintage.
While the Shiraz is reserved and backward, the same can’t be said for the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Aphrodite as it’s upfront and ready to go, with soaring aromatics of tobacco leaf, eucalyptus, exotic spice, lead pencil shavings, and green herbs. This flows to a medium to full-bodied, elegant, sweetly fruited, slightly herbal Cabernet that has moderate mid-palate dept, sweet tannin, and solid overall freshness and purity...
91 points, Jeb Dunnuck (March 2018)
Powerful and bold, with wave after wave of flavor, from the initial cassis and huckleberry notes to the creamy vanilla, milk chocolate and dried mint elements. Everything comes together on a harmonious, intense finish. The tannins never get in the way. Drink now through 2030.
94 points, Wine Spectator (July 2017)
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.