"Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2009 “Zippy’s Block” Shiraz reveals notes of warm cassis, crushed blackberries, blueberry compote and black plums with underlying nuances of earth, black pepper, tree bark and salami. Very full bodied and densely packed with dark fruit and savory flavors, it has a seductively supple structure of velvety tannins and medium to high acidity, finishing long. Approachable now, it will reward cellaring and drink to 2020+." 93+ points, Lisa Perrotti-Brown (December 2011)
"Inky purple. Highly fragrant bouquet of candied cherry, cassis, violet and pipe tobacco, with a sexy overlay of smoky oak. Smells and tastes like there's some cabernet in here, with sweet red and dark berry and floral flavors and a touch of cracked pepper. At once rich and fresh, finishing with excellent thrust, clarity and persistence." 94 points, Josh Raynolds (July 2011)
Smooth, polished and elegant, brimming with red and black cherry, raspberry and coffee flavors, lingering against beautifully buffed tannins on the supple, extensive finish. Enticing and graceful. Worthy of cellaring. Drink now through 2020.
96 points, Wine Spectator (Harvey Steiman)
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.