'This release is very much in the established Filsell style, but it’s a better rendition of it than we’ve seen from recent vintages. So maybe it is long-awaited after all, in that we’ve long waited for a decent release. This is rich, plush, dark and hearty, all of which you’d expect from Filsell, but it’s also well balanced and velvety. There’s a lot of toasty, coffeed, almost milky oak, but it’s matched to a dark vein of plum-drenched fruit. Saltbush notes add an extra element. Tannin is modest but just assertive enough. In short, if you enjoy old school Barossa shiraz; this nails it.'
94 Points, Campbell Mattinson, Wine Front
The Filsell vineyard was planted in 1920. This release is very much in the established Filsell style... rich, plush, dark and hearty... but it’s also well balanced and velvety. There’s a lot of toasty, coffeed, almost milky oak, but it’s matched to a dark vein of plum-drenched fruit. Saltbush notes add an extra element. Tannin is modest but just assertive enough. In short, if you enjoy old school Barossa Shiraz; this nails it. 94 points (winefront.com.au).
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.