Colour: Deep crimson. Nose: A savoury background with hints of cedar frame some lovely mulberry fruit. Palate: Cranberries and mulberries are the dominant fruit flavours in this amalgam of spice and fruit. The wine has good structure which gives length and grip and holds the soft, rich middle-palate in place. Peter Taylor, Hare’s Chase.
A beautiful expression of Barossa shiraz where the energy of the fruit has been promoted and preserved. The nose is alluring and complex with gentle spiced plum, faint savouriness and a little milk chocolate. The palate is a mix of vibrant, succulent fruit, subtle spice and a little roasted meat. The wine has lovely balance, and it progresses with purpose and grace. Although the palate is beginning to loosen and expand, it will still benefit from further time in the cellar. Now to 2023. 4.5 stars, 93 points, The Real Review (8/2017).
Dark, brooding colour and a palate to match. This is thick and grunty with asphalt, tar and liquid (dark) chocolate oozing slowly through the mouth. So chunky with flavour, you could carve it. 94 points, 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.