Penfolds Bin 28 Shiraz Shiraz 2012
Sweet, porty introduction. Full attack of flavour. Plum, bitumen, clove, hay and chocolate-on-toast. Excellent integration. Alcohol warmth shows. Heady. Generous. Controlled grunt. Has the stuffing to see it perform well in the cellar but there’s not a lot to suggest that it will ever exhibit a lot of charm. Good but not great example of a solid, reliable red. I’ve set the drinking window out a bit but this can easily be consumed and enjoyed young. 92 Points, Wine Front.
Grant Burge Filsell Shiraz 2014
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, Wine Front
Penfolds Bin 28 Shiraz Shiraz 2012
Sourced from McLaren Vale, Wrattonbully, Langhorne Creek, Barossa Valley, Padthaway and Upper Adelaide, and spent 13 months maturation in used American oak hogsheads. The colour is a healthy, deep and dark red-purple; given the weight of the fruit, the decision not to use even a small percentage of new oak (of whatever origin) is an interesting one - as is the jumble sale of regions. First up, disappointing in the context of the vintage, however much it will develop in bottle and gain stature through to '32. 92 Points, Wine Companion
Teuenser Riebke 2014
From the sixth-generation Riebke growers, deeply coloured and unashamedly full-bodied, gritty tannins standing guard over wild blackberry fruit. A degree of patience is absolutely essential, but will be rewarded thanks to the overall balance of the wine. 92 points, Wine Companion
Teuenser Riebke Shiraz 2014
Blueberry and boysenberry, chocolate biscuits and baking spices. Medium to full bodied, fresh fruited, some grainy and gritty tannin, perky acidity and a decent finish. Lively style that’s not too full on, but packs enough in to keep the traditional Barossa Shiraz drinker on side. 90 Points, Wine Front
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.