Grant Burge Meshach Shiraz, Barossa Valley 2010
"Still full of youthful power, reflecting the message of the dark crimson-purple colour. It spent 2 years in oak, and then held for 3 years maturation in the Grant Burge cellars prior to release. This has opened the door of a Barossa Valley shiraz of undeniable quality and longevity, the alcohol no issue whatsoever in the realm of superabundant blackberry, licorice and spice." 96 Points
Heirloom Vineyards Barossa Shiraz 2014
"A beautifully and finely balanced wine is lusciously fruited, but retains its elegance through finely grained tannins and a torrent of black and red fruits. It is drinkable in the short term, but will improve as each year passes." 95 Points
Turkey Flat Barossa Valley Shiraz 2013
"Turkey Flat has long established its distinguished, yet seemingly effortless, medium-bodied style that doesn't have to carry to burden of high alcohol; the flavours cover the full range of red, purple and black fruits, with a juicy core given texture and shape by precisely managed oak and tannins. Its overarching balance guarantees a long life." 95 Points
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.