Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2014 Shiraz Wazza's Block has a wonderfully savory nose of Marmite toast, Bovril and aged meat over a black currant, black plum and licorice core with a waft of incense. Full-bodied, rich and decadent, the tannins are wonderfully fine and there is plenty of freshness here to lift the palate and extend the layers to a very long finish.
94+ Points, Lisa Perotti-Brown, Wine Advocate
Lurid ruby. Ripe blueberry, cherry and exotic spices on the powerfully scented nose, joined by a smoky nuance and a hint of vanilla as the wine opens up. Smooth and deeply concentrated, offering sweet black and blue fruit flavors complemented by suggestions of cracked pepper, violet and licorice. Finishes alluringly sweet and extremely long, featuring a spicy jolt of cracked pepper and building florality; supple tannins come in late.
The stated alcohol gives no clear indication of the wine. This is dark, squishy and super intense, the boom of berries pushing flavour to the limits of freshness, but not beyond. It works, like magic, like escapism, like a world unto itself.
95 points, Campbell Mattinson (December 2015)
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.