About this collection
This Contemporary Barossa Shiraz Selection is a thoughtful expression of a region known for power.
Hentley Farm The Beauty Barossa Valley 2015
It’s often a surprise to find just how old (or young) Hentley Farm actually is – the first wines were only released in 2002. Today, their wines show a confidence of a much older winery, this is beautifully expressed in The Beauty, a thoughtful Barossa Shiraz that is entirely seductive.
John Duval Entity Shiraz 2015
Before he started putting his name on the his own wine, John Duval was Penfolds chief winemaker and custodian of Grange. Australian wine credentials don’t really come any better than that. John Duval’s Entity is a confident step forward for Barossa Shiraz. Power, yes. Heft, yes. But also control.
Teusner Albert Shiraz Barossa Valley 2014
Teusner’s stripped back philosophy of letting the fruit do the talking doesn’t quite cover what it takes to stay true the fruit in the glass. Their fruit is incredible but to honour and harness the work done in the vineyard, it needs more than just winemaking, it requires wine mastery. The Albert Shiraz is a perfect precis of the Teusner philosophy.
'John Duval's long career as the chief architect of Grange. This brings together depth, texture and complexity to a palette (sic) of black fruits, ripe tannins and oak. It cries out for patience (as does Grange), and the greater your patience, the greater the reward.'
96 points - James Halliday.
'70+yo vines, destemmed, open-fermented with cultured yeast, 6 days on skins, matured in French hogsheads (3% new) for 18 months. The highly charged bouquet set my antennae waving furiously, and the palate instantaneously cried wondrous quality. Black and blue fruits intersect with spices of all kinds, augmented by quality French oak. The wine has exceptional intensity to the bouquet and palate alike, but does so with a fresh, light touch. To know it is to love it at first sight.'
98 points - James Halliday.
'Includes 3% viognier, destemmed only, co-fermented, 9 days on skins, matured in French oak (35% new) for 16 months. Vivid crimson-purple; fruit, oak and tannins are in perfect alignment, all expressive, the juicy blackberry and satsuma plum fruit has clearly gained freshness from the viognier, and allows textural complexity free play. A lovely Barossa Valley shiraz.'
96 points - James Halliday.
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.