A shiraz/grenache/mourvedre blend, part sourced from some of the oldest (1865) vines on the Turkey Flat vineyard. Excellent colour; a warm and spicy bouquet introduces a medium-bodied palate with red and black berries, plus good mouthfeel and length. Oak plays little or no part in framing the palate, fine tannins doing the trick.
94 points, James Halliday (September 2017)
This is a peak example of this blend. It’s ripe, finely tuned, characterful and just plain smash able. It’s leathery, black cherried, comes laced with sweet spice, woodsmoke and mineral, and has enough brightness/red berried input to make it feel vigorous in a compelling way. Tannin management here – presented in ultra-fine form – is top level. It’s $20 extremely well spent.
93 points, Campbell Mattinson (November 2017)
Deep red colour with a tint of purple. The bouquet is herbal and spicy and shows red fruit aromas with distinct peppery notes, probably from the mataro. It's full-bodied and very soft, supple-textured and round on the tongue. The finish is soft and the tannins are very gentle. Lovely wine, drinking superbly right now, and terrific value.
92 points, Huon Hooke (October 2017)
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.