Medium-weight (at best), bright crimson-purple colour, fading at the edges. Still, amazingly youthful for its age. Ripe raspberries, spicy oak, red licorice and graphite. A herbal seam runs right through it, underwriting its sinewed structure. It's a remarkable wine which, rather than dipping its lid to the Rhoône Valley, offers to lead the way. It speaks of special, ancient vines, rather than region. Exceptional.
97 points, The Real Review (January 2020)
These ancient vines are finding clear voice in the hands of Marco Cirillo. The intensity of blueberries and red plums, as well as raspberries with violets and dried mountain herbs is entrancing. The palate has such lithe, clean-cut and fresh tannins and delivers a very long, succulent and persistent drive on the finish. The red fruit holds so long.
95 points, JamesSuckling.com (June 2019)
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.
Vincent Cirillo became custodian of the Barossa vineyards his son Marco now tends to in 1970, and their Grenache and Semillon vines are some of the world’s oldest, dating back to 1848. From a long line of winemakers stretching back nine generations, the Cirillo focus is on careful and fastidious viticulture, producing fruit that shines with purity and terroir.