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Henschke Hill Of Grace 2007

Over 165 years ago Johann Christian Henschke came from Silesia to settle and farm in the Eden Valley region. By the time third-generation Paul Alfred Henschke took over the reins in 1914, the famous Hill of Grace vines were more than 50 years old. They were planted around the 1860s by an ancestor, Nicolaus Stanitzki, in rich alluvial soil in a shallow fertile valley just north-west of the winery. The red-brown earth grading to deep silty loam has excellent moisture-holding capacity for these dry-grown vines. Hill of Grace is a unique, delineated, single historic vineyard that lies opposite a beautiful old Lutheran church which is named after a picturesque region in Silesia called Gnadenberg, meaning Hill of Grace. Cyril Henschke made the first single-vineyard shiraz wine from this vineyard in 1958 from handpicked grapes vinified in traditional open-top fermenters.

Fine grained oak aromas, freshly lathed wood, dried herbs peeking through anise, pepper, five spice and then a lift of iodine wet earth note and the wash of dark, wild, brambly berry fruit. Elegant and medium bodied to taste with long, ropes of supple tannins laid like broadloom. It’s seamless, notably long in flavour and layered to pleasing extreme. Rich dark fruits, spice, pepper, chalky. The wine feels concentrated, without overworking depth and weight, composed and primed to build in cellar. The stress of drought makes the wine a little more fragile, tense and on edge as a young wine, but the portent for future drinking is good. I like this HOG very much for its vintage vagary of frailness and yet its supreme depth. Great wine. 96+ Points; Mike Bennie; The Wine Front

Bright red-purple; highly fragrant spice, cedar, red and black berry aromas, oak evident but not excessive; it has a silky, velvety texture and mouthfeel to a beautifully balanced medium-bodied palate brimming with black fruits; wonderful length and finish. Surely one of the best Hill of Graces. Shiraz. Drink by: 2026; Date tasted: 29/Mar/2010; Price: $600.00; Alcohol: 14.5%; Rating: 97 Points; James Halliday Wine Companion

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Henschke Hill Of Grace 2008

Deep purple-crimson, even after five years. Explosively rich and decadent, with sumptuous black fruits that have soaked up the new and used French oak and carry the alcohol with ease. The grapes were picked early between March 9 and 13 before the heatwave ended. Each block was separately made and matured, and the final blend is not made until shortly before bottling. Rating: 98 points. Weekend Australian, 06 Apr 2013, James Halliday.

Dark purple. Spicy and racy and with real energy. Dry finish but lovely five-spice notes. very characteristic of the vineyard. Maybe you could even drink this with food now? Rating: 19.0/20, Drink 2018-2042. Jancis Robinson MW

Very deep, dark red-purple colour; the bouquet an explosion of super-ripe blackberry, mocha and violets...powerful, full-bodied and very long on the palate. A big wine, with all components in superb harmony. With a youthful firm texture, it needs time and will be a great Hill of Grace. Best 2018-48. Rating: 96 Points; Huon Hooke, Sydney Morning Herald, 02 April 2013

Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2008 Hill of Grace has a slightly closed nose before giving subtle notes of ripe black cherries, blackberries and violets with hints of cedar, pepper, green tea and cumin. There-s a slight raisin character on the full-bodied palate with crisp acid, dense fruit and firm, grainy tannins, finishing long. Drink it from 2017 to 2035+. Rating: 96 Points; Lisa Perrotti-Brown; Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate 

So to the main event, a wine that  already seemed very comfortable in its own skin, taking time to offer up its charms:  spicy licorice, subtle elegant and composed, not a show pony. Elegance personified. Only beginning to open up with hints of cinnamon, tea leaves, and soy sauce. It’s the feeling on the palate that’s so complete, that gossamer texture, the soft rounded fruit that feels like the antithesis of blockbuster, absolutely terrific line and length with a pine needle spice concentration and seemingly endless finish.  Rating: 97 Points; The Wining Pom
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Henschke Hill Of Grace 2009

The Henschke family has been making wine since Johann Christian Henschke planted a small vineyard on his diverse farming property at Keyneton in 1862. He was one of many Silesians who had fled their homeland in search of religious freedom, and he arrived from Kutschlau in 1841. The wine was initially intended for consumption by family and friends, but with the first commercial release in 1868, believed to be principally riesling and shiraz, the wheels were set in motion for greater things to come.

Today, it is fifth-generation Stephen Henschke and his wife Prue at the helm, passionately upholding the family name and reputation. This highly regarded team has won a multitude of awards that recognise the complementary nature of their roles - Stephen as winemaker and Prue as viticulturist. One of the most notable things about the couple is their ability to keep devotees fascinated. While they are perhaps most famous for Hill of Grace and Mount Edelstone, they continue to surprise with their new styles and techniques. Prue’s meticulous, innovative viticultural management has seen not only new life breathed into the venerable vines, but also a new direction given to white winemaking that their forebears could never have imagined. 

The 2009 vintage was preceded by another cold, drought winter, with 399mm rainfall in Eden Valley for the year (a good year would see 500mm). It was the coldest August since 1951. Spring had a few heat spikes up into the mid to high 30s, some frost damage in low-lying areas, but very little rain during September and October. In fact, it was the driest September for 30 years and the driest October on record. Staggered flowering resulted from cool weather which reduced the fruit set. Some varieties were also pruned back hard to just a few spurs to allow them to survive with no water. Rain arrived in mid-December with around 65mm recorded, making it the wettest month of the whole year. The cool southerlies continued through into the new year, reminiscent of 2005. December didn’t record any days over 32C. January tended warm to hot with a couple of heat spikes into the high 30s and low 40s. Late January brought a record six days over 40C, not seen since 1908, causing vine stress, exacerbated by drought conditions and empty dams, followed by another week of hot weather culminating in a 46C day on Black Saturday on February 7. Fortunately subsequent weather was mild and dry, with perfect ripening weather from March 1 moving into autumn mode. A strong change brought a general rain across the state with 10-20mm in early March, which helped with ripening and flavour development. The Indian summer in late March brought ripening forward with all the whites finished and in the winery by early April.

Perhaps one of the greatest SA wines from the 2009 vintage, now five years on and in a glorious place in its own lifespan. It has an extraordinary aroma, an intense essence of crimson, semi-dried plums and you’d swear you can smell the earth, trees and blossoms of its surrounds. Subtle notes of orange peel and spice then rise from the palate, as well as deeper layers of savoury herbs, fennel, and allspice, which add to the wines richness and complexity, and flavour the finish which is smooth, soft, long and fine. Rating: 99 Points; Tony Love, Adelaide Advertiser

Rating: 97 Points; James Halliday Wine Companion

Medium to deep garnet-purple in color, the nose on the 2009 Hill of Grace is a little closed, though it reveals notes of warm black plums, blackberry coulis and cloves with subtle nuances of dried Provence herbs, forest floor and lavender. Medium to full-bodied, it possesses layers of medium to full-bodied black fruit and earth-laced flesh elegantly structured by a medium to firm level of finely grained tannins, nicely balanced acid and a long finish. 97+ Points; Drink 2014-2026+ Lisa Perrotti-Brown, eRobertParker.com
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Henschke Keyneton Estate Euphonium 2010

The Henschke family has been making wine since Johann Christian Henschke planted a small vineyard on his diverse farming property at Keyneton in 1862. He was one of many Silesians who had fled their homeland in search of religious freedom, and he arrived from Kutschlau in 1841. The wine was initially intended for consumption by family and friends, but with the first commercial release in 1868, believed to be principally riesling and shiraz, the wheels were set in motion for greater things to come.

Each generation has built upon the foundations of Henschke. In more recent times, fourth-generation Cyril Henschke pioneered varietal and single-vineyard wines at a time when blended wines and fortifieds were in vogue. His greatest legacy was the creation of Hill of Grace and Mount Edelstone in the 1950s, shiraz wines from Eden Valley that have captured the red wine world’s imagination.

The 2010 growing season was preceded by above average winter rainfall. Spring was mild with little frost damage and gave us an even budburst. The weather remained cold and wet through spring, which held back growth until a two-week high 30s heat wave in November affected flowering and fruit set. Spring rains continued into early summer right through until mid-December, making it the wettest year since 2005. The vines responded to the heat and grew vigorously until early January, developing lush canopies, but bunch development suffered as a result. A roller-coaster ride of heat spikes and cool changes continued through a warm summer with occasional thunderstorms. The vines went through veraison a week earlier than 2009. Lower yields coupled with the mild ripening period resulted in concentrated fruit. Vintage began a week earlier than 2009 and was in full swing by mid-February. The white vintage was all but finished a month later while the red harvest continued with deeply coloured, well-balanced grapes being picked during mild, dry conditions until the end of April.

Deep red magenta in colour. An intense nose of dark forest fruits, plums, dried herbs and spices with hints of anise, cassis and cedar. The concentrated palate is lush and rich showing bright fruit characters; nicely textured with velvety tannins, elegant structure and long a finish.
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Henschke Mount Edelstone Shiraz 2010

The Henschke family has been making wine since Johann Christian Henschke planted a small vineyard on his diverse farming property at Keyneton in 1862. He was one of many Silesians who had fled their homeland in search of religious freedom, and he arrived from Kutschlau in 1841. The wine was initially intended for consumption by family and friends, but with the first commercial release in 1868, believed to be principally riesling and shiraz, the wheels were set in motion for greater things to come.

Each generation has built upon the foundations of Henschke. In more recent times, fourth-generation Cyril Henschke pioneered varietal and single-vineyard wines at a time when blended wines and fortifieds were in vogue. His greatest legacy was the creation of Hill of Grace and Mount Edelstone in the 1950s, shiraz wines from Eden Valley that have captured the red wine world’s imagination.

The Mount Edelstone vineyard, situated in the Eden Valley, was planted in 1912 by Ronald Angas, a descendant of George Fife Angas, who founded South Australia. Unusual for its time, the vineyard was planted solely to shiraz. The ancient 500-million-year-old soils on the vineyard are deep red-brown clay-loam to clay, resulting in low yields from nearly 100-year-old dry-grown ungrafted centenarian vines. First bottled as a single-vineyard wine in 1952, it became recognised as one of Australia’s greatest shiraz wines.

Matured in 88% French and 12% American (54% new, 46% seasoned) hogsheads for 21 months prior to blending and bottling.

Deep crimson with red hues. The Intensely perfumed nose shows hallmark Mount Edelstone characters of rich, concentrated dark fruits, cracked black pepper, crushed sage and bay leaf. The palate is very elegant and focused, tightly wound with juicy black fruits, spice and subtle herbal notes, layers of flavour and texture, velvety tannins and a long, fine finish.

Bright crimson-purple; so perfectly balanced and composed, its latent power may not be realised; black and red cherry fruits at its heart are complexed by lesser notes of plum and blackberry; the tannins are superb, the oak of high quality, and totally integrated on the very long, silky finish of this outstanding medium-bodied shiraz. Rating: 97 Points; Drink by: 2035; Price: $118.00; Date Tasted: Feb 2013; Alcohol: 14.5%; James Halliday Wine Companion




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Henschke Tappa Pass Shiraz 2010

The Henschke family has been making wine since Johann Christian Henschke planted a small vineyard on his diverse farming property at Keyneton in 1862. He was one of many Silesians who had fled their homeland in search of religious freedom, and he arrived from Kutschlau in 1841. The wine was initially intended for consumption by family and friends, but with the first commercial release in 1868, believed to be principally riesling and shiraz, the wheels were set in motion for greater things to come.

Each generation has built upon the foundations of Henschke. In more recent times, fourth-generation Cyril Henschke pioneered varietal and single-vineyard wines at a time when blended wines and fortifieds were in vogue. His greatest legacy was the creation of Hill of Grace and Mount Edelstone in the 1950s, shiraz wines from Eden Valley that have captured the red wine world’s imagination.

100% old-vine shiraz grown in the Barossa (Eden Valley and Barossa Valley). Matured in 77% new and 23% used French oak hogsheads for 18 months prior to blending and bottling.

The Barossa has a core of traditional growers of Lutheran descent dating back fivegenerations, staunchly continuing the traditions of their forebears. Occasionally one or two parcels of fruit of overwhelming quality come over the weighbridge; this wine is one such example. The 50-year-old, low-yielding vines are growing in low-fertility Neoproterozoic soils more than 542 million years old, ranging from red-brown earths to terra rossa. The fully ripe black shiraz grapes were sourced from grower vineyards in Tappa Pass and Light Pass and were vinified in traditional open-top fermenters.

The 2010 growing season was preceded by above average winter rainfall. Spring was mild with little frost damage and gave us an even budburst. The weather remained cold and wet through spring, which held back growth until a two-week high 30s heat wave in November affected flowering and fruit set. Spring rains continued into early summer right through until mid-December, making it the wettest year since 2005. The vines responded to the heat and grew vigorously until early January, developing lush canopies, but bunch development suffered as a result. A roller-coaster ride of heat spikes and cool changes continued through a warm summer with occasional thunderstorms. The vines went through veraison a week earlier than 2009. Lower yields coupled with the mild ripening period resulted in concentrated fruit. Vintage began a week earlier than 2009 and was in full swing by mid-February. The white vintage was all but finished a month later while the red harvest continued with deeply coloured, well-balanced grapes being picked during mild, dry conditions until the end of April.

Very deep crimson with violet hues. Intense, fragrant aromas of blue and black berry fruits, Satsuma plums and ripe mulberries interwoven with creamy cedar, mocha and roast meat nuances and subtle hints of Thai spices and flint. The palate is rich, round and lush with lay-ers of concentrated dark plums and black fruits; an incredible intensity of flavours and beau-tifully balanced silky tannins for a long, fine, assertive finish.

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Hobbs Gregor Shiraz 2004

Wine Advocate #167 (Oct 2006) Robert Parker 90 points  Drink 2006-2021. The blockbuster, super-powerful, rich 2004 Shiraz/Viognier (96% of the former and 4% of the latter) reveals notes of flowers, apricot jam, sweet creme de cassis, blackberries, and black truffles. Intense, full-bodied, and oozing with extract, this is a sensationally rich, nearly over-the-top, exotic, mouthfilling Shiraz that screams Barossa Valley. It should drink well for 10-15 years.

Shiraz and Viognier co-fermented and then aged in a mix of new French and one year old French oak for 24 months. 130 doz cases produced.
A small patch of our Semillon was chosen in 1999 to graft over to Viognier for the purpose of making this Rhone style wine, simply because we like it. It’s very exciting and we’re extremely pleased to present this wine to you. Despite being in bottle for only a couple of months, given time to breathe it has the wonderfully attractive aromas of ripe red berry fruits and peppery spice with the subtle sweet fragrance of viognier. Hobbs

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Hobbs Shiraz Viognier 2004

The Shiraz used to make this wine was planted by us in 1998 using cuttings from our Old Vine Shiraz. Hand pruned & hand picked. Minimum watering. The Shiraz is blended with a small amount of our own Viognier. The result is an elegant fullbodied Barossa wine. 1300 litres made. We co-ferment 4% Viognier with the Shiraz. The wine is then aged for 2 years in new French oak hogsheads. This stunning wine is dark purple in colour. The nose is ripe black Cherries, plums and blackberries. There is a hint of lifted aromatics mixed with dark chocolate, cigar box, fennel, aniseed and pepper. The palate is spicy and full of plums and blackberries, rich in flavour and spice with great tanins. The finish is long, smooth and silky. 120 dozen made.more
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JaJa Barossa Shiraz 2005

The 2005 JaJa Barossa is the second vintage of a passionate journey identifying the best regions and sub-regions for the Shiraz grape. It is no coincidence that our first stop was in the brilliant Stonewell sub-district of Marananga in Australia’s famous Barossa Valley. It made sense that given the premium fruit we had on offer that we contract the winemaking services of Troy Kalleske, the brightest star of Barossa and a young gun that knows the area like the back of his hand. Release of the 2005 was held back almost 3 years to ensure bottle age for all subsequent releases.

The 2005 growing season started with a wet Winter and Spring, providing excellent moisture for the vines. A cooler than average Summer with no heat waves resulted in gradual ripening and retained natural acidity in the grapes. A dry, mild to warm Autumn with sunny days provided ideal ripening conditions to finish the grapes to maturity. A good vintage with intense flavours. All in all, a great season with some superb wines. The 2005 JaJa Barossa was harvested on 1st April at 15.0 baume then fermented in an open top fermenter (up to 33 degrees celsius) for one week with hand pump overs twice per day. After basket pressing it was immediately filled to hogsheads where it completed fermentation. For the 2005 we used equal amounts of new and used American oak featuring periodic rack and returns during barrel maturation where the wine spent 16 months in barrel.

Deep, dark purple in colour, the nose exudes dark but ripe plum and blackberry with some spice lurking in the distance. The palate displays a kaleidoscope of greater dark fruit characters that fill every corner of the mouth, ably supported by generous, quite silky tannins which add to a brilliant mouthfeel. A big Barossa baby that has already taken its first step with a fair chunk of elegance to boot. Drink now over the next decade.

At a time when most red wines are being released earlier and earlier, JaJa is heading the other way - releasing later. It's a brave step. This wine is made by the celebrated Troy Kalleske. 2005 Release: They've done the cellaring for you. It's already begun to develop complex, leathery notes and, when combined with the more youthful flavours of coffee, plum and blackberry, you're presented with a very sedeuctive show. It has a lovely soft texture and a sound, fresh balanced finish. The oak regime could probably be freshened up, but Barossa-red lovers will rightly lap this up.  93 Points; Drink 2010-2015; Campbell Mattinson and Gary Walsh, The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11, June 2010

Some colour development; lush, ripe plum and blackberry fruit is one of the keys, the satiny texture the other; skilled winemaking by Troy Kalleske. Screwcap. 14.5% alc. Rating 93 Points; Drink 2021 $30 Date Tasted Nov 09 James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2011
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Jacobs Creek Centenary Hill Shiraz 2006

Have to say I like Centenary Hill and sometimes this style of American Oaked Barossa Shiraz really hits the spot. As a bonus, it now comes with a screwcap rather than a cork. Blackberry and plum, mint, toasty coconut oak – all the usual suspects. It’s fresh, a bit too fresh in fact, with a little sting to the acidity that settled as it took air and fleshed out. Full bodied with smooth emery board tannin a particularly pleasant feature. Savoury oak, earth and plump ripe fruit all play a part in the flavours – and play them well. Length spot on. Looked good over two days, better on the second. It’s a borderline 93/94 point wine for me if ever there was one, and while I’d rather a little less ‘intervention’ in the winery, it wouldn’t be the same style without it..perhaps. Loved drinking it. Old Skool charm and not too cool for it. Rated : 94 Points Tasted : Jan11 Alcohol : 14.7% Price : $59.95 Closure : Screwcap Drink : 2013 - 2020 By Gary Walsh; The Wine Frontmore
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Jacobs Creek Shiraz Cabernet

Medium depth garnet. Vibrant fruit aromas of ripe plum, blackberry and chocolate, with black pepper and cassis, supported by subtle toasty oak. Attractive ripe berry fruit characters, softly textured, with persistent yet approachable tannins; this wine shows the harmony which can be achieved by carefully blending parcels of soft, rounded Shiraz with finely structured Cabernet Sauvignon, creating a wine with richly layered fruit flavours and a supple, long-lasting palate.more
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Jasper Hill Georgias Paddock Shiraz 2012

Minimal intervention is used during fermentation and maturation, allowing terroir or earth character of the individual paddock or plot to emerge in the wine. More importantly the grapes at harvest are flavour ripe, regardless of sugar ripeness. Underscoring the quality of the soils, at vintage the grapes retain high levels of natural acidity. Acid adjustment is rarely ever needed, even when sugar levels reach 14 Baume or higher.

All fermentation is carried out by indigenous (native or wild) yeasts present on the grape skins. All pressings are returned for completeness of the wine.

The red wines are then racked off gross lees into small French and American oak barriques (20 percent new each year) for oak maturation of about 15 months with no racking or fining or filtration. Malolactic fermentation occurs naturally in the barrel without any inducement during late spring. After blending, they are given a coarse filtration just prior to bottling on our own state-of-the-art equipment.

Deep magenta as usual, with strong aromas of warm sweet red berries and a spiciness and earthiness that is typical "Georgia's". Fabulous viscosity in the mouth with a fantastic crisp natural acid finish and smooth, textured, powerful almost chalky tannic grip. Great longevity, but still very drinkable now; another hallmark of Georgia's Paddock Shiraz. Ron Laughton

The red wines of Jasper Hill are highly regarded and much sought after, invariably selling out at cellar door and through the mailing list within a short time after release. These are wonderful wines, reflecting the very low yields and the care and attention given to them by Ron Laughton. The oak is not overdone, the fruit flavours showing Central Victoria at its best.” James Halliday
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Jim Barry Lodge Hill Shiraz 2012

In 1977 when Jim Barry first purchased the Lodge Hill property, his intention was to devote the entire area to Riesling. However, there was a small area which had a gentle slope facing north, capturing the warmer conditions of the elevated site and he decided that it was an ideal place to grow a premium Shiraz.

This wine has a deep black colour with a magenta hue. Aromatically it offers vibrant notes of blueberry and dark cherry. A juicy, fleshy palate is supported by ripe cherry and blackberry fruit. This is delicately built with fine, lingering tannins - wrapped up in integrated, well seasoned oak. A wine that is ready for immediate enjoyment with a view to cellaring for 7 to 10 years from vintage

95.5 Points & Gold Medal ~ Royal Queensland Wine Show 2013
95 Points & Wine of the Week: James Halliday Halliday Wine Companion
Judges’ Choice & Best of Variety $25 - $50 ~ WineAlign World Wine Awards of Canada 2013

Vivid purple-crimson; a totally delicious wine with a spring in its step more frequently encountered in cool climate shiraz; its fruit flavours span blood plum, red cherry and mulberry, these complexed by spice and garden herbs, the tannins fine and supple. Great value. Drink By: 2027; Price: $22.99; Date Tasted: 01 Sep 2013; Alcohol: 14.5%; Rating: 95 Points; James Halliday

Here’s an example of Aussie shiraz pulling back from the jammy, oaky style to present a more natural, terroir-driven interpretation. This is from a cooler site that expresses lifted peppery, stony character with fresh herbs and berry/plummy fruit. The oak influence is minimal, with only 30% of the wine aged in old oak. I really might have pegged this as Rhone in a blind tasting. It’s quite full bodied, tight and savoury with a firm, youtfully tannic finish. The length is very good to excellent. David Lawrason, WineAlign (Canada)
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John Duval Entity Shiraz 2012

Chief Winemaker at Penfolds in 1986 and was lucky enough to oversee one of the most dynamic periods of change in the Australian wine industry. With the support of my team in the Barossa I secured a number of awards for the company - Winemaker of the Year at the International Wine and Spirit Competition in London in 1989; Red Winemaker of the Year at the International Wine Challenge in London in 1991 and again in 2000; and seeing the 1990 Penfolds Grange named the Wine of the Year by the prestigious US magazine Wine Spectator in 1995.

My aim with Entity is to produce an elegant Shiraz true to the Barossa. The 2012 Entity again includes some Eden Valley Shiraz to help maintain the elegance and style of Entity. Traditional, low intervention winemaking techniques were employed with Entity, allowing the wine to be approachable in its youth, but with ample structure and fruit depth to allow great potential for improvement in the bottle under good cellaring conditions, for at least 10- 12 years. – John Duval Winemaker.
 
Shiraz 100%, sourced from old vineyards in the Krondorf, Greenock and Eden Valley regions Fermentation with submerged cap and small open stainless steel fermenters 100% barrel matured for 16 months, with one third new fine grain French oak hogsheads (300 litres) and the balance in 2, 3 and 4 year old hogsheads.
 
Deep ruby purple, Attractive blackberry and blueberry aromatics, complexed with some savoury spice Full bodied and generous, with layers of dark berry fruit and youthful balanced tannins. Very pure and mouth filling, with ample structure to reward cellaring for 12 years plus.
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John Duval Plexus Shiraz Grenache Mourvedre 2012

My aim with Plexus is express the wide spectrum of red fruit flavours from Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvedre and also provide structure with a seamless balance and long finish. 

Traditional, low intervention winemaking techniques are employed with Plexus, allowing the wine to be approachable in its youth, but also have medium term cellaring potential for 8-10 years.

Shiraz 51%, Grenache 30%, Mourvedre 19%. The Shiraz was sourced from old vineyards in the Tanunda,  Light Pass and Ebenezer districts.  Grenache from the Tanunda and  Ebenezer region and Mourvèdre from the and Light Pass region. 100% barrel maturated for 15 months, with just 10% new fine  grain French oak hogsheads (300 litre barrels); with the balance 3-6  year old barrels.  Some Shiraz finished fermentation in new French  oak.

Crimson purple-red. An array of red and black berry aromatics, wild berries and cassis. Generous, with soft texture and fine tannins. Flavours of blackberry and dark cherry with hints of asian spice and Christmas cake.
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Juniper Estate Margaret River Shiraz 2011

The 2011 vintage was another terrific vintage in the South West of Western Australia with plenty of sunshine with a warm to hot summer followed by a warm autumn for close to perfect autumn ripening. There was no problem getting the Tempranillo grapes flavour and tannin ripe with balanced crops and canopies.

The Juniper Estate Shiraz is made 100% from our Estate dry grown vines planted in 1973 and hence is a single vineyard wine representing the best portions of wine that reflect the nature of the site. To make this wine the grapes were hand-picked in several batches, de-stemmed, sorted & cold soaked prior to fermentation. Following barrel maturation in batches for 18 months, individual barrels were selected to create the final blend. Structure, complexity and depth of quality fruit are the key goals with cellaring potential of at least 8 years.

Dark and dense in colour, packed with dark, ripe fruit characters of plum, cherry, blackberry and raspberry with mixed spices and mocha. The palate is full with fleshy plum and blueberry balanced by savoury, spicy liquorice flavours.

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Kalleske Pirathon Shiraz 2012

In South Australia's Barossa Valley, the Kalleske family have been farming and growing grapes since 1853 near the village of Greenock. They are one of the regions leading grape-growing families consistently growing some of the Barossa's best quality grapes. After six generations of growing grapes, winemaker and seventh generation family member, Troy Kalleske, together with his brother Tony, established the Kalleske winery and made the first ‘Kalleske’ wine. The winery is situated on the family estate where traditional winemaking techniques ensure the vineyard realises its full potential as wine.

Pirathon is an ancient word for pinnacle and we believe Shiraz is the pinnacle grape of the Barossa and that the north-western Barossa is the pinnacle sub-appellation for Shiraz. Pirathon Shiraz is a full bodied wine encompassing the great flavour, texture and structure of the north-western Barossa. Higher altitude, gullies, hills, slopes, and undulations provide different topographies, microclimates and individualistic parcels of grapes with unique flavours and characters from their own site.

The grapes for Pirathon Shiraz are traditionally handcrafted in open top fermenters and basket pressed before maturing in barrel. Each vineyard adds its own exclusive dimension to Pirathon Shiraz and combined they produce the ultimate blend. Pirathon Shiraz showcases and celebrates the pinnacle north-western Barossa region and pinnacle Barossa grape with a complex and distinguished wine.

Pirathon Shiraz 2012 is dark purple-black in colour. The perfumed boquet is uplifting and indicative of a complex wine with aromas of blackberry, plum, blueberry, rose perfume, chocolate, subtle oak and a hint of spice. The full-bodied palate is rich and mouthfilling with plenty of ripe dark fruits. Background oak barrel characters compliment the bright fruit flavours. There are fine integrated tannins giving the wine a solid structure. This is an extremely balanced Shiraz with fruit, oak and tannin working together to provide harmony. A very lengthy finish completes a powerful but opulent wine. Pirathon is a paramount expression of north-western Barossa Shiraz that will reward time in the cellar for 5-10 years.
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Knappstein Clare Valley Shiraz 2012

The 2012 Knappstein Shiraz displays typical Clare Valley style and texture. The perfumed nose reveals an array of red cherries and purple fruit mixed with exotic spices and a touch of forest-floor earthiness. Vibrant red berries, blackberries and spices layer the palate. The texture is lithe and firm with fine-grained tannins providing a backbone for the flavours to wrap themselves around. A wine of lifted vibrancy and tremendous persistence.

“the brilliance of the purple-crimson colour is a repetitive theme in the ’12 vintage, as is the sheer brightness and vibrancy of the fruit flavours; here black cherry, blackberry and a well of spices, garden herbs and fresh-turned garden earth are all on parade, tannins and oak also discretely doing their thing” 95 Points James Halliday

“Bright and vibrant, such an energetic wine with fistfuls of crushed mixed berries, a violet perfume, subtle spiced oak and earth and sort of ozone freshness. Medium bodied, fine grained spread of persistent tannin, fresh but integrated acidity, a little dark mint chocolate and a vaguely tobacco-y exit. Starts and finishes well, and in-between there’s a lot of fun. Playful, you might even call it. Would that more South Australian Shiraz were like this.” – 92 Points Gary Walsh

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Lake Breeze Cabernet Sauvignon 2012

The 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon uses fruit produced from 40 year old vines on the Follett family vineyard, situated on the Bremer Flood plain at Langhorne Creek. Traditional open fermentation was employed followed by maturation in French oak barriques for 20 months, prior to bottling. The wine displays a complex array of mint and blackcurrant aromas along with some cedary oak nuances. The concentrated palate has a lovely silky texture, showing chocolate and cassis flavours and a wonderfully long finish. With careful cellaring this wine will age superbly for at least the next 10 years. Lake Breeze Wines.

A wine with clear-cut varietal character, bright and lively cassis fruit runs as a pure stream of flavour through the length of the medium-bodied palate; oak and gently savoury tannins tie the parcel up to perfection. Screwcap. Drink: To 2025; Price: $24.00; Alcohol: 14.2%. Rating: 95 Points; James Halliday Wine Companion

Grand Champion Wine of the Show – Langhorne Creek Wine Show 2014
Trophy Winner for Best Cabernet - Langhorne Creek Wine Show 2014

Grown on 40 year old vines. Awarded Champion Wine at the 2014 Langhorne Creek Wine Show. Matured in 100% French oak, 40% of which is new. Strong, bold and vivid. Lively for a cabernet. Flavours and aromas of pure blackcurrant, smoky vanillin oak, musk and violet. Healthy serve of eucalypt/mint character. Smooth through the palate, succulent through the finish. Fruit-filled tannin. Crowd-pleasing but well structured and balanced. In short, it’s very good. Alcohol: 14.2% Price: $22 Closure: Screwcap Drink: 2016 - 2024; Rated: 93 Points; Campbell Mattinson; The Wine Front

 

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Le Chat Noir Shiraz 2010 (Pyrenees, France)

The Le Chat Noir Shiraz is sourced from the cool climate Aude Valley. The rich and full Shiraz is given softness and lift with the addition of a small amount of Viognier. Totally de-stemmed and co-fermented with a long, cool maceration with regular pumping over and cap plunging. Maturation is primarily in stainless steel with roughly one third undergoes carbonic maceration aiding aromatics and fruit expression. A further third receives six month maturation in French oak barrels for greater complexity. Still quite tight and brooding with a depth of dark fruit aromas and spice. The palate is ripe and full with beautifully textured and flavoured berry fruit. A balanced and fruit focussed wine that finishes with soft tannins and a delicate Viognier lift.
 
More terrific value from the little black cat.  Meaty and peppery with black and blue fruits and the perfume of thyme and flowers. It’s fresh and vibrant, of medium weight, with pulpy purple fruit, plenty of fine chalky tannin and a spicy finish of good length. Tannic to finish, but in a positive way that cleans up after food. Complexity and value. Great to see a wine that’s not tiring to drink or trying too hard. 91 points; The Wine Front
 
Black fruits and granite, earth and spice, raspberry, baked meats, cinnamon all ensure a nose of decent complexity for a wine of the price. Texturally it delivers, some dark fruit, damson, plum, bitter chocolate. There’s some savoury spice and again like the Pinot some granular tannins and a really, clean acid finish with decent persistence. Jump in at the price, it’s there for the taking. If you see these black cats on your travels take it as a good omen. Wining Pom
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Mayer Big Betty Shiraz 2011

Timo Mayer, also winemaker at Gembrook Hill Vineyard, teamed with partner Rhonda Ferguson to establish Mayer Vineyard on the slopes of Mt Toolebewoong, 8km south of Healesville. The steepness of those slopes is presumably celebrated in the name given to the wines (Bloody Hill). There is just under 2.5ha of vineyard, the lions share to pinot noir and smaller amounts of shiraz and chardonnay all high-density plantings. Mayers winemaking credo is minimal interference and handling, and no filtration. James Hallidaymore
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Mike Press Adelaide Hills Shiraz 2013

All our red wines receive minimal filtration. They are filtered once, by a course filter prior to bottling Our now 16year old vines are producing better and better wines each vintage. A powerful mix of fruit and soft wood tannins on the nose with mouth filling berries on the palate. The palate is balanced and although it will drink well for at least 5 to 10 years it is a lovely balanced wine to drink now.
 
This 2013 Shiraz is exactly that, a full rich bodied wine but with loads of sophistication. On the nose a hint of vanillan and the palate is smooth and long, It had rich berry fruit flavours with spices of pepper and cloves. This wine epitomises the fantastic vintage our vineyard had in 2013. – Mike Press
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Mitchell Peppertree Shiraz 2010

Mitchell Winery was established in 1975 by Jane and Andrew Mitchell. The entire range of Mitchell Wines receives multiple accolades every year. Highlights have been the Penguin Wine of the Year in 2003, a consistent 5 star rating in James Halliday's Wine Companion and inclusion in the Financial Times Top 20 Wines of the World and regular Top 100 listings all endorse the Mitchell's choice of region and variety and is reward for their long-term commitment to their wines and the region of the Clare Valley, South Australia.

Rich and deep in colour, and rich and deep in aromas. Ripe, spicy shiraz flavours; dark chocolate with hints of liquorice. The silky mouth coating tannins give a gentle firmness and an elegant structure to the wine. Excellent long term cellaring potential.

Bright crimson-purple; a generously proportioned and supple shiraz, plum and blackberry coalescing with plentiful oak and soft, ripe tannins on the medium-bodied palate, its length and texture admirable; the oak, while integrated, needs a few more years to calm down. Rating: 93 Points; Drink by: 2030; Price: $27.00; Date Tasted: Feb 2013; Alcohol: 14.5%; James Halliday Wine Companion

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Mollydooker Enchanted Path Shiraz Cabernet 2010

Dark opaque purple with ruby hue, this is a very powerful blend combining Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon creating a wine with immense fruit weight and uninhibited length. Varietal Cabernet notes dance among the vibrant fruit profile of the Shiraz presenting blackberry fruit, cassis, lifted anise spice with underlying plum jam and tar. The palate offers a rich explosion of fruit, toasty oak, cedar notes, and layers of spice, with fine grain tannins and endless length

"Blended of 65% Shiraz and 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2010 Enchanted Path was matured for 12 months in 85% new oak (97% American and 3% French). Very deep purple-black colored, it gives notes of ripe cassis and black cherry compote over hints of smoked bacon, dark chocolate, espresso, cedar and cloves. Very full bodied, densely packed and opulent in the mouth, it has a medium level of grainy tannins, very crisp acidity and a long finish with some mintiness coming through. Drink it 2014 to 2022. 94 Points The Wine Advocate

A rich mouthful of compelling blackberry, black coffee, black cherry and black pepper flavors (see a trend here?) balances on a supple, velvety background and persists into a long and expressive finish. Just delish. Drink now through 2018. 1,940 cases made. 93 Points Wine Spectator
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Mount Langi Cliff Edge Shiraz 2010

The 2010 vintage saw the end of the drought with the vineyard receiving a good amount of rain at all the right times. The heat wave that affected much of Victoria in this year did not cause any problems for Mount Langi. The Cliff Edge is an entirely estate grown on the eastern granite slopes of Mount Langi Ghiran. The wine includes a significant whole bunch maceration component, building on the perfumes and delicate aromatics. The 2009 Cliff Edge Shiraz is showing terrific fruit intensity, fruit flavours, complex spice and balanced tannins. With an excellent balance of finesse and depth, this wine is pointing the way for Cliff Edge Shiraz in terms of finely structured palate and fruit intensity.
 
Trophy ~ Best Wine of Show ~ Royal Sydney Wine Show 2012
Trophy ~ Best Red of Show ~ Royal Sydney Wine Show 2012
Trophy ~ Best Shiraz of Show ~ Royal Sydney Wine Show 2012
Top Gold Medal ~ Royal Sydney Wine Show 2012
Gold Medal ~ National Wine Show of Australia 2012
Gold Medal & 95 Points ~ Royal Melbourne Wine Show 2013
 
Well, this is just exquisite. The best Cliff Edge ever made and a ridiculous bargain even at full tote. If you like cool climate Shiraz then back up the truck when it hits the shelves. Lighter bodied and more delicate than previous releases – extremely floral with plenty of blue fruited highlights accompanying dark cherry and a subtle plum bass line. Regional white pepper yes, but it sits amongst an array of spice. Assorted forest and pine notes. Flows without interruption as it approaches an exhaustive and slightly flinty finish. Feather-stroke tannins complete a refined and feline wine displaying haunting nuance and captivating character. Rating: 95 Points; Excellent – Exceptional; Region: Grampians Alcohol: 13.5% Closure: Screwcap Price: $30; Jeremy Pringle; Wine Will Eat Itself
 
I’ve said it about previous vintages but the Mount Langi Cliff Edge Shiraz 2010 really is Hermitage like in its characteristics. It again includes some whole bunch maceration which would explain a new level of lifted perfumed aromatics and attractive spices. Despite being familiar with the label I still find myself surprised at the elegance this displays courtesy of these pretty nuances that really draw one in. Spicy berries, hints of licorice, violet and blueberry, dried herbs and again gorgeous spices. The cute and cuddly persona then gives way to a more powerful, almost brutish fruit intensity which builds and builds to a wonderfully ripe and complex explosion in the mouth before the perfect framework of oak and savouriness carry the wine on a long finish. The fine, silky tannins ensure the textural journey is complete. There is so much happening with this wine and it is already so brilliantly balanced it could easily carry a decade and then some. Exceptional stuff and so drinkable and approachable now. Drink: Now – 2024+; Quality: Exceptional BW; WineStar© May 2013

Deep garnet; a dark and deeply black-fruited bouquet, showing heady levels of spice and exotic undergrowth complexity; has well-handled toasty oak, mocha and a succulent medium-bodied palate that slowly unveils itself on the long finish. Drinking: To 2025; Rating: 94 Points; James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2013
 
Cliff Edge is baby Langi, crafted from the same estate in a similar manner to one of Australia's most celebrated shiraz wines. It celebrates whole bunch fermentation at full voice, with layers of complexity of mixed spice, dried flowers, pipe smoke and, of course, the signature of the site: pepper. The finish lingers with impressive persistence and floral lift. Rating: 93 Points; Drinking: 2012-2015; Tyson Stelzer; Wine Taste Special Edition 99
 
The 2010 Cliff Edge Shiraz from Langi is a subtly complex young shiraz that has dark cherry cola aromas amid a wealth of complex spice, licorice most especially. The palate unfurls red fruit flavours with plum and cherry; plenty of depth here, but faultlessly elegant and deceptively powerful. Drinking: 2014; Rating: 93 Points; Nick Stock; Good Wine Guide

The back label describes Cliff Edge as “baby Langi”, a reference to the winery’s $100 flagship, “Langi” shiraz. The beautifully elegant 2010 Langi, reviewed last year, rates among the greatest shirazes I have tasted. And Cliff Edge, though somewhat chunkier in tannins, delivers its own elegance and irresistible charm. The intense flavour of cool-grown shiraz underpins the wine. But winemaking techniques weave attractive aromas, flavours and textures through the fruit:  whole bunches in the ferment; warm fermentation; hand and foot plunging of the skins during fermentation; finishing the primary ferment and secondary malolactic ferment in barrels; and maturation in Burgundian oak barrels. It adds up to an aromatic, savoury-spicy, medium-bodied shiraz with considerable cellaring capacity. Rating: 94 Points; Chris Shanahan; Fairfax Wine Media

I’d like to think that Mattinson has had quite enough of me for one week, one way or another on the Victorian Shiraz Front. You’re terrible Muriel. Or just plain infuriating. But here’s a wine, as with most, that I think we’ll agree on – despite my burgeoning reputation for being the Robert Parker Jr of the Lower North Shore. Sure! Fresh cherry and blueberry, perfume, hazelnut, pleasantly stalky seasoning, aniseed and a riot of spice. Medium bodied, fresh and clearly defined – well mannered and manicured – but with enough stalky grip and edge to bring home the bacon. And perhaps a little funk. Sappy and on the cusp of a bridge too far, yet the spice and purity of fruit pull it over the line. It’s long too. With the perfume, the spice, the lightness of touch and the freshness, it’s easy to see why it’s a Modern Australian Wine Show Darling. You stay classy now Dan. Rated : 93 Points Tasted : Jun13 Alcohol : 13.5%; Price : $30 Closure : Screwcap Drink : 2015 - 2025 Gary Walsh; The Wine Front

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