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Teusner Independent Shiraz Mataro 2012

Blend: Shiraz 60%, Mataro 40%. Expressive dark fruits on the nose with dark plum, cherry, blackberry and a splash of mulberry. There are hints of Barossa earth, exotic spice, white pepper, roast meats, soy sauce and licorice along with lighter shades of spiced, seasoned oak. Medium-bodied in the mouth with plenty of texture and savoury verve to please the most fickle wine-lover. Dark plum, blackberry and black cherry provide the fruit flavours supported by a swathe of exotic spice, licorice, beef consomme, dried flowers, white pepper, dark chocolate, tobacco leaf and rich Barossa earth. The wine displays plenty of energy thanks to a vibrant line of acidity and a raft of ripe, sandy tannin provides ample structure on the lingering finish.
 
Now comes in the Teusner proprietary bottle mould with a logo above the main label. Different to the bottle image shown. Can’t find one of those. Not on the website. I love that Kym Teusner confesses to Barossa Shiraz being a bit boring on its own. Mataro is the great grape of the Barossa, Riesling aside. What ho! It’s a spicy one, that’s for sure. Dark chocolate, orange peel, liquorice, pepper, cloves, black fruit – feel the blackness and loneliness of Independence! And then rejoice. Flush and full in the mouth, sweet ripe dark fruit but laden with bitter chocolate and spice, juicy orange acidity – but in a good way here – and silty tannin pushing the wine along. For $25 bucks, you’re in for a lot of flavour, good structure and a pretty good time. Fine release. Rating: 93 points; Gary Walsh; The Wine Front
 
I actually prefer Mataro in blends rather than as a straight varietal wine. It has so much to contribute but I’m not personally fond of it by itself. Literally explodes with spice when you pour a glass. Sichuan pepper in particular. It’s almost but not quite at the point of obscuring the other elements. Blueberries, plums, dusty traits, grilled meats, nuts and soil. It’s generously fruited but toned. A firm fistful of tannin wraps it up. It’s its own beast for sure. 93 Points; Jeremy Pringle

Fruit for this 50:50 blend is sourced from across the Barossa; again no new oak here.  Mataro vines average 10-15 years; the Shiraz is 30 years old.  The Mataro is immediately apparent, lending a deep, firm spicy riff – liquorice not cinnamon – to nose and palate.  Going through the Shiraz juicily fleshes out the Mataro’s black liquorice line, but it’s the Mataro which dominates an intense, dark, spicy finish.  Very good.  14.5% Sarah Ahmed, The Wine Detective (UK)
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Teusner Joshua Grenache Mataro Shiraz 2013

Strikes me as a curious thing that the Barossa Valley’s ‘flagship’ wines are rarely blends. Straight Shiraz. Straight Grenache. Straight Mataro. Anyway, here we have ‘An age old blend of Grenache, Mataro and Shiraz from ancient Barossa vines combining to create a complex wine with that touch of spunk…’ Cherry pip, raspberry, boysenberry, spice, coal, flowers – smells lively and the taste delivers on the promise of the nose. Medium bodied, juicy and savoury at once, with vigorous but well settled acidity and a carriage of dry shaping tannin. Length is excellent, and for heaven’s sake, it even seems ‘minerally’ on the finish. Vivacious and firm. Great follow up to the 2012. Rating: 94 Points; Gary Walsh, The Wine Front. 

A blend of 63% Grenache, 23% Mataro and 14% Shiraz. Has rapidly become one of the releases I look forward to the most each year. I don’t rate this as highly as the superb 2012 expression but it is still very good drinking. Unoaked and unfettered. As much blueberries and plums as red fruits. Savoury earthen characters, florals, black spice and iron. Has a wiry and sinuous presence underneath the fruit flavour even though it isn’t a particularly structured wine. A slip of delightfully textured grape tannin to close. Not the same length as its predecessor. Happy times though. Rating: 93 Points; Jeremy Pringle, Wine Will Eat Itself
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Price: $22.99


Teusner Righteous FG Shiraz 2010

Sourced from the Riebke vineyard in the Ebenezer district, this stands out firstly for its concentration - inky dark purple in the glass. When a wine carries a lofty price tag like this it needs to impress and this delivers admirably on its promise, getting deep into the heart of the Barossa's capability for producing ripe, luscious Shiraz.

The fruit was from the oldest block that the Riebke bros take care of (around 130 years), and has regularly made Grange and E&E, purchased by Fosters on a per hectare basis. This means that regardless of the yield they get paid the same money from a certain area of land. This system is used regularly in super premium blocks to encourage the growers to limit the yields, as they are guaranteed of stable income. There are limits, however, on maximum yields - and when these are reached fruit gradings often drop like the Aussie dollar, usually regardless of quality.

The block was about 2 tonnes over weight with awesome fruit, but the boys risked being paid nothing for it by the big machine. Hence it came our way. We figured at worst it would probably make Albert quality so we committed some good prices to it. As we didn’t have a defining name for the block, the barrels were simply tagged with FG Shiraz.......you’ll have to use your imagination for that one. Teusner's Astral series began with a small batch of grenache in 2005 that they just couldn't bear to blend away, followed by a couple of barrels of Mataro and now this, the first shiraz release. Kym Teusner

Rich and opulent with intense aromas of blackberry, blackcurrant, cassis, Satsuma plum with splashes of mulberry high tones. Hints of dark chocolate, deep-set Asian spice, licorice, fruitcake and dark cherry appear from the glass with a waft of well-judged, classy vanillin oak. Sumptuous and textured in the mouth with beautifully detailed, ripe black-fruits flowing seamlessly across the palate. Blackberry, dark plum and macerated black cherry fruits are lifted by a waft of jasmine blossom before powering through the mid-palate. Hints of five spice, fruitcake, dark chocolate, licorice and judicious spicy oak provide a complex interplay and the finish has great carry, balance and purity.

Welcome to a new spiritual plane for Righteous. I am the first to grumble when Barossa shiraz loses its verve at 15% alcohol, but occasionally – very occasionally – a wine of such pristine balance arrives that even elevated alcohol disappears in the midst of its dimensions. Kym Teusner has captured definitive Barossa density and deep-set depth of satsuma plums, black cherries and cherry liqueur, while retaining succulent fruit freshness and wonderfully vibrant definition. Acidity is lively and tannin structure is fine, supple and confidently matched to the proportions of its fruit. $120 at WineStar. Drink: 2015-2025; Rating: 96 Points; Tyson Stelzer; Wine Taste
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Price: $119.99


Teusner The Riebke Barossa Valley Shiraz 2013

“The Riebke brothers have some of the best kept vineyards in the Ebenezer district and their family have grown outstanding quality fruit from old, low yielding vines for six successive generations. For their faith in what we do and their assistance in the birth and growth of Teusner Wines, we’ll be forever thankful.
 
Coming off the back of the amazing 2012 vintage, which produced some of the strongest Teusner wines we’d ever made, our fingers were crossed, hoping that mother nature would again deliver the goods in 2013. Well, she delivered something alright…one of the driest winters and growing seasons in living memory. It would be an understatement to say the vineyards and the growers did it hard this time around…in fact some vineyards didn’t make Christmas so tough was the going. But the Riebkes have been around the block a few times when it comes to the grape growing game, and delivered some amazing quality fruit to the winery. Experience paid off big time!
 
The 2013 Riebke upholds the tradition…rich, abundant flavour and serious drinkability whilst also being easy on the pocket. The wine is jam packed with Barossa Shiraz flavours….plums, black fruits and warm spices. We’ve taken it easy on the oak to allow the fruit to take centre stage…as you would when it’s this good. This is a plush, vibrant wine of immense generosity and incredible value.
 
Thanks again to mother nature and the amazing Riebke brothers!”.
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Price: $17.99

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The Lane Vineyard Block 14 Shiraz 2012

2013 Royal Melbourne Wine Show ~ Trevor Mast Memorial Trophy for Best Shiraz
2013 Royal Queensland Wine Show ~ Stodart Trophy Winner
2013 Royal Melbourne Wine Show ~ Top Gold Medal (& Finalist for Jimmy Watson Trophy)
2013 Royal Queensland Wine Show ~ Top Gold Medal
2013 Royal Melbourne Wine Show ~ 96 Points (Highest Rating Shiraz)
2013 Royal Queensland Wine Show ~ 96 Points (Highest Rating Shiraz)

Single vineyard and, we’d guess, single block wine. I liked the 2010 release but I like this 2012 version more. Has a lovely style to it, this. Medium-bodied and satiny-textured but chatty at every turn. Smoke, twigs, blueberries, blackberries, streaks of green herbs. Alcohol feels warmer than 13.5% but the kick of nuts and herbs through the finish keeps the focus on the flavour. It’s modest but you’d almost say this has an Italianate bitterness. A very impressive wine. Rated : 93+ Points Alcohol : 13.5% Price : $39 Closure : Screwcap Drink : 2015 - 2020+ Campbell Mattinson; The Wine Front

I was thoroughly enthralled by this wine. The aromatics: alluring; the palate a dark, inky mass built around this graphite streak; finishing fine. Three separate parts, each offering something different, on their own quite brilliant, together something else. Whole berry fermentation gives the wine its aromatic intro. Red berries, satsuma plums, peppery hints - but quite delicate. In the mouth, it's meaty, supported by an acidic tang with a graphite minerality that is all too rare in many wines. The finish is a little bitter, the conclusion to a savoury tail of flavour. It gives, gives, gives. Fantastic wine. Rating: 94 Points - Outstanding; Price: $39 Alcohol: 13.5% Closure: Screwcap; The Vinsomniac

John Edwards said on receiving the magnifient trophy "I am moved that the hand-selected A-Team of some of the finest judges in the country were inspired by Shiraz from a small estate, cared for by honest hard working people, from a single vineyard on a very special site. 20 years ago when we planted this Shiraz I believed in letting the vineyard do the talking. Nothing has changed. Block 14 sings of our vineyard. This is an elegant, occasion wine. Neither Australian nor French in style, it is the best of both worlds. Toby and Kay Stodart would be happy to have it on their table"
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Price: $32.99


Thomas Wines Kiss Shiraz 2011

Andrew Thomas released four Hunter Valley shirazes this month, each outstanding in its own way. But none matches the dimension of Kiss, Thomas’s flagship from a vineyard planted in 1969. The wine presents another unique, and idiosyncratic, face of Australian shiraz, far removed, say, from the sheer power of Grange or savoury twang of Mount Langi Ghiran the Langi. Kiss is medium bodied, and its intense, underlying bright fruit flavour is cut through with earthy, savoury notes and fine, soft tannins. The wine grew more interesting and better to drink over four days on the tasting bench – a pretty good guide to future complexity and longevity. RRP:$60.00; Rating: 98 Points; Chris Shanahan; Fairfax
 
Deep crimson-purple; a very sophisticated and fragrant bouquet offering red fruits, violets, charcuterie and Asian spices; the palate is racy, scintillating in its nervosity, with luscious levels of fruit, well-handled oak and a long, expansive, compelling and completely unevolved palate; time will not weary this wine. Drink by: 2035; Price: $60.00; Alcohol: 13.5%; Rating: 96 Points; James Halliday Wine Companion
 
My best Kiss since 2007? You could mount an argument. It’s a flagship wine in every sense. More structure, classier oak, greater depth, amazing fruit quality. The integration of the wood is one of the revelations here. Seamless. Dark fruited with flashes of red cherry lighting up the horizon. Violets, pepper, crushed brown spice and malty mocha oak. A suggestion of crushed ants and aniseed. Such vivacity, so spry with appreciable yet fine acidity seguing into tight, linear tannins on a finish with real carry. Will build on what is already there for many, many years. Best get my order in tonight. Closure: Screwcap; Price: $60; Rating: 95 Points (Excellent – Exceptional) Jeremy Pringle
 
There’s always a certain presence to Kiss, with a body that rises in stature above its siblings in Thommo’s range. The lively structure and firm, long-enduring tannins of 2011 tone this release considerably, quite controlled at 13.5% alcohol, yet carrying impressive concentration of crunchy blackberry and redcurrant fruit and pepper. This will be one of the long-lived wines of the vintage. Drink: 2026-2036; Rating: 95 Points; Tyson Stelzer, Wine Taste
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Tim Adams Aberfeldy Shiraz 2010

Tim Adams Wines is a family owned and operated winery in the beautiful Clare Valley, South Australia. The wines reflect the rich soil of the region – always elegant, balanced and distinctively Australian. A joy to make and drink.

The Aberfeldy has long been synonymous with quality, representing our flagship wine. Year after year, this wine continues to deliver the best that Clare Valley Shiraz has to offer. Picked at optimum maturity and following fermentation on skins for 14 days, the wine rested in new, carefully selected American oak hogsheads for 24 months before blending, fining and bottling. The wine has been sealed with a WAK closure, an internally threaded screw cap with a traditional look, and is worthy of keeping for up to 20 years in good conditions.

All components of this blend were fermented to dryness on skins and subsequently left on skins for 14 days before being pressed. All pressings were returned to the wine for added structure and to improve ageing potential. The wine spent 24 months in new American oak in our cool room before blending, fining, filtering and bottling in April 2013.

The wine has vibrant magenta colour with aromatics of cherry, plum, dark berries and chocolate, complemented by the oak-derived characters of clove, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla. The palate is full bodied with dark berry conserve flavours and balanced oak, tannin and acidity. The wine has persistent sweet fruit and oak aftertaste, with power and great finesse, and will reward patient cellaring. The wine has been sealed with screwcaps in bottle and magnum to ensure freshness and authenticity.

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Tim Adams Shiraz 2010

This blend of local vineyards has produced a wine with both regional and varietal definition. The wine is bright in magenta colour, with aromas and flavours of red-berry conserve. Spiciness and complexity have been given with 18 months American-oak maturation. The palate is full and soft in front and middle, with flavour of small berry fruit and again the oak complimenting the fruit. The finish is medium firm with tannins coming from both fruit and oak. The wine has not been cold stabilised and so may form a harmless crystalline deposit in the bottle necessitating decanting before serving. This wine has power and finesse which makes it both approachable now and worth keeping for up to 10 years in good conditions.

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Torbreck Run Rig 2010

Deep garnet-black with a hint of purple to the color, the 2010 RunRig taunts at first with a slightly closed nose before it engages with subtle kirsch, preserved plum, dried mulberry and Christmas cake notes intermingled with hints of violets, cinnamon stick, mocha and game. Full-bodied, rich and incredibly concentrated, the palate astonishes with incredible poise for such a big style as it perfectly balances the wine’s generous fruit flavors with firm, velvety tannins and seamlessly vibrant, lively acid. It finishes with incredible persistence. Delicious now, it should drink best 2016 to 2028+.Rating: 100 Points; Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW; Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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Price: $219.99


Torbreck The Factor 2006

Our homage to the great old Shiraz vines of the Barossa Valley and the growers who painstakingly tend and nurture them each year. The Factor displays the concentration & fruit purity that only the most meticulous farming can achieve. Delicate scents of wild blackberries, pipe smoke and pepper are supported by a dark core of espresso roast, black currants and coal. The palate offers tremendous texture and combines great richness with subtle notes of olive tapenade, saddle leather and minerals. Brooding and densely packed, this majestic wine has the constitution to cellar for many years where it will slowly unravel its extravagant riches. The reputation of the Barossa as the pre-eminent red wine growing region of Australia rests firmly on wines such as this.

The purple/black 2006 The Factor is 100% old-vine Shiraz from the esteemed Greenock sub-region of Barossa Valley. It spent 24 months in 30% new oak. The aromatic array of balsam wood, smoke, pepper, espresso, blueberry, and licorice is eye-opening. This leads to a rich, glossy, full-flavored Shiraz with layers of succulent fruit, ripe tannin, exceptional spiciness, and a lengthy, pure finish. It will evolve for another 8-10 years and will have a drinking window extending from 2016 to 2036. 94 Points; Jay Miller, The Wine Advocate
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Torbreck The Factor 2009

Our homage to the great old Shiraz vines of the Barossa Valley and the growers who painstakingly tend and nurture them each year. The Factor displays the concentration & fruit purity that only the most meticulous farming can achieve. Delicate scents of wild blackberries, pipe smoke and pepper are supported by a dark core of espresso roast, black currants and coal. The palate offers tremendous texture and combines great richness with subtle notes of olive tapenade, saddle leather and minerals. Brooding and densely packed, this majestic wine has the constitution to cellar for many years where it will slowly unravel its extravagant riches. The reputation of the Barossa as the pre-eminent red wine growing region of Australia rests firmly on wines such as this.

Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2009 The Factor begins with lovely warm blackberry and creme de cassis notes highlighted by mulberries, mincemeat and dusty earth scents. Very big, rich and full, the palate has some dried berry character, a firm level of chewy tannins, balanced acid freshness and a long finish. Drink it from 2014 to 2024+. Score: 94. —Lisa Perrotti-Brown, February 2013. Wine Advocate
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Torbreck The Gask Eden Valley Shiraz 2010

Impenetrable colour; a highly aromatic and perfumed shiraz bouquet with dark fruits aplenty, offset by violets and a wide array of spices; the palate is dense, as you would expect of Torbreck, yet there is freshness and a struck quartz minerality that thrills through the wine's spine; long, luscious and hedonistic. Drink by: 2025; Price: $75.00; Alcohol: 15%; Rating: 96 Points; James Halliday Wine Companion

The Gask is sourced from a single plot of Shiraz nestled into the eastern slope of Mt. McKenzie that is painstakingly nurtured by the Knight family.

Planted in 1960 this elevated site yields small, intense berries that possess great intensity of flavour without sacrificing balance & poise. These berries give the wine an „ink-like hue whilst the nose serves up notes of smoke, graphite, crushed rocks and blackberry liqueur. It's quite a heroic wine in style yet retains the cooler edge and tighter structure that the great wines made from this region are famed. “The rocky outcrops surrounding Greg and Cynthia Knight's small plot of Shiraz in the Eden Valley reminds me of the stone burial grounds on the hills above the Torbreck forest” David Powell

After hand harvesting in early April this small batch was destemmed into two cement vats where it spent 7 days before being ‘gravity-drained’ and basket pressed. The juice was later racked into old French barriques where it completed a slow malo-lactic fermentation and was aged for a total of 18 months. As with all of our wines, it was bottled without the use of fining or filtration.

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Torbreck The Laird Shiraz 2008

This single vineyard Shiraz comes from Malcolm and Joylene Seppelt's old Gnadenfrei vineyard in the sub-region of Marananga in the Barossa Valley. This vineyard is perfect in every way. It is South East facing, completely dry grown, meticulously hand tended, farmed by a grower with a lifetime's experience, on typical Western Barossa soil - brown loam over red clay over limestone - and planted with one of the original Barossa clones. However, this vineyard also has an "X factor" which gives the wine an extra something that cannot be fully explained. The resulting small, concentrated berries produced consistently on the property make it the envy of all the winemakers in the valley.
 
After the fuss surrounding the 2008 Penfolds Grange (tasting) launch, the July 1 release of Torbreck’s 2008 The Laird Shiraz (tasting), at an even higher recommended retail price of $900, probably won’t cause a ripple. Torbreck doesn’t go in for the showbiz launches that Penfolds and others engage in. Even so, a certain overseas wine critic has scored both wines 100/100, which in my view is ridiculous, and devalues the whole idea of rating wine. Scoring wine has become an arms-race, a kind of critics’ bidding war. Some even boast about their scores on Twitter. It’s one thing to score wines, quite another to behave like a spruiker. That said, the 2008 The Laird is clearly an outstanding wine, and the best Laird so far (there have only been three, mind you!). With just 350 dozen produced, it’s only a fraction of Grange’s make. The grapes came from Malcolm Seppelt’s vineyard at Marananga, which has also produced exceptional fruit for Rolf Binder’s The Malcolm, Grange and Chris Ringland, to idly drop a few names. I innocently asked what Torbreck boss Dave Powell pays Mr Seppelt for these grapes, not expecting to be let into the secret, and the answer was $16,000 a tonne. That’s serious money. Half that - $8,000 - would be considered a super-premium shiraz price for any other winery’s $100 Barossa flagship. Huon Hooke

Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2008 The Laird is a little restrained to begin, opening out after a few moments and much coaxing to an extraordinary array of creme de cassis and black plum-based aromas with underlying chocolate box, licorice, exotic spice, oolong tea and clove hints with a touch of earthy loam. Richly textured, dense and with a provocative meaty/earthy/savory, the palate is complex and layered revealing menthol and ripe black fruit notes interplaying with firm, velvety tannins through to a very long, opulent and harmonious finish. Drink it from 2015 to 2030+. Rating: 100 Points; Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW; Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
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Price: $899.99


Torbreck Woodcutters Shiraz 2012

Torbreck Woodcutters Shiraz is a stunning entry to the Torbreck range and it's not hard to see why this is regarded as one of Australia's best value reds. Like all Torbreck wines this is sourced from hand harvested and hand tended, low yielding vines. It is then open fermented and gently basket pressed, and aged on fine lees for 12 month. Although this wine is consistently praised for being succulent and rich - perhaps the best feature of it is it's complexity and texture which are rarely found at this price. It is not hard to see why this is regarded as one of Australia's best value red wines.

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Trevor Jones Dry Grown Shiraz 2012

The Trevor Jones and Kellermeister brands were for many years linked by family ties. Up to 2010 Trevor Jones was winemaker and production manager for Kellermeister, but has left to concentrate on the eponymous business. He now makes his wines at Torbreck, but plans to have his own winery operational in time for the 2014 vintage. With 34 years winemaking experience, he is also providing consultancy advice to wineries in the Barossa.

Classic Barossa Shiraz. A rich, ripe shiraz from some of the oldest vines in the Barossa. The wine displays spicy, peppery aromas and luscious berry flavour balanced with toasty new oak aromatics. Velvety and voluptuous with ripe tannin.

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Trevor Jones Sorciere Sauvage Shiraz 2012

The Trevor Jones and Kellermeister brands were for many years linked by family ties. Up to 2010 Trevor Jones was winemaker and production manager for Kellermeister, but has left to concentrate on the eponymous business. He now makes his wines at Torbreck, but plans to have his own winery operational in time for the 2014 vintage. With 34 years winemaking experience, he is also providing consultancy advice to wineries in the Barossa.

New release single vineyard Shiraz from the "Wild Witch" Vineyard. Individual vineyards of Shiraz from the backbone of winemaking in the Barossa Valley. Sorciere Sauvage vineyard lies deep to the south of the nearby hills in a fertile micro-climate revered for growing intense fruity Shiraz.

Extended fermentation on skins followed by basket pressing and two years maturation in new French Oak hogsheads has tames a wine that never fails to captivate me. This is the 20th vintage I’ve crafted from the Sorciere Sauvage vineyard. - Trevor Jones

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Turkey Flat Barossa Shiraz 2012

The Turkey Flat Vineyard boasts some of the oldest Shiraz vines in the world. Planted in 1847, these hard-working gnarled old vines are still producing fantastic grapes. They are dry grown with their roots extending metres into the soil in search of moisture.

The wine is a beacon for the Turkey Flat style. It has a deep colour and bright aromatics. The palate is unctuous and full of fruit whilst being supported by long tannins. The oak is delicately interwoven through the palate lifting and extending the natural elements of the wine.

Deep colour; the backbone of this wine comes from the vines planted in 1847 on the Bethany Road Vineyard, some of the oldest Shiraz vines in the world; French oak was used at the end of the fermentation and subsequent maturation; everything it should be from '12, with layers of black fruits, liquorice, tannins and cedar oak. Seriously underpriced. 14.5% alc. Rating: 96 Points; James Halliday

It’s not impenetrable, it’s not monolithic, it’s not simple or necessarily easy to categorise. For a Barossa shiraz in 2014, these are all positives. It’s ripe and licoricey but it has nutty, herbal notes too and quite a deal of them. Smoky oak plays a role, but it’s easy to miss. It’s clean, juicy and well-fruited, but it has a sinewy aspect. It’s medium-bodied with fine-grained, fruit-filled tannin. It benefits from being given time to breathe in the glass. In all, it’s a top Turkey Flat release. Rating: 94 Points; Campbell Mattinson

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Price: $39.99


Vasse Felix Shiraz 2011

Each small batch of the 2010 Shiraz was vinified and matured separately. Fermentation, maceration and aeration were combined in such a way as to ensure the gentlest extraction of colour, tannins and the truest expression of fruit. Following 16 months maturation in new and old French oak barriques, each batch underwent a rigorous appraisal process to identify the best barrels within the best batches. The resulting wine is an exceptional example of Margaret River Shiraz.

Deep red with a purple hue. Fruit driven with pure raspberry and blackberry nuances underlying stunning floral hints of jasmine flower and musk, and the faintest whiff of pepper and spice. Understated oak provides a mellow vanilla and coffee bean toastiness. Beautifully balanced with ripe dark fruit, flowing coating tannins and a succulent, juicy acidity that offers buoyancy and length. Finishes fine and long with exotic perfume.
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Voyager Estate Shiraz 2011

Our seven Shiraz blocks comprise five clones planted on some of the toughest, shallow, gravelly soils on the Estate. This helps to reduce the inherent vigour of this variety and produce exceptionally pure and concentrated fruit. We thin the crop to one bunch per shoot to improve palate weight and structure in the finished wine. The result is a rich and concentrated wine, with ripe fruit flavours and fine, silky tannins.

Lifted aromas of red and dark berries with briary notes and hints of vanillan. The palate displays vibrant black and blue fruits with complex earthy notes and hints of spice. The fine, layered tannins integrate seamlessly with nuances of cedar and vanillan derived from maturation in French and American oak.

Vibrant purple-crimson colour introduces a rainbow array of black cherry, blackberry aromas, the palate standing out as New World, mouthfilling and long the perfectly pitched oak (36% new, mainly French) added a dimension in tandem with ripe, fine-grained tannins. Drink by: 2030; Price: $38.00; Alcohol: 13.8%; Rating: 96 points, James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2014

There is an elegantly medium-bodied restraint that sets Voyager Estate apart from most renditions of 2010 Margaret River shiraz. A refreshing 13.5% alcohol provides space for its beautifully textured, graphite-fine, mineral tannins to speak amidst vibrant acid definition. To achieve such depth of fruit within this mould is the true victory of this wine, with impressive purity of satsuma plums, concentrated black cherries, succulent blackberries, lifted violets, ground pepper and a hint of charcuterie. A wine of elegant confidence, taut structure, long-lingering persistence and refined definition. Rating: 95 Points; Tyson Stelzer
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Water Wheel Memsie Bendigo Shiraz 2012

A vivid garnet red colour, with fresh and appealing berry characters apparent on the nose. The wine is forward and mouth filling, with sweet, rich, red berry flavours complimented by some spice, and balanced oak flavours. It also features some savoury flavours that compliment the lingering finish. Ready to drink now, it would be an ideal match for BBQs and pizza.

Vivid purple-crimson; we all know what a great vintage '12 was for South Eastern Australia and the southern half of Vic, Bendigo on the dividing line; well, there's no half measures about this beautiful wine, the best from Water Wheel for many years, and outstanding value - indeed unbelievably good. Rating: 91 Points; Drink By: 2020; Price: $10.00; Date Tasted: 29 Jan 2013; Alcohol: 14.5%; James Halliday Wine Companion

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Wildwood Shiraz 2009

Wildwood is a tiny producer in Sunbury, Victoria. Although a well established name in Melbourne, the minuscule production has meant that this winery remains largely undiscovered in Australia’s other states. The current releases are excellent examples of cool climate Australian wines. They are also wonderful values. Wildwood Vineyards experience a frost-free, cool, maritime climate. Lying in the rain shadow of Mount Macedon, the vineyard is treated to dry, sunny autumn days, which allows for maximum development of fruit flavours prior to harvest.

Right on Melbourne's doorstep, just past the airport, lies one of the jewels in the Sunbury crown. The wines can be decidedly fine and delicious. Ralph Kyte-Powell, The Age Epicure.

Again a very complex cool climate red that shows earthy, pungent, reductive aromas of smoked meats, yet also offers notes of mint, cassis, and dark plum. Deeply flavoured, yet medium bodied with a supple texture and a fine backbone of firm but supple tannins.

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Wolf Blass Black Label Cabernet Shiraz 2006

Deep, dark and brooding in the glass. A complex amalgam of aromas leading with blackcurrant, cassis, and coffee beans with a varietal touch of Cabernet mint. Dark chocolate aromas continue with underlying cedary oak, earthiness and warm spices. A tightly wound palate of complex fruit with spicy brambles, dark berries and underlying cigar box oak. Plush and opulent, the palate shows exceptional complexity and balance while remaining firm and focussed. Lingering fruit flavours and supple tannins add excellent line and length. "2006 was an outstanding vintage with near-perfect ripening conditions providing intense aromatics and depth of fruit, culminating in a remarkable illustration of this Australian classic.

Gold Medal ~ 2012 New Zealand International Wine Show
Gold Medal ~ 2010 Perth Royal Wine Show

As ever, a complex blend; Cabernet Sauvignon (51%) from Barossa Valley/Langhorne Creek/ Shiraz (44%)/Malbec (9%) from Langhorne Creek; has retained superb purple-crimson hue, and all the intensity and power of the '06 vintage; while there is the obligatory coat of French and American oak, the cascade of black and red fruits more than copes, as do the ripe tannins in a full-bodied red that somehow retains elegance.
Drinking: To 2030; Rating: 96 Points; James Halliday; Australian Wine Companion 2011

Black Label is monolithic, powerful and bulletproof – there is not a single molecule of space within its perfectly polished fuselage. Cabernet, shiraz, malbec and oak are integrated seamlessly. Crucially, it’s still vibrant at five years of age and will live for decades yet. Drinking: 2021-2031; Rating: 95 Points; Wine Taste

Lovely wine, not exactly my style, but very impressive nonetheless. PS. The other red grape it contains is Malbec. Inky black colour and it’s a black hole when it comes to flavour too. Liquorice, mint, blackberry nip and positive cedar and coffee oak. Full bodied and incredibly dense sporting a superb set of thick silky tannins and terrific length -it’s an adjectival sort of wine for sure. Additional flavours of cloves and tar add further interest. Beautifully made and blended. Rated : 95 Points Tasted : Nov10 Alcohol : 15% Price : $130 Closure : Screwcap Drink : 2013 - 2026 The Wine Front; Gary Walsh
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Wolf Blass Platinum Label Shiraz 2005

Wolf Blass Platinum Label Shiraz is the ultimate expression of our winemakers’ masterful skills and showcases the finest individual parcels of fruit from selected vineyards. It provides the winemaking team with the opportunity to strive for perfection, to craft a wine that epitomises vintage, variety and vineyard. Made in extremely limited quantities from low yielding vines in South Australia, each year Wolf Blass Platinum Label is, quite literally, the pick of the crop.

Prior to the 1998 debut vintage, the Wolf Blass winemaking team identified a number of vineyards as worthy of the ‘Platinum Vineyard’ status. The key characters desired from these vineyards are concentration of fruit flavour and colour.

Simultaneously sumptuous and elegant, this vibrant, dark-fruited shiraz marries its brightly lit, spicy and peppery flavours of mulberries, blackberries, dark plums and blueberries with lightly toasty, charry and vanilla oak, that suggests just a hint of caramel. It’s musky and heady, while its lavishly sweet-fruited palate has a meaty and very slightly cooked aspect that compromises neither brightness nor intensity. Supported by fine-grained, powdery tannin, it’s long, persistent and admirably balanced. (Barossa Valley, Eden Valley, $150 retail approx., 19.0/96, drink 2017-2025) Jeremy Oliver

Dense and thick with blue and black fruits, toasty mocha oak and little menthol floating about. Like sniffing at the closed door of a kitchen in anticipation of a great meal to come. On the palate full bodied with palate saturating fine tannin and extract offering flavours of dark fruit, mocha and spice. It has great weight and balance although currently feels a little leaden and solid. Remarkable length of flavour. Needs lots of time. Will it ever be an exciting wine? Perhaps. Rated : 94 Points; Alcohol : 14.5%; Price : $160; Closure : Screwcap; Drink : 2015 - 2030; Gary Walsh; Winorama

A deep and densely flavoured wine, with abundant black fruits and dark chocolate overtones; excellent control of tannin and oak, with some barrel ferment hints. Rating 94 Drink 2025 $157.95 Date Tasted Nov 07 James Halliday

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Woods Crampton Barossa Valley Shiraz 2013

What began as a yearly diversion for label designer Aaron Woods and marketer Nicholas Crampton has grown into almost a full time obsession, with a range of wines from the Barossa and Eden Valley spanning five varieties and numerous styles.
 
The ambition of Woods Crampton is to create unforced wines that showcase the quality of their fruit and tell the story of their vineyards. Minimal intervention winemaking follows to create elegant and expressive wines.

Sourced from a number of low yielding old-vine vineyards, primarily in the Northern Barossa Valley. Still very much in the Woods Crampton style (cold soak and cool fermentation, minimal intervention and oak influence) but slightly more open-knit and expressive in its youth. What we will be drinking whilst we wait for the Eden Valley Shiraz to mature.

Opulently perfumed with aromas of ripe blood plums, black  brambly fruit, exotic spice and an attractive floral lift. A burst of vibrant, supple, slippery dark berry fruit flavours  with a dusting of spice is wrapped in fine tannins building to an impressively long finish.
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Woods Crampton Eden Valley Shiraz 2012

What began as a yearly diversion for label designer Aaron Woods and marketer Nicholas Crampton has grown into almost a full time obsession, with a range of wines from the Barossa and Eden Valley spanning five varieties and numerous styles.
 
The ambition of Woods Crampton is to create unforced wines that showcase the quality of their fruit and tell the story of their vineyards. Minimal intervention winemaking follows to create elegant and expressive wines.

Sourced from three old-vine (fifty to seventy years) vineyards, each contributing a character. Bartsch near the Eden Valley township, gave structure and depth, whilst Batton to the North generosity and fruit weight. Felker added aromatics, bright fruit notes and back palate lift.

The nose is deep and inviting, offering a glimpse of the classic violet / perfumed lift of cooler climate Shiraz. The palate is supple and beautifully fruited with dark berry, boysenberry and spice matched to silky tannins and very subtle oak before a long and bright finish.
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