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Spinifex La Maline Shiraz 2012

The red grapes comes from a selection of old vines - up to 80/90 years in some plots - grown in the Eden Valley and Barossa Ranges including fruit from the brilliant, rocky vineyard that produced 2009's Vallée des Roche. These cool, elevated sites bring this cuvée lovely, lifted aromas of crushed red plum, black raspberry and beautiful violet notes. The Roussanne adds intriguing aromatics of ginger spice. Naturally balanced, the palate is super fine, pure and delineated. Lovely, powdery tannins kick in at the back driving the wine to another level. This has roughly 20% new oak. Pete uses the thick stave Tronçais 'Magic Cask' barrels from Dominique Laurent's artisanal cooperage, for this cuvee which has been sumptuously folded into the old vine fruit during the long, slow maturation.

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Price: $59.99


Spinifex La Maline Shiraz Viognier 2008

Ten of the best new wineries: Wow what an impressive newcomer this is, owned by New Zealand-born Peter Schell and French-born wife Magali Gely. After graduation from Roseworthy they worked for four vintages in the south of France, and when they established Spinifex, it was only natural to focus on Mourvèdre, Grenache, Shiraz and Cinsault. Great wine and immaculate packaging is a heady mixture... So far as I am concerned Spinifex out-Torbrecks Torbreck. James Halliday

Barossa & Eden Valleys; Shiraz 94%; Viognier 6%; Vivid, deep garnet with blue hues. The nose is bright and lifted with sweet blackberries, dark rose petals, crème de cassis, ripe raspberries, praline, bitter chocolate, coffee, earth and subtle wood smoke/toast with a hint of jasmine tea. A full bodied wine displaying complex flavours that range through red plum, ripe raspberry and subtle wood spice. The palate is tightly structured with a bright long finish. Although drinking beautifully now, cellaring will reward. (Diam cork closure)

It’s labelled Barossa and so it is, but it’s 63 percent Eden Valley, 32 percent Barossa Valley, 4 percent Adelaide Hills and 1 percent undisclosed. The viognier component makes up 4 percent. Figured as much. Lovely wine. Viognier is quite prominent aromatically and yet it’s dry and elegant to taste. Long sheets of tannin, flavours of blueberry jam, notes of earth and aniseed and a spicy, smoky aftertaste. Easy to drink and yet taut and controlled throughout. As with so many 2008 reds from the Barossa … I keep wanting just a little more length. Rated : 92 Points Alcohol : 14.5% Price : $48 Closure : Screwcap Drink : 2012 - 2018 By Campbell Mattinson; The Wine Front

Good purple-red, although not particularly vibrant; a very rich and complex wine, texture and structure excellent; the bouquet is aromatic and the full-bodied palate has abundant fruit, but this blend (Shiraz/Viognier) best delivers vibrancy in cool climates. 94 Points; James Halliday

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St Hallett Blackwell Shiraz 2012

About 10 years ago when The WineStar Journal was in its infancy, I reckon every second week saw us feature a Barossa Shiraz. We loved the stuff, our readers loved the stuff, wine critics loved the stuff. Hell, even Robert Parker, the US market and most of the free world loved Barossa Shiraz. The problem was every winemaker and his dog (every winemaker has a dog) began making one. And many weren't that good. Souped up, one dimensional, dead fruit, extracted, hot, alcoholic, fruit bombs were just some of the criticisms levelled at the genre. The quality brand of Barossa Shiraz had become diluted somewhat. This wine almost bought a nostalgic tear to my eye. It encapsulates exactly what Barossa Shiraz is and should be. It is no stranger to anyone here.

Given the quality and pedigree of the marque, the vintage and the region, the expectation of quality is high, but the result is in another league. Sourced from old vine fruit in Seppeltsfield, Greenock and Ebenezer it shows ripe and luscious blueberry and spicy cherry aromas with hints of licorice, mocha and earth. The intensity of fruit continues in the mouth, the oak and acid played to perfection, the finish never ending. This is an Exceptional wine and a poignant reminder of how great and amazing value Barossa Shiraz is. Drink: Now – 2020+; Quality: Exceptional BW; WineStar© June 2014

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St Hallett Old Block Shiraz 2005

Finely crafted and harmoniously balanced, with a juicy presence of blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, cassis and dark plums tightly knit with sweet, gamey chocolate-like oak and underpinned by fine, crunchy tannin. It's spicy and aromatic, laced throughout by nuances of cloves and cinnamon. Long and vibrant, it finishes with lingering dark fruits and a bright acidity. 94 points; Jeremy Oliver

It pumps out sweet dark fruit backed with liberal toasty oak which, it must be said, smells alarmingly like a meat lovers pizza replete with BBQ sauce. There’s a menthol and floral perfume floating above it all too. In the mouth full bodied and dramatic with lashings of sweet black and red fruit, spicy clove and toast oak, aniseed and some more earthy flavours - almost overbearing in the amount of sweet (fruit) and savoury (oak) flavour it delivers. There’s also smooth ultra-fine grained (but firm) tannin, good freshness and excellent length of flavour. 94 points; Gary Walsh, The Wine Front

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Starlite Barossa Valley Shiraz 2009

Frustrated by the price creep of particularly, 'big company' wines, we set out to make the best possible example of an approachable, fruit driven and vibrant Australian Shiraz while keeping the resultant cost 'real' - this being the brief for all Starlite Wines produced by WineStar. The decision to source fruit from the Barossa Valley was an easy one given this famous region provides the complexity yet approachability of the style of Shiraz we were seeking. We specifically targeted Lyndoch for our fruit source.

The 2009 vintage began with an unusual cool December which also provided good rain. This was very much appreciated following burst of heat in mid-January and another at the end of the month. The balance was restored with some cooler nights which allowed steady ripening and flavour definition. Vintage began early, in the second week of February which allowed excellent balance between ripeness and acidity. The wine saw some subtle oak handling with a combination of new and seasoned, both French and American oak for one year.

The Starlite Barossa Valley Shiraz 2009 is a bright and youthful purple colour. The nose represents all that is great about Barossa Shiraz with dark cherry, raspberry and spice aromas that are packaged in a lifted aromatic vibrancy. The luscious fruit flavours continue in the mouth with a juicy undertone of luscious bright and ripe red fruits, combined with the gentlest of oak influences and a medium bodied and rounded palate. Will drink over the next five years but gorgeous right about now!

Looks good, tastes good..and the the price is right – come on down. Plum cake and bramble fruit, dried mint and pot pourri, iron filings and a general spicy sauciness. It’s medium to full bodied with a juicy red fruited flavour – almost to dried cranberry – a light dry furry tannic grip (though a friendly one) and a little dried herb on the finish. Has good shape and control, but  rolls along smoothly and drinks with effortless ease. Spot on. Rated : 91 Points Tasted : Nov11 Alcohol : 14% Price : $16.99 Closure : Screwcap Drink : 2011 - 2015; By Gary Walsh; The Wine Front

The star of Starlite, a stonking new bargain range from WineStar. Capturing the rich, juicy, succulent generosity of the Barossa while maintaining a poise, freshness and fruit purity – a tough balancing act and it’s taken one of the Barossa’s most talented makers to pull it off. Get on board the Starlite express!  91 Points Tyson Stelzer, Wine Taste.

Bargain of the Week: Huon Hooke, Sydney Morning Herald
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Price: $12.99

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Tahbilk Shiraz 2008 1500ml Magnum

Good rugged shiraz which can often be found at a very keen price. Some nutty oak, spice and pepper, eucalyptus, plum and mixed berries – a licorice richness evolving with air. It’s medium to full bodied and ‘technical tasters’ may quibble with the slightly dessicated tannin and baked fruit flavour profile, but there’s rugged charm and interest here too. The Cabernet is the better wine this vintage, but over the short to medium term this will provide a good amount of pleasure. Give it a little decant before serving. Rated : 90 Points; Tasted : Jul11 Alcohol : 14.5% Closure : Screwcap Drink : 2011 - 2016; Gary Walsh; The Wine Front

A darker, rich and ripe, full-bodied style with mulberry-like fruit, mocha and background suggestions of mint, the palate nicely rounded, balanced and firmly structured and with a pedigree to age long term. Graeme Phillips – Sunday Tasmanian

Another lovely red from this historic winery, this shows dark berry fruit, white pepper, spice and licorice on the nose and palate, with restrained oak and fine, firm tannins on the finish. Enjoy now with a good steak or rich lamb stew but if you have the patience another decade in the cellar will provide ample returns. Mike Frost – Brisbane Courier Mail

The 2008 Shiraz reveals a deep garnet-purple colour and notes of dried plums, blackberry and black cherry preserves and mulberries over chocolate, aniseed, tar and damp earth. Very crisp and full bodied in the mouth, it provides firm, tight-knit tannins and a good amount of black berry and earthy flavours that linger long onto the finish. Lisa Peroti-Brown, MW – eRobertParker.com

Tahbilk’s reds rarely disappoint, and the consistency continues with this release. It’s a wine of good personality and character, too. It’s packed with enticing aromas of blackberry, dark cherry, plum, eucalypt and liquorice. Ripe, rich flavours of dark berries, plum and spice liquorice aren’t too big and bold. Chunky tannins drive the flavour while bright acid keeps things light. There’s a good finish to this, too, with ripe dark-fruit flavours and liquorice. Food match - Rare roast beef; Ben Thomas; Melbourne Weekly
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Price: $34.99

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Te Mata Bullnose Syrah 2011

Full, even, purple-hued ruby-red colour. This has an elegantly full and voluminous bouquet that reveals aromas of dark red berry fruits, dark red florals, white and black pepper and spices that are seamlessly entwined, building to form an intensely concentrated core. Medium-full bodied, the palate is extremely elegant in proportion with velvety smooth and finely extracted tannins. Lifted dark red berry fruits, florals, white and black peppercorns flow with a gentle juiciness and spicy richness. Oaking is very subtle and sensitive adding nuances to the spice. Poised acidity enlivens the fruit expression. This is seamless and the wine has excellent drive and line leading to a very long, lingering finish with spice and floral elements. This is a very elegant and fine-featured Syrah with seamless pepper and spices flavours. Serve with Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cuisine over the next 5-6 years. 100% Syrah fruit from the ‘Bullnose' vineyard fermented to 13.0% alc., the wine aged 15 months in new and seasoned French oak barrels. 18.5/20 Dec 2012 RRP $49.00  Raymond Chan Wine Reviews
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Teusner Avatar Grenache Shiraz Mataro 2012

Often referred to as the big brother to our un-oaked Joshua GMS, the 2012 Avatar release has a little more Shiraz in the blend than other recent vintages and we consider it our stand out wine of the vintage. Grenache still dominates the blend with spice and red-fruited lift and Mataro adds earthiness and some resounding bass notes. A blend of Grenache 40%, Shiraz 30% Mataro 30%; The Avatar sees approximately 12 months in seasoned French and American oak…we work on the premise that oak should be a seasoning to add complexity and savoury nuance to a wine and it should never dominate the fruit. With vines that average 90 years of age, we want the fruit and earth to speak with the clearest voice. Medium-bodied with great definition, fruit clarity and a lovely seam of bright acidity, the 2012 Avatar is a wine that we are very pleased with….and we are sure you will be too. Teusner 

The 2012 Avatar shows a generous, expressive bouquet with plum and black cherry aromas with a splash of higher toned cranberry. Underlying the ripe fruit you’ll find hints of Asian spice, dried citrus peel, licorice, gingerbread, milk chocolate, jasmine and notes of well-integrated mocha oak. Vibrant, well-weighted and spice-laden on the initial entry to the palate, the Avatar shows ripe fruit flavours of plum, blackberry and black cherry with hints of raspberry and cranberry providing lift. There are hints of Asian and baking spice, ginger-cake, chocolate, dried flowers, licorice and judicious, seasoned oak along with a healthy dose of earthy, Mataro goodness. Medium-bodied on the palate the wine wraps up with great balance, bright acidity, supple, ripe tannins and a finish that is both persistent and spicy. Enjoy the 2012 Teusner Avatar over the next 5-8 years.

A 40/30/30% blend of grenache, mataro and shiraz from 90-year-old vines, which spent 12 months in used oak. Bright crimson-purple; the aromas and flavours of this beautifully balanced and structured medium-bodied wine have plum to the fore one moment, black cherry the next, supple and ripe tannins providing a discrete framework for this precocious display of fruit. Rating: 95 Points;  Drink By: 2022; Price: $35.00; Date Tasted: 03 Jul 2013; Alcohol: 14.5%; James Halliday Wine Companion

Well if the 2012 Joshua was the best they’ve yet made, then I reckon this might be too. Grenache 40%, Shiraz 30% Mataro 30%; This may well be about as good as Barossa GSM gets? Strong colour leads into a deliciously aromatic and tasty wine. Hazelnut, floral notes, iron, boysenberry, cherry pips and a hard-to-describe-sensibly sensation of what might best be called ‘stony’. Medium bodied with bell clear fine acidity and equally fine tannin. Serious length. And for all those serious bits, still just so irresistibly yum. You’re having your cake and eating it here. Rated : 95 Points Tasted : Mar13 Alcohol : 14.5% Price : $30 Closure : Screwcap Drink : 2013 - 2020 Gary Walsh; The Wine Front

I had an interesting discussion with Kym Teusner this year on blends and the history of the Joshua and the Avatar. Both were first made in 2002, a couple of years before the juggernaut of the Riebke Shiraz “came and got in the way” [said with a wry chuckle]. Kym and Michael Page love their blends and they worked hard to get them established early on. It’s paid off big time. I also asked whether the use of a moniker without reference to varieties was a conscious choice? “Our distributors get into us every day about it, but yeah it was a conscious decision. Put the word Grenache on something and it instantly becomes hard to get people to taste it.” In time the Australian wine scene will be grateful for the hard-nosed approach taken.

And now to undo all their work I’ll let you know it’s a blend of 40% Grenache, 30% Shiraz and 30% Mataro that spends about ten months in French and American oak – savoury oak it is too, adding structure, texture and a mocha character to the back-palate. Wonderfully aromatic. Lavender, cherries, raspberries, anise, dried orange peel, ferrous earth and chocolate coated ginger. The architecture is stunning. Cranberry accented acidity and ripe, graphite/mineral tannin. It moves from entry to exit without any interruption and the extension is remarkable. Has juicy fruit flavours but it’s ultimately a savoury wine. The Mataro’s Asian spice character lingers as an aftertaste. Terrific now and has the potential to be even more special in the years to come. Rating: 95+ Points; Excellent – Exceptional; Region: Barossa Valley; Alcohol: 14.5%; Closure: Screwcap; Price: $35; Tasted: March 2013; Jeremy Pringle; Wine Will Eat Itself

Kym Teusner considers Avatar his standout wine of an outstanding season. There’s a little more shiraz in the blend than usual this year, (30%), but grenache retains the lead (40%), with strong support from mataro (30%), all from vines averaging an incredible 90 years of age. The result is an incredible expression of red and black fruits of all kinds, with hints of mixed spice and orange rind, framed carefully in dark chocolate from seasoned French and American oak. It’s all delightfully composed, intricately interwoven with a mesh of finely structured, softly textured tannins, impeccably polished and ready to go. Wow, this is one of the great Avatars. Drink:  2013-2020; Rating: 95 Points; Tyson Stelzer; Wine Taste
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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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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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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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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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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 Adam’s 21st Aberfeldy is the best wine this talented man has ever made. More than this, it is one of the finest red wines to bear the great name of the Clare Valley in the modern era. This is a stonking Aberfeldy that captures the depth and magnificence of an epic season, layered with all the savoury complexity that Tim Adams masterfully coaxes out of his beloved Clare. Its depth of succulent black plum, black cherry and blackberry fruit is tremendous, mesmerising, alluring. 100% new American oak dissolves into its generous folds in nuances of high cocoa dark chocolate. Fruit line and precision are rapturous and enduring, laced together with finely structured, well poised tannins. It will probably live very long, but I dare you to keep your hands off it. RRP $65. Drink: 2015-2025; Rating: 97 Points. Tyson Stelzer, Wine Taste Weekly Edition 153.

A venerable vineyard established by the Birks back in 1904. Ahhh, the old velvet fog strikes again. Black and red fruit, spices, sage, mocha and vanilla - perfect integration of fruit and oak - a wine in fine voice. Medium to full bodied, silky smooth and supple, chocolate and berries mixed with toast and earthen flavours. Superb length. Pitch perfect. Luxurious to drink now, with cellar time no problem either. Suspect it’s the best Aberfeldy yet. Tasted: May14 Alcohol: 14.5% Price: $65 Closure: Screwcap Drink: 2014 - 2025+ Rating: 95 Points; Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front.

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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 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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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

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. Cellar to 2042; Rating: 96 Points; Top Cellaring Selections - James Halliday's Wine Companion

This is the best Turkey Flat shiraz of their 25 vintages to date. The colour is deep red-purple and the bouquet reveals plum and raspberry, dark cherry and spice aromas in a fruit-driven, subtly oaken style. A full-bodied red of purity, poise and harmony. Long-term potential. Best 2018-2042. 14.5% alc; Rating: 95 Points; Huon Hooke, Sydney Morning Herald

Turkey Flat has slowly, slowly become a more sophisticated wine over the years. It’s the same same, but different. This release has it where it’s been wanting to be. 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. Rated : 94 Points Alcohol : 14.5% Price : $45 Closure : Screwcap Drink : 2017 - 2026+ Campbell Mattinson; The Wine Front

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Turners Crossing Shiraz Viognier 2012

The colour of this wine is a deep, deep red, matched in intensity by its aroma of concentrated ripe black fruits, complex spice and savoury elements. The gentle hints of spicy apricot are thanks to the Viognier component. The year 2012 was very warm, which created a very intense palate, complementary to the aromas. Have a sip and be blown away by this wine’s round, full flavour profile, which shows intense fruit characters and earthy, savoury elements. The enduring tannins frame the structure of the wine nicely and there’s a lingering mineral acidity that balances the wine right to the final note. This drop expresses the classic terroir for which Bendigo is so well loved, and shines as a result excellent vintage conditions. If you like your wines big and brash, then drink this now. Give it a few years in the bottle and you’ll see it soften and round out nicely.

Bendigo shiraz-viognier co-fermented with wild yeast in open wooden vats and then aged in all-French oak. It’s a fragrant mix of spice and ripe, well-judged fruit. Appeal is its middle name. Flavours of blackberry and boysenberry with clove, pepper and various other spice-box elements. Has an effortless, straight-up, medium-bodied drinkability and yet there’s the tannin here to keep it ticking over in the cellar for a good amount of time. Indeed the longer you sit with this wine the more it impresses. Rated : 92+ Points Alcohol : 14.5% Price : $26 Closure : Screwcap Drink : 2015 - 2025; Campbell Mattinson; The Wine Front

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Price: $19.99

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