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A personal expression of the Barossa’s fine Shiraz tradition, Saltram’s The Eighth Maker is the embodiment of the proud winemaking heritage established by founder, William Salter, in 1859. Current Senior Winemaker, Nigel Dolan, has  crafted this wine with the influences of the region and the seven Senior Winemakers before him. In a life that has come full circle, the Saltram winery in the Barossa played a significant role at the beginning of Nigel’s life, forming his interests and ideals as the son of a winemaker. Now much later– and as Saltram’s eighth Senior Winemaker– his family, his passions and his vocation are once again irrevocably tied to this winery and the region. The Eighth Maker is personal, intimate and an insight into one Winemaker’s journey for excellence. The Eighth Maker 2002 sets the standard for iconic Australian Shiraz.

The winner of the 2003 Jimmy Watson Trophy, the most hotly contested since the extraordinary 1998 vintage wines competed during 1999. The Eighth Maker 2002 sets a benchmark for others to follow. The Eighth Maker Shiraz 2002 is deep velvet red with rich violet hues in the glass. The aromas present on the nose are, the very essence of Barossa Shiraz. Complex, layered aromas of blackcurrant, liquorice, spice dark berry and cherry continue to develop further complexity on the elegant, complex palate. Subtle French oak notes and refined bottle maturation characters complete this truly magnificent wine.

Jimmy Watson Trophy - 2003 Royal Melbourne Wine Show
Gold Medal - 2003 Royal Melbourne Wine Show

Dedicated to the eight winemakers who have worked at Saltram since 1859 (Peter Lehman was there from 1960 to 1979), this new super-premium Barossa shiraz is deeply coloured with aromas of dark fruits, cedar and vanilla from new French oak and eve n a little star anise. Complex and balanced, ripe, yet not jammy, this intense and concentrated wine also has a good deal of finesse. A wine to put away for at least another 10 years. Australian Financial Review

A super-stylish and contemporary shiraz with all the bells and whistles. Its brambly, smoky aromas of pristine dark cherries, cassis and cedary oak are backed by undertones of smoked bacon and licorice. Silky-smooth and spotless, its sumptuous and harmoniously crafted palate is saturated with flavours of dark berries, plums and dark chocolate, backed by suggestions of smoked meats. Framed by the finest of tannins, it’s exceptionally long and measured, culminating in a slightly salty and savoury finish. (Barossa Valley, $200 retail approx, release April 2006, 19.3/97, drink 2014-2022+) Jeremy Oliver, OnWine

The third vintage of Saltram's flagship Barossa Shiraz, The Eighth Maker, is dense and concentrated... cedary notes mixing with flavours of new leather and dark berries. Layered and persistent, it promises to be around at least until the next generation of Dolans wins another JW (Jimmy Watson Trophy). On the Shelf; Gourmet Traveller Wine

Excellent hue, still purple-red; a prime example of a great, cool vintage in the Barossa; tight, blackberry fruit; long, lingering tannins. Cork. Rating: 94 points. Drink: 2017. 2007 James Halliday Wine Companion

There'll be few better wines released this year than the majestic drop crafted by Nigel Dolan, Saltram's Eighth Maker. Winner of the prestigious 2003 Jimmy Watson Trophy- it’s an absolute belter. Drop of the Week; Kerry Skinner


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