StarDozen – Barossa Shiraz is King
South Australia’s Barossa Valley is one of Australia’s oldest and finest wine producing regions with Shiraz being the King of the Valley.
3 bottles Jim Barry Lodge Hill Shiraz 2013
3 bottles Teusner The Bilmore Barossa Shiraz 2014
3 bottles Kalleske Pirathon Shiraz 2014
3 bottles Woods Crampton Barossa Valley Shiraz 2015
Jim Barry Lodge Hill Shiraz 2013
Full crimson-purple; the back label proclaims that the Lodge Hill Vineyard is the highest in the Clare Valley at 440m (it isn't), and the wine has cool-grown nuances in its bloodstream; jet black fruits have rivulets of licorice, pepper and spice with banks of fine, savoury tannins. Drink By: 2033; Price: $22; Date Tasted: Feb 2015; Alcohol: 14.5%; Rating: 93 Points; James Halliday
Teusner The Bilmore Barossa Shiraz 2014
Good colour; a rich, fruit-slapping mouthful that draws you swiftly back for a second mouthful, and in no time the bottle is empty, especially if you have shared it with another. The finish is remarkable, light and almost airy, yet with a savoury note that serves to highlight the fruit. Drink to: 2039; Price: $26.00; Alcohol: 14.5%; Rating: 96 Points; James Halliday Wine Companion
Kalleske Pirathon Shiraz 2014
Pirathon Shiraz 2014 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.
Woods Crampton Barossa Valley Shiraz 2015
Includes 5% Mataro in the blend, I did not know that, but it’s a smart move. It’s as tasty and accessible as ever, and also carries its trademark drinkabilty and understated style. Plum and blue fruits, peanuts in dark chocolate, plenty of spice, touch of stalk and meaty funk, with a subtle floral perfume. Medium bodied, silky and well knit, with fine grained graphite tannin, balanced acidity, and an even finish of good length. Feels glossy and ready to go, though a couple of years in the cellar will likely show further improvement. Rating: 93 Points; Drink: 2016-2022; Price: $21; Date Tasted: May 2016; Alcohol: 14%; Gary Walsh - The Wine Front
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