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Five days pre-ferment cold soak, open-fermented, hand-plunged, matured in oak (30% new) for 9 months. This is as richly fruited as it is savoury, with the flavour and texture of a full-bodied shiraz costing twice as much. The fruit quality is a given, the special quality coming from the perfectly judged, spicy tannins and oak that, despite their power, leave the aftertaste fresh and clear. Drink to: 2035; Price: $22.00; Alcohol: 14%; Top Value Wines $30 & Under; Rating: 94 Points; James Halliday Wine Companion

Talking of staples, I ran a Wine Search on the site today of the most enduring staple of all - Barossa Shiraz - looking for all the wines from the 2015/2016 vintages so far reviewed to score 93/100 or higher. The search revealed a neat 25 wines with one wine in particular streets ahead on value terms (though mostly sold out) and another of its stablemates breathing down its quality/value neck. Take a bow Woods Crampton. Campbell Mattinson; March 16th; News from The Wine Front

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 drinkability 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. Alcohol : 14%; Price : $21; Closure : Screwcap; Drink : 2016 - 2022; Rating: 93 Points; Gary Walsh; The Wine Front

This is meltingly delicious. Powerful aromas of blackberry, spiced cherry, milk chocolate and cedar lead to a delectably expressed palate that is richly fruited and generously textured. The wine shows excellent fruit concentration and density, while remaining balanced and silky. A real crowd-pleaser. At its best: now to 2022. Rating: 93 Points; Sam Kim; Wine Orbit


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