One of the reasons I love the Barossa…and why it can claim to be ‘sacred Shiraz ground’…is the diversity of the vineyard landscape which allows us to produce so many different expressions of Shiraz from the one region. There’s been plenty of talk in recent years about classifying the various sub regions and I have my own views as to which are the best for Shiraz. The deep sandy soils of Ebenezer, the dry, lean and cooler conditions of the Eden Valley and the low yielding, rocky brown soils of Stonewell to the east of Tanunda would be my picks if anyone was to ask.
The Wark Family have been growing Shiraz at Stonewell since they planted their vineyard on their farm in 1995. They grow fantastic Barossa Shiraz, and each vintage for the past few years we’ve been taking a bit more of their fruit. In 2013, we managed to get our hands on enough to release a wine made solely from their vineyard…a wine black in colour, brimming with plums, dark fruits, warm spices and ripe tannins. All the stuff you want to hear when people talk about top Barossa Shiraz. Kym Teusner
Stories, past and present, form the tapestry of the generations who have grown grapes and made wine in the Barossa. They are the core of the many others, artists, chefs and many more, and Kim Teusner pays homage to one such, the Wark family, with this lovely wine redolent of blackberries, blackcurrant, licorice and tar, yet retains elegance. Drink by: 2030; Price: $29.00; Tasted: Sep 2018; Alcohol: 14.5%; Rating: 95 Points & Special Value Star; James Halliday Wine Companion
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