Barossa, Hunter Valley, McLare...
Australia’s oldest, most famous and internationally renowned wine growing region located a short distance from Adelaide, South Australia, the Barossa Valley contains the sub district of the Eden Valley, and is home to some of Australia’s, and the world’s oldest Shiraz vines. The Barossa Valley’s viticultural history extends back to the early 1800’s when English and Prussian immigrants founded vineyards, enterprises and wineries still family owned to this day. The British gentry was led by George Fife Angas (Angaston), Joseph Gilbert (Pewsey Vale), Samuel Smith (Founder of Yalumba in 1847) and William Salter (Saltram 1859). On the other hand a significantly more numerous population of Lutheran’s migrated fleeing the reformation in Prussia, pioneering viticulture and agriculture, numbering among them were names synonymous with the most established wineries in Australia including Johann Gramp (1847), Joseph Seppelt (Seppelt, 1851) and William Jacob (1854). Many of these original families continue in the wine business and own vineyards. The growers of the Barossa have weathered two world wars, drought, flood, bushfire, erratic swings in market preferences from red wine to white (1970’s), the Vine Pull Scheme of the 1980s whereby 130 year old, priceless, low yielding vines were removed due to lack of demand, to emerge stronger than ever, the one constant it’s ancient weathered vineyards and stoic population.
Principally a red wine growing region, historically the varieties planted were Shiraz, Grenache, Mataro (Mourvedre) alongside Pedro Ximenez and Frontignac for the production of fortified wine. The climate is warm and dry, with cool nights and warm to hot days. The Barossa Valley contains a complex typography of valleys, hills slopes and soils. The soils vary widely though the dominate composition is a clay loam and in areas low fertility sandy soils. Although red grapes are more pervasively planted, there are small quantities of white varieties including Semillon, which is often unwooded, with bright lemon zest notes and moderate acidity. Barossa Chardonnay tends to be richer and more generous with Melon and ripe peach notes and is quick to develop and best consumed young. Riesling which are also of a more broad and generous style, though many Barossa based wineries produce more zesty examples from Clare Valley and Eden Valley fruit. Small quantities of Viognier are cultivated, used primarily for blending with Shiraz, though some outstanding mono varietal bottling’s are available, Yalumba Virgilius in particular.
Of the Red varieties Shiraz is king with considerably more planted than Grenache or Mourvedre. Significantly, many of these vines are older than Shiraz or Syrah vines planted in Europe, the Barossa being fortunate enough not to encounter the devastations of phylloxera. Typically Barossa Shiraz is full bodied, lush with notes of blackberry, plum, medium acidity and high, but soft ripe tannins. They are traditionally aged in new oak imparting flavours of graphite and cigar box (new French oak) and coconut and vanilla (new American oak), the wines are renowned for their depth and longevity. The shift in the mid-1990s towards producing blockbuster wines that were high in alcohol fuelled by high Parker scores that then pushed the prices of the wines in America and Asia to new levels encouraged some winemakers to follow suit. The pendulum has now begun to swing in the other direction, led by a new generation of producers committed to making elegant, full to medium bodied Barossa red articulating individual vineyard character.
Many of Australia’s most famous wines are made in the Barossa and some of the most recognised producers include Penfolds, Peter Lehman, Yalumba, Wolf Blass and Henschke. The quintet of Penfolds Grange (mainly old vine Barossa shiraz aged in new American oak), Penfolds RWT Shiraz , Penfolds Magill Estate Shiraz (100% single vineyard), Penfolds Bin 707 Cabernet Sauvignon and Penfolds St Henri Shiraz) are all highly sought after wines. And Henschke’s iconic single vineyard ancient vine Hill of Grace is considered by many to be the equal of Penfolds Grange in terms of both quality and as wine investment. A recent resurgence has seen many smaller artisanal wineries producing outstanding wines on small scale, including Spinifex, Teusner, Ruggabellus, Standish, Kalleske and Head Wines to name a few.
Less pervasively planted are Grenache, Mourvedre and Cabernet Sauvignon. Cabernet Sauvignon prefers a slightly cooler climate and tends to be better in cooler years and the use of French Oak is more common than American. Grenache and Mourvedre are often blended with Shiraz in a traditional Rhone Blend, though also bottles as mono varietal wines. Grenache from the Barossa tends toward sweet fruits, raspberry, with hints of spice and soft tannins. Outstanding producers include Spinifex, Kalleske, Charles Melton and Rusden.
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Australia & New Zealand Complete Book of Wine, Compiled by Len Evans
The Rhone Valley is kept in check by a sweeping Mistral wind that is tunnelled from the north of Rhone to the open and flatter southern Rhone. The Rhone river runs through the valley dividing the schist and granite soils.
The Northern Rhone is a difficult place to grow grapes, the slopes are steep to work and costly. Most of the wines grown are premium styles and its production is tiny when compared to Southern Rhone. Syrah hits new heights here in the form of spicy delights.
Red or White? Mainly red with a small amount of white made. And there is a blend where red and white is co-fermented together in Cote Rotie. Syrah with a splash of viognier - a rarity!
White: Viognier, Marsanne, Roussanne
This is spicy syrah land - black olives, smoked meats, cooking spices and heady florals are common tasting descriptors. And the tannins can be firm and fine in youth, becoming slender with age. The whites are richer and fleshy, viognier is the queen of hedonism.
Guigal, Coursodon, Pierre Gonon, JL Chave, Bernard Faurie, Balthazar, Stephane Ogier
Grenache reigns supreme in the south, although it is commonly blended with Mourvedre and syrah. Planted throughout the region, Grenache loves the warmth and sunny exposition made available to it in southern Rhone. Look out for the galette pebbles found in Chateauneuf du Pape - these heat up during the day and the extra warmth overnight continues to ripen the grapes on the old bush vines.
From rosé to affordable weekday pizza wines (Cotes du Rhone blends) through to ageable beauties like Chateauneuf du Pape, Grenache is a chameleon of grapes centred around vibrant red fruits and slippery tannins.
Red or white? Red and a little rose. There's also a small amount of a fortified white called Muscat de Beaume de Venise
White: Muscat a Petits Grains
Red: Grenache, Mourvedre, Syrah
Cotes du Rhone are the cheerful wines you want to reach for mid-week. Their fleshy and fruit nature make them deliciously enjoyable and they won't burn a hole in your pocket. The pinnacle of Grenache is reached in Chateauneuf du Pape wines. These have built-in structure and can age gracefully for many years. Look out for Village or Cru wines such as Vinsobres, Vaquerays, Gigondas as these are a happy medium between the bookend styles.
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Guigal Cotes du Rhone Rouge 2017 375mlSaturated ruby. Ripe black raspberry and cherry aromas are complicated by suggestions of cracked pepper, allspice and pungent flowers. Supple, appealingly sweet red and blue fruit preserve flavors gain energy with air, and a bright mineral element adds back-end lift. Supple tannins add shape to a persistent, floral-accented finish, which leaves cherry and spice notes behind. JOSH RAYNOLDS
How Guigal year after year extracts such quality from such volume is astonishing. Famous for paying his growers well above market value for their grapes is probably the key. The fact that he treats this wine with every care and respect that her treats his upper eschelon wines is probably the other. Either way this is one of the most consistent wines to come out of France. PWS2017Rhone BlendFrance467$18.00 As low as $16.20
Chapoutier Costiere de Nimes 2017Opens with crème de mure, wild forest fruits and summer raspberries. Plenty of mulled spices and wild herbs. The palate is full and ripe with a tangy hit of salty liquorice on the close. The tannins are soft and plush and provide a nice frame for the fruit to hang off. PWS
A bold, rich and round expression of mixed berries with some wild herbs. Rich, fluid tannins. Smooth and approachable. JamesSuckling.com2017Rhone BlendFrance467$18.00
Chaffey Bros Not Your Grandma Rose 2021It's hard to deny the scrumptious booze that Chaffey brothers are punching out of the Barossa. Daniel Chaffey Hartwig, Theo Engela & Huon Fechner have made it there mission to supply spanking wine for your drinking pleasure in an easy to access and understand package that over-delivers at every drop - nailed it!
Not Your Grandma's Rosé is a 65% of the blend is old vine Grenache from the Lyndoch foothills and from Stockwell, which is co-fermented with 25% of old vine Mourvèdre. The remaining 10% is an aromatic blend of Riesling, Gewürtztraminer, Kerner which give it such a wonderfully spice accented top note that works so well with the strawberry, musk and turkish delight aromas. Crisp with zippy acid that penetrated the juicy red berry and strawberry falvours beautifully with mourvèdre adding a litte grip and lingering spice. Only 11.5% alcohol too with plenty of flavour under the bonnet.
2019Grenache, MourvedreAustralia349Special Price $19.00 Regular Price $22.00 As low as $18.00
Whistler Shock Value Red Blend 2018This is almost too easy to drink in a medium weight, spicy, juicy slug it down drop. Plenty of up-front jubey fruits and a spicy overlay of anise, wood spice and dried, earthy herbs. Its simple without being generic but you don't need to think twice about cracking a bottle. Versatile too and is going to go with most foods you throw at it. Overall a belting little drop. PWS2015RedAustralia349$21.00 As low as $18.90
Whistler Shock Value Red Blend 2020
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Peter Lehmann H & V Shiraz 2019The H&V range are designed to showcase the diversity of the Barossa and in some ways challenge the views of what consumers think. The wine is a blend of mainly Barossa and a touch of Eden fruit which adds a lovely cool edge and offers great value.
Nicel filled with plum, blackberry and dark chocolate flavours. There is a nod to 'traditional' Barossa with the use of American hogsheads. In saying that this is surprisingly elegant and wonderfully put together. Plenty of ripe blackberry conserve and a spicy, leathery lick. We are thoroughly impressed with this little number.2019shirazAustralia349
Head Red GSM 2020
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Rive Droite Rive Gauche Cotes du Rhone 2018Les Vignerons d'Estézargues is a small, innovative co-operative in the little town of Estézargues (20 kms west of Avignon) with a view creating top-notch Rhone with and excellent reputation and track record for quality.
They have access to over 400 hectares of quality vineyards with just 10 members with 400 hectares of scattered quality vineyards. The wine-making is towards natural yeast and minimal intervention to let fruit quality shine - a bold move for a co-op.
Rive Droite Rive Gauche simply means right bank, left bank and the name derives from fruit for the wine being sourced from both sides of the river - the grenache coming mainly from the left (gauche) and the Syrah from the village of Daumazan (on the rive droite), near Tavel. It is also a French film starring the rotund wine-nut actor Gerard Depardieu - fun fact! PWS
They have done it again. This is just pure drinking pleasure. Heady black fruits with red licorice, spice and raspberry flecked throughout. Mid-weight style with silky fruits and a plush palate. Its so gluggable. Bravo! PWS2018Grenache, shirazFrance467
Rusden Driftsand GSM 2020
More product information will be added here soon! In the meantime, if you do have any questions at all about this product or others in our store, you can contact us by phone or email. Our friendly and experienced team are always happy to assist - we love drinking, selling, talking about and being in and around wine!2020GSMAustralia349
Rive Droite Rive Gauche Cotes du Rhone 20202020Grenache, shirazFrance467
Rusden Driftsand GSM 20192019GSMAustralia349
Guigal Cotes du Rhone Rouge 2017Saturated ruby. Ripe black raspberry and cherry aromas are complicated by suggestions of cracked pepper, allspice and pungent flowers. Supple, appealingly sweet red and blue fruit preserve flavors gain energy with air, and a bright mineral element adds back-end lift. Supple tannins add shape to a persistent, floral-accented finish, which leaves cherry and spice notes behind. JOSH RAYNOLDS2017Rhone BlendFrance467Special Price $23.00 Regular Price $28.00 As low as $20.00
Pierre Amadieu Cotes du Rhone Roulepierre 2019It's been a while since we have tried the Pierre Amadieu wines and recent tasting made us question why we had for so long. A quality producer that makes a range of great northern and southern Rhone wines. There entry level CDR is a bit of a flagship and is such a joy to drink. PWS
A 75-25 blend of Grenache and Syrah, the 2018 Cotes du Rhone Roulepierre is a fruit-forward offering with substantial weight for a "simple" Côtes du Rhône. Raspberries, cherries and garrigue come together on the charming nose, while silky tannins frame the palate and linger easily on the finish. ...It's a solid value. JOE CZWERWINSKI, eRobertParker.com2018Rhone BlendFrance467$23.00 As low as $20.70
Torzi Matthews Schist Rock Shiraz 20192019shirazAustralia349$24.00 As low as $21.60
Uva Non Grata Gamay Noir 20202020GamayFrance467
Torbreck Hillside Shiraz Roussanne 20202020shirazAustralia349Special Price $25.00 Regular Price $32.00
Chaffey Bros La Conquista Tempranillo Grenache Graciano 2017
The Chaffey boys don't own any fruit and this thoroughly works to their advantage. Being able to source the best old vine material and best plots gives them an edge over mother nature while allowing access to some awesome fruit. This is usually a blend of 65% Barossa tempranillo, 25% old vine Barossa grenache, and 10% graciano from Eden Valley.
Lifted and bright this about pure drinking pleasure. A bit of licorice and spice with punchy fruit and pepper to the fore. Mid-weight in style with everything in its place. Perfect Wed night wine. PWS
Barossa blend of tempranillo, garnacha and graciano.
Great drink. Up-front with blue- and black-berry fruit flavour with lacings of peppercorn and coal. It feels gentle and refreshing and yet it’s hearty in volume terms. Bright with flavour. CAMPBELL MATTINSON, The Wine front2017Grenache, tempranilloAustralia349Special Price $25.00 Regular Price $26.00
Chaffey Bros La Conquista Tempranillo Grenache Graciano 20182018Grenache, tempranilloAustralia349
Hentley Farm Barossa Shiraz 2018 375ml2018shirazAustralia349
Hentley Farm Barossa Shiraz 2019 375ml2019shirazAustralia349
Brokenwood Hunter Valley Shiraz 2017 375ml2017shirazAustralia407
Selon Letang Cinsault 2019A range of wines that express the character of their grape varieties in Guillaume's preferred style, hence 'Selon Létang' (according to the winemaker Guillaume Létang). The style? Sleekly built but with plenty of flavour - nailed it!
This 'croquant' Cinsault is bright and deliciously enjoyable. Unoaked, vibrant redcurrant and raspberry fruit with a wild, delicately tannic herbaceous edge. There is an almost Pinot Noir like edge to these wines or a north-west Spanish feel with its minerally flecked fruit. Either way it's a lovely Cinsault and makes us wonder why we don't see more. PWS
Selon Letang Cinsault 20202020CinsaultFrance467
Izway Blue Label Mataro 2019Izway is literally a bunch of mates making wine and what they make is Damn good! They have one of the only off-grid wineries in the world with a focus on best sites in the Barossa to make a range of stellar tasting wines that over-deliver and always have that something special you can't quite put your finger on.
They are all about pure fruit and site expression un-hindered by lashings of new-oak that hide the nuance of their wines. Wine-making is a hands-off approach intervening where necessary. One to watch if you don't already know them.
The amount of great straight Mataro (Mouvedre) coming out of the Barossa is such a pleasant surprise. There seems to be a lighter touch these days without losing any of the grape's inherent wild nature. Combine that with the talent at Izway and you have a real winner. This opens to deep broody fruits with mineral and graphite infused nose, layered with dark peppery notes. This has lovely structure and depth as you would expect but made in a style that allows the pure fruit to shine and the palate to remain buoyant and fresh. PWS2019monastrellAustralia349
SC Pannell Diavola Nero dAvola 20202020Nero d'AvolaAustralia436
Vino de Montana Garnacha, Rufete & Pinuela 2017
Vinos de Montaña is a range of mountain wines from high-altitude vineyards in Sierra de Gredos and other historic growing areas in the Sistema Central, the mountain chain that divides the Iberian Peninsula in its Northern and Southern halves. Based mostly on very old Garnacha vines on granite soil.
Based on Garnache and an incredible blend of local grape varieties full of depth and complexity. 100% organic, the vineyard is situated on mountain terraces of the South of Castilla y Leon. Cool nights allow to retain plenty of freshness and the granitic soil further character. Flavours of ripe dark cherries, red plums and a hint of spice. A cracker! PWS2017GrenacheSpain459
Agathist Alchemy First Wine Grenache 20172017GrenacheAustralia349
Yelland & Papps Vin de Soif 2017Around 70% grenache, 25% mataro, 5% carignan from multiple vineyards with an average age of 87yo. Wild yeast-open fermented with a portion of whole bunches with some time on skins and touch of older oak to round it out.
Its lifted and pretty on the nose that follows into a pure, plump and juicy plum and berry fruits, with a touch of sour cherry bite and plenty of spicy on the close. Sits somewhere between light and medium bodied with lovely balance and plenty of freshness. Juicy and up-front deliciousness that keeps on giving. We dare you to have just one glass! PWS
2017Carignan, Grenache, Mourvedre, shirazAustralia349
Laughing Jack Jack's Shiraz 20182018shirazAustralia349
Cirillo Vincent Grenache 20202020GrenacheAustralia349
Main & Cherry Cabernet Sauvignon 20172017Cabernet SauvignonAustralia349$28.00 As low as $25.20
SC Pannell Basso Garnacha 20192019GrenacheAustralia436$29.00 As low as $26.10
Ministry of Clouds Shiraz 20202020shirazAustralia436
SC Pannell Tempranillo Touriga 20182018tempranillo, TourigaAustralia436
Sherrah Red et al Grenache, Shiraz, Nero D'Avola 2019
This was a delight and utterly delicious surprise. The funny thing was, that this wine was bought in by accident but we loved it so much we just had to have some. These are small batch, Mclaren Vale wines with a focus on freshness with Alex Sherrah heading the charge. We love what he is doing and know you will too.
Lifted with peppery, sweet spice and bright fruit that is a mash-up of raspberry, black currant and blackberry all fused together. Forward and fleshy with lovely focus and full of energy. The palate is long and easy to enjoy with the blend providing plenty of interest and something a little different to the usual GSM coming out of the region. Top stuff!2019GrenacheAustralia436
Ministry of Clouds Carignan Grenache 20202020Carignan, GrenacheAustralia436
Heart Wines Danger Shiraz 20182018shirazAustralia436
Aphelion Welkin Grenache 2020
Welkin is an Old English term which means ‘Vault of the Sky.’ Well, I’m old, and English, so it makes sense. It does, however, sound like an Old English term for something quite different. Tasted alongside the Aphelion Confluence 2019, and I like this here Welkin more. And as an aside, I once spent a night in Devon where I wandered into a barn, and all the locals were drinking scrumpy direct from barrel. The dialect was something else, and I remember it well, though I don’t quite remember the walk back to my B&B. Or mebbe I were jis welkin funny.
Raspberry frog, spiced strawberries, something like iron filings to smell, and a pumice stone texture as it continues. It’s fresh, lively, has grip and interest, and finishes chalky and pretty long, with a sort of rosy and cool minty perfume as it goes. Lovely drink. Excellent. GARY WALSH2020GrenacheAustralia436
Sherrah Shiraz 2019
Well I think Mike Bennie's review says it all. This is part of the new wave of South Australian producers with a new look of bright, gluggable and deceptively serious wines. No more flattening your palate with 110% oak, this is crunchy and fresh with a nod to it's warm home in the Vale. This is a winemaker to watch. PWS
The bottle says ‘the king of the Vale’ which is directed probably at the variety shiraz, but I’d say, like our existing monarchy in Australia, it’s a vestige of past – all hail grenache! (and other red grapes).
Whatever your take on MVale shiraz, this is one that has mojo. Indeed, it’s stellar. It’s rippling with tannin, sure, it’s all dark fruit, dried fruits, kirsch and choc-strawberries, but there’s grip and pucker, good spice, light green herbal detail and a long but fresh finish. It’s hearty, slurpy, heartland stuff, but done really well, effortless you could say, and easy to like. MIKE BENNIE, The Wine Front2019Nero d'AvolaAustralia436
Michael Hall Sang de Pigeon Shiraz 2017...the wines are as impressive as his experience suggests they should be. JAMES HALLIDAY
Michael was once a jewellery valuer for Sotheby's but moved to Australia in 2001 to pursue studies and a career in winemakeing - and we are glad he did. There is nothing in his porftolio that isn't either well crafted, beautifully handled and/or speaks so eloquently of place. His work in Australia and abroad is a veritable who's who of producers including Cullen, Giaconda, Henschke, Shaw + Smith, Coldstream Hills and Veritas. In France he cut his teeth with Domaine Leflaive, Meo-Camuzet, Vieux Telegraphe and Trevallon. Wow!
Hand-picked in Greenock and Stone Well, wild fermented in open fermenter and closed puncheons, 5% whole bunch, matured in French oak barrels for 21 months (10% new). Blended with 15% Eden Valley and Adelaide Hills Shiraz. PWS
Fruit takes the front seat here, blackcurrants, note of red fruit and a dusting of cinnamon spice. Medium bodied, smooth and loaded with velvety tannin. Nothing overdone or out of place.
95, JAMES HALLIDAY
Marcoux Raisin de Loup NV Vin de FranceNVRhone BlendFrance467
Ministry of Clouds Tempranillo Grenache 20192019Grenache, tempranilloAustralia436
Marco Abella Garnacha Carinyena Syrah 20182018Carignan, Grenache, shirazSpain459$32.00 As low as $28.80
Sherrah Nero D'Avola 20182018GrenacheAustralia436$32.00 As low as $28.80
Rouleur Blewitt Springs Shiraz 20202020shirazAustralia436
Torbreck Steading GSM 2018 375mlTorbreck's full-bodied 2016 The Steading is a sturdy Barossa blend of Grenache, Shiraz and Mataro. Hints of smoke and grilled meat bring savory complexity to the cherry and raspberry fruit. Firm tannins suggest cellaring a year or two, but they also serve to define the fruit, imparting shape and length to the palate. JOE CZERWINSKI, eRobertParker2018GSMAustralia349
Torbreck The Struie 2018 375mlThe Struie is a blend of both Barossa Valley floor fruit and higher Eden Valley fruit which relects the cooler side of the regions and for us has made it one of the go-to wines from Torbeck.
The Eden fruit is sourced from vineyards sitting between 400 - 50 metres and lends a lovely focus to the fruit with a distinct line of fesh, minerally acidity, notable blue fruits and fine grain tannins. The marriage of 40 year old vines in the Eden and 80 year old vines in the Barossa off up the perfect marriage of elegance and intensity. PWS
The Struie is a wonderfully aromatic and deeply concentrated wine produced from the harmonious combination of both regions, delivering layers of dark chocolate characters and defining structure. Nuances of plum, blackberries, violets and hidden spice characters all further enhance the natural elegance and tension of the fruit quality. The Struie will certainly age tremendously well over the next decade. TORBECK