From the richness of the perennial favourite from Heirloom Vineyards to the lithe and youthful personality of The Standish Wine Company, the heady floral perfumes floating from the Sons of Eden to the layered texture of the Hobbs 1905, sip your way across the breadth of Barossa flavours with this handful of wines.
With these four options and a backup bottle each of the Sons of Eden and Heirloom Vineyards wines, your wine glass (and cellar) will be bursting with Barossa bravado.
In this pack you’ll find one each of the following:
THE STANDISH WINE COMPANY The Relic Single Vineyard Shiraz Viognier, Barossa Valley 2019
HOBBS OF BAROSSA 1905 Shiraz, Barossa Valley 2019
And two each of:
SONS OF EDEN Zephyrus Shiraz, Barossa Valley 2018
HEIRLOOM VINEYARDS Shiraz, Barossa Valley 2019
14 parcels from across the Eden (55%) and Barossa Valleys (45%) vinified with a multitude of techniques and an overarching 15 months maturation in French hogsheads (40% new). The oak is obvious, but so too is the depth of the blackberry and licorice fruit.
96 points, Wine Companion (February 2020)
Rich supple style offering plenty of dark cherry, blackberry and chocolate with spicy creamy oak on top and some mint and floral perfume. Dense tannin, kind of savoury, saline and toasty too, with a pretty long and spicy finish.
93 points, The Wine Front (December 2021)
Intense blueberry and blue plum, as well as blackcurrant and blackberry, bracken and forest wood. The palate holds an intense central focus with rich blackberry flavor swamping long tannins. From a textbook vintage. Drink over the next eight years.
94 points, JamesSuckling.com (October 2021)
Dense, glass-staining purple colour. Complex and richly-fruited on first swirl - mixed ripe berries tamed by toasty oak, tapenade and dark chocolate. Loads of moving parts. A compelling proposition, measured ripeness matched beautifully with framework. Essence of Barossa.
95 points, The Real Review (March 2020)
Blended from several Barossan sites, the 2018 Zephyrus Shiraz is a ripe, rich, concentrated offering that sells for a bargain considering the quality. Vanilla and mocha accent mixed berries on the nose, picking up hints of cinnamon, pepper and star anise along the way to a long, lush finish. Drink this full-bodied crowd-pleaser over the next 5-6 years.
93 points, Wine Advocate (August 2020)
Pumping out perfume, white flowers, blackcurrant jubes, spice, chocolate orange. Slick, supple silky tannin, rich dark juice-laden flavour, clean acidity, big aromatics and a mudslide of fine silty tannin on a long finish. Not my preferred style, but of undeniably high quality.
95 points, The Wine Front (May 2021)
Aromas of blackberry and dark chocolate with toasted spices, cherry, raspberry coulis and vanilla. Like a liquid black forest cake. Rippling with intensity and concentration, the palate has very soft and satiny tannins that sit smoothly into the finish. Sultry. Drink over the next five years.
94 points, JamesSuckling.com (November 2021)
Deep, dark and inky in the glass. Aromas of stewed plums, licorice, choc-mint and spice. The flavours are full, rich and layered. There’s lashings of tart, plummy fruit, mulberry, spice, briary, brambly fruit and firm, granular tannins that provide structure and purpose. Lovely length, texture and mouth-feel.
93 points, The Real Review (August 2021)
Ink-black core into a deep purple rim. Mocha, black fruits and liquorice aromas. Full palate, velvet tannins and soft acid line give a sense of richness, fruit is in the blackberry spectrum, but it's the savoury meat and herb notes that bring the package into focus. Ticks the classic Barossa boxes without sliding into the extroverted spectrum. A lovely wine.
93 points, The Real Review (February 2021)
Colonel William Light, the South Australian colony’s Surveyor-General, named the Barossa in 1837 after the site of an English victory over the French in the Spanish Peninsular War. In the mid-1800’s Silesian and English immigrants settled in the area. The Barossa itself comprises two distinct sub-regions: Eden Valley and the warmer Barossa Valley floor at 270m.The Barossa Valley enjoys a warm Mediterranean climate characterised by hot dry summers and relatively low rainfall. Cool sea breezes from the Gulf of St Vincent modify the temperature, however hot northerly winds can occasionally dominate creating considerable vine stress. Many older established vineyards are dry-grown, but supplementary irrigation is also extensively used. The valley is comprised of rich brown soils and alluvial sands. A long history of uninterrupted viticulture in the area means the Barossa valley is home to Australia’s largest concentration of old-vine Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvedre with many over 100 years old. Although most famous for Shiraz, the Barossa can also produce fragrant and deliciously fruity Grenache blends and beautifully rich, chocolatey Cabernet Sauvignons.