Barossa Valley, Barossa

The Standish Wine Company

The Relic Shiraz Blend 2006

Shay A
9.4

Great pull by Keith. My first Relic. Up front, holiday baking spices, eucalyptus/Andes mint, and sandalwood aromatics. The palate was rich without being dense or flabby, showing chocolate dipped blueberries and blackberries, ripe jam over graham crackers, cocoa, and some sweet tobacco. Delicious. Thanks @Keith Fisher — 2 days ago

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Tomfoolery

Dust Up Cabernet Sauvignon 2015

Lovely Cab from Australia. Lively nose leads to baby fat driven red fruit. Boysenberry and raspberries dominate the palate. Nice finish too. A few years cellaring will do good — 15 days ago

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Peter Lehmann

Mentor Barossa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2008

At the Peter Lehmann dinner at the Downs Club. Personally I have always felt that the Barossa is best for Shiraz and not Cabernet Sauvignon except for certain old Penfolds vineyards like Block 42. However, this had text book Cabernet descriptors like Capsicum and geranium. Not as minty as Coonawarra Cabernet or as herbal as Margaret River Cabernet. — 20 days ago

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Hundred Acre Vineyard

Ancient Way Vineyard Summer's Blocks Shiraz 2007

B
10

2007 Hundred Acre. Post-Thanksgiving dinner w McC at Jar. Decanted abt 1 hr before drinking. Still huge. Comp against ‘01 Sloan. This lacked some of the finesse that the Sloan showed. This is also so massive and too young to drink. — 5 days ago

Penfolds

Bin 138 Old Vine Barossa Valley Shiraz Blend 2009

Raspberry aromas and a rubbery note. Very raspberry on the palate. Oak influence is restrained, particularly for a Penfolds red (apart from St Henri) although it is 10 years old, very integrated and nearing the end of its drinking window. Once again the Grenache aromas and influence on the palate dominate in this GSM Blend. Easy to drink. — 10 days ago

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Bob McDonald

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@ES Faiello Totally agree. Bins 128 and 28 as well as Koonunga Hill are good as well. Seems like Penfolds Wines are more readily available in the USA these days?
ES Faiello

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I’ve always found them well represented... 707 cab might be a treat, 128 & st henri a bit rare but all in all - not too difficult to find - esp. lower end stuff - cheers!
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@ES Faiello Thanks for the feedback.

Peter Lehmann

Stonewell Barossa Shiraz 1993

At the Peter Lehmann dinner at the Downs Club. Thanks to Clintyn Barnes for bringing this 1993 from his own cellar. Quite savoury and mellow- just medium weight with fully resolved Tannins. Clintyn agreed that 1993 was not a particularly good vintage in the Barossa so this was a welcome surprise. More like the nose of an old Burgundy with forest floor sous bois characters. — 20 days ago

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Peter Lehmann

The Pastor's Son Shiraz 2015

The final wine at the Peter Lehmann dinner at the Downs Club and the whole point of the dinner. Delectable: this new cuvée is called the Masterson and is a Barossa Valley Shiraz. Wine Pricing in Australia has become an arms race and this new Cuvée has set the benchmark at $1650 for a magnum - only available in magnum. This was sourced from a vineyard in the Moppa sub district of the Barossa owned by Glen Hammerling from vines planted in 1992 on original rootstocks, dry grown in deep sandy loam with ironstone over clay. The wine itself is an exercise in restraint. Matured in a large 2500 litre fourdre imparting minimal oak influence. You could happily drink this wine now or cellar for over 30 years. It is so well balanced. A brilliant wine but is it worth $1650? I think the pricing is too ambitious but the owner of Peter Lehmann, John Casella, the owner of export star, Yellow Tail, probably doesn’t care as he continues to make money from his budget line. 1458 magnums created and only 1000 released for purchase. — 19 days ago

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@Bob McDonald Nice notes, what vintage? Thanks.
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@Severn Goodwin Thanks Severn. This is 2015 - the inaugural vintage. The plan is to not necessarily use the same vineyard each year. The strength of the Lehmann business model was Peter’s relationships with the growers who he stood by in good times and bad. In recent times there has been the VSV Line (Very Special Vineyard)

Mitolo

Reiver Barossa Valley Shiraz 2007

Shay A
9.2

At 12yrs of age, this is drinking quite smooth while still retaining a bit of Aussie power. I imagine this one was quite a flavor bomb near release, but it’s balanced today. Aromatically it has cocoa powder, juicy cherries and jammy blackberries, currant, mulberries and cinnamon. Lighter bodied than expected on the palate with a clean and pure profile. Cherry smoked wood, graham cracker, ripe black cherries and just a hint of menthol and Andes mint (which I commonly get with Aussie Shiraz). Not getting any better, but will probably hold in this window for a few more years. — 20 days ago

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Kaesler

Stonehorse Estate Grown Shiraz 2016

Vintage 2016 great potential. Brushwood, chocolate. Good balance and length. Nice. — 10 days ago

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John Duval Wines

Plexus Shiraz Blend 2007

Matured... classic Barossa nose of eucalyptus and tar, with ripe plum and boysenberry, dried violets, sage, anise, and olive tapenade. Fresh, ripe fruit hits first on the palate and is carried by acidity. Tannins are essentially resolved and integrated. Dark berry and raspberry fruit linger with enjoyable persistence. Cedar bark, clove and nutmeg shine on the mid-palate and carry to the finish. Enjoy now. — 8 days ago