Barossa Valley Estate

John Duval Wines

Plexus Shiraz Blend 2015

Medium to full crimson in colour. I love GSM - or as this wine is SGM with Shiraz predominant. Spicy Tarry red berry aromas. All the varieties blend well here but overall it is very Barossa. John Duval, the winemaker, was once Penfolds Chief Winemaker from 1986 to 2002. There have only been 4 Penfolds Grange winemakers - Max Schubert (creator in 1951), Don Ditter, John Duval and now Peter Gago the current Chief Winemaker since 2002. A wine that goes well with food or has the substance to be equally well on its own. — 2 days ago

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Ming L

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I tasted the Entity bottling, and it was very good as well. Would love to try this GSM blend.
Bob McDonald

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Have not had a lot of experience with Duval wines under his own label but he would have excellent connections with the growers from his days with Penfolds.

Elderton

Barossa Command Single Vineyard Shiraz 2000

ESF
9.5

Stunning color w/nary a sign of age: huge fog of spearmint & mineral on open. 2hrs lifted, hi-note dissipates to reveal copious black cherry, blackberry & plum pudding, chocolate, licorice, sweet freshly turned soil. Deep intense reservoir of flavors. Extraordinary density & concentration yet a real ballerina... thoroughly enjoyed this on a special day. Has miles to go tho — 2 days ago

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Burge Family Winemakers

Garnacha Old Vine Grenache 2001

Tasted five 2001 reds blind. Barossa valley Grenache. Drinking so well, got it wrong but forgot to consider down under lol — 8 days ago

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Peter Lehmann

Stonewell Barossa Shiraz 2006

Deep Ruby in colour - very dark for a 15 year old red with no bricking at this stage. Blackberry and chocolate with ripe black fruits on nose and palate - not as pruney as previous Stonewell notes. Lush and full bodied from selected old vine Shiraz vineyards in the Barossa - in the Greenock district amongst others. This is Barossa Shiraz at its best from a good vintage. Hard not to like - warm and comforting - perfect for a cooler night with pork chops. — 9 days ago

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Spinifex

Tabor Vineyard Red Blend 2009

See previous notes from 2018 and 2020 which still apply. From 100% old vine Mataro from the Barossa valley. Dried plum with a tarry note - a touch of nutmeg and dried meat. Soft resolved tannins. A lovely savoury wine - a great food wine. — 7 hours ago

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Hommage à Joep Dielen

Cuvée Reserve Old Vine Barossa Valley Shiraz 2013

This is HUGE.
Sweet macerated black fruit, dark chocolate, caramel macchiato, old aceto balsamico and incense are my first and most obvious impressions.
After awhile I also get some tiny whiffs of waxed antiques, damp earth and Pata Negra.
No wimpy wine! Especially made for Dielen’s Wine Shop in Venlo, NL by Dan Standish.
— 12 days ago

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Thorn-Clarke

William Randell Barossa Valley Shiraz 2004

ESF
9.5

See previous notes + distinct minty note... this thing is in suspended animation - has MANY yrs ahead — 7 days ago

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Greenock Creek

Alices Shiraz 2002

David T
9.6

Tasted here in 2017. We primarily tasted their 2011 as they were sold out of all of their good to great wines. Their 11’s were astringent & green. Not a good experience.

This is stunning w/ Allen Brother’s Filets. Less fatty more dry beef cut (when you compare it to their Ribcap) meets juicy, elegant, fruit forward wine at its peak. The pepper & peeper marry well.
— 7 days ago

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Shay A

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Nice! Had the ‘02 Roenfeldt last week. Stunning wine.
David T

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@Shay A RP 💯 point wine you had! 👍

Torbreck Vintners

The Steading Red Rhone Blend 2010

As mentioned in previous notes The Steading is my favourite Torbreck Cuvée. A moreish blend of 64% Grenache, 18% Shiraz and 18% Mataro. Raspberry sweet notes from the Grenache and a tarry note from the Mataro, Spice from the Shiraz. Still fresh after 11 years with resolved tannins. Bottom line delicious! Need to buy the latest vintage. — 8 days ago

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Peter Lehmann

VSV 1885 Shiraz 2010

My note of 49 weeks ago tells the full story of this historic vineyard planted in 1885 and tended by 6th generation Ralph Schrapel. Part of the Peter Lehmann VSV (Very Special Vineyard) series. This wine is delicious old school Barossa with ripe plum, dark chocolate, cherry, liquorice and coffee grounds. A hint of prune on the nose. Great to be drinking these rich reds as the weather cools down. This vineyard is in the Ebenezer sub district of the Barossa. My last bottle sadly. — 16 days ago

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Ron R

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I love this producer, especially Stonewall. Fave vintage was 94, of which I had a case. Never seen the label of the wine that you are tasting - enjoy 😊
Bob McDonald

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Ron - the VSV series are small production. With this particular wine they only made 685 cases. Possibly none were exported.
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@Bob McDonald Thanks for the background info. Similar @Ron R this bottling new to me