Torbreck Vintners

The Factor Barossa Valley Shiraz 2013

Another excellent wine! The Factor here is instead of co-fermented Shiraz/Vionier, this one is a 100% Shiraz. (Like my pun there?)

Anyway, down to brass tax. Pure expression of Shiraz from Barossa - you will be corrected by an Australian citizen if you say it "Bah-roe-ssah".. it is pronounced "Buh-raw-suh". Surprisingly, this wine was more floral in its aromatics than the two co-fermented wines, which I find Viognier brings to the mix. With their wines, smoke is definitely the theme, and with this one also comes aromas of jasmine tea, rosewater, decaying violets, a light tar component, dusty soil, espresso roast, bing cherry, black plum skin, and eucalyptus. The wine is dark, but even looks less rich than the RunRig and Descendant, with more medium plus tannins, and lean structure - over ripe strawberry, tobacco, charred beef, Smokey minerals, leather, black currant, and a textured finish. Beautiful layers to this wine, and less of the fruit forward nuances that a lot of Shiraz tends to have. Like a good Cornas. This wine really is a great reflection of the terrior of Barossa Valley, where there are the oldest Shiraz vines in the world, AND the oldest soils known on planet earth due to the fact that Australia has never seen an ice age, phylloxera, or any vine diseases.
— 3 days ago

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Matt Trader, TWP

Oo..that I would love to find. I can only imagine their RunRig or Descendant at 10 years old.. or even a bottle of The Laird. I'm really starting to fall in love with Aussie wine.
David T

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Benchmark has some available on their Bin Sale through Monday.
Matt Trader, TWP

Matt Trader, TWP

Wow, just found them. Looks like I'll have to save up a little for these, but vintages back to 1998! That would be awesome.

Waterford Estate

Kevin Arnold Nadine Shiraz 2013

Greg Ballington
9.2

Second red wine on the wine drive at Waterford. Dark and deep ruby red. A touch of caramel on the nose with a little bit of gamminess, spices and plums. Medium tannins (6.5/10) and full bodied. Rich with lots of layers on the palate with dark berries and spices. Long finish. Drink till 2024.

Made up of 92% Shiraz, 6% Mourvedre, and 2% Grenache Noir. Aged for 20 months in neutral French oak barrels and 111 barrels produced. This vintage is named after Nadine, Kevin Arnold and his wife, Heather's daughter.
— a month ago

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Davey Family Wines

Estate Grown McLaren Vale Shiraz 2015

I am really digging the wines John and Kym Davey are producing. Sustainability is their focus, from a 350 acre estate purchased by their grandfather in 1959. They show immense value and showcase their terrior in every layer. Velvet textured, and richly flavored full bodied wine - blackberry jam, charred meat, melted dark chocolate, vanilla bean, and cracked peppercorn mix are the star flavors of the show. Let it breathe for 1-2 hours, and it opens like a rose. — 14 days ago

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Torbreck Vintners

The Struie Barossa Valley Shiraz 2015

The Struie is also a 100% Shiraz, but what makes this one different and quite interesting is that it comes from the quarter of Eden Valley, from old vines growing at high elevation. This gives the wine more powerful fruit, muscular textures, elegant tannins, and juicy dark black and blue fruit character. Umame soy on the nose, along with aromas of blueberry cobbler, crushed rock, red apple skins, milk chocolate, tar, and grilled meat. Fairly muscular texture but the tannins fall off like silk - black plum jam, lavender, vanilla, cocoa nibs, and a less grippy finish than the other Shiraz wines I tried. Outstanding wine for value, considering this one comes in at half the price of the Descendant and The Factor.

What is most amazing in my opinion is that oddly he started us off with one of the most expensive and best wines they make, RunRig, and descended the price spectrum finishing with their $20 Shiraz, and even weirder the $17 Semillon to end the tasting. What is amazing about that is that the wines did not once degrade in quality or complexity. They ALL performed as great as the more expensive RunRig. That truly shows they only make wine that exceeds their standards, and if it doesn't, it is declassified for other projects.
— 3 days ago

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Love this bottle of theirs, especially at the price.
Matt Trader, TWP

Matt Trader, TWP

Right? It makes you react differently to Australian wine when you get wines like this.

Assaf Winery

Reserve Shiraz 2013

Dark purple in color with a reddish/ brick rim.

Fruity nose of blackberries, blueberries, cherries, licorice, oak, vanilla, earth, wet leaves, tobacco, coffee, peppercorn, pencil lead and eaucaliptus.

Medium plus in body with medium plus acidity and long legs.

Dry on the palate with blackberries, black currants, plums, cherries, chocolates, smoke, licorice, oak, vanilla, alcohol, black tea, graphite, herbs, spices and peppercorn.

Long finish with firm tannins and tangy cranberries.

This is a great Shiraz from Israel. Well balanced and enjoyable by itself or with food. Nice complexity with a soft and elegant mouthfeel, yet bigger than I expected.

Delightful by itself as a sipping wine by the fireplace.

Needs 90 minutes to open up properly, and will get better in the next 5 years.

A blend of 97% Shiraz and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon. Aged for 21 months in French and American Oak barrels.

15% alcohol by volume.



$45.
— 16 days ago

Charles, Neil and 16 others liked this

Penfolds

Grange South Australia Shiraz 1998

I drink a large number of fine wines each year. Today I’ve drank 3 memorable wines. I do not think I’ve ever had a better wine. Every sip was special! I hope you have a similar experience soon🍷WOW😎😎🍷🍷🍷🍷🍷 — 8 days ago

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Deep dark fruit with incredibly potent tannins that had matured for nearly 20 years grabbing your mouth and throat and lingered for 2 minutes.
9.8

Torbreck Vintners

Woodcutter's Barossa Valley Shiraz 2014

$20 and this good? Get out-a-here! It was fantastic! Sure, maybe a touch less complex than the higher end Shiraz wines, but it was as if this wine is made from the declassified fruit in the RunRig, because it tasted so similar to it, just more youthful and less intense. Grilled meat, cherries, red plum, mocha, black pepper, bacon fat, dried lavender, and cedarwood. The pallet does have a slight jam factor, but only a touch. Dark in the glass - blackberry liquor, espresso roast, strawberry/rhubarb jam, smoldering charcoal, sauteed black peppercorn, and a medium intensity to the finish. I'm happy he did this last, because I didn't get overly excited for the expensive bunch, and the quality extended through out all the wines. Wouldn't mind having this one often. — 3 days ago

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Sean Herriott

Sean Herriott

Great to hear! Suckling went crazy over the '16.

Penfolds

Shiraz 2011

Phil A
9.3

When you think of Shiraz you think of Australia, when you think of Australia you think of the Barossa Valley, and when you think of Barossa Valley Shiraz you immediately think of Penfolds. This silver award winning Bin 150 is a perfect testament to their “House Style “ wine making philosophy. Rich, intense, balanced and full bodied with tastes of black currant, clove and sweet dark chocolate this is a smooth winner that will not let you down. Cheers 🍷 — 8 days ago

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Cheers Phil! 🍷

Waterford Estate

Kevin Arnold Ashleigh Anne Shiraz 2006

Greg Ballington
9.0

Second wine at the Reserve Tasting at Waterford with Justin. Deep garnet edges with a ruby core. Dark plums on the nose with spices, light greenery and licorice. Solid acidity and medium tannins (6/10) with a medium body. Well integrated with stewed dark berries and solid minerality on the backend. Long finish. Drink till 2020.

Made up of 95% Shiraz and 5% Mourvèdre. Aged for 17 months in young French oak barrels and 3,500 cases produced.
— a month ago

Sean BallingtonIndia Okoh
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Smidge

'Smitch' S Shiraz 2013

Tasted at the opening of the Smidge cellar door.
150 Tatachilla Rd Mclaren Vale.
Open tomorrow also, get around it!!!
— 2 days ago

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Never mind