South Australia Shiraz

Henschke

Hill of Grace Vineyard Shiraz 1996

Only pale to mid crimson in colour with a tawny edge at 26 years of age. Black and blue fruits with game and a coffee bean note. The medium bodied yet rich palate is savoury and earthy with blackberry and just so so silky with resolved tannins and low acid. Not sure that I agree totally with Bob Campbell MW’s description - “like getting into an old Jag on a hot day”, but I love the imagery and can see where he’s coming from. Jancis said “pure hedonism “ and gave it 19/20. The latest iteration of H of G (2017) is selling for around $950 a bottle in Brisbane. No doubt brilliant but too expensive for me. I remember paying $12.50 for the 1982 vintage on release. There is a certain H of G character that is recognisable over many vintages over the years. Must be one of the most unique Shiraz vineyards in the world with vines up to a 150 years old. A privilege to drink this wine and close to perfection with 98 points. — 5 days ago

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Jan A

Jan A

Definitely one of my bucket list wines! Thank you for the review!
Bob McDonald

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My pleasure Jan. A worthy wine to have in anyone’s bucket list I would say. Cheers. 🍷

Henschke

Keyneton Euphonium Barossa Shiraz Blend 2005

Browning in the rim.
Warm chestnuts, sticky-date-pudding, kirsch, hoisin, cinnamon and orangepeel.
Still lovely, but on the downslope.
— 5 days ago

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Bethany Wines

First Village Barossa Valley Shiraz 2019

Notes of strawberry, raspberry and pepper. Good tannins and balance — 6 days ago

Sons of Eden

Romulus Old Vine Shiraz 2018

Thank you Sons of Eden for sharing this sample bottle of your 2018 Romulus Old Vine Shiraz with us - we well and truly enjoyed every last drop 🙌

This beauty picked up a coveted Platinum Award (97 points) at the 2021 Decanter World Wine Awards 🏆 This is alongside many other awards including being in James Suckling’s Top 100 Wines of Australia 2021!

I can taste why!

It’s an opaque velvet red-black colour in the glass. It’s full of oomph on the nose with intricate yet vivacious notes of dark berry fruit, black pepper and leather. It’s heady, big and bold. In the mouth it follows suit with a super confident and sassy palate. It will cellar beautifully over the coming years, that’s for sure.

All opinions are my own. Drink what you enjoy!
— 15 days ago

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d'Arenberg

The Dead Arm McLaren Vale Shiraz 2008

Dark Ruby in colour - almost black and impenetrable. Notes of creosote, stewed black and red fruits and a note of crushed ant which is not meant to be disparaging. Grainy Tannins resolving with a pruney note on the medium to full bodied palate. I haven’t always enjoyed the Dead Arm but this was a beauty. The first of 3. — 19 days ago

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Severn Goodwin

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A great wine, still holding a few on '02 & '03.
Bob McDonald

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Thanks Severn. That 2002 should be a cracker.

Saltram

Mamre Brook Shiraz 2019

Excellent profile of dark berries with a touch of leather and earth. Very subtle tannins. Only $3.99 at TJs so I’m off to get more. — 10 days ago

Glaetzer

Amon-Ra Barossa Valley Unfiltered Shiraz 2018

Young, but already great to drink. Wonderful flavor profile playing fruit and tartness of the Syrah. Tough week, but this wine takes off the edge:) — 7 days ago

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Château Tanunda

Grand Barossa Shiraz 2019

Gorgeous nose of cherries and raspberries, with bay leaf and cherry jam on the palate. Oak? OMG. I could drink this all night, and only $17! What a steal on this wine. Glorious! — 5 days ago

Saltram

Barossa Shiraz 2019

Trader Joe’s had this for $3.99 a bottle! Had to go back and buy a case! At this price, this is amazing wine! — 5 days ago

Clonakilla

Shiraz Viognier 2007

My last bottle of 4 and I was lucky to get 4 bottles when it was released. Only 1800 made due to frost destroying 92% of the crop. That apricot note from the Viognier, in its youth has integrated. Lovely savoury spicy aromas - like an Arabian Spice Bazaar as Halliday once described this Cuvée from Clonakilla. Amazing intensity with spice and dried sweet herb. Long considered the benchmark for Shiraz Viognier in this country. Perhaps challenged by Yarra Yering Dry Red No. 2 on occasions. — 6 days ago

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Travis W

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The only vintage I haven't got/had. 😢 Was living overseas at the time and by the time the order form got to me, it was all was gone. I actually wrote to Tim suggesting in a small vintage that they limited supply so that everyone on the mailing list was guaranteed at least one bottle. He very kindly wrote back an explanatory letter. 👍😊
Bob McDonald

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Yes, he is a very nice bloke and tries to please. Studied to become a priest prior to becoming a winemaker after his father started Clonakilla.