South Australia Shiraz

Peter Lehmann

VSV 1885 Shiraz 2010

See 2 previous notes. This has shown progressively better at each tasting. An interesting series, the VSV Series (Very Special Vineyard) from Peter Lehmann. In this case the 1885 is planted on its own roots by the Schrapel family in the Ebenezer district since...1885. The 6th generation Ralph Schrapel tends the vines - his signature on the label. A tradition in the Barossa that many are purely grape growers, many of German descent, and not necessarily vignerons. This vineyard is a low yielding 4 acre block. I made brief notes in any event - deep dark Ruby in colour. A classic Barossa palate - black cherry, earthy, dark chocolate flavours with a touch of liquorice. Luscious and mouth filling with softening tannins. Very easy to like and drinking at its peak. A good example of the saying that good wine is made in the vineyard. — 6 days ago

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Great summary, @Bob McDonald. Thanks for sharing the back story.
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Thanks Ron


Bin 28 Kalimna Shiraz 2014

Even if some might come from the american oak, the methol-spiciness so often associated with Aussie shiraz’es (and referred to as eucalyptus) is extreme in this wine. It is nevertheless well made, balanced, dark, tannic and sumptuous. Had with brazilian beef. — 12 days ago

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St Andrews Single Vineyard Release Shiraz 2009

Deep crimson in colour. Lashings of black currant and a hint of prune on nose and palate. If tasted blind I would pick this as Barossa over the Clare Valley. Sweet and full bodied on the palate. At its peak but could go on for a few years. — 11 days ago

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Gnarly Dudes Barossa Valley Shiraz 2017

I recently reviewed the 2016 Angels’ Share Shiraz, however the Gnarly Dudes packs a bigger punch. Deep and dark purple color with aromas of fresh blue/red fruits with spicy notes. The palate revealed rich ripe fruits, plum and blueberry with firm tannins and acidity to match. I noted some cacao, toasty oak, vanilla and black pepper on a lingering finish. If you open a bottle, give the wine a few minutes to let it approach it’s beauty. — 11 days ago

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Cape Mentelle

Margaret River Shiraz 2010

Deep crimson in colour. Noticeable oak and spice on nose. Medium to full bodied. Red and black fruits on palate- plum and blueberry notes sadly dominated by the Oak. As mentioned in other posts I believe Margaret River is much better suited to Cabernet and blends rather than Shiraz - no better exemplified than the 2 offerings from this well performed winery - Cape Mentelle. — 9 days ago

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The Boxer Shiraz 2017

Deep, dark Ruby with a big fruity nose and lots of ripe berries. Jammy big and bold blackberry flavors with some spice, cacao and leather notes with nice mouthfeel, slight alcohol noticed. Soft tannins with berry fruit carried over to the finish with hints of oak and sweet spice. Nice! — 19 days ago

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Amon-Ra Barossa Valley Unfiltered Shiraz 2012

Amazing! But so sad this is my last bottle 😂
Luscious BlackBerry, plum, vanilla, and eucalyptus flavors. Opened 30 min prior to dinner. Spot on pairing with Bison filet mignon.
— 5 days ago

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Quality wine, bud.

Shaw and Smith

Balhannah Vineyard Shiraz 2013

Our first Single Vineyard release and my first Single Vineyard bottling when I took my current position at S+S.
This wine will live for decades. Proud to be apart of history in the Adelaide Hills.
Like most wines in our cellar they must pair well with
#pizza and it does 🤙🏽
— 9 hours ago

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Coonawarra Shiraz 1991

First vintage bottled by Majella says that back label. Great flavor and depth.
Earthy, irony, meaty, tobacco leaves, black pepper, potpourri and coriander.
Smooth, but not long.
Again a nice 1991 from a producer that had not expectations at that time.
— 12 days ago

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Bin 389 South Australia Cabernet Shiraz 2002

See many previous notes. Just a brilliant Cabernet Shiraz blend and proof of the ultra longevity of Bin 389. The good news is that there are still 7 bottles left in the cellar. Difficult to see them lasting past 2025, meaning I won’t be able to keep my hands off them. — 5 days ago

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