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The Barossa Valley wine region is one of Australia's oldest wine regions.
The early focus of the Barossa Valley wine industry was on the production of Riesling, a German wine grape from the Rhineland. The hot valley floor contributed to a very ripe, alcoholic wine that would often turn brown. Some of this wine was eventually distilled in brandy which ushered in a period of fortified wine production that coincided with the plantings of many red grape wine varieties like Shiraz and Grenache. These "port-style wines" would become the center of the Barossa Valley wine industry for decades to come.
When the focus on the Australian wine industry shifted in the mid-20th century to production of premium, non-fortified wines, the Barossa Valley was regarded as an "inferior" wine region compared to cooler climate regions such as Coonawarra and Padthaway. This was partly due to the extensive association that the Barossa Valley had with Shiraz, including vast old vines plantings that were several decades old. During this period Shiraz was considered a very "common" variety that was not as fashionable as the prestigious Cabernet Sauvignon that was popular in the world's wine market. Most of the grapes produced in the Barossa Valley during this time was used as part of anonymous blends with the name "Barossa Valley" rarely appearing on wine labels.
By the late 20th century, the reputation of the Barossa Valley started to change as several small boutique varieties began earning critical acclaim for their Barossa Valley wines. In particular, Barossa Shiraz became so well known internationally that it was considered its own unique style of Syrah that was distinctive of the grape's expression in other regions like Côte-Rôtie, Châteauneuf-du-Pape and California. This style of big, full bodied Shiraz with rich, chocolate and spice notes became synonymous with not only the Barossa Valley but with Australian wine in general.
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Medium bodied dry white with complexity and finesse
Brightview Chardonnay, Simon Hackett, Half Bottle is a classic dry white wine with distinctive, powerful varietal flavours and subtle oak,
Peter Lehmann Layers, Barossa Valley Red is vibrant red with a burst of dark cherry and spice on the bouquet leading to a softly textured finish. Shiraz delivers fruit depth and structure, while the Tempranillo is firm and savoury. Mourvedre brings a wild earthiness and all are bound together by the aromatic and spicy nature of Grenache which softens the palate.
Butchers Block, Turkey Flat Vineyards, Barossa Valley, is a blend of Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvedre with a generous palate, juicy sweet fruits, intense warm,earthy full bodied, seamless oak integration,
Dandelion Vineyards, \"Lionheart of the Barossa\" Shiraz is intense crimson in colour, with a youthful purple hue. On the nose, it has lifted aromas of ripe blackberries, blueberries, spicy pepper notes and Christmas pudding-like spices. Generous, mouth-filling sweet blackberries, raspberries and plums are pronounced on the palate, with sweet spice. It has firm, but fine, tannins and dark chocolate nuances continue onto the lengthy palate.
Dandelion Vineyards, \"Menagerie of the Barossa\" Grenache/Shiraz/Mataro is deep red with youthful violet hues, with a nose that offers an intriguing mix of rose petals and lifted red fruits, berries and a hint of cinnamon and Asian spice. The palate offers wild cherry, damsons and mulberries, coupled with an impressive structure balanced by spicy oak. The wine is opulent, with intense red berries balanced by soft velvety tannins and supple oak.
Peter Lehmann Hill & Valley, Barossa Valley Shiraz is bright crimson in colour, with aromas of crushed herbs, spices and black fruits. On the palate, it is soft, with firm tannins and a long, lingering finish.
Dandelion Vineyards, \"Legacy of Australia\" Barossa Valley Pedro Ximénez is a deep amber/ochre fading to a rusty orange hue. Extraordinary nose of crème brulée, citrus peel, maple syrup, almonds, figs and raisins. Sweet and rich on the palate with vibrant acidity and flavours of candied fruit, citrus, apricot, dried figs and toffee.
Peter Lehmann, \"The Barossan\" Barossa Valley Shiraz is an intense and complex wine with layers of ripe plum, dark cherry, sweet spice and mocha on the nose. An intense, generous and full bodied wine with fine tannins and a soft, supple finish.
Peter Lehmann, The Barossan Barossa Valley Grenache, with purple hues and a bright crimson edge, this wine is extremely fragrant, revealing aromas of fresh raspberries, maraschino cherries and peppery spices. This is a medium-bodied wine with flavours of juicy berries and soft tannins, with exotic subtleties of pomegranate and rose.
Peter Lehmann Masters, \"Margaret\" Barossa Valley Semillon features aromas of lemon curd, lime rind and honey which are evident on the complex nose and are complemented by hints of lanolin and beeswax on a soft rounded mid-palate that superbly balances this lively, zesty wine.
Plexus MRV John Duval Wines, Barossa features aromas of stone fruits, honeysuckle and dried apricot on the nose. This wine is medium bodied with good texture, dry finish and balanced acidity. Rich flavours of nectarine, mandarin and pear make for good food pairings with seafood and white meats.
Charles Melton Rose of Virginia Barossa Valley has a Fragrant Turkish Delight bouquet, with a little pepper and spice to help keep it grown up. The usual unique vibrant cerise tint adds colour to the table. vibrant cerise tint adds colour to the table. Balanced acidity, tannin and weight give the usual Rose of Virginia combination of richness yet crispness. It will retain its fruit sweetness and perfume over a couple of years at least.
Marschall Barossa Valley Shiraz is a rich, full-bodied and balanced classic Barossa Shiraz made by the small and highly-regarded Sons of Eden Winery. Intense aromas of ripe berry compote with subtle notes of violets and dried herb aromas. A modern, polished and smooth wine. Limited Availability.
Masters 8 Songs Barossa Valley Shiraz, is deep in colour with a bright red hue. The nose displays notes of dark chocolate and charry oak combined with lifted red cherry and plum aromas. Finishing with soft, velvety tannins and soft red fruits on the palate.
Kennedy Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre is a smooth, rich, rounded and medium-full bodied Rhone style blend from the small, quality orientated winery of Sons of Eden. A palate bursting with ripe cherry and plum flavours backed with an array of sweet spice and liquorice notes. Velvety tannins and a long and complex length.
Plexus John Duval Wines, Barossa is vibrant purple-red in colour with intense red and black fruit aromas, which are complemented by dried herbs and floral notes. It is medium-bodied with smooth, fine tannins and a bright acidity. The finish is long and spicy.
Peter Lehmann Masters, \"8 Songs\" Barossa Valley Shiraz is deep in colour with a bright red hue. The nose displays notes of dark chocolate and charry oak combined with lifted red cherry and plum aromas. Finishing with soft, velvety tannins and soft red fruits on the palate.
Selene Tempranillo, Sons of Eden has a deep ruby red colour with intense dark cherry and plum aromatics that are complemented with complex dried herb and spice aromatics. On the palate a fleshy black-fruit core is surrounded by a layered line of textural savoury tannins.
Peter Lehmann Masters, \"Mentor\" Barossa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon is a rich, deeply coloured wine that exhibits a bouquet of violet and cassis and a touch of dark chocolate The palate shows the substance of Barossa Cabernet Sauvignon and finishes with great length - a wine of great breeding which can be cellared with confidence until 2033.
John Duval, `Entity` Barossa Shiraz is deep purple in colour with lifted notes of violets, dark berries and plum which is complemented with savoury spice. On the palate, the Entity is full bodied and generous, with layers of dark berry fruit and youthful balanced tannins. Very pure and mouth filling, it has a long, lingering finish.
Plexus MRV John Duval Wines, Barossa and this very first vintage of 2010 Plexus Blanc is a blend of 62% Marsanne, 26% Roussanne and 13% Viognier. It has a pretty honeysuckle and orange blossom scented nose with peaches, poached pears and a suggestion of white pepper. The medium to full-bodied palate has wonderfully pure stone fruit and fennel seed flavors with medium-high acid and a nice silky texture going long into the finish. It’s drinking beautifully now and should have some capacity to develop a honeyed / toasty character over the next 4-5 years,