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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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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.
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.
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,
Peter Lehmann Very Special Vineyard, \"1885\" Barossa Valley Shiraz is bright with a deep crimson hue. The bouquet is abundant with dark plums, spice and a hint of charry oak in the background. The palate is typical 1885, soft and elegant with a long, intense blue fruited finish.
Plexus John Duval Wines, Barossa, the 2007 Plexus Grenache (28%)-Shiraz (51%)-Mourvedre (21%) was aged for 16 months in predominantly seasoned French oak. It is dark ruby-colored with a perfumed nose of cedar, tobacco, lavender, kirsch, and black cherry. Velvety-textured, rich, and concentrated, it is packed with flavor, is impeccably balanced, and will drink well for a decade. John Duval was the principal winemaker at Penfolds Grange from 1986 to 2002.
This limited release Stonewell Barossa Valley Shiraz has aromas of dark,plummy fruit and a touch of chocolate and aniseed. The palate is richly structured with fine tannins and a long, persistent finish. The wine shows distinct flavours of black fruits, dark plums, liquorice, dark chocolate with hints of black pepper.
Peter Lehmann, \"Stonewell\" Barossa Valley Shiraz has aromas of dark, plummy fruit, a touch of chocolate and hints of mint. The palate is superbly taut with intense depth of fruit reined in by firm tannins. It is drinking beautifully now, but also has the potential to be cellared with confidence for many more years to come.
On the nose, Charles Melton Voices of Angels Adelaide Hills Shiraz has a mixture of dark fruit notes, with aromas of cedar from the 100% new French oak ageing. The palate, has finesse and elegance, with a defined density.
Charles Melton Grains of Paradise Barossa Valley Shiraz is a wonderful expression of the traditional Barossa style. Deep in colour and softly perfumed with excellent melding of vanillin and cedar oak aromatics and rich Barossa Shiraz fruit. Intense coffee and mocha flavours are supported by firm tannins and richness of mouthfeel.
John Duval, \"Annexus\" Barossa Grenache is a bright purple red. Vibrant red fruit aromatics complexed by red roses and savoury spice. Fine and long, delicate yet carrying impressive purity and flavour intensity. An array of ripe red fruits, dark cherry and raspberry fill the palate finishing with hints of clove, dusty earth and velvety tannins.
John Duval, \"Annexus\" Barossa Valley Mataro is vibrant purple red in colour and displays spicy fruit aromas on the nose, including lifted plum and red cherry, accompanied by earthier notes and hints of leather. On the palate, this wine is medium bodied with an enticingly rich core of mulberry and plum fruit, supported by ample tannins.
Romulus Old Vine Shiraz, Barossa Valley, Sons of Eden Winery is an immense wines showing amazing refinement for such opulence, full bodied, rich and deep with clean focused flavour and mouth filling volume. Quite spicy for a Barossa wine.
Charles Melton Nine Popes Barossa Valley is deep bright crimson in colour, this wine opens with sweet Grenache perfumes which intermingle with liquorice spice on the nose. Beautifully balanced with soft tannins, it culminates in a long savoury finish.
John Duval, \"Eligo\" Barossa Shiraz is deep purple in colour with aromas of blackberry and blueberry, complemented by hints of liquorice, nutmeg and spice on the nose. Concentrated layers of berry flavours, earthy savouriness and smoked meat come through on the palate. The finish is long and lingering.
Full bodied red wine, deep, rich and wonderfully concentrated
Mount Edelstone, Old Vine Shiraz,Henschke 1994 is from low yielding 70 year old ungrafted vines, producing intensity of colour, depth of fruit flavours, complexity and palate length. Hand picked in Mid April and matured in new and seasoned American and French oak hogheads for 18 months,LIMITED STOCK.
Penfolds Grange Shiraz Penfolds Wines 1997, has very ripe, sweet plum jam aromas. Vanilla and mint characters with a hint of leafiness. Masses of delicious super-fleshy fruit throughout, very elegant and supple but undeniably a full- bodied wine with an assertive tannin finish,LIMITED STOCK.
Penfolds Grange Shiraz Penfolds Wines 1996, The ’96 is drinking beautifully at the moment, displaying an abundance of sweet and spicy primary fruit balanced attractively with the assertive elegant structure a great grange is known for. This wine has many years to come and is a must try for any serious wine drinker,LIMITED STOCK.
Penfolds Grange Shiraz Bin 95 1983 Penfolds Wines, this wine still shows considerable tannin in its flavors, but enormously powerful, rich, high acid characteristics. It is somewhat of a paradox to taste. Five years ago, it was exhibiting huge, powerful, concentrated flavors, but also high acid and high tannin. The wine seems very youthful, very backward, and still in need of at least another 4-5 years of cellaring. Whether it will all come together in a seamless classic remains open to conjecture. Anticipated maturity: 2006-2020.” eRobertParker.com Feb 2002,LIMITED STOCK.