(2022) Some 62-year-old vines in the blend here, along with 32-year-old, all planted on terra rossa. After open-top fermentation the wine spent a full 28 months in a combination of new French and American oak, plus a portion of older French oak. Again, a hint of warming brick on the rim, and a fine, classical nose, all about grapite and cedar, with understated tobacco spice and black fruits. There's a touch of hessian too. Flooded with creamy fruit on the palate, a sweet and supple blackcurrant with a nicely roughening rasp of plum skin tannin and acidity. Long, the tannins chewy despite the whole picture being medium-bodied, and very pleasing. Seeking UK distribution at time of review.
(2022) On terra rossa, vineyards are 32-years-old, and 6.5% Petit Verdot joins Cabernet Sauvignon in the blend. It spent 16 months in French oak (58% new), on the skins. Just softening on the rim, there's a savoury, dried bloody earthy classicism here, herbal and chocolaate notes top and tail the black fruit. In the mouth an enveloping plushness as a welterweight of sweet and ripely unctuous blackcurrant floods the palate. Lovely fruit quality, some espresso oak adding a bass note, and very tight, fine tannins and acids kicking the finish on gracefully. I loved the 2015 vintage of this, but the 2016 is every ounce as good. Price and stockist at time of review are for the 2014 vintage. UK agent is Liberty Wines.
(2022) Vines aged from 34 to 43 years are planted on terra rossa and the wine is made in open top fermenters. It spent 20 months in French oak, 32% of which was new. The merest hint of pink on the rim of this 2018 wine, and a generous, fleshy nose with coffee and chocolate notes to the black fruit, a light herbaceous background to the picture too. On the palate it's a plush and sweet style, the ripe fruit offset by keen cherry-skin acidity and a welcome touch of bitterness to give this gastronomic appeal. Seeking distribution in the UK at time of review.
(2022) Vines here are 45-years-old and planted on terra rossa, and after fermentation in concrete open fermenters, the wine spent 16 months in French oak 300-litre hogsheads, 25% new. Dense and deep, the oak is more prominent than the Koonara, but quality is very high and it adds a lovely mocha depth to the ripe blackcurrant. There's a little graphite lift too. In the mouth this is very juicy, medium-weight, with a fine and dry tannin profile, slightly dusty, good acidity and fine overall balance and length.
(2022) From 30-year-old vines planted on terra rossa soils, this is an organic certified wine that was aged in French oak 300-litre barrels. There's a black cherry gloss to the blackcurrant aromas, the oak very discreet, just a little herbal hint adding interest. Full, creamy and rich on the palate, an undertow of espresso sits beneath savoury black fruit. Very nicely balanced, tannins and tangy acids not dominating the pure fruit of the finish. Seeking UK distribution at time of review.
(2022) I see I first recommended this wine way back in 1999, talking then about the 1997 vintage. Here we are 23 years on and the 2020 rendition is just as lovely. It comes from the high country of Eden Valley, with vineyards up to 400 metres altitude, and a from vineyard dedicated to Riesling. The nose streaks with fresh juicy lime and a delicate blossom undertone, immediately full of finesse but with the promise of fruit aplenty. That promise is kept on the palate, the basiclly dry wine flooding the mid-palate with a fat limey fruit and teasing peachiness, before the taut acidity sparkles into the finish. Watch the video for more information.
(2022) Caitlin Brown is the winemaker for this estate, which the Brown family took over in 2005, the estate having been established by David Wynn in the 1960s, a pioneer of the elevated High Eden region of the Barossa. At 550m above sea level, Mountadam is the highest estate in South Australia with harvest up to a month later than in the lower Eden and Barossa Valleys. What an absolutely delightful wine this is - especially at £10 a bottle - with its pummeled mulberry, sweet, sweet fleshy dark fruit, crack of fresh black pepper and fleeting highlights of violet. The palate has that same glorious sweet fruit abundance with some cocoa supporting, and seamless tannin and acid integration. Watch the video for more information.
(2022) From the Eden Valley, 60 kilometres from the coast but at an altitude of over 400 metres, soils are shallow sandy loam over clay and gravel with some schist and quartz. The vines are 26 years old, and 11% of whole bunches were used, the wine spending 18 months in larger French oak barrels. A very dark, dense colour, the nose shows lots of spice and white pepper, some quite exotic fruit and floral notes but pure and ripe blackberry and blueberry dominates. The gentle toast of the oak comes through on nose and palate, in a wine where a smooth but savoury fruit stays pliable and fresh across the mid-palate. The finish has fresh acids, very tight tannins, the oak again adding some toast in the finish. No UK retail stockists at time of review. Imported by enotriacoe.com
(2022) On friable red clay with quartz and ironstone, this organic vineyard sits 70 kilometres from the coast at an latitude of 260-280 metres. The vines are 20 years old. Fermented with wild yeasts, larger French oak barrels were used for maturation, 33% new. A deep, glass-staining purple, this has very pure and punching fruit, slick and creamy black fruits touching into chocolate. The palate is very slightly more chunky and spicy than the Chaffey Bros., but has balance, the creamy, ripe fruit soft through the mid-palate, but tension ramped up by the roughening edge of tannin and fresh, tangy acid balance. Very different from wine one, less lift and fragrance. Imported by thewineway.co.uk
(2022) The vines here are planted on sandy loam at an altitude of 400 metres and 67 kilometres from the coast. Vines are aged 25 years, and the wines were aged 18 months in oak, 40% new. Deep colour but a little light on the rim given the extra year in bottle. Very attractive mint and eucalypt-touched black fruit aromas. Lots of creamy coffee and chocolate underpinning the ripeness. A beautiful, big mouthful of what I'd class as a more traditional take on Barossa Shiraz. Deep, vibrant, brimming with black fruit, real fruit sweetness and flesh set against a nicely bitter tannin and acid axis, slightly charry oak adding another edge. Classic. UK stockist is for an older vintage at time of review.