|After twenty years of the most distinguished winemaking, having amassed over sixty trophies and three hundred gold, including a Jimmy Watson and twice International Red Wine Maker of Year, David O'Leary and Nick Walker came home to Valley Clare. Two heart surgeons from Adelaide own the Doctors Vineyard at Polish Hill River. OLeary Walker»|
|Campbell's Topaque is the most wickedly intense, lusciously rich elixer, laden with candied peel flavours, honeycombed fruit and amber complexities. Painstakingly crafted to the old world Solera system, a bespoke tradition of fractional blending and elevage, achieving the most indulgent concentration of flavour through a laborious racking of barrels as the angels take their share. Campbells»|
|The High Trellis paddock has been yielding the most splendid vintages of wine since the late 19th century, so nicknamed as the vines were the first to be trained above knee height following acquisition of the property by dArenberg. For decades, High Trellis Cabernet Sauvignon has been released to unanimous critical acclaim by the wine industry press and international cognoscente. dArenberg»|
|From the home of the 2007 Jimmy Watson, prior vintages of School Block have claimed gold medals at the London International and UK Sunday Times. A deluxe assembly of Shiraz, Cabernet and Merlot from three Scarpantoni vineyards, each with a unique terroir and mesoclime. Scarpantoni»|
|A wine of pure Barossa fruit by a master who loves Shiraz and is devoted to the valley he calls home. Grant Burge has been awarded every major trophy and medal in Australia, including the Montgomery, Stodart, Brisbane Club and Jimmy Watson. Grant Burge»|
|Daniel James Wilson would write DJW rules on school book covers, desks, garden edgings and wet concrete whenever the opportunity arose. In 1997 DJW established a small 5½ acre plot of Riesling in the highest and most fertile corner of the family property. Wilson Vineyard»|
|A single vineyard, strongly terroir wine by maestro Ken Helm AM, from fruit picked off neighbour Al Lustenberger's property, only released under the premium black label if it reaches the highest quality benchmarks. Since 2005 the collaboration of Lustenberger and Helm has claimed more than fourteen trophies. Helm»|
|Characterized by its controlled power, elegance and finesse, a very special Pyrenees wine which redefines the great Cabernet virtues of stature, structure and length. The inaugural release claimed Gold and Best Wine ahead of two timeless Bordeaux icons, Chateau Mouton Rothschild and Cos d'Estournel. Taltarni»|
|Given the scarcity of Best's prestige, limited release, old vineyard icons, Bin #1 affords enthusiasts their first taste of the Great Western Shiraz style and leaves them eager to discover more. A classic, cool climate, aromatic wine, floral and spicy, peppery and elegant, retaining vital Great Western fruit character. Bests»|
|Richard Bailey planted one of the first Glenrowan vineyards in the 1860s. The Bailey estate survived the downturn of the Victorian gold rush, the ravages of phylloxera and excesses of the Kelly gang, it endures to this day, producing some of the nation's most intensely flavoured and historically significant wine. Baileys Glenrowan»|
|Tyrrell made a major contribution to the development of Heathcote as a world class winegrowing region. One of the earliest pioneers, they sowed the seeds and established the vines which launched the second gold rush into Heathcote Shiraz. Tyrrells»|
|All Saints store their ageing fortifieds in the Great Hall, an area of a castle built in the 1880s, lined with huge 100-year-old oak casks, filled with rare wines. Some of these fortified wines are up to eighty years old and form the base of the rich fortified All Saints blends. All Saints»|
The winemakers of Massena have been mates since school and craft Barossa wine concentrating on the traditional values and techniques which have made the wines of this region so unique
On a brightly moonlit Tuesday evening at around eleven o'clock on the Barossa to Clare road, two young blokes are cruising their way to work the midnight shift for the last vintage of the century, in a beat-up old Toyota Corolla. During the drive home, they would often crave a soft slurpy wine to wash down a hard night's work. Out of this ideal they decided to join forces and make a Grenache based wine to be enjoyed whenever the mood would take hold. As such Massena Vineyards first wine The Moonlight Run Grenache Shiraz Mataro Cinsault was born.
Massena source grapes from dedicated growers in the northwestern Barossa areas of Greenock, Kalimna and Koonunga Hill, providing fruit from dry farmed, low yielding vines up to 120 years of age. Whilst Massena work mostly with traditional Barossa varieties Shiraz, Grenache and Mataro, they also enjoy experimenting and trialling new Barossa varieties such as Petite Sirah, Barbera, Dolcetto, Roussanne, Saperavi and Tannat. In true artisanal style each vineyard section is kept separate during vinification and elevage, until the final blends are assembled. The aim is to produce wines that are true to the Barossa style, being rich, warm and generous.
The sixty year old Shiraz vines from Greenock that produce Eleventh Hour were ready to be uprooted due to the lack of yields and the reluctance of other companies to pay extra for this excellent fruit. After repeated requests for access to these grapes, at 'the eleventh hour' the growers decided to stop the bulldozer and retain a small area of these vines. The eleventh hour has a savoury, rustic personality which gives the wine an extra dimension at such a young age.
The Department of Primary Industries has an experimental vineyard in Nuriootpa, testing varieties for their ability to perform in the Barossa climate. Small parcels of fruit can be procured if you get in before anyone else. Barbero and Dolcetto are new to the Barossa’s viticultural landscape and are well suited due to their ability to ripen fully whilst retaining naturally high acid levels.
Durif has been a favourite of Massena for a long while due to its glass staining colour, rich heavy fruit flavours and the characteristic backbone of lush tannins. In fact, when people try this wine a faint howl may be heard as these tannins take hold of the mouth and linger on for minutes after. Massena also have released an exciting new Shiraz, The Looting Duke. Reminiscent of a young black wine of Cahors or Madiran, the looting duke boasts a dark, brooding and untamed personality. Rustic yet sensual, this intensely concentrated field blend promises a great future ahead. A mostly Shiraz wine with a component of Petite Sirah sourced entirely from Roger Mattschoss old block planted on Seppeltsfield Road in 1944. Extremely limited.