Barossa Valley Wine

With a rich history dating back to 1847, a profound and unique Silesian (German) influence, the Barossa Valley is one of the most famous wine regions of South Australia and, indeed, Australia. The region is now rightly asserting not only its importance to the wine industry but the inestimable value of its storehouse of century-old vines and historic wineries. The twists and turns of the Barossa Valley are at times as clearly defined as those of the world famous Napa Valley in California. At other times they disappear into a series of rolling hills and transverse valleys, which can easily disorient as well as charm the first time visitor. In consequence, site, slope and aspect all vary widely. The climate of the region has often been unfairly characterised as very warm but, in fact, in its lower parts it is only moderately so and at higher altitudes quite cool, as indicated by the Williamstown details given below. In fact, as John Gladstones has pointed out, its biologically effective temperature Read more »

Varietals Produced in Barossa Valley View all

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Grenache

    You’re a member of the ‘Rhône Ranger’ band. Your groupies think you’re ‘hot’, even when you're boozy and "strung out"...

  • Sémillon

    History of the grape: Little is documented about the early years of this grape, which is surprising due to its distin...

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

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Barossa Valley on Snooth

  • Greenock Creek Apricot Block Shiraz 2011


    Jammy black fruit on the nose is joined by rather intense black pepper, leather, wood spice, and game aromas making this both complex and rather wild. In the mouth it is rich, powerful, and balanced with some obvious oak tannins making their presence known even through the masses of concentrated fruit. The fruit shows a very nice spicy red and ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Henschke Keyneton Euphonium Eden Valley 2010


    70% shiraz, 18% cabernet sauvignon and 12% merlot grown in the Barossa (Eden Valley and Barossa Valley).Jammy and oaky on the nose with lots of vanilla, toasted spice, tree bark and cedar aromas layered over the slightly cooked black fruit which has a bit of an oily aromatic quality. Bright in the mouth with some early stiff tannins and a bit of... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Yalumba Cabernet-Shiraz Blend Eden Valley the Reserve 2004


    Big and powerful with wonderful fresh fruit aromas set against a backdrop of lightly spicy and used oak. On the palate this is both chewy and fresh with acids that seem a bit high all things considered. Theres lovely balance and purity to the black currant fruit on the palate which shows a little minty quality on the back end. The finish is nice... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Yalumba Signature 05 Australia Barossa Valley Cabernet & Blends 2008


    So smoky on the nose with a moderate dose of toasty oak spice layered under some leafy and bright black currant fruit.On entry this is really attractive with brilliant red and black fruits that have a slight jammy edge to them yet they remain clear and bright on the palate. This is so finely polished but still with cut and great clarity in the m... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Yalumba Shiraz Barossa Valley the Octavius 2006


    Leathery and a bit of animal greets the nose though in a very clean and pure way developing complex and deep aromas of plum and crushed berries over a base of wood spice. One gets the sensation of a bit of over-ripeness in the mouth, though this shows nicely judged tannins supporting blue fruit that explodes on the mid-palate with, gorgeous inne... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Pewsey Vale Riesling Eden Valley the Contours 2003


    People dont get the brilliance of these dry rieslings because they are so rarely encountered with this sort of age on them. Here we have an example with perfect provenance, winery direct in fact. Smoky on the nose with an almost custardy edge to the core of crabapple that is framed by subtle honey and green tea notes. On entry this remains youth... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Yalumba Grenache Barossa Bush Vine 2009


    Quite fruity on the nose with spicy herbal shadings to the core of raspberry and tart strawberry tops aromas all framed with a hint of toasty oak. In the mouth this has the intensity of Grenache which can be be powerful and rich but not weighty, in fact a bit hollow at times like a giant balloon of strawberry fruit which fills your mouth with go... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Hi Ed, I'm guessing you mean the Seppelt tawny port produced by ... ... which is the winery from the Barossa Valley South Australia. While often regarded as the same entity, which is true from a business perspective, I do not due to their forked origins. Seppeltsfield was founded in 1851, while The Best Western winery was founded in 1865.The l... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Couple of Aussie sparklings

  • Pewsey Vale Dry Riesling Eden Valley 2012


    ~ Editor's Choice ~Quite perfumed on the nose, with aromas of apple blossoms, dry tree bark, quince and limes. While painfully young, this shows great cut in the mouth with a nice edge of richness, though it remains medium to light bodied. There's a lovely rush of sour apple, lime and raw quince flavors on the palate, with gentle floral accents ... Read More

    Wine review by BRUNOHOEPERS

  • Two Hands Direct Shiraz Bella S Garden Barossa Vly 2005


    Inky, dark red-black. Clear and brilliant. Big, intense nose of dark fruits and berries. A bit of oak, vanilla and toasty spice. Sweet blueberries and a hint of anise. A very slight whiff of dill that blew off after a few minutes. Loads of dark fruit accompanied by some spice and cedar notes. Medium to medium long finish with black licorice on t... Read More

    Wine review by anchca

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