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Barossa is a state famous for its production of Shiraz, the signature grape of Australia, and its Riesling. The name is a bastardization of “The Hill of Roses” (Cerro de las Rosas) in Spain, named by Colonel Light, who fought in the Spanish Peninsula War. It is steeped in German Lutheran heritage, dating back to the 1840’s when many fled from religious persecution to the colony, eventually establishing farms and vineyards. The oldest Shiraz plantings in Australia are located in the Langmeil winery.

Barossa is subdivided into the Barossa Valley and Eden Valley subregions.

Shiraz is where it’s at in the Barossa Valley, with other Rhone grapes produced as varietal releases and GSMs, which are blends of Grenache, Shiraz (Syrah) and Mourvedre, here known as Mataro. Also, taking a cue from the Rhone, some Shiraz releases are blended with a small amount of white Viognier for structure. Cabernet, Merlot and Chardonnay are the next popular varietals. Recently, more experimental international Read more »

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  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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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  • Winter Creek

    Winter Creek is situated at Williamstown in the far South of the Barossa Valley and is owned by D...

  • Hentley Farm

    Our Cellar Door is open and we invite you to pay us a visit. Please drop in and unearth the uniqu...

  • Barton Vale

    Barton Vale House inEnfield, South Australia is the headquarters of the Smith family's diverse ac...

  • Hewitson Pty Ltd

    Hewitson is dedicated to producing traditionally-made, expressive wines from the great vineyards ...

  • Massena Vineyards Pty Ltd

    On a brightly moonlit Tuesday evening at around eleven o'clock on the Barossa to Clare road, two ...

  • Laughing Jack

    The Laughing Jack Vineyard is a small parcel of the Kalleske's 85 acres of young and old vine. T...

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  • This was dinner on Saturday night with friendsStarted with a platter of Salami, ... ... predominantly from the Barossa Valley.  1998 is regarded as one of the great Barossa Vintages and this wine really showed the benefit of letting it age - 19 years.  I tried this wine in the mid 2000's as a seven year old wine and was a little dissppointed. ... Read More

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  • D - Bests and BindiBoth excellent family wine businessesThe 2 Bindi ... shiraz ... shiraz and more Rhone than Barossa but 1982 was only an average vintage.  Look it could be a nice old shiraz if it has kept some freshness and not oxidised or fallen victim to the cork&nbs Read More

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  • OT has a good point - alcohol levels have risen over the past few decades, but ... and producers as opposed to Barossa Valley, with wines that don't fit the stereotype of what an Australian wine is. Lower alcohol levels in many case Read More

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  • Jacob's Creek Reserve Shiraz 2014


    Deep crimson color with purple hues around the rim and cranberry clarity against a clear sky. Aromas that start with licorice and heavy oak, plum, and with various summer berries, vanilla spice, and classic chocolate, sweet tobacco and freshly tanned leather. Flavors of blackberry, plum, subtle baking and cooking spices, cherry/licorice nuance... Read More

    Wine review by chriscage

  • Can do for AustraliaThe key components for wine are as followsGrape Cost ... I ... I take a typical mid range Barossa Shiraz made in say a 500 to 1,500 tonne crush facility using B grade fruit1 tonne cost of grapes $1,800/tonneExtract 600 litres/tonneThis gives grape component $3/litreOverhead say $1.50 litreIf American Oak with say roughly 12... Read More

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  • Friday night we were at Adelaide Oval for the Adelaide Crows against least ... ... erratic we drank a local {Barossa} Temp 15 Yalumba Running with the Bulls and a local Pinot 14 Tim Knappstein Riposte The Sabre from the Adelaide Hills, both are relatively cheap around AUD15-25 and then we decided to have a night cap at a local bar - Eat End Ce... Read More

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  • Saturday NightMy brother Paul and his Wife Kate came over from Melbourne - ... ... melon fruit.08 Penfolds RWT Barossa SHiraz - decanted for about an hour, one of my favourite wines and the use of French Oak rather than American gives a much more Raspberry as opposed to Vanilla flavour structureI ate Gnocchi cooked in burnt Butter and Garlic, ... Read More

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  • After a cleaning Peroni Legere I had a couple of glasses of the St Hugo Barossa Shiraz 2010Excellent Barossa SHiraz in the AUD35 range 2010 was a great fruit year and it shows with good fruit and nice sensible French Oak Treatment giving nice raspberry overtonesHas with a a stuffed Chicken thigh with bacon cheese and spinach with just a touch of... Read More

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  • Schild are a good Barossa SHiraz You may remember they created a stir some years ago when they won a global award with their 08 Shiraz but then created a contraversy when they did a second bottling from a different batch of wineWe discussed it on the forum back in 10/11  Read More

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  • Schild Estate Shiraz Barossa Valley 2012


    Another solid 2012 down under wine. This had good blueberry, plum, pepper, slight noted mocha and vanilla accents to the chewy tannins and popping acidity. 9(0 points - drink now - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951

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