Barossa Wine

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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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Varietals Produced in Barossa View all

  • 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...

  • Grenache

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

  • Syrah

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

  • Chardonnay

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

Subregions of Barossa

Popular Wineries in Barossa View all

  • Heggies Vineyard

    The magnificent sweep of country that is now the Heggies Vineyard had been grazing land for most ...

  • Ross Estate Wines Pty Ltd

    When you first visit the Barossa Valley you obtain an overwhelming feeling of old-world charm and...

  • Hare's Chase

    Winemaker Peter Taylor, and private businessman Michael de la Haye, had been friends for years, w...

  • Glaymond Wines

    Both Glaymond and Tscharke are the vision of sixth generation vigneron Damien Tscharke who is als...

  • Hewitson Pty Ltd

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

  • Winter Creek

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

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  • Today my wife Sandra took her friend Marlene out on the town in a big way to ... dishes. Pepperjack Barossa Red $19.99This wine has lots of upfront fruit while having a soft round structure and a slight hint of oak. The aromas and flavors show fresh berries, plums and vanilla. The palate is rich and plush with good structure. The soft velvety ... Read More

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  • This afternoon I enjoyed a glass of this 2012 Pepperjack Barossa, which I had picked up recently at The Wine Cabinet up in Reston, VA.   The grapes are sourced from vineyards immediately surrounding the Saltram Winery, located in the Barossa sub-region of Angaston in South Australia.  You might note that the label suggests that this wine be enjo... Read More

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  • The Colonial Estate "In Exile" Barossa Shiraz Cabernet 2010

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    Wine review by BradoP


  • The Black Chook Shiraz Viognier 2013

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    I must confess that these Oz Shiraz blends are a bit mystifying in hedonic terms - from a personal standpoint, at least. The Black Chook, for instance, is heavily stamped with a nose of spiced, over-ripe red fruit - even spoiled - although the palate is treated to a balanced - if slightly sweet - rush of one dimensional homemade cherry brandy an... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • We opened a 2010 Thorn-Clarke Shotfire Barossa Shiraz last night after I finished up with 'Cat Tuesday' and Sandra worked late, getting home after 8 PM.  It has lots of fruit but not over the top.  Overall a decent Shiraz.  OT might even like it. Read More

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  • Torbreck Woodcutters Shiraz Barossa Valley 1990

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    (Past tasting 16 Jun 2013) Deep hue. Nose of flowers. Fruity and spicy. Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Dandelion Vineyards Shiraz Lionheart of the Barossa 2011

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    (Past tasting 25 Nov 2013) Good balance of fruits and spices. Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Yalumba the Strapper Grenache Shiraz Mataro Barossa 2012

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    Understated but still presentable aromas of beef bouillon, black raspberry and molasses. There's a fair bit of complexity on this, with black pepper spice, cedar and cinnamon, dark chocolate, rough tannins to add structure, and a chocolatey earthy finish paired with a hint of coffee and a hint of toffee. But all of this is only there if you're l... Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Yalumba Shiraz Viognier Hand Picked Eden Valley 2010

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    Big red and black fruit aromas, heat and spice in equal measure. Palate has an explosive amount of fresh acidity, black pepper, bold tarry notes, black fruit, a hint of eucalyptus, and a long finish with licorice and a touch of cream. Read More

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  • Yalumba Eden Valley Fdr 1a 2010

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    Powerful aromas of eucalyptus, tanning leather, oregano and a touch of texas barbecue. Flavors are explosive with bright red cherries, fresh acidity, candied currants, cinnamon and clove. This is a truly big wine, commanding and full of gripping tannins and loads of acidity. Bring lots of food with you to this party. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


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