When wine connoisseurs think of the top Barossa Valley wines, they often think of Shiraz, which is its claim to fame. However, that's not all you'll find in Barossa Valley wines.
Vineyards like the prestigious Penfolds Grange are creating beautiful wines with not only the Shiraz grape, but with Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache, as well. Barossa has also more recently received acclaim for crisp, top-end Riesling and Chardonnay. Take a trip down under and treat yourself to any of our top Barossa Valley wines!
WE8787 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 9/1/2020 Despite being a near even split of Grenache, Shiraz and Mourvèdre, it’s the former that shines, billowing notes of flowers, tangy raspberries and black cherries followed by something meaty, savory and spicy and towing heavy-set cola scented oak. The palate feels a little overworked, lacking some freshness — the mouthfeel is rich and broad with ripe red and black fruit, chunky, savory tannins and oak, but it’s saved at the last minute by an appealing lift of tangy fruit.
ST9191 pts. - Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar - Sep/Oct 2007 Bright gold. Ripe peach and apricot scents are deepened by buttery toffee and toasted nuts. Silky, sweet and pure, displaying an array of caramelized orchard and pit fruit flavors. Lush and open-knit on the long, sappy finish. This is a dessert by itself.RP9090 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 1st Oct 2006 Somewhat under the radar for American consumers is Elderton’s top-class Semillon Botrytis. The 2005, a Sauternes look-alike, reveals aromas of creme brulee, buttery pineapple, and toasty oak in its rich, moderately sweet personality. Good background acidity and structure suggest it will evolve nicely for a decade.
JS9393 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Wednesday, June 26, 2019 This has attractive spice and fragrance. Really complex and packed with dark plums and blackberries. The texture is silky with precisely defined tannins. Drink or hold. Screw cap.SP9191 pts. - Wine Spectator - Dec 31, 2019 Juicy and appealing, offering a fresh mix of blueberry, cherry and framboise flavors on a smooth, velvety and spicy frame. Matcha green tea and Szechuan peppercorn details linger. Drink now through 2032. 18,000 cases made, 4,500 cases imported. (MaryAnn Worobiec)
ST9090 pts. - Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar - Sep/Oct 2008 Deep ruby. Cherry and blueberry jam on the nose, with a subtle hint of baking spices. Lush and creamy, offering sweet dark berry liqueur flavors and a velvety texture. A sappy, deeply sweet style that is firmed by gentle minerality, which keeps the luscious fruit in check. This is all about fruit.
SP9696 pts. - Wine Spectator - Nov 30, 2019 Offers a lush, juicy mix of blackberry, blueberry and black cherry flavors that appears seamless, integrating with notes of amaretto, clove and lavender. Plush, juicy and very generous on the long, expressive finish. Drink now through 2034. 1,156 cases imported.JS9696 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Tuesday, August 6, 2019 Stunning blueberries and mulberries here with a wealth of baking spices and red berries, as well as tarry notes and blackberries. It is all here. The palate has a super plush, rich and quite compressed tannin feel. Some firm and powerful moments, as the palate builds with plentiful spiced summer berries. Red plums and blackberries to close. Try from 2025.RP9595 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 8th Aug 2019 Red raspberries abound on the nose of the 2017 RWT Shiraz, which — as usual — is all Barossa fruit aged in French oak (70% new). It’s full-bodied and velvety, with appealing notes of dried spices, beef and plenty of red fruit. There’s a cedary veneer to this vintage, which looks as if it will need a couple of years to come together, then drink well for up to two decades.WS9393 pts. - Wine & Spirits - February 1, 2020 Peter Gago, Penfolds’ Chief Winemaker, worked closely with John Duval in the 1990s on the development of RWT, their red wine trial using Grange-level fruit aged in French oak rather than American. The aging regime brings a luscious texture and caramel scent to this wine, contrasted by the black olive and dark blueberry savor of the fruit. The tannins last in black and green peppercorn spice, already bold and delicious with air, suited to long evolution in the cellar.
VN9191 pts. - Vinous - Dec 2021 Opaque ruby. Smoke-accented aromas of ripe dark berries, pungent flowers and vanilla, along with a hint of white pepper that adds spicy lift. Concentrated, expansive cherry liqueur, blackberry and fruitcake flavors become more energetic as the wine opens up. Round, well-knit tannins frame the appealingly sweet finish, which hangs on with impressive, dark fruit-dominated persistence.
JS9292 pts. - JamesSuckling.com - Sunday, December 5, 2021 This is an attractively spicy wine on the nose with red, blue and black berries all in play, as well as an earthy edge and tarry elements. Some perfume, too. The palate has quite a deep-set, blue and black-fruit core with a long, sturdy palate that holds flavor and focus well. Drink or hold. Screw cap.WE8888 pts. - Wine Enthusiast - 12/1/2021 This wine has all the hallmarks of South Aussie Shiraz. It offers plump plum, cherry, chocolate, black olive and peppercorn notes, with a dusty, Aussie bush-scrub element. The palate is less expressive, with a riper feel. Acidity feels a little forced and edgy, and grainy, savory tannins are drying. The alcohol shows here, too. (Christina Pickard)RP8787 pts. - Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate - 15th Nov 2022 The 2019 Shotfire Shiraz is infused with sweet American oak, and it shows the warm, low-yielding 2019 vintage in all its densely compacted glory. This is a savory, resinous rendition of the wine, and it will please those who love the warm embrace of oak and alcohol. (Erin Larkin)