A fragrant nose of blue fruit and candy raspberry. An aromatic profile with dusty oak and juicy fruit.
Complex and bright on the palate, with flavours of cassis and blueberry. Good length and chalky tannin compliments a rhubarb undertone.
Ready to drink now or for enjoying the rewards of cellaring for the next 5-10 years for some secondary fruit characters to shine through.
The growing season was drier than avergae, and careful irrigation to optimise flavour development worked very well. Harvest was two weeks early the result of a warmer than average October which advanced the whole season. There was a cooler finish with mild ripening conditions. Despite the early season, the time taken for berry development and ripening were in line, allowing adequate time for fruit to develop tannins and complexity.
A peaty, mushroom, forest-floor on the nose with touches of smoke, charcuterie and leather. The palate wraps these aromas with juicy cherries and a touch of rhubarb. A complex and delicious wine that will continue to improve and develop as it gains bottle age.
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Blaufrankisch is a red grape variety that produces wines of superb quality in its homeland of Austria, where it ranks as the pre-eminent grape in the red wine province of Burgenland. Hahndorf Hill Winery was the first producer of Blaufrankisch in Australia, with our debut vintage being in 2008. This wine has a hauntingly beautiful nose of rich blueberry pie and black cherries. The palate is silky smooth with a tumble of berries, gentle spice and a smudge of caramel, all perfectly wrapped in generous yet gentle tannin. Match this beautiful wine with duck, quail, lamb and venison - and if you ever need to enjoy a red with your favourite seafood, this is it!
Soho Road Vineyard was planted by Ian and Wendy Coghill in 1978, and is believed to be the oldest vineyard on the Bellarine Peninsula. The site on Soho Road, Drysdale overlooks Swan Bay and Port Phillip Heads. The vineyard (split equally between chardonnay and pinot noir)is run organically, sheep graze in the vineyard in autumn and winter providing fertiliser, reducing weeds and the need for the use of chemicals. Now a 50/50% joint venture between owners Malcolm and Jan Hastings and Will Derham, owner of Banks Road Vineyard, the wines are made at Banks Road.
This delightful Yarra Valley Light Red Blend is 50% Shiraz, 50% Pinot Noir, and is beautifully robust yet soft and generous.
In the glass: Medium red purple.
On the nose: Beautifully perfumed black cherry, blood plum, whole bunch spice and peppery lift.
On the palate: Elegant yet powerful with a fine web of tannins underpinning the complex mix
of silken red and black fruit. It features notes of clove and five spice with bright acidity.
Planted in 1969, the unirrigated vines at our Yarra Valley vineyard produce elegant, complex and powerful wines. Approachable as young wines, they have the ability to develop in the bottle for many years. Yarra Yering is one of Australia’s most iconic wineries with an outstanding international reputation.
A careful selection of established low yielding vineyards stretching from the North Barossa townships of Ebenezer and Light Pass through to Lyndoch in Southern Barossa. Matured in new and seasoned French and American oak allowing the vibrant mid-palate of dark and light fruit to come to the fore.
Deep crimson/purple in colour with a nose of cedar, spice
and plum hinting at the mix of dark fruits and chocolate lurking on the rich structured palate. The wine shows powerful depth of flavour with plush lingering mouthfeel.
The 2013 incarnation of this wine was a work between Taras Ochota and Maynard Keenan of US Supergroup, Tool.
After they established a friendship at Keenan's winery in Arizona, the sharing of both musical and vinous ideas culminated in this cult hero wine collaboration.
Though Maynard wasn't directly involved in this issue, he still consults on the project and Taras has kept it true to the philosophy, though constantly refining the style.
Old vine Grenache. A twist of Gewurz. Just one barrel made. For those of you who love a wine with a story, this is good as they come...
The wine itself is rugged and plush, rippling with dark briary fruit character and showing immense concentration in the core of the wine but with flighty acidity freshening, and sheets of flat, earthy tannins lending structure and building into a light pucker in the finish. There’s a jangly feel to the wine but it’s immensely satisfying, at once bold and yet super drinkable, a return to glass feel if there ever was one. It tastes like it will cellar fantastically and mellow into something broody and more savoury. For now, a hand on the old school richness and density of past, while showing lively and fleeting in some of the finer detail. Opens superbly with time.
The term “rockstar winemaker” gets thrown around a lot these days but Taras Ochota, owner/purveyor of cult wine label Ochota Barrels, is the real deal.
His grungy, minimalist attitude towards his label has seen him gain huge cult status internationally as one of the most boundary pushing “conceptual” winemakers in Australia. From his home in the beautiful Basket Range of the Adelaide Hills, Taras and his wife Amber craft small batches of wine from surrounding vineyards in the Hills and special sites across McLaren Vale and the Barossa Valley.
These are highly sought after and extremely limited wines which have a pulsating energy and drive to them. Some of the country's most exciting wines, no doubt.
The juxtaposition of rusticity and finesse are desired in wines of this ilk. The 2016 vintage achieves this. Notes of pepper and a hearths smouldering coal's couple with the earthiness of beets and chard to ensure the savoury fullness of varietal characteristics shine through. Full of promise from the Far East, this wine captivates with a sweet spice mix of toasted Bengal cardamom, allspice, star anise and cassia bark.
Think Cantonese barbecue – char siu or its western counterpart in glazed ham – thickly sliced and piled decadently onto a share plate with fresh and crispy vegetables.
amuel's Gorge is a mosaic of dreams, with a principal philosophy of people and place.
Samuel's Gorge was established by winemaker Justin McNamee in 2003. Housed in an 1853 built farm shed, the winery and cellar door sits atop a ridge. Our winery overlooks the spectacular Onkaparinga River National Park to the North, and to the South, the ocean.
The Samuel's Gorge label is an impression of the rugged landscape that is viewed from the winery; look closer and see our storyboard within the tiles. At Samuel's Gorge we focus on five key varietals; Grenache, Shiraz, Mourvèdre, Graciano and Tempranillo.
The wines of Samuel's Gorge are crafted by hand and reflect the landscape in which we work. We reference history for texture, complexity and harmony. We engage patient techniques, utilising indigenous yeast, ensuring our ferments are long and slow. Our winery is under the cover of a lean to and at night a ceiling of stars. Visitors to Samuel's Gorge are welcome to see our process during harvest, in late summer.
Driven by aromatics, texture, silkiness and intrigue our wines are great to drink now and yet have structural support and intensity that ensures they cellar well. Samuel's Gorge wines reflect the unique vintage conditions and represent the personality and the imagination of the makers.
My aim with Entity is to produce a wine true to the Barossa Valley, variety, and vintage. 2006 was a very good follow on from the excellent 2005 vintage. Good winter and spring rains and favourable conditions for flowering and fruit set resulted in good crops. Mild to warm conditions over summer and rain towards the end of February resulted in rapid maturation and an early start to vintage in the first week of March. Shiraz was all but finished by the end of March producing wines with rich flavour intensity and well balanced structure. The more subtle French oak was chosen to compliment the ripe blackberry, blueberry fruit. Traditional, low intervention winemaking techniques were employed with Entity, allowing the wine to be approachable in its youth but with ample structure and fruit depth to allow great potential for improvement in the bottle, under good cellaring conditions, for at least 10 years.
Region: Barossa Valley
Variety: Shiraz: Sourced from old vineyards in the Krondorf, Stockwell, Light Pass and Marananga regions of the Barossa Valley.
Winemaking: Fermentation with submerged cap in both traditional old open tanks and small stainless steel fermenters.
Oak Maturation: 100% barrel maturation for 18 months with 30% new fine grain French oak and the balance; 2, 3 and 4 year-old French and American oak hogsheads (300 1itres). Some batches finished fermentation in new barrels
After a stellar 29-year career at Penfolds, including 16 years as Chief Winemaker, John founded John Duval Wines in 2003 with the express aim of making wines from the Barossa’s classic varieties and prized old vines. John’s first wine was ‘Plexus’, a Rhone style blend containing Shiraz, Grenache and Mourvedre (GSM). He released his ‘Entity’ Shiraz in 2006, and then a super premium Reserve ‘Eligo’ Shiraz, which is made in tiny quantities and only when vintage conditions allow.
Content with the course he has set, John has no ambitions to turn John Duval Wines into another Penfolds. His mission is to protect and promote small batch, sub-regional winemaking, as well as having a vehicle to express his 40 plus years of premium winemaking knowledge. By working closely with some of the Barossa’s best vignerons (who are key custodians of the region’s treasured old vines), the future of John Duval Wines looks very good indeed.