Australian Amarone

Australian Amarone

A number of Australian wineries have adopted non-conventional wine styles more commonly known as ‘Amarone’. Hobbs, the artisan Barossa Ranges winery, has embraced with great success the challenges of employing alternative winemaking styles on typical 'Australian' varietals and lead the way on the new path.

Nestled in the beautiful mountain ranges of Barossa Valley, where the elevation, climate and ancient decomposed clay soils allow for the slow ripening of the fruit. The vineyards are dry-grown, biodynamically farmed, hand-pruned and hand-picked. The meticulous care resulting is superb quality fruit is then elevated by the skill of the chief winemaker, Pete Schell, who is also working hard on his own vineyards at Spinifex. The Hobbs vineyards are contiguous with Chris Ringland’s famed Chris Ringland Shiraz vineyards (formerly Three Rivers) and in fact, Ringland acts as a consultant winemaker. Bravely and highly unconventionally anywhere outside of Veneto, they implemented the Amarone technique in which the grapes are semi-dried on racks prior to the fermentation process.

The result is a highly inspiring Amarone Shiraz – an opulent wine with plenty of ripe fruit and spicy character, coupled with firm tannins and a solid structure. The dried fruit character creates the illusion of sweetness, which is kept in-check by a good level of acidity and firm, grippy tannins. "This was clearly a recipe to success, as Hobbs of Barossa Ranges has won critical acclaim from all the leading New World critics." This was clearly a recipe to success, as Hobbs of Barossa Ranges has won critical acclaim from all the leading New World critics. Demand sadly outstrips supply as production levels are minuscule - typically 250 cases or less of each wine is produced per vintage. Having created a lot of intrigue, other wineries are now experimenting with the Amarone technique. Interestingly, Two Hands Wines were keen to introduce a one-off parcel of 2008 Amarone Shiraz as a different take on their Zippy’s Block, which is by far the most popular Single Vineyard wine in their extensive range.

Many great Amarones require years of cellaring to fully unveil their potential and so do their Australian siblings. We re-tasted several of our mature Amarone Shiraz's and we are thrilled to report that they are entering their optimum drinking window, welcoming everyone to discover their fascinating character. A few good offers will set you off on the new journey…

 

Hobbs of Barossa ranges

Hobbs of Barossa Ranges Gregor Shiraz

World Pricing:

£74.00 - £104.00 per bottle

Our price: £44.95 per bottle across vintages

 

Vintage 2003

96 Points - Robert Parker

Made from yields of two tons of fruit per acre, and aged two years in both new and old French oak, the 2003 Shiraz Gregor (from 16-year-old vines) possesses a roasted/scorched earth character as some of the fruit is dried a la Amarone. Rich and full-bodied, with a broodingly dense, concentrated style, an inky/blue/purple color, fabulous length as well as intensity, and riveting fruit. We are the only UK stockist

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Vintage 2004

95 Points - Jay Miller (robertparker.com)

The 2004 Shiraz “Gregor” was sourced from a younger vineyard and includes some partially dried fruit in the style of Amarone. The wine spent 2 years in new French oak hogsheads. It is more deeply colored than its sibling and has a liqueur/port-like character to its aromas and flavors. Powerful, rich, and layered.

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Vintage 2005

95 Points - Jay Miller (robertparker.com)

The 2005 Gregor Shiraz was made from grapes dried on racks prior to crushing and fermentation in the style of Amarone. More deeply colored than its siblings, it has a liqueur, port-like character to its aromas and flavors. Large in scale and richly fruity, it conceals enough ripe tannin to evolve for 6-8 years. Drink this singular effort from 2015 to 2035.

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Hobbs of Barossa ranges

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Riedel Veritas New World Shiraz

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Two hands amarone

Mitolo Single Vineyards Serpico Cabernet Sauvignon

Fruit is hand-picked quite early and placed onto 10kg drying crates. The grapes are left to dry in our temperature and humidity controlled sheds for approximately six weeks. This follows the traditional Amarone techniques, resulting in a 30% loss in bunch weight. After drying, the wine is fermented on skins for two weeks and then is left for a further three weeks before pressing. This extended time on skins actually helps to soften the wine as the small, aggressive tannins are bound up in the process leaving only larger, silky tannins in the wine. The wine is then stored in oak barrels for ten months before careful barrel selection precedes blending and bottling.

 

2003 Vintage

92 Points - Robert Parker

Aged 10 months in new French oak, the intensely varietal 2003 Cabernet Sauvignon Serpico boasts a fragrant black currant, floral, tobacco leaf, and spice box-scented nose along with intense fruit, wonderful purity, superb density, and remarkable elegance as well as definition. It will be interesting to see how this beauty evolves and ages.

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2004 Vintage - Close to selling out

94 Points - Robert Parker

The 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon Serpico (aged 12 months in new American hogsheads as well as small French barrels) comes from the Willunga district in the southern sector of McLaren Vale, near the ocean. It exhibits a dense purple color in addition to an extraordinary bouquet of smoke, blueberries, black raspberries, and cassis. Superbly endowed with admirable purity, sweet tannin, a floral/fruity component, and a fabulously layered, concentrated mid-palate as well as finish, it is one of the finest Cabernet Sauvignons to ever emerge from South Australia.

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Hobbs of Barossa ranges

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Riedel Cabernet Merlot

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