Joe Czerwinski (robertparker.com) "Hints of eucalyptus and bay leaf appear on the nose of the 2017 Samantha's Garden Shiraz. Cola and plum notes fill out the full-bodied palate, balanced by crisp acids and some ripe, supple tannins. Like all of the Garden series wines, it should drink well for a decade."
94 Points - Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front "Adelaide Hills shiraz these days is pretty keen to run away with itself and so you need to keep it in check. This wine does that nicely. It has flavour and style but it’s fresh to the point of friskiness. It’s the opposite of the Bella’s Garden release; this has character aplenty. Jubey cherries, plums, woodsmoke, twigs and juicy/delicious blueberries. It’s complex now but it will develop more. Like."
Joe Czerwinski (robertparker.com) "Made with 20% whole bunches, the 2017 Harriet's Garden Shiraz shows some herbal-stemmy notes, hints of green peppercorn and vibrant raspberry fruit. It's medium to full-bodied, with a ripe, creamy texture leading into a long, silky finish. It's a lovely blend of herbal-savory and ripe fruit that should drink well for up to a decade or so."
96 Points - Jeb Dunnuck "More reserved but no less brilliant, the 2017 Shiraz Lily's Garden comes from the McLaren Vale and spent 18 months in just 9% new French oak. Classic Syrah notes of dark black fruits, damp herbs, scorched earth, and obvious minerality give way to a medium to full-bodied beauty that is flawlessly balanced, textured, and seamless. It’s up with the finest vintages I’ve tasted of this cuvée and will keep for upwards of a decade."
95 Points - Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front "Big, floral, fresh, tannic, svelte and more. Not entirely sure how it manages to combine all these things. It’s a blueberried, boysenberried, plum-driven shiraz with plenty of heft and a prettiness too. And then there’s big drag of tannin. It’s a top shelf release. No alcohol heat either."
Joe Czerwinski (robertparker.com) "Peppery and meaty on the nose, the 2017 Charlie's Garden Shiraz is nevertheless ripe and fruity at the same time, with boysenberry and blueberry notes to sustain it across the medium to full-bodied palate. Silky and rich, it picks up hints of mint and licorice on the long finish."
95 Points - Jeb Dunnuck "The 2017 Shiraz Bella's Garden is a real gem and well worth seeking out for readers who love high-class Barossa Shiraz. Deep purple-hued with a kaleidoscope-like array of red and black fruits, ground pepper, spice, herbes de Provence, and cured meats, this beauty hits the palate with no hard edges, remarkable purity of fruit, and a great finish. It’s impossible to resist today, and I see no need to delay gratification."
95 Points - James Halliday "Hand-picked fruit with 20% whole bunches, on skins 15 days in open top fermenters, pressed to seasoned French puncheons and hogsheads for 18 months. While this shines the spotlight on the fruit, there's certainly oak flavours and tannin seeping through to the wine but just the right amount. Also in the mix are blackberry essence, plum compote, molasses and savoury, persimmon-like tannins."
Sourced from one of the highest vineyards on top of Menglers Hill, this quintessentially Eden Valley Shiraz has a soft bouquet of red fruits and fresh cut flowers with a moderately powerful fruit profile that finishes with an amazing minerality. Acidity is the true key to this wine. The elevation provides acidity retention and slight relief from weather extremes. Skeletal gravelly soils provide a fine boned mouth feel. Wildlife and gumtrees surround this vineyard, a natural inspiration for the colour of this label.
94 Points - Jeb Dunnuck "A wine that always seems to deliver, the 2016 Shiraz Bella's Garden comes from the Barossa Valley and saw a touch of whole clusters and 18 months in roughly 20% new French oak. Blueberries, black raspberries, vanilla bean, spice, and toasted bread notes all flow to a full-bodied, ripe, opulent Shiraz that has sweet tannin, a balanced, clean profile, and a great finish. It’s a knockout bottle of wine to enjoy over the coming 5-7 years."
This is a sumptuous wine, defined by its aromatic complexity and finesse. Predominately grown in the Red/Brown earth of the Barossa’s western ranges, the soil profile creates masculine tannins and richness through the palate. Lower yield limiting soils provide a large fruit concentration. This label’s colour reflects the red soils of the Barossa’s western ranges where all the best Two Hands vineyards are located.
Dense, heady blackcurrant, blueberry and plum punch from the glass. The aromas are concentrated and tightly knit at first but after a little aeration, open up to reveal some sweet black cherry and violet. The concentration continues on the palate with youthful black berry fruits leading to sweet, clove spice that lingers on the finish. Although young, the tannins are ripe and provide perfect structure to the youthful fruits. This is the Eden Valley addition to the Garden series and when tasted next to the Barossa addition, had a comparative lightness but don’t be fooled, this wine still packs a punch.
Barossa Super 100 Classification – Wines over $100
With over 100 wines featured in the Classification the list represents the depth of collectable wines of distinction being made in Australia’s most famous wine region.
94+ Points - Jeb Dunnuck "Another elegant, fresh Shiraz from Michael, the 2016 Shiraz Secret Block Single Vineyard offers classic blueberries, violets, exotic spice, and pepper on the nose. This gives way to a medium to full-bodied 2016 that has integrated acidity, a seamless, balanced texture, and building richness. It’s a classy, pure Shiraz that does everything right. Give it another year or two and it’s going to drink nicely for a decade or more."
Secret by name, and secret by nature, this magical vineyard hides behind mulitple locked gates and windy trails, nestled away with some of the regions best vineyards. Along with picturesque views of the Barossa and Eden Valley, this vineyard offers high quality fruit that has always shone, even through the most difficult of vintages.
96 Points - Jeb Dunnuck "In the Single Vineyard series, the 2016 Shiraz Yacca Block Single Vineyard comes from the Eden Valley which is just to the west of Barossa. It offers a gorgeously complex bouquet of black raspberries, toasted spices, blackberries, ground pepper, and dried flowers. Deep, opulent, voluptuous, and incredibly texture on the palate, it has no hard edges, fine tannin, and a great finish. It’s my favorite of the Single Vineyard releases and can be drunk anytime over the coming 10-15 years."