Artisans of Barossa is a group of like-minded producers with a common goal to protect and promote small batch, sub-regional winemaking. There are six individual wineries and we are proud to represent the stunning wines of four with Hobbs of Barossa Ranges recently joining our growing collection of exclusivities. Although each producer is unquestionably unique with different winemaking styles and techniques, they work closely together representing the breadth and diversity of their home.

What binds them together is a commitment to making inspirational wines that uphold the culture and traditions of Barossa; producing wines that excite, inspire and delight…

 

Pictured: Peter Schell

 

With family roots and extensive wine-making experience in the South of France, there is a strong French connection which drives the style and feel of Spinifex. Started in 2001 by Peter Schell and Magali Gely, Spinifex sources grapes from some of the oldest Barossa and Eden Valley vineyards planted to the classic Mediterranean varieties (Shiraz, Grenache, Mataro, Cinsault, Carignan and Ugni Blanc) that have been successfully grown in the Barossa for over 150 years. With a winemaking philosophy that embraces sustainable vineyard practises and minimal intervention in the winery, there is a strong focus on producing wines where balance, purity of fruit and restraint is key. Such an approach delivers wines with a strong sense of integrity, personality,
regional character and style.

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Spinifex Esprit 2005

94 Points - James Halliday

A fragrant bouquet with multiple oriental spices defying precise description; light- to medium-bodied, with silky mouth feel, bright red fruits running through to a long finish uncluttered by tannins. Barossa Valley.

Our regular bottle price is £17.95 which equates to £107.70 per case of 6

Limited Amount Available at £75.49 per case of 6 

 
 

Spinifex Estate Shiraz Viognier 2007

96 Points - James Halliday

Inviting vibrant colour; quite a polished and poised bouquet of allspice redcurrant and blackberry fruit; at the core of the wine there is a mineral complexity that is thoroughly engaging, and the hedonistic level of sweet fruit marries seamlessly with it and the toasty oak; beautifully constructed, on a large scale, the balancing acidity provides brightness to the finish.

was £29.95 per bottle
now £24.50 per bottle

Spinifex Papillon
Grenache 2006

93+ Points - Stuart McCloskey

The ’06 Papillon is a lovely blend of Grenache, Cinsault and Carignan. Sweet fruit, pepper and garrigue all give way to a medium to full-bodied wine that heavily sways towards a very good Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Sexy and drinking beautifully after two / three hours in a decanter.

£59.95 per case of 6 IB

Our nearest competitor:
 Selling @ £180.00 per case of 12 IB

 
 

Pictured: Dan Standish

 
 

Owned and made by the talented Dan Standish, Massena begun in the 2000 harvest with the roots steeped in Barossa history (some of the oldest vines are over 130 years old!) and with a vision for creating a new viticultural heritage.

It didn’t take long for the critics to spot Dan’s efforts – James Suckling recently described ‘The Eleventh Hour Shiraz’ as Very pure. The Australian Chave?

 

THE ELEVENTH HOUR SHIRAZ 
- Sold Out in Australia -

 

Robert Parker "The 2006 Eleventh Hour Shiraz was sourced from 60 to 125-year-old vines that were saved from the bulldozer at the eleventh hour. The wine was aged for 20 months in seasoned French oak hogsheads (300-liter barrels compared to 225 liters for a standard barrique). It exhibits an alluring bouquet of wood smoke, charcoal, mineral, black raspberry, and wild blueberry. Liqueur-like on the palate, it has layers of savor fruit, incipient complexity, and impeccable balance. Light on its feet, this gorgeous effort will be in its prime from 2012 to 2024." 

£31.00 per bottle

 

Pictured: Jason Schwarz

 
 

The aim at Schwarz is simple - to produce hand-crafted wines from Barossa Valley old vines in an artisanal, considered fashion that allows the finished product to speak of the ground and vintage from which it comes.

Small-batch, boutique wines produced by Jason Schwarz, which give great pleasure to the drinker and express the characters of their variety and the Barossa and its sub-regions in the glass. Both Jason's father and grandfather were state pruning champions, he grew up among the vines on the family property at Bethany and he's worked along side some of the Barossa's best known grape growers and winemakers.

Schwarz Wine Company The Dust Kicker Shiraz 2006

Jason Schwarz – I have spent many hot vintage days walking the rows to select the perfect parcels of fruit to make this wine. This wine is a blend of premium varieties selected from more than 7 individual sites around Barossa Valley.

An unusual blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Grenache, and Mourvedre which offers a complex nose of cedar, spice box, tobacco, earth notes, black cherry, and blueberry. Layered on the palate, this easy-drinking, pleasure-bent wine has gobs of flavor, a lush palate feel, and a fruit-filled finish.

£12.50 per bottle

 

Nitschke Shiraz

Jason Schwarz – Located in the quaint township of Bethany, this special block was planted with Shiraz vines by my parents in 1968 and has been hand tendered by them ever since. Low yielding and dry grown it produces fruit of great intensity and depth. I hope you will enjoy this wines as much as I enjoy making it.

 

Schwarz Wine Company Nitschke Block Shiraz 2005

92 Points - James Halliday

Intense purple-red; floods the mouth with full-on confit black fruits, sufficiently luscious to largely carry the alcohol; heroic style, but a good one, particularly in 20 years or so.

£17.95 per bottle

Schwarz Wine Company Nitschke Block Shiraz 2006

94 Points - Jay Miller (erobertparker.com)

The 2006 Nitschke Block Shiraz was aged in neutral French oak for 20 months. Opaque purple-colored, it exhibits a classic bouquet of smoke, mineral, bacon, blueberry, and black cherry. Fat and sweet on the palate, this opulent, layered effort has tons of flavor, great depth, and a fruit-filled finish.

£18.95 per bottle

 

Thiele Road Grenache

Jason Schwarz – "My family first planted Grenache vines here at the end of World War II. With over 60 years of generous attention these beautiful gnarled vines continue to produce fruit of deep character and complexity."

 

Schwarz Wine Company Thiele Road Grenache 2005

17.5 Points – Julia Harding 

Made by Jason Schwarz, the son and grandson of pruning champions, based at Bethany. Dry-grown fruit. Sweet meaty aromas. Big and bold with bags of character but manages to remain fresh even with 15% alcohol. Juicy, even a little bit wild and herbal.

£17.95 per bottles

Schwarz Wine Company Thiele Road Grenache 2006

93 Points - Jay Miller (erobertparker.com)

The 2006 Thiele Road Grenache was sourced from a parcel planted in 1946. Fifty percent stems are used and the wine is aged for 20 months in seasoned oak. Dark ruby-colored, it has an enticing nose of lavender, earth notes, black cherry, and black raspberry. Layered, concentrated, and with serious old-vine character, it may well evolve for several years but can be enjoyed now.

£17.95 per bottle

 
 

Pictured: Greg & Allison Hobbs

 
 

– Our Proud Exclusivity -
(current releases only - available shortly)

The Hobbs name is relatively new to the Australian wine landscape. Greg and Allison Hobbs' postage stamp sized vineyard in the upper reaches of the Barossa Ranges is anything but, with Shiraz vines dating back to 1905. The Hobbs family moved to the historic 15 acre vineyard in 1995. In 1998 30 dozen bottles of "house wine" was made for the family and Hobbs of Barossa Ranges was born. Greg and Allison collaborate with winemakers Peter Schell (of Spinifex) and Chris Ringland to create their wines, spearheaded by a powerful trio of old vine Barossa Shiraz.

Hobbs of Barossa Ranges Gregor Shiraz 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.

was £59.95 per bottle
now £44.95 per bottle

Hobbs of Barossa Ranges Gregor Shiraz 2004

95 Points - Jay Miller (erobertparker.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.

was £59.95 per bottle
now £44.95 per bottle

was £455.00 per case of 6 IB
now £240.00 per case of 6 IB

 

Hobbs of Barossa Ranges Gregor Shiraz 2005

96 Points - Jay Miller (erobertparker.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.

£44.95 per bottle

£219.95 per case In Bond

£84.95 per magnum

Hobbs of Barossa Ranges Gregor Shiraz 2006

95 Points - Jay Miller (erobertparker.com)

The 2006 Gregor Shiraz is made from fruit dried on trays in the style of Amarone. More deeply colored than the above two wines, it has a liqueur, Port-like character to its aromas and flavors although it is dry. Notes of licorice and chocolate as well as assorted black fruits make an appearance on the palate. Layered, balanced, and long, this unique effort will continue to blossom with several more years of cellaring and offer a drinking window extending from 2013 to 2026. 

£195.00 per case of 6 In Bond

£50.50 per magnum In Bond

 

Hobbs of Barossa Ranges Gregor Shiraz 2007

Little has been written about the ’07 and it’s a first for us. There are only four stockists in the world market with prices (ex tax) ranging from £59.00 to £97.50). You be the critic and let us know your thoughts...

was £59.95 per bottle
now £35.95 per bottle

Hobbs of Barossa Ranges Shiraz 2004

97 Points - Jay Miller (erobertparker.com)

The spectacular 2004 Shiraz was sourced from vines planted in 1906 with yields a meager 1.25 tons per acre. It was aged for 2 years in new French oak hogsheads (300-liter barrels). Opaque purple-colored, it has a superb bouquet of wood smoke, pencil lead, licorice, blackberry, and blueberry pie. This leads to a full-bodied, mouth-filling, opulent wine with layers of flavor, great depth, and a long, 60-second finish. It has enough structure to evolve for 6-8 years and should drink well through 2025.

was £79.95 per bottle
now £52.95 per bottle

 

Hobbs of Barossa Ranges Shiraz 2005

95 Points - Jay Miller (erobertparker.com)

The 2005 Shiraz was sourced from the same vineyard and received the same elevage. It exhibits a similar flamboyant personality but without the extra dimension of complexity from the Viognier component.

was £79.95 per bottle
now £39.95 per bottle

Hobbs of Barossa Ranges Shiraz 2006

Jay Miller (erobertparker.com)

The 2006 Shiraz was aged for 24 months in new French hogsheads (300-liter barrels). Purple/black in color, it offers up a brooding bouquet of toast, smoke, violets, blueberry, blackberry, and Asian spices. Dense and layered on the palate, this well-balanced effort is a bit tightly wound at present and will benefit from 4-6 years of cellaring.

£205.95 per case of 6 In Bond

 

Hobbs of Barossa Ranges Shiraz 2007

Jay Miller (erobertparker.com)

The 2006 Shiraz was aged for 24 months in new French hogsheads (300-liter barrels). Purple/black in color, it offers up a brooding bouquet of toast, smoke, violets, blueberry, blackberry, and Asian spices. Dense and layered on the palate, this well-balanced effort is a bit tightly wound at present and will benefit from 4-6 years of cellaring. 

£182.95 per case of 6 In Bond

Hobbs of Barossa Ranges Shiraz Viognier 2006

94 Points - Jay Miller (erobertparker.com)

The colour is a glorious gold tinged with green; this wine was better when first tasted three years ago than the '06 White Fronti, and still is, the acidity fresher, the wine with more texture to its luscious tangerine, cumquat and honey flavours.

£128.95 per case of 6 In Bond

£50.50 per magnum In Bond