This is a dense, slightly blanched red of big impact but the finer details have been cooked off, oak rounding out the palate and alcohol to finish. Best drinking: now to at least fifteen years. Superb. Fascinating tasting this up against the No.2. Would I buy it? 17.5/20, 91/100. Maybe a little warm is my only quibble. Best drinking: now to ten plus years. Bass River Estate. This is what mod Australian Shiraz is about – ripeness, unmistakable generosity of flavour, but also delivered with a sense of shape and purpose. It’s maybe a bit singular (and unsubtle), but this is charming in its mode too – the right sort of powerful Barossan red. Still, with that structure underneath, time will be kind. Very nice. They can be complex and spicy, elegant and floral or even just juicy and smashable; their versatility makes them one of the best Australian red wines you can buy. Featuring a range of varieties and price points, it’s an invaluable guide to some of the best Australian wines. 18.5/20, 94/100. Spends 24 days on skins with 20% whole bunches, then matured in 20% new oak for 12 months. 17.5/20, 91/100. Quality dirt. Best drinking: now to eight plus years also. Will win trophies, though not my style. $18 well spent as well. The Ironheart still fits the definition of Vale Shiraz and, most importantly, it’s absolutely delicious. Misses that scorched Cherry Ripe character I see in Hilltops Shiraz. Actually, this tastes like cool climate Shiraz, albeit with Pyrenees mint. It’s not a bad wine – it’s still appealing, but less would be more, and the closer you look the more the oaky permeates everything. 18.5/20, 94/100. It’s super smooth and polished, oak filling in every bump. Jason Schwarz dials up the Barossa flavour again. Would I buy it? An excuse to open something even more special? White pepper powder as the first character but it’s not peppery in the rotundone mode. The Bass River Estate is next to the Bass River’s west bank. Exactly as you’d expected. Well worth a bottle. 13.2%, $32. 14.5%, $30. 14.5%, $51. The only question is whether it’s a better wine than the Dalwood Shiraz. And Hunter-ness. Best drinking: now to fifteen years. $20 of juicy Shiraz well delivered. James Halliday and his tasting panel spend months tasting the thousands of wines submitted from wineries all across Australia, and awarding each bottle a score out of 100. There are a few names that pop up more than once in this list, headlined by Gundog – with Matt Burton & team pumping out a huge array of ’18 reds from Canberra, Hilltops and the Hunter with lowish alcohols and showing convincing regional character. The Best Australian Wine - The 2020 Reverse Wine Snob Picks. There was more Shiraz this month, there always is. Would I buy it? 14.3%, $65. Would I buy it? Best drinking: now to seven years. 13.5%, $200. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. 18.5/20, 94/100. I’d share a bottle. 14%, $27. Cost: $700. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! It’s bold. Another win for Bryan Currie. A new Taltarni era alongside this wine. Five outstanding Aussie wines under $25 for 2020. Best drinking: now to ten years. I find the finish a bit thin, ultimately. Would I buy it? Lavishly oaked (some American oak?) Such a different wine to the Juxtaposed, even despite the very different vintage. Review: Balgownie Estate Viognier 2019
, A few Christmas Wines, Beers (2020 Edition). 2024 onwards for 15yrs plus. Sourced from old vines in Marananga you can almost guess the script here – luscious fruit, chocolate bullets oak, the palate silken with ripe fruit and oak filling every crevice. Blewitt Springs Shiraz from the Sherry Vineyard and the Wait Vineyard, and channelled into a really clever modern Shiraz. Best drinking: come back in 5 years. Mediumness. Why you should go to Morrisons for the best bottle of Shiraz Would I buy it? 17/20, 90/100. The Top 100 is first published in The Australian in November and is available on Wine Companion at the same time. 14.5%, $75. It’s a finessed and quite medium-bodied modern Taltarni red. There’s a great story behind this block too. Good, long and mouthfilling, but not quite gold medal balance. 18.5/20, 94/100. Hunter Valley Shiraz that very much showcases the vintage. Sweetwater sits awkwardly in the Hungerford Hill portfolio – I almost feel like it would be better as Hungerford Hill Sweetwater, though Sweetwater is a very different estate (with a grand house on the property too) I digress. It was my first year of university, slogging through physics and chemistry, so a liquor shop seemed like fun. Good. Deep, brooding and with much to chew on. Wednesday marked the 2021 Halliday Wine Companion Awards, the veritable Oscars of the Aussie … It’s too cheap. 13%, $60. Best drinking: now to ten plus years. 17.7/20, 92/100. 13.5%, $35. Tony, what’s different here?. Best drinking: now to maybe eight years for a start. 14%, $32. 17.7/20, 92/100. Plenty to chew on with the ‘Estate’ Blue Pyrenees reds ad this is the best of the lot. Coffeed. Too bitter, maybe. If you're looking to buy the best red in Australia, it will set you back anywhere from $700 to $1000. A little drying and warm to finish but this has layers and interest. Black Magic is a fitting title too – it’s like liquid molasses. 13.5%, $35, would I buy it? 17.7/20, 92/100. I’d share a bottle. 18/20, 93/100. Best drinking: I’d wait 2-3 years and then drink over at least fifteen. Fascinating wine. A glass or two. 17.5/20, 91/100. Well done. It’s a rather dark and ripe Hunter red this, pitching more into dark berry fruit rather than something bright and berried (like, say, the Tyrrell’s Old Patch). By contrast, this comes from the Freeman vineyard at Prunevale. 14%, $45. 14.5%, $60. Fruit for this comes from the Somerset Vineyard’s 1970 plantings and Tinkler’s ‘48 block. 18/20, 93/100. I like the cross regional thinking here. From 20yo dry grown vines – which is young for Galafrey, given that the Tyrer family vineyard is now approaching 45 years old. Not my normally drink, but I admire the style greatly. I now judge at wine shows around the world, sit on the Australian Wine List of the Year awards panel and was once a Wine Journalism Young Gun (but baby that was years ago). This is more translucent, less muscular, less oak-driven voluptuousness and some welcome spice. 2 2018. It’s an odd, expensive wine though – I can’t get my head around where it’s meant to sit. Dark fruit. I now judge at wine shows around the world, sit on the Australian Wine List of the Year awards panel and was once a Wine Journalism Young Gun (but baby that was years ago). Much less extraction, much more fragrance, the alcohol not noticeable either with a hint of whole bunch spice for good measure. White rather than black pepper. 14.7%, $180. Tasmania's House of Arras has been awarded the sparkling category winner this year, with their 99-point example; they also host three other wines in the top-rated list. 17/20, 90/100. A few Christmas Wines, Beers (2020 Edition). 14.5%, $65. It could fall over within ten years, or it could live for decades. But underneath its a surprise packet. Despite a record horror year in winemaking, Aussies can look forward to some superb-value drops in 2020s crop. 13.5%, $22.99. This Shiraz is all Canberran fruit and it’s a flashy beast – a real statement wine. If that's not quite in your alcohol budget, this $7 shiraz is one of the best in the country. Would I buy it? A glass. No. Classically oaky. 14.5%, $?. Firm. Best drinking: now to at least ten years. Would I buy it? There is a withering blackness here though that marks a wine of real depth, the layers of fruit a nod to a long future ahead. I could mark this much lower as it’s not my sort of wine at all. Even, purple-fruited style that is well handled. This has changed remarkably. I just couldn’t finish more than a glass. A glass. Slightly too oaky and punchy for big scores but pleasure here for sure. I’d share a bottle. Easily the best wine in the Jaraman range. It’s so round and easy and smooth, medium bodied, lightly tannic and easy-going, the oak is like caramel sauce, filling in the cracks. Would I buy it? Variety: Port. Best drinking: Now to fifteen years easy. Best drinking: now to fifteen more years. Initially I thought the Marksman’s was too rich, too plump, too berried, with lavish oak. 13.5%, $35. 17/20, 90/100. McLaren Vale Shiraz but with Viognier Roussanne Marsanne. 15%, $17. Best drinking: now to twenty plus years. Read more about me here or get in touch to book your next wine event with me here. At 18, I started working in a small suburban bottleshop, largely to buy cheap beer. I can admire the impact and length here for sure. There’s a caramel plum Hilltops character and boysenberry Canberra fruit thing and a genuine sense of savoury balance. Long and intense – which lifts the score – but remains somewhat hobbled by the pursuit of ripeness and oak. Mid weight but with fruit density, the palate rounded and polished with some background oak to fill things out. Best Australian Shiraz under £25 to buy this Christmas. Bright red fruits, rosemary, mint and purple texta. 18/20, 93/100. Deep, porty and black-fruited, the sweet vanilla oak a constant companion and just amping you the palate even more. I enjoy this style. Port! The James Halliday Top 100 list includes an overview of the year in wine, looking at the major trends and the key issues facing grape-growers and winemakers. I can’t fault the generosity and conviction. Instead, this is neat, composed and quite regal, instantly approachable yet lobbing up enough tannins and dark fruit to be compelling beyond today. Easy to see the intensity here, and it’s built for the long haul though it feels a bit OTT for the moment. But such a step up. Actually it’s probably more Pinot than Syrah, with cherry fruit and a real tang. In addition, the supermarket stocks wines from producers such as Louis Jadot in Burgundy, Bodegas Fabre and in Argentina and Tim Adams and Vasse Felix in Australia. Best drinking: now and twenty years easy. Best drinking: now to at least fifteen years. 14%, $27. Your email address will not be published. Thick and dark red berries (McLaren Vale) meets lighter blackberries and peppery bitterness (Hills). Has great tannins(d’Arenberg tannins are excellent. Just 84 cases produced! Still well pitched. From vines planted in 1881, I thought this would be bigger given the dark purpleness but no, the expected extravagance doesn’t come. 17.7/20, 92/100. Saving the best until … This will have plenty of fans. I’m a fan. It will keep for decades. No. Photograph: svetikd/Getty Images. Bottle for the cellar. Layers layers layers. Spends 10 months on older oak. Sweet oak and sweet alcohol. The very definition of a smooth and generous Barossa Shiraz. 14%, $45. Best drinking: now to twenty years. Best drinking: I’d wait a few more years for the oak to settle in and then drink over twenty. I’d go sooner rather than later. Would I buy it? But hey, this will turn heads and flashy as fuck. Budget fizz, elegant rosés, the best whites and reds … perfect for sipping in the sun . Highlights of Tesco’s autumn/winter 2020 range include many of its own-label Tesco Finest wines, made in partnership with a variety of respected producers and cooperatives. For the cellar maybe, but wouldn’t be drinking it yet. Pikes. Something, like the exceptional Hickinbotham The Peake Cabernet Shiraz 2018. Then 10+ years. Dark, inky and ultra ripe. Lucky that they still have wines like this in the shed. You could keep it longer but hey why wait. Lots of flavour, as usual. Snappy packaging too. There’s a mushroomy savouriness, a difficult-to-pin- down mid palate x-factor layer that takes this from ‘appealing’ to ‘eye-catching’. 14.5%, $200. 18.5/20, 94/100. Would I buy it? The reds on test were quite varied, from the gentle and sweet to the rich, ripe and oaky. Pure class. Would I buy it? No alarms, but such an easy wine to appreciate. 25% whole bunches in the mix and matured in 30% new oak, then bottled unfined and unfiltered. A glass. A glass or two. I’m comparing everything to a high mark, a higher expectation for McLaren Vale reds – when this is ultimately a superb, impactful, highly polished full bodied wine. There is a whole bunch spice on the nose which is a direct contrast to the mid palate fruit and fine vanilla oak seam. Of note, it is matured in 30% new oak for 15 months, although it feels much oakier than that. Yes. 13.5%, $35. No, but others will. Your email address will not be published. This is going to win friends so easily, the style positively Penfoldian with that richness and amalgam of fruit and oak. Share a bottle. Best drinking: now to eight years. Required fields are marked *. 15.9%, $30. It’s ott, sure, but not stewed. Worth sharing a bottle. Easily the juiciest and most approachable of the super premium Balgownie Shiraz. Luscious wine, very much in the riper, southern Vale mode rather than Blewitt Springs. The range review has seen a renewed focus on interesting parcels at the lower-premium end, some strong additions to the own-label Definition range, and some classic wines that had been lost … Interest high all the same. Good. Black fruited, inky and just a little warm – it’s a big fruit bomb. As the name suggests, this includes some whole bunches, which I think give this Shiraz more. The Penfolds 2020 collection is available from ... 389 has staked its own claim as a superb Australian red wine, and at 60, this is a “baby” no more. It’s like stepping back in time to 1998! From old vine Grenache to classic Cabernet to some fantastic red blends to surprisingly tasty Riesling to, yes, really good Syrah (or as it's called here Shiraz), Australia has lot to offer across it's varied wine regions. Plenty to give in the future and the texture is attractive enough too. Paul Bridgeman knows how to deliver finesse and charm, both of which this wine has. Wines Made By Women— Victoria James, Beverage Director at Cote, author, and co-founder of Wine Empowered. Cote Rotie take? Best drinking: wait until the end of the year and then for the next seven years for a start. No. Hallowed earth. Easy fifteen. A more conventional expression of McLaren Vale Shiraz in context – a wine that lovers of traditional McLaren Vale Shiraz are going to adore. A glass. This is from Canberra & Hilltops fruit. A blend of Clare Valley & McLaren Vale Shiraz fruit. South Australia’s Barossa Valley is home to some of the oldest shiraz vines in the country and produces excellent examples, as seen below with the two of the leading wines coming from the region. Best drinking: it will get better, and history says this is a twenty-year wine. Delicious wine. Would I buy it? I spotted it for $36 in retail land. I warmed to this high quality dark red and can see it only getting better. But that generosity, that western Barossan blackness makes it a keeper. 14.5%, $110. 17.5/20, 91/100. Best drinking: now to many years. Best drinking: now to ten years plus. Best drinking: now to twenty years. Not quite great – it’s a little jubey to be sublime and the tannins do stick out. Best drinking: now onwards. Gundog Estate Hilltops Shiraz No. Good tannins to finish, if minty. Big impact. Plush. 17.7/20, 92/100. 18/20, 93/100. Lirac & Tavel 2019: Report and top scoring wines. More interest. Bursts of fruit. Would I buy it? Needless to say, I discovered wine, and my life evolved with a unique dual focus - wine and environment.Twenty years later and I spend my days wearing many (wine) hats, mostly as a writer, presenter and marketer. Dense and raspberried, the palate could almost be McLaren Vale, the flavours just a little stewed with firm desiccated tannins. In 2019 and 2020 I was voted in the Top 30 Best Wine Critics in The World, and in my spare time, I'm a sucker for punishment and run trail ultra marathons, much to the delight of my long-suffering family. It’s hearty, meaty, forward and recognisable largely as Shiraz rather than something more complex. Ferns and some sort of smoky spice on the nose – cool clime Shiraz ahoy! Post was not sent - check your email addresses! Nothing left behind with the Maverick wines, with this red sourced from a block that was part of the original Pewsey Vale vineyard (read the story here). A glass. 14%, $65. There’s this textural width here, with a certain silkiness too, the tannins grainy, the oak a lightly toasty companion piece. Would I buy it? A blend of Adelaide Hills and McLaren Vale fruit for this. 13.5%, $35. It’s maybe a bit simple to be exceptional, but a good solid drink. Maturing fast but not without charm. Drink now to ten years or more. Would I buy it? Would I buy it? Best drinking: ready to go but has that Clare depth to it (so it will last). Smooth with an autumnal feel, the palate is rich and soft with a creamy, woody frame and a lingering finish. I marginally like the less dominant Hunter portion, but like the Marksman above that could be a maturation point. Worth a glass or two. As the name suggests, these are the Top 20 Shiraz of August 2020. I don’t notice the alcohol until the last flavour, the palate oak smoothed and very ripe. The Balgownie standard-bearer. Would I buy it? The step up from the Little Book and a big Barossa Shiraz. 10 great Australian Shiraz buys from just £10… Saint-Joseph 2019: Report and top scoring wines. Bright red ruby, it captures the energy and liveliness of Hunter Shiraz in a warm and even vintage. Bright purple fruit and hints of black pepper, it initially presents as a flood of fruit, threatening to overwhelm with power and extract. Moderate. Winner. A passing nod to bacon fat and sage, then a modulated palate with fine-grain tannins and no alcohol excess. Would I buy it? Would I buy it? I can’t afford those bikkies, but I’ll happily drink it. Who needs more ripeness when everything is in its right place? What, more Gundog? More tannins. 17.7/20, 92/100. Would I buy it? 13.5%, $65. The range review is complete across Australia and New Zealand, Loire, Burgundy, rosé, Champagne and sparkling wine, with other categories and regions to follow during the remaining months of 2020. Gundog’s Canberra wines just get better (and better). 18.5/20, 94/100. Oak integration A+ too. A wine that rusted on Balgownie fans will love perhaps? Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. There’s a cascade of flavours here that mark it as the top tier in Vic Shiraz. Would I buy it Yes. The World's Best Australian Wines on Wine-Searcher: Wine Name Score Ave Price : Penfolds Grange Bin 95: 96: $597 : Henschke Hill of Grace Shiraz, Eden Valley: 96: $634 : Seppeltsfield Para Vintage Tawny, Barossa Valley: 95: $5600 : Greenock Creek Roennfeldt Road Shiraz, Barossa Valley: 95: $302 : Seppeltsfield 'Para Liqueur' Vintage Tawny Barossa Valley: 95: $187 : Clarendon … Dark dense and chunky – it’s a wine of fudgey ripe flavour and shows it’s alcohol and ripeness more than any other wine in the range, the overall effect a wine of unquestioned impact but a bit simple and warm compared to the others. Welcome moderation reflective of 2017, I guess, and what charm. Woah. Both wines are McLaren Vale megalords, just different. Old school plush. Such … Don’t get me wrong, the palate is still drenched with vibrant purple fruit but it never gets heavy, just vibrant and well sorted. Elegance Vale Shiraz? Proper cool climate Shiraz/Syrah here from the Warramunda Vineyard in the Yarra. 17.7/20, 92/100. 17/20, 90/100. I was a bit surprised at the shape this vintage. Worth a bottle. No. Best drinking: hard to say. I would tend to drink earlier rather than later myself but this style of understated Yarra Shiraz/Syrah doesn’t typically fall over in a hurry. No. Best drinking: now to fifteen years, if the tannins don’t dry things out too much. 17.7/20, 92/100+. In Clare Valley, South Australia is the vineyards of Pikes with their extraordinary selection of … Mid palate torrents even, but in a profoundly medium weight unforced way. The best luxury Christmas crackers for 2020 We earn a commission for products purchased through some links in this article. Tannin driven. A glass or two, Your email address will not be published. Very Hunter Valley, if in a chunkier mode, and has the legs to be a long-lived style. Both regions give a bit here – tangy, proper earthen Hunter Shiraz gives a middle, before glossy, oak-rich, ripe red Canberra fruit kicks in. December 16, 2020 After such a shit year, surely it’s time you spoilt yourself this Christmas? Quality-wise they’re on a similar plane, but very different personalities. Well, not so fast. The top dog Pikes Shiraz and it’s THICK. There are many good red wine brands making ripping Pinots in Australia, and they can be made in so many marvellous ways. 14.5%, $35. Perfectly ripe. Chocolatey and dense. Like biting into chocolate cake. Would I buy it? "For a classic Barossa Shiraz that demonstrates what Australian Shiraz should be, the Penfolds RWT (or bin 798) is a full-bodied powerhouse that is also elegantly balanced," Osborn says. It’s all a bit much. Named after the late Mr. Edward John Peake, who first established vineyards in … For this lineup I dug deeper into the sample pile, searching – perhaps blindly – for something beyond paint-by-numbers oak/fruit/added tannins in search of wines with charisma. Gundog, again: 3 exceptional 2014 Hunter Shiraz revisited, A collection of quality Hunter Shiraz + Semillon…, Schwarz Wine Co. Meta Shiraz 2018 - a (delicious)…, 16 top $30+ Australian Shiraz just in time for Christmas. Lots of layers here, cherry fruit, riper coffee oak, even slightly riper edges before a dark bitter finish. Crammed with dark berries and sweet American oak, the vanilla bean palate lifted by sweet alcohol too. I’d share a bottle. Best drinking: wait. Really good. Then 15+ years easy. Gundog goes to the Moppity Vineyard. 14.8%, $18. I so look forward to the Levantine Hill wines. Our expert panel tasted 10 red wines from big supermarkets, including Aldi, Lidl, Tesco and Waitrose, for the December 2020 edition of Which? 14%, $28. Medium bodied, full of flavour, the only downer is the warm alcohol. Clonakilla. 14.5%, $20. It’s plump, purple and juicy, all red glossy berries, deft oak and then mid palate pomp. 14%, $75. A bit of mint (that the Clare component?). I admire the way it still tastes lively in spite of the crazy ripeness, but actually drinking it? Worth a glass or two. It’s lithe and a little bony, a wine of acidity and some subtlety, refreshment but not instant gratification. 17/20, 90/100+. There’s length, however, and that fruit seems high quality. Why? Would I buy it? 17/20, 90/100. Bright red fruits, … Matured for 12 months in 25% new oak. Another solid regional release from Pikes. This year, an astonishing 8775 wines were tasted, with the winners announced on the evening of the awards, and published in the 2020 Halliday Wine Companion , released the following day. Plus sign important as the structure is very sound. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Best drinking: go now to ten plus years. Bold, full through the middle, boozy, with dark chocolate and raspberry liqueur to finish. A cavalcade of purple berries. Many premium Australian sparkling wines are regarded as being on par with the finest in the world. American oak? Has a Canberra-esque aromatic profile which you just don’t see in Hilltops Shiraz. I so look forward to the Levantine Hill wines. ‘We select individual barrels which showcase the characters of the ironstone’ says the little quote. Nothing out of place, just pulsating McLaren Vale Shiraz with a surprising balance. Tannins. Would I buy it? 14.2%, $42. By Katherine Scott | 5 months ago. See our top picks from Aldi’s 2020 autumn/winter press tasting below, featuring a super-value Argentinian Shiraz that won Silver at this year’s Decanter World Wine Awards, a delicious Portuguese red, great-value claret, crisp Greek white and a Champagne complete with gift box that’s perfect for Christmas. Anyway, this is a Hunter/Canberra blend. Would I buy it? But I admire the unwavering conviction and intensity (hence the pass mark score). Best drinking: I’d wait five years and drink over twenty plus. Yes. Pencil shavings. Solid, regardless. Needless to say, I discovered wine, and my life evolved with a unique dual focus - wine and environment.Twenty years later and I spend my days wearing many (wine) hats, mostly as a writer, presenter and marketer. Australia has a huge presence worldwide when it comes to red wine in particular, with Shiraz, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot being the varietals Down Under is best … Will be popular. Enjoyment is still high. But it’s not. 19/20, 96/100. Would I buy it? 2012 Cool and dry summer led to a fine, concentrated vintage.. 2011 Cold, wet and late; a vintage to forget for many.Yet good in Western Australia. This is magnificent McLaren Vale Shiraz and a glorious Jackson Family contrast to the Hickinbotham Cabernet. As ever, the Bremerton flagship Shiraz is big! Sourced from the Lochleven vineyard, it has that remarkable boysenberry purple colour of modern Hunter Shiraz. Currently, I write features for a variety of publications including National Liquor News, Gourmet Traveller WINE and the RAS, plus I'm a former Lifestyle FOOD channel wine expert. The Best Australian Wine of 2020: Hickinbotham The Peake Cabernet Shiraz 2018. Indeed there is plenty of old school flavour here and it’s quite developed, the flavours heading towards brick dust and Old Gold. A glass. Alan Varney explains that ‘I like to use fruit from these two regions for the heady aromatics and spicy notes which he cooler sites lend’. Styles. Even some leathery spice, which is welcome for a wine that can look un-regional. 17.5/20, 91/100. Pan juices. Yes. In 2020 I’ll be drinking more wine from women winemakers and women owned wineries. Really. Levantine Hill Melissa’s Paddock Syrah 2016. Possibly the most drinkable Shiraz I’ve had in a long time. 2013 Hot and dry.Forward and generous wines, but aromatics are subdued on occasion. Fun and vibrant, with a solid mid palate of glossy fruit and a sense of lightness. Would I buy it? Drink that wine now and this wine later? Includes 3% Malbec, intriguingly. The 20 best wines for summer 2020. The Lane Vineyard. Would I buy it? magazine. Would I buy it? Lavish too. Australia's godfather of wine James Halliday guides us through this year's value drops. Ripe, but not jammy, the fruit again well handled – chunky, lightly tannic and full flavoured. Thanks foot treading?) There’s this concentration of fruit through the middle which is spot on. I’m likely just being harsh but context is a bitch. McLaren Vale Shiraz from Scott Heidrich done well. A plump, just-bottled, sweet oak and sweet-fruited style of Barrosan red with instant appeal. Would I buy it? From our nation’s capital back to the Hunter Valley and another Gundog headnodder. Small Gully Wines revolves around a vineyard at Marananga in the western Barossa. Mid weight, the palate generous with its red fruit but not overt, the flavours amiable and the style really quite appealing. Your email address will not be published. I’d share a bottle. Shiraz thrives in moderate to warm climate areas. 18.7/20, 95/100. Not wild, just good. I’d share a bottle. Best drinking: now to fifteen years. Worth a bottle. The score is a nod to the length, the silk, the surprising palate. More than that, this is the latest in a line of Balgownie evolutions (take a bow Tony Winspear). 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