All hail the Red Blend!
Each six-pack contains:
John Duval Wines ‘Plexus’ Shiraz Grenache Mourvédre 2017 (rrp$46)
John Duval’s winemaking career spans 5 decades, and amongst the compact range of wines produced under the label that bears his name, this perhaps best showcases his immense skill. Shiraz leads to create an overall richer, darker expression of the classic Barossa blend. Grenache provides spice and red fruit brightness, with Mourvédre (or Mataro) delivering balance and a fine savoury line of tannin. No wonder this wine is listed in Langton’s Classification of Australia’s finest wines
Sons of Eden Kennedy Grenache Shiraz Mourvédre 2017 (rrp$35)
Same region, same 3 grape varieties, but a different approach under the guidance of winemaker Corey Ryan. This time, Grenache leads and sets the tone for this wine with plenty of bright, juicy and spicy red fruits. Shiraz now sits in second place, but still brings richness and roundness to the mid-palate – a bass tone to the higher notes of Grenache. Mourvédre brings it all together, providing an extra hit of warm spices and a long. Fine savoury tannin backbone. Utterly delicious drink.
Teusner ‘Avatar’ Grenache Mataro Shiraz 2016 (rrp$40)
The second wine to be released under the Teusner label which now sits as one of Barossa’s most respected. Again, Grenache takes the lead at around 50% of the blend. This time Mataro (or Mourvédre) is more pronounced at 30% of the blend, bringing savoury earthiness and depth. Shiraz (20%) rounds out the blend with plenty of plump plum and rich dark fruit.
Tim Smith Wines Mataro Grenache Shiraz 2018 (rrp$30)
Reigning ‘BWOTY’ – Barossa Winemaker of the Year – and justifiably so when you’re making wines like this. Tim is a huge fan of the Mataro based wines of Bandol in Southern France. Mataro is renowned for its alluring spice aromas and pronounced tannins, and by blending with the fleshier Grenache and Shiraz Tim has produced a Mataro wine that is both exceptionally enjoyable as a young wine but will also reward many years in the cellar. Clever wine from a superb Barossa vintage.
Spinifex ‘Papillon’ Grenache & Cinsault 2018 (rrp$31)
Pete Schell has over 20 vintages under his belt, including plenty refining his trade in Bordeaux and the south of France. His approach to winemaking is both intuitive and creative with a flair for experimentation that yields a never-ending succession of superb, delicious and exciting Barossa wines. Here, a small component of Cinsault is added to bring an element of softness to the brash red fruits and spice of Grenache. Time and again one of the most delicious of the wines released by the Artisans of Barossa each year
Sons of Eden ‘Pumpa’ Eden Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz 2017 (rrp$35)
Corey Ryan is one of Australia’s most respective winemakers and a familiar face as a judge at major wine shows. This is a superb example of this distinctive Australian blend of Cabernet Sauvignon (90%) and Shiraz (10%). Whilst the classics characters of Cabernet dominate, Shiraz provides extra richness and helps soften the wine’s tannin profile. Lifted dark-cherry, blackcurrant and wild-herbs on the nose, with a palate that is rich, juicy and rounded with ripe chewy tannins.