Barossa Tasting Dozen
Each dozen is presented in 3 flights of four wines!
Flight 1 – Refreshment from Riesling to Rosé
Sons of Eden ‘Freya’ Eden Valley Riesling 2018 (rrp $31)
Everything begins with Freya, sometimes the day itself! The benchmark for Eden Valley Riesling, and a cult wine here in Barossa (number one selling wine at Vino week in, week out!) Bright, fresh and delicious!
Schwarz Wine Co. Barossa Valley Chenin Blanc 2018 (rrp $27)
Top marks to Jason Schwarz for persisting with this classic grape variety and preserving one of the few remaining vineyards. This is bright and flavoursome with a very appealing green apple crunch finish that has you reaching for the bottle to top up the glass
Hobbs of Barossa Eden Valley Viognier 2017 (rrp $36)
I’ve warmed to Viognier over the years, and it’s wines like this that have turned a detractor into a true advocate for a variety that has taken to the high country of Eden Valley like a duck to water. There’s flavour and there’s richness, but thank the lord there’s also chalk like texture and bright fresh acidity to keep everything in perfect balance. Delish – get on the Viognier bandwagon.
Artisans of Barossa ‘Small Batch’ Barossa Rosé 2018 (rrp$25)
Now the house Rosé at Vino Lokal. A touch of colour and a hint of bright, spicy red fruit character is a great way to round out Flight one. Barossa winemakers have defined what the best of Australian Rosé should be with a suite of finely balanced, delicious dry wines.
Flight 2 – everything but Shiraz – the explorer’s flight
Schwarz ‘Meta’ Barossa Valley Grenache 2017 (rrp$40)
Grenache has jumped into the spotlight alongside Shiraz as to represent the very best of Barossa reds. Often referred to as ‘Barossa Pinot’, the mid-weight palate of juicy bright red fruits is complemented by lovely crunchy, savoury tannins. Jason Schwarz is rapidly asserting himself as one of the region’s Grenache authorities.
Sons of Eden ‘Kennedy’ Barossa Grenache Shiraz Mourvédre 2017 (rrp$35)
Ok – Shiraz does makes an appearance, but that would be meaningless without Grenache and Mourvédre as bookends. A bright red fruit lead from Grenache is backed up by the tannins and savoury edginess of Mataro. Shiraz sits between, adding a bit of plumpness and drinkability. Bloody delicious wine!
Spinifex Barossa Valley Tempranillo 2018 (rrp $31)
Doesn’t matter what grape variety you toss at Pete Schell, winemaker and proprietor at Spinifex. He manages to turn each and everyone into a beguiling and delicious drink. This is black and it's athletic and spicy and flavoursome and fresh and all the other good things you expect from a glass of red mate by Pete. A Spanish classic mastered by a kiwi making wine in Barossa.
Schwarz ‘Meta’ Barossa Valley Mataro 2017 (rrp$40)
You haven’t truly discovered Barossa until you’ve mastered Mataro. Amongst the first vines planted in the fair Valley back in the 1850s and still going strong. These are a thinking drinker’s wine – for what they lack in bulk and sweetness, they more than makeup for in nuance, texture, spice and eye-popping wonderment!
Flight 3 – Shiraz four different ways
Spinifex ‘Miette’ Barossa Shiraz 2016 (rrp$26)
Barossa Shiraz is loved for its drinkability – rich flavour, smooth lines, deeply satisfying wines that put simply, hit the spot! This is the entry point into Pete Schell’s world of Barossa Shiraz – straight up good drinking, a fresh and bright expression of the Barossa’s superhero wine!
Sons of Eden ‘Romulus’ Barossa Valley Shiraz 2016 (rrp$82)
Speaking of superheroes, this wine would be called the Incredible Hulk (without the green bits). Bursting with flavour, rippling with muscle, a force to be reckoned with, but also some gentleness within. Blockbuster Barossa Valley Shiraz at its best from the Sons.
Hobbs of Barossa Ranges Eden Valley Tin Lids Shiraz 2017 (rrp$62)
From an old vineyard tended by Greg and Alli Hobbs way up in the Eden Valley. Warm days followed by cool nights extend ripening to produce more finely structured and more expressive Shiraz than the lower Barossa Valley to the west. Taking a lead from the Italian Aria Secca method, the fruit is partially dried on racks to further concentrate flavour. Delicious!
John Duval Wines Entity Barossa Shiraz 2017 (rrp$56)
A blend of Shiraz from the two neighbour Valleys – led by Barossa Valley with a good chunk of Eden Valley to help maintain the supreme elegance and style of Entity. This wine has a serious pedigree, the previous vintage having picked up a trophy for best in show at the Decanter World Wine Awards in Hong Kong last year.