Highly rated Reds!
Each Six-pack contains 2 bottles each of:
Spinifex ‘Miette’ Shiraz 2016 (rrp $26) – 94 points, James Halliday
More than any Barossa winemaker of his generation, Pete Schell has led the way crafting wines “that captured the guttural power of the place, but did so in a measured way, trading in brutality for detail, opulent richness for texture, and sweetness for savoury complexity.” (Thanks to @younggunofwine for the wonderful words!). Miette has always been a standout value wine in the Artisans portfolio, and the superb 2016 vintage has produced an absolute winner.
Teusner ‘Wark Family’ Barossa Valley Shiraz 2017 (rrp $30) – 95 points, James Halliday
Single vineyard bottlings are often at the upper end of the price scale, which makes this bottling from the Wark Family’s vineyard at Stonewell (prime Barossa Shiraz country) extraordinary value. Kym Teusner was part of the Artisans group for many years and remains a good mate. In less than two decades he has stamped his name large over the story of Australia’s most famous wine region, and his wines have earned him an army of fervent fans. From a cooler vintage, the wine has lost none of the density and power of the black fruit flavours you expect from Shiraz from this sub-district, all wrapped around a firm backbone of fine tannin.
Purple Hands Old Vine Barossa Valley Grenache 2017 (rrp $30) – 95 points, James Halliday
Purple Hands is a project between good friends Mark Slade, and Craig Stansborough, long time winemaker at leading Barossa producer Grant Burge Wines. This wine has plenty of lively, fleshy red berry flavours wrapped around crunchy, savoury tannins – a prime example of the kind of wine that has people flocking to discover the pleasures of old vine Barossa Grenache.