6 magical wines with a little appropriately purple prose on each…
Yarra Yering Underhill Shiraz 2018
Trophy – best wine of Show at the Australian National Wine Show, 96pts Campbell Mattinson
An elegant and supremely balanced wine this, offering red fruits, bracken, fennel, caramel, jubes and coffee grounds. Exceptional length and persistence. Decant if drinking now or cellar for 10+.
Two Sisters Barossa Shiraz 2016
97pts Kim Brebach
The 2015 edition was a stunner, earning the following praise from wine writer Kim Brebach ‘Penfolds would charge $200 for a wine like this. 96++points.’ The 2016 is even better, offering intense black and blue fruits, spice and perfectly integrated oak. Brilliant drinking now and over the next 10-15.
Lienert Brothers Sieben Klon Barossa Shiraz 2019
94pts Kim Brebach
The Lienerts have been farming in the Barossa for 150 years and decided to add some vines to their property about 20 years ago. The first fruit from 2004 and 2005 vintages went straight to the pool room, aka into Penfold’s St Henri. Funnily enough they then planted a lot more vines and introduced many more clonal variations of Shiraz. When they decided to start making booze, we conspired with them to come up with a wine from the best parcels of their best seven clonal selections of Shiraz. The intention – to make a wine which is floral and beguiling on the nose, densely fruited on the palate, long, complex and bloody awesome. For this very special wine, each clone was harvested and fermented separately (you can see details on the clones below!) with the harvest date chosen to allow each grape to express its best characters. The case of EVOS12 (Eden Valley clone) was harvest earlier than the others to allow for a beautiful perfume and liveliness in the final wine. Fermentation is done in tiny open top fermenters which are hand plunged up to four times a day. Certain clones are fermented cooler to better express delicate aromatics whilst some are plunged and pumped over to achieve a more structural element. The trick is finding the right balance. Anyways, we love this wine and encourage you to give it a rip.
Kilikanoon Meymans Clare Valley Shiraz 2018
96pts Kim Brebach
The best Meymans Shiraz we have seen so far with expressive blue and black fruit aromas ceding to flavours of black tea and fruits. The acid is fantastic, playing the perfect underscore to the fruits and giving this wine excellent lift and length. Tannins are fine and firm. Superb to drink now and for the next decade.
Olivers Taranga DJ McLaren Vale Cabernet 2016
95pts James Halliday
Decant, decant, decant and merely very good becomes absolutely stunning. Is Don is Good, in fact is very, very good. Strong chocolate, rich blackberry and earth are bound with a firm hand of tannin and generous body. Magnificent.
Lone Palm Hillside Barossa Valley Shiraz 2018
96pts Sam Kim
A superbly intense blend from the famed regional Barossa subregions of Greenock, Stonewell and Marananga. A mix of mostly old and some new French and American oak is used here, allowing the oak to appear as a character rather than the plot. Fantastic density of black and blue fruits, spice, chocolate, cedar and firm tannins.