Barossa Valley, Yarra Valley

The Barossa Valley is about an hour and a half drive to the North of Adelaide, in South Australia and is the oldest wine region in the country, founded by German settlers. The region can be credited with putting Australian wine on the world wine map, thanks to Shiraz, which thrives in the warm climate (though Hunter Valley Semillon also contributed.)

For many years traditionalist wine makers thought the grape variety was best suited to the cooler climates of the Rhône Valley and that the variety would cook and in the warmth of the Australian sun. Although South Australian Shiraz is a bigger, beefier wine than its southern French counterpart Syrah, no one can deny the regions propensity to produce world class wines.

Not only Shiraz is cultivated in Barossa Valley, with other red varieties such as Grenache, Mourvedre (Mataro) and to a lesser extent Sauvignon. The white varieties that thrive best seem to be Semillon, Chardonnay and Rhone varietals like Viognier, Marsanne and Roussane.

The Valley has many subregions which all have unique terroirs. Seppeltsfield, Marananga, Greenock are to name but a few. With a huge number of wineries in such a small area, and a host of accommodation, the region is very popular for wine-tourism. In the words of Master of Wine Jancis Robinson, the Barossa Valley became "Australia's quintessential wine region."
The Yarra Valley is a wine region known for producing outstanding Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The region has become a leading wine tourism destination, popular for weekend trips as it is located only an hour’s drive northeast of Melbourne. The cool climate region has some of the oldest soils in the world and produces terrific Chardonnays in the leaner, acid-driven style. Long gone are the days of excessively oaked and oily Chardonnays. Superb Pinot Noir is cultivated with tremendous results. Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc and even Sparkling wines of premium quality are also worth seeking out.

Yarra Valley is the oldest wine region in Victoria with the first vines planted in 1838 at Yering Station. Reg Egan founded the iconic Wantirna Estate in 1963, followed by Dr Bailey Carrodus in 1969 who founded equally lauded Yarra Yering in the foot of the Warramate Hills. Nowadays a fleet of new world winemakers and growers are making sure Yarra Valley stays at the forefront of Victorian wine production.

The region in 2009 suffered in the Black Saturday fires, with an estimated 25% of all production was impacted.
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  1. Zilzie 'Yarra Valley' Chardonnay 2019
    The Zilzie Regional Collection showcases textbook examples of varietal & regional expressions whilst being excellent value for money. This delicious chardonnay exhibits typically Yarra Valley aromas of citrus, peach and nectarine with subtle vanillin and barrel fermentation characters. The palate shows ... Learn More
  2. Thorn Clarke 'Sandpiper' Merlot 2018
    12 months in tight grain French and American oak. The nose has primarily lifted strawberry and plum fruit characters. Medium-bodied with an abundance of the primary characters carried through from the nose of plum and strawberry there is also a presence ... Learn More
  3. Zilzie 'Barossa' Shiraz 2018
    Fruit was selected from premium Barossa vineyards. A layered nose of dark fruit aromas, with plum, mulberry, cedar and spice. The palate is deep and luscious, with flavours of plum and dark cherries. There are some subtle spicy oak characters ... Learn More
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  4. Thorn Clarke 'Sandpiper' Shiraz 2018
    Great quality at a great price! Sultry blackberry, plum and a subtle smoked meat character on the nose. A medium to full bodied wine with a silky tannin backbone, a hint of spice and a grainy tannin finish. Throughout the ... Learn More
  5. Woods Crampton Barossa Valley Shiraz 2017
    The Woods Crampton reds have become synonymous with great value drinking and the newly released 2017 Woods Crampton Barossa Valley Shiraz is no exception. The nose is bright and expressive with aromas of dark berries, ripe blood plans and exotic spice. ... Learn More
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  6. Thorn Clarke 'Sandpiper' Shiraz 2017
    Great quality at a great price! Sultry blackberry, plum and a subtle smoked meat character on the nose. A medium to full bodied wine with a silky tannin backbone, a hint of spice and a grainy tannin finish. Throughout the ... Learn More
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  7. Mojo 'Full Colour' Shiraz 2019
    We couldn't believe it. We couldn't go past it. A second opportunity to make a killer shiraz from one of the oldest and yet still exciting regions in the country - the Barossa Valley. When it's gone, it's gone folks; ... Learn More
  8. Hogshead Old Vine Shiraz 2020
    A blend of Shiraz from old vines across three key South Australian regions – the Barossa, McLaren Vale and Lower Murray. Vibrant deep purple in colour, with a lifted and aromatic nose, displaying an array of dark fruits, ripe plums and ... Learn More
  9. Yalumba 'Old Bush Vine' Grenache 2017
    Fruit for this wine was sourced from vines planted between 1898 and 1972. Appealingly pure aromas of red cherry with raspberry and cedar, this wine is attractive and ethereal. Violets and liquorice show through the red fleshed, taut and precise palate. Pushes ... Learn More
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  10. Tread Softly Premium Pinot Noir 2020 (Low Alc.)
    Summary: Tread Softly is a contemporary range of wines seeking to deliver delicious, intensely flavoured wines that are naturally medium weighted and moderate in alcohol. By using more sustainable vineyard management and wine-making techniques to ensure their production has had ... Learn More
  11. Woods Crampton 'Pedro' Gsm 2020
    45% Grenache, 30% Shiraz, 25% Mataro. Pedro was inspired by the light and bright “lunchtime” wines found in bistro’s throughout the Rhone Valley. Surprisingly dark in colour with the wild expression only no sulphur wines can give – all red fruits, lifted forest ... Learn More
  12. Hogshead Old Vine Shiraz 2019
    Crack open of bottle of this magnificent Shiraz and enjoy the pleasant intermingling of red and purple fruit, milk chocolate, vanilla bean and spice, softened by ripe round tannins and well-integrated acidity. Named after the large hogshead barrels in which ... Learn More
  13. The Hare And The Tortoise Pinot Noir 2020
    Finding quality Pinot Noir under $20 can prove a difficult task - so imagine our excitement when this gem arrived in the hands of our tasting panel! Lifted, pretty nose displaying typical Yarra Valley Pinot characters. Pretty fruit, with a hint ... Learn More
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  14. Blass Barossa Valley Shiraz 1998
    Wine maker Caroline Dunn, has produced an outstanding wine from 15-20 year old low cropped vines. Fermented in small 8 tonne, open fermenters and aged in French and American Barriques. The wine has been awarded 2 trophies, 6 Gold Medals and 4 Silver and 7 ... Learn More
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  15. Sticks Yarra Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Classic aromas of blackcurrant, plum and raspberry leaf, cigar box and freshly turned earth. Elegant, fine and long. An explosion of summer fruits and complex earthy notes suggesting a long future. The grapes were destemmed, crushed and fermented slowly for 2 ... Learn More
  16. Airlie Bank Sauvignon Blanc 2019
    A fairly vigorous fruit thinning was called for in 2019, with about 20% of the crop removed. The remaining fruit was picked early from Block 10 on the Napoleone vineyard, just before maturity. Pressed hard, then fermented warm on full solids in old ... Learn More
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  17. Shanahans Old Dog Shiraz 2012
    Hand-crafted using small parcels of fruit from the western side of the Barossa Valley. The Old Dog Shiraz is an uncompromising marriage of both elegance and strength. The exceptional structure of the palate delivers rich plum, blackberry, chocolate and liquorice ... Learn More
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  18. Pirathon 'Blue' Barossa Shiraz 2018
    The grapes were harvested from the low-yielding vineyards of traditional family growers in the north-western Barossa districts of Greenock, Moppa, Belvedere, Koonunga and Ebenezer. Each vineyard adds its own exclusive dimension to Pirathon Shiraz and combined they produce the ultimate ... Learn More
  19. Pirathon 'Blue' Barossa Shiraz 2017
    "This is splendidly fruited and inviting on the nose showing dark fruit richness together with seductive notes of anise, roasted hazelnut, cocoa and floral. ." - Sam Kim, Wine Orbit The grapes were harvested from the low-yielding vineyards of traditional family ... Learn More
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  20. Woods Crampton Barossa Valley Shiraz 2019
    The Woods Crampton reds have become synonymous with great value drinking and the newly released 2018 Woods Crampton Barossa Valley Shiraz is no exception. The nose is bright and expressive with aromas of dark berries, ripe blood plans and exotic spice. ... Learn More
  21. Woods Crampton Barossa Valley Shiraz 2018
    The Woods Crampton reds have become synonymous with great value drinking and the newly released 2018 Woods Crampton Barossa Valley Shiraz is no exception. The nose is bright and expressive with aromas of dark berries, ripe blood plans and exotic spice. ... Learn More
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  22. The Hare And The Tortoise Pinot Noir 2019
    Finding quality Pinot Noir under $20 can prove a difficult task - so imagine our excitement when this gem arrived in the hands of our tasting panel! Lifted, pretty nose displaying typical Yarra Valley Pinot characters. Pretty fruit, with a hint ... Learn More
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  23. Woods Crampton Barossa Valley Shiraz 2016
    The Woods Crampton reds have become synonymous with great value drinking and the 2016 Woods Crampton Barossa Valley Shiraz is no exception. The nose is bright and expressive with aromas of dark berries, ripe blood plans and exotic spice. The palate ... Learn More
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  24. Rusden Driftsand Grenache Shiraz Mataro 2019
    Rusden is one of the most respected names in the Barossa Valley, which has built up a huge following in a relatively short period of time. Focussing on traditional Barossa varieties and blends, the limited production wines are quickly snapped ... Learn More
  25. Rusden Driftsand Grenache Shiraz Mataro 2018
    Rusden is one of the most respected names in the Barossa Valley, which has built up a huge following in a relatively short period of time. Focussing on traditional Barossa varieties and blends, the limited production wines are quickly snapped ... Learn More
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    Mark Faber
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  26. Hoddles Creek Estate Chardonnay 2020
    Hoddles Creek Estate is located in the Upper Yarra, which is higher, cooler and more marginal than the lower Yarra. Aromas of grapefruit, almond meal, white rice, a slight fresh mint perfume, and some lemon zest. Tight and tangy, but ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
  27. Torzi Matthews 'Schist Rock' Shiraz 2020
    Dom Torzi calls this wine the 'Son of Frost Dodger' as it shares the same fruit as the Torzi Matthews Frost Dodger Shiraz, and is matured in ex Frost Dodger barrels. The nose is all fruitcake, blackberry, cola and a ... Learn More
  28. Airlie Bank Pinot Noir 2020
    A medium bodied palate with vibrant cherry and plum flavours. Hints of spice and oak. Cherry and plum aromas, with light smokiness, spice and floral notes. So much drinking pleasure to be had in this bright fruited Pinot Noir! Buy ... Learn More
  29. Punt Road Chardonnay 2020
    Yarra Valley Chardonnay done very well under the watch of Punt Road's Tim Shand. This is such an exceptional Chardonnay at the price - fruit quality, balance, refreshment and extraordinary length of flavour. Notes of lime pith and stone fruit. ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
  30. Tread Softly Yarra Valley Premium Chardonnay 2020 (Low Alc.)
    Tread Softly is a contemporary range of wines seeking to deliver delicious, freshly flavoured wines that are naturally medium weighted and moderate in alcohol. By using more sustainable vineyard management and wine-making techniques to ensure their production has had a ... Learn More
  31. Tread Softly Yarra Valley Premium Rose 2020 (Low Alc.)
    Tread Softly is a contemporary range of wines seeking to deliver delicious, freshly flavoured wines that are naturally medium weighted and moderate in alcohol. By using more sustainable vineyard management and wine-making techniques to ensure their production has had a ... Learn More
  32. Punt Road Chardonnay 2019
    Yarra Valley Chardonnay done very well under the watch of Punt Road's Tim Shand. This is such an exceptional Chardonnay at the price - fruit quality, balance, refreshment and extraordinary length of flavour. Notes of lime pith and stone fruit. ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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  33. Sons Of Eden 'Marschall' Barossa Shiraz 2018
    GOLD MEDAL WINNER. The 2018 Sons Of Eden Marschall is made as a modern interpretation of the classic Barossa style; opening with lovely lifted ripe blueberry and red licorice notes on the nose. The palate is vibrant, juicy and fresh, while ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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  34. Laughing Jack 'Jacks' Shiraz 2017
    Fruit sourced from vineyards in Greenock (82%) and Moppa (18%). The nose shows lively Satsuma plums entice the nose with a mix of mulberry and blackberry. Florals of lavender and herbs are noted with the usual suspects of mixed spices, black pepper ... Learn More
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  35. Airlie Bank Cuvee Sparkling Nv
    An everyday drinking style, fresh and vibrant with a focused palate of apple blossom and citrus characters with complex brioche notes. Aromas of citrus fruits and subtle apricot, complemented by a doughy, bready complexity. A blend of 85% Chardonnay and 15% Pinot ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
  36. Cirillo The Vincent Grenache 2019
    “The Vincent is a thank you to my father who has passed eight generations of Italian winemaking and grape growing knowledge down to the ninth”. This Grenache is produced from two 100+ year old vineyards from the renowned Barossa Valley. The ... Learn More
  37. St Hallets Blackwell Shiraz 2011
    Impressive inky black purple colour with deep dark purple black hue. The nose offers up scents of ripe blackberry and liquorice followed by some toasty vanillin oak and spice. Medium to full bodied with a supple mouthfeel the palate has ... Learn More
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  38. Head Wines Head Red Gsm 2019
    "50% grenache, 30% mataro and 20% shiraz from 25-76yo vines, wild yeast-open fermented with 10% whole bunches, 14 days on skins, daily plunging and pumpovers, 500 dozen made. Beautifully and harmoniously structured and textured, clarity and purity its watchwords." - James Halliday (Halliday Wine Companion) ... Learn More
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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
  39. Hoddles Creek Estate Pinot Noir 2020
    Hoddles Creek Estate was established in 1997 when the D'Anna family decided to establish a vineyard on the property that has been in the family since 1960. The vineyard sits astride Gembrook road and adjacent Hoddles Creek. Strawberry and spice, almond, mint ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
  40. Nunc Yarra Valley Pinot Noir 2018
    This newly-minted Yarra Valley label is sourced and crafted by Arfion and Salo maestro Dave Mackintosh. The name is taken from the famous line by Latin poet Horace: “Nunc est bibendum” (“Now is the time for drinking”). And that's exactly ... Learn More
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    Mark Faber
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