Fortified, Barossa 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."
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  1. SEPPELTSFIELD 'PARA VINTAGE TAWNY' 1984 (100ML)
    A very special 30+ year old wine from the museum stocks of the Seppeltsfield cellars, the wine has amazing richness yet poise and elegance. Balanced aroma of spirit, aged complexity, fruit and oak. Mouth filling and creamy with caramel, scorched nut ... Learn More
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  2. SEPPELTSFIELD 'PARA VINTAGE TAWNY' 1954 (100ML)
    The taste of history and prestige. The very finest parcels of Grenache and Shiraz are selected each year from the Seppeltsfield estate vineyards and reserved for the crafting of Centennial Collection releases. Amongst other traditional techniques, the fruit is crushed ... Learn More
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  3. SEPPELTSFIELD PARAMOUNT DP64 TOKAY NV (HALF BOTTLE 375ML)
    100 Points - Ralph Kyte-Powell, The Age Aromas of espresso, vino cotto, panforte, old furniture. The rich palate expresses date and prune reduction, dark chocolate, coffee roast. The Paramount DP64 Tokay is crafted using the Muscadelle variety For nearly 140 years, the ... Learn More
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  4. SEPPELTSFIELD PARAMOUNT DP62 MUSCAT NV (HALF BOTTLE 375ML)
    99 points - James Halliday, AU Wine Companion Aromas of rose petals and perfume, layered with raisins. The palate is mouth-coating and syrupy, with raisins and Christmas cake, however maintains a delicate and balancing acidity. The Paramount DP62 Muscat is crafted ... Learn More
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