Heirloom Vineyards A'lambra Barossa Shiraz 2022

  • 97 Points, The Real Review
  • #1 Ranked 2022 Barossa Valley Shiraz
  • This will cellar well but is absolutley delicious drinking now
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  • Stuart Knox
    97 points
  • Winepilot
    96 points

Editors notes

This Heirloom Vineyards A'Lambra Barossa Valley Shiraz was produced from our best Barossa Valley Shiraz Vineyard whose clones and viticulture embody the very best in cutting edge but old school viticulture and winemaking. Hand tended vines, sorted bunch-by-bunch, naturally open fermented, basket pressed and stored in French oak barriques from bespoke coopers.

The palate is velvet. Texture. Tannin. Tannin just in the background providing essential support and structure to the rich and deep fruit flavours. Savoury plums and white chocolate. A long acid finish that stretches this tightly coiled red wine out. Here is the quintessential Barossa Valley shiraz. Flavours run the gamut; eucalyptus to raspberry; blackberry to pepper; olive to plum.

This wine is suitable for vegans.

Dark liqueur chocolates and that distinctive Barossan shiraz black and pink peppercorn. A neat, dovetailed mix of winemaking bouquet (cinnamon, musk, sandalwood and cigar box) and vineyard aromatics (shiraz’s aniseed, fennel, tar, roses, plums and prunes). Melodious, complimentary, and perfectly wedded.

A textural red wine with an underlying velvet fruit plushness. There’s restraint, however. Whilst mouth-coating it is also refreshing, pert, alive and attuned. Lively and giving rather than a monster in a bottle. This is a savoury and long shiraz that sings. Bright and yet dense black fruit flavours remain to the forefront. A world away from the heavy and dead Barossan shiraz fruit dirges of the past. Evolution.

This powerful and yet graceful and balanced red wine is - like all the highest quality wines - best suited to the simplest,most seasonal and authentic foodstuffs. A good butcher’s best sausage with some mashed potato and sauerkraut? Great wine and authentic food - it is not rocket scientology

Japan Wine Challenge -2023 Gold
Woman Wine & Spirits Awards 2024- Gold


Tasting Profile

  • Light (Light)
    Full (Full)
  • Low Tannin (Low Tannin)
    Tannic (Tannic)
  • Sweet (Sweet)
    Dry (Dry)
  • Low Acidity (Low Acidity)
    High Acidity (High Acidity)
  • Aroma
    • Blackberry
    • Blueberry
    • Pepper
  • Palate
    • Blackberry
    • Fruit Cake
    • Tobacco

Food Pairings

  • Pork
  • Red Meat

Critic Scores & reviews

  • Stuart Knox

    "Opaque core, deep ruby with a purple glint at the rim. Blueberry, violets, crushed rosemary and boudin noir aromas leap from the glass. Full bodied and intense blue fruits, dark spices and bloody minerality. Whilst all the intensity is obvious the tannins are focused and chiselled to control it; a hint of acidity then enlivens it further. It’s a symphony of elements come together in a delightful harmony as it lingers on the palate for an age 27 DEC 2023"
  • Winepilot

    "This is a remarkably elegant and poised expression of Barossa Shiraz. The colour is deep and opaque, yet with a brightness and vibrancy. The nose is an engaging combination of liqueur cherry, dark plum and chocolate sprinkled with dried herbs and a faint touch of ironstone earthiness. The palate is firm and elegantly structured with fine chalky tannins. This is an atypical Barossa Shiraz packing all the goodies but delivering them with style and panache."

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Australia's wine industry is a thriving part of the country's economy, contributing significantly to employment, production, export, and tourism. In fact, the industry is the fourth-largest wine exporter in the world, shipping out 760 million liters of wine to countries including France, Italy, Spain, and the UK. One of the key factors contributing to Australia's success as a "New World" wine producer is the formal export and marketing of its wines through Wine Australia.

Australia's wine regions are scattered across the south and southeast, with almost every state boasting its own vineyards. Victoria, for example, is home to an impressive 21 wine regions. Some of the most famous wine regions in Australia include Margaret River, Barossa Valley, McLaren Vale, Eden Valley, Clare Valley, Hunter Valley, Yarra Valley, and local regions to New South Wales such as Cowra, Southern Highlands, and Mudgee.

Australian winemakers are known for producing a diverse range of grape varieties, with Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Pinot Noir being among the most popular. They tend to focus on producing wines that are ripe, fruit-forward, and easy to drink, using modern winemaking techniques and equipment such as stainless steel tanks and temperature-controlled fermentation.

With its bold, fruit-driven flavors and reputation for quality and diversity, Australian wine has become a popular choice for wine lovers around the world. And with such a broad range of wine regions and grape varieties, there's something for every palate to enjoy.

South Australia

If you like Australian wine, then you probably like South Australia wine. The rich reds produced there put Australia on the wine-making map of the world. With over 40% of the country's vineyards, South Australia can rightfully call itself the wine state.

Wines are produced in several regions throughout the state, though many are naturally grouped together, like Barossa and Eden Valleys, only 15 minutes apart. They include such regions as Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, Eden Valley, Coonawarra, Adelaide Hills, Kangaroo Island, Langhorne Creek, The Limestone Coast, McLaren Vale and Wrattonbully to name but a few!

Barossa Valley boasts some of the oldest vines in Australia dating back to 1843 and produces some of the world's finest Shiraz, whilst the 'terra rossa' soils of Coonawarra is most suited to producing outstanding Cabernet Sauvignons. If you're a fan of Riesling, Clare Valley is a great place to explore and for a Maritime climate not dissimilar to parts of the Italian coastline, seek out the wines from McLaren Vale.

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 Rhone Valley and that the variety would cook 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 region's 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 Cabernet 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."

About the brand Heirloom Vineyards

In order preserve the essence of such quality wine, Heirloom vineyards strives to champion the best variety planted in their sites while still embracing the most important principles of organic and biodynamic farming.

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