Red Wine, 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. 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
  2. Zilzie 'Barossa' Shiraz 2019
    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
    Michael Cooper
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. Woods Crampton Barossa Valley Shiraz 2021
    The Woods Crampton reds have become synonymous with great value drinking and the newly released 2021 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
  7. Pirathon 'Blue' Barossa Shiraz 2020
    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
  8. Little Giants Cabernet 2020
    The southern hairy-nose wombat is small than other wombat but is stocky, robust and the proud state emblem of South Australia. Like the might of the little wombat, Little Giant iis crafted from premium regional fruit from established vineyards that ... Learn More
    Sam Kim
  9. 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
  10. Head Wines Head Red Montepulciano 2020
    This is one of those perfect 'BBQ reds' that's built for easy drinking. It's a wine that winemaker Alex Head wants to change people's ideas about what the Barossa is all about. This takes the lusciousness of Barossa and meshes ... Learn More
    Gary Walsh
  11. Cirillo The Vincent Grenache 2020
    “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
  12. Head Wines 'Heart & Home' Barossa Dry Red 2020
    Cabernet Shiraz blends have not been the flavour of the month, the year, or even the past decade, but they are the backbone of the traditional Australian dry red. Alex Head has gone into his Tardis and come up with ... Learn More
  13. Pirathon 'Silver' Barossa Shiraz 2018
    A rich and inviting palate, upfront dark fruits in the blood plum and blackberry mould meld around assertive ripe tannins. With air, savoury characters come to the fore with black olive tapenade, nutmeg and cured Barossa meats. Oak maturation is ... Learn More
  14. Head Wines Red Shiraz 2020
    Hand picked from sustainably farmed vineyards. Alex Head produces wines of class & elegance in his 5 red-star Halliday rated winery. Head Red is a barrel cull from up to 15 Barossa vineyards predominantly coming from the higher altitude/cooler sites of Eden ... Learn More
  15. Dutschke Uncle Shiraz Cabernet Merlot 2017
    Sourced from the premium St Jakobi vineyard, The 2017 Uncle is a mix of Shiraz (57%), Cabernet (37%) and Merlot (6%). These three grape varieties come together to provide a round, soft, red berry fruit palate with fine oak and fruit tannin support. Having ... Learn More
    Tyson Stelzer
    James Halliday's Wine Companion
  16. Head Wines Head Red GSM 2020
    A Barossa Valley GSM with some elegance, great perfume, and immense drinkability. Sourced from five different sites around the Barossa, some with great age, all fermented separately then brought together to make a precise, pure style. Much less Grenache this ... Learn More
    Gary Walsh
    Mike Bennie
  17. Gibson Discovery Road Nero D'Avola 2019
    The Barossa Valley is Australia’s best-known wine region and this is one of the reasons why. The nose is distinctly briary and fruity, strongly reminiscent of cranberries. On the palate, this wine is bright with good acidity, rounded, warm ... Learn More
  18. Head Wines Red Shiraz 2018
    Hand picked from sustainably farmed vineyards. Alex Head produces wines of class & elegance in his 5 red-star Halliday rated winery. Head Red is a barrel cull from up to 15 Barossa vineyards predominantly coming from the higher altitude/cooler sites of Eden ... Learn More
    James Halliday's Wine Companion
  19. Kalleske Moppa Shiraz 2020
    Moppa is predominantly Shiraz with a trace of Petit Verdot (8%) and Viognier (3%) blended in for added complexity. Grapes are from ten different blocks on the Kalleske’s organic farm, with the oldest of these blocks planted in 1961. The vines are ... Learn More
  20. Spinifex Syrah 2021
    James Halliday, The Weekend Australian It seems like yesterday that I first tasted the Spinifex red wines. They were so different from the normal Barossa style, and I had no expectations when that tasting took place in 2006 – but the pieces ... Learn More
    Spinifex Syrah 2021
    $26.99 Per item
  21. Woods Crampton 'Five Horses' Barossa Valley GSM 2021
    64% Grenache, 24% Mataro, 12% Shiraz A seductively bright nose that shows dark fruit, a captivating and exotic spice and a savoury edge that is typical of this style of modern Barossa red. The palate exudes dense and and textured dark berry and ... Learn More
  22. The Wine Doctor Estate Grown Barossa Shiraz 2017
    Extra Reversatrol in this wine! Rich dark purple, the nose shows rich , succulent red and blue fruits, dark chocolate and mocha notes with hints of spice and cedary oak. This follows through to the palate featuring exceptional length and showcases ... Learn More
    James Halliday
    Nick Butler
  23. Whistler Thank God It’S Friday Shiraz 2019
    Vibrant purple colour. The wine has loads of blueberry and black pepper character on the nose. The whole bunch component gives a dried herb character to the wine, and adds freshness to the palate. 15% whole bunch, fermented using wild yeast ... Learn More
  24. Corryton Burge Barossa Grenache 2020
    Sourced from a mix of family owned and grower vineyards throughout central and southern Barossa including long term growers like the Semmler family. The family owned vineyards are predominantly bush vine grown, including some of the oldest vines in the ... Learn More
    James Halliday's Wine Companion
  25. Two Hands Sexy Beast Cabernet Sauvignon 2020
    Sexy Beast, a succulent and luscious McLaren Vale Cabernet Sauvignon “I was always taught that Cabernet Sauvignon was a classical, structured and well mannered wine, but in our wonderful McLaren Vale Mediterranean climate we make it rich, brooding and powerful, ... Learn More
  26. Spinifex Tempranillo 2021
    Spinifex's Tempranillo comes from a vineyard in the Vine Vale sub-region of the Barossa Valley, on a site owned by Colin and Maggie Beer. Growing in sand over hard clay and influenced by the cool nocturnal gully winds that funnel ... Learn More
  27. Powell And Son Barossa Valley Shiraz 2019
    An opulent, dense and powerful red - PERFECT Barossa Shiraz for the price! It presents complex, savoury notes of tapenade, black olive and smoky charcuterie. The nose follows to the palate with red fruit flavours and savoury notes. Seductive dark ... Learn More
  28. United Cellars Reserve Selection 'Shiraz By Kaesler' 2018
    Made by Reid Bosward and the team at Kaesler, one of the Barossa's oldest and most revered wineries. 20% Barossa Valley fruit has been added in to lift the complex , blue-fruited style of the Clare. The nose is classic South Australian- ... Learn More
  29. Elderton Estate Merlot 2019
    The 2019 vintage shows how superb Merlot can be in Australia, when handled well, and this wine can sit proudly with its harmonious power and elegance. Deep red colour in the glass. Beautiful perfumed aromas of plum, red berries, spice. With ... Learn More
  30. Gibson Isabelle 2018
    The Isabelle Vineyard was named after the mother of Rob Gibson. Each wine is a wine is a Grand Tour of the Barossa. Aromas of black currant and cherry with hints of vanilla and spice are evident. Leads to a ... Learn More
    Gibson Isabelle 2018
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  31. Elderton Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
    The Ashmead family purchased their first estate vineyard in the middle of Nuriootpa in the late 1970s and since making their first wine from the 1982 vintage, have developed a great reputation and an enviable history of success. The 1992 Cabernet Sauvignon ... Learn More
    James Suckling
    Ray Jordan
  32. Langmeil Valley Floor Shiraz 2019
    The Barossa is famous for its viticulture, history and winemaking dating back to the 1840s. At its heart is the Valley Floor, a highly-prized strip of prime viticultural land which is the very foundation and forms the essence of this ... Learn More
  33. Spinifex Esprit 2019
    When Spinifex first made the scene, so to speak, in 2001, this was one of the wines that made a big impact on what we have become to expect from the Barossa Valley. Built on perfume, finesse and savoury structure, as ... Learn More
    Spinifex Esprit 2019
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    Mike Bennie
  34. Teusner 'Joshua' GMS 2021
    For anyone who has ever met Mick Page and I, it would come as no surprise to learn that the idea for Teusner Wines was conceived at the pub over a few beers. Sitting at the bar, we’d been ... Learn More
  35. Torbreck Vintners Hillside Vineyard Barossa Valley Shiraz Roussanne 2019
    The Hillside vineyard was established near the town of Lyndoch in the south western corner of the Barossa Valley in 1849 by the Springbett family. The first vines were planted in 1850 to Shiraz and Grenache and by 1860 two generations of the ... Learn More
    Wine Enthusiast
    James Halliday's Wine Companion
  36. Maverick Twins Barrel Select Barossa Valley Shiraz 2021
    "This Shiraz comes from our very top Terroirs in our Twin Shiraz vineyards - at Ahrens' Creek in Vine Vale in the hot dry Barossa Valley and at Trial Hill in Pewsey Vale in the cool climate high altitude Eden ... Learn More
  37. Rock Bare Rb1 Single Vineyard Shiraz 2017
    Hailing from a single Marananga vineyard, concentrated grapes saw an extended maceration and a complex oak regime: all French, divvied across barrel formats of different sizes and ages. The result: full-bodied and plush, sure; but beautifully fresh and boasting a ... Learn More
    James Halliday's Wine Companion
  38. Tim Smith Barossa Shiraz 2020
    One of Australia's most talented and awarded winemakers, Tim Smith is focused on making benchmark examples of the Barossa's time proven varietals; Shiraz, Mataro and Grenache. Anything up to 12 vineyards go into this wine: it’s typically a blend of ~50:50 ... Learn More
    Campbell Mattinson
  39. Teusner Avatar Gsm 2018
    “Whilst Shiraz might be the poster boy for the Barossa, we believe blending it with Grenache and Mataro produces the best drinking wines from this region. Thanks to our good mates the Riebke brothers and other Barossa growers whose families ... Learn More
  40. Head Wines Old Vine Shiraz 2019
    Sweet and perfumed and brooding. Very good. - Gary Walsh. Made from very small parcels of fruit from vineyards up to 100 years old. Showing all the richness of fruit you would expect from Barossan Shiraz at its best. A medium ... Learn More
    Gary Walsh
    Huon Hooke
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