Southern Highlands, 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 winemakers thought the grape variety was best suited to the cooler climates of the Rhone 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 region's propensity to produce world-class wines.
Shiraz is not the only variety cultivated in Barossa Valley, other red varieties such as Grenache, Mourvedre (Mataro) and to a lesser extent, Cabernet Sauvignon are also propagated here. The white varieties that thrive best seem to be Semillon and Chardonnay, which are generally oaked and undergo malolactic fermentation.

This style of big, full bodied Shiraz with rich, chocolate and spice notes became synonymous with not only the Barossa Valley but with Australian wine in general. In the words of Master of Wine Jancis Robinson, the Barossa Valley became "Australia's quintessential wine region".

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.
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  1. 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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    Michael Cooper
  2. THORN CLARKE 'SANDPIPER' MERLOT 2017
    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 ... Learn More
  3. 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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  4. THORN CLARKE 'SANDPIPER' CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2017
    The Sandpiper range is named after the migratory bird which visits the Thorn-Clarke vineyards annually from the northern hemisphere - something of a reminder of the tenacity and commitment which is required for long term viticulture. A varietal palate with ... Learn More
  5. 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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    Sam Kim
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    Gary Walsh
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  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. WOODS CRAMPTON WHITE LABEL CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2016
    Sourced from 2 vineyards between Barossa & Eden Valley, this delicious Cabernet exhibits aromas of blackcurrant, dried herbs, and a savoury, earthy lift with undertones of leather. The palate is medium bodied, savoury & earthy. Chalky cabernet tanins underscoring a blue fruited core. ... Learn More
  9. 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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  10. LAUGHING JACK 'JACKS' SHIRAZ 2016
    Fruit souced 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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  11. HEAD 'HEAD RED' SHIRAZ 2016
    Alex Head's wines are definitely worth following every year, and are on their way to becoming cult wines, showing unusual sophistication at this price point for a Barossa Shiraz. This is a barrel cull from Barossa vineyards including 'The Blonde', ... Learn More
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  12. WOODS CRAMPTON 'OLD JOHN' SHIRAZ 2017
    A blend of 86% Shiraz and 14% Bonvedro. Fruit is sourced from a 60 year old vineyard in the Light Pass sub district of the Barossa Valley, a 55 year old Eden Valley vineyard and Bonvedro from the 75 year old John’s Vineyard. Bottled ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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    James Halliday
  13. THORN CLARKE SHOTFIRE 'QUARTAGE' 2015
    A blend of 35% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Cabernet Franc, 23% Petit Verdot and 17% Merlot. Lifted blackcurrant and violet aromas on the nose with notes of dark chocolate, spice and eucalypt. The palate starts with plush black berries and anise, the savoury palate has ... Learn More
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    Campbell Mattinson
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    James Halliday
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  14. WOODS CRAMPTON 'THE BIG SHOW' 2016
    75% Shiraz, 25% Mataro. A lifted and expressive nose full of boysenberry and blackcurrant fruit framed by floral notes, wild herbs and spice. The palate is opulent and mouth-filling with a core of supple blue fruits, blood plums and exotic undergrowth notes ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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    James Halliday
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  15. KALLESKE 'JMK' SHIRAZ VP 2016 (HALF BOTTLE 375ML)
    Inviting aromatics leap from the glass including macerated blackberries, anise, kirsch, marzipan, cassis, chocolate, raisins, musk and floral perfume. The full-bodied palate is rich and generous showing complex dark fruits balanced with a gently warming brandy spirit and controlled natural ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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  16. WOODS CRAMPTON 'PEDRO' GSM 2018
    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
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    Campbell Mattinson
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    Sam Kim
  17. WOODS CRAMPTON PRESERVATIVE FREE SHIRAZ 2018
    "At the top of preservative-free wines." - 93 points, James Halliday The nose is bright and delightfully wild with aromas of dark berries, ripe blood plans and exotic spice. The palate is supple and fruit driven with a mouth-filling burst of ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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    Sam Kim
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    Gary Walsh
  18. WOODS CRAMPTON 'LIGHT PASS' BAROSSA SHIRAZ 2018
    The Woods Crampton reds have become synonymous with great value drinking and this is no exception. The nose is bright and expressive with aromas of dark berries, ripe blood plums and exotic spice. The palate is supple and fruit-driven but ... Learn More
  19. TORBRECK 'WOODCUTTERS' SHIRAZ 2018
    Although this wine is constantly praised for its succulence and richness, there is also a complexity and texture which is rarely found at this price. A dense nose with, with heavy dark fruit and a hint of damp soil. Hints ... Learn More
  20. YALUMBA 'SAMUEL'S COLLECTION BUSH VINE' GRENACHE 2018
    All batches of Bush Vine Grenache are crushed as separate parcels to either static pumpover fermenters or open top fermenters. The majority of batches are fully destemmed, however for some the stems are left on to contribute another flavour dimension. ... Learn More
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  21. WOODS CRAMPTON MATARO 2017
    95% Mataro, 5% Grenache. The nose is dark and ripe, unveiling with time aromas of dark berry fruit, blueberry, kirsch and mince pie spice. The palate is supple and intense with liquorice and dark fruit flavours wrapped in savoury spice and framed ... Learn More
  22. TWO HANDS GNARLY DUDES SHIRAZ 2018
    The 'Gnarly Dudes' referenced in the name of this wine are the gnarled old shiraz vines the grapes are sourced from. A lovely wine expressing pure regionality and varietal characters. Lifted notes of vibrant berries, dark chocolate, anise & hints of ... Learn More
  23. KALLESKE MOPPA SHIRAZ 2018
    This is a pretty, expressive Shiraz that can be enjoyed now or will cellar well in the medium to long term. It is bright and fragrant. There are lifted aromatics of blueberry, musk, milk chocolate, cinnamon spice and potpourri. The ... Learn More
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  24. KALLESKE MOPPA SHIRAZ 2017
    This is a pretty, expressive Shiraz that can be enjoyed now or will cellar well in the medium to long term. It is bright and fragrant. There are lifted aromatics of blueberry, musk, milk chocolate, cinnamon spice and potpourri. The ... Learn More
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  25. UNITED CELLARS RESERVE SELECTION 'SHIRAZ BY KAESLER' 2017
    Made by Reid Bosward and the team at Kaesler, one of the Barossa's oldest and most revered wineries. 20% Clare Valley fruit has been added in to lift the heavy, brooding Barossa style. The nose is classic Barossa - gutsy, brooding ... Learn More
  26. TORZI MATTHEWS 1903 SINGLE VINEYARD GSM 2017
    A rich and powerful wine masterfully crafted by Domenic Torzi and Tracy Matthews using dry grown grapes sourced from a vineyard planted in 1903. Very lifted aromas of sweet blue and red fruits, violets, dark chocolate mocha and a hint of ... Learn More
  27. ST HALLETT BUTCHER'S CART SHIRAZ 2017
    Vibrant and rich blueberry and dark cherry with a hint of mocha. A bold an opulent palate, filled with generous red berry fruits, dark plums and completed by supple supportive tannins. Each parcel of Shiraz is individually matched to one ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
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    Campbell Mattinson
  28. ARNO GREENOCK GRENACHE 2018
    Grenache. We like to think of it as the Barossa’s answer to Pinot Noir. Lighter in body and packed with flavour and spice notes, it is a variety that when treated with care and respect in the vineyard and ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
  29. HAYES ‘BAROSSA VALLEY' MATARO SHIRAZ 2017
    "A blend of old vine Mataro and Shiraz grown in Ebenezer in the Northern Barossa. Matured for 10 months in a mix of older (Mataro) and new (Shiraz) French oak, before being blended and bottled in February 2018." - Brett Hayes, Winemaker ... Learn More
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  30. KALLESKE GREENOCK SHIRAZ 2017
    95 points - James Halliday Oozing classic ripe Barossa Shiraz there are aromas of blueberry, fruit cake, deep florals, cocoa, sweet tobacco, licorice and a hint of vanilla bean. The dense palate continues with these beautiful rich fruit flavours complexed by ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
  31. LAUGHING JACK 'MOPPA HILL' SHIRAZ 2016
    95 points - James Halliday Perfumed fruits of mulberry and blackberry along with aromatic spice and dried lavender flowers. A touch of classic elderberry fruit and green peppercorn are present and accompanied with more than usual dark liquorice. Vibrant full bodied ... Learn More
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    Gary Walsh
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    James Halliday
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  32. ST HALLETT BLACKWELL SHIRAZ 2016
    Established in 1944 by the Linder Family, St Hallett represents the very spirit and soul of winemaking in the Barossa. Lively dark cherry aromas overlayed with oak nuances of mocha and vanilla bean. A slight ferrous note to the aroma provides ... Learn More
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    James Halliday
  33. LAUGHING JACK 'GREENOCK' SHIRAZ 2016
    sourced from two vineyards grown on the Kalleske’s Greenock property, 52% from Home Block and 48% from the East Block. Only the finest fruit from the southern slope of the Home Block and hillside of the East block was selected for ... Learn More
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  34. KALLESKE GREENOCK SHIRAZ 2015
    Greenock is a complex Barossa Shiraz that has a long cellaring future. It is aromatically very lifted and expressly attractive with ripe fruits, sweet & savoury spice, Christmas cake, blueberry, dark chocolate, rose perfume and a hint of toast. The dense ... Learn More
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    Campbell Mattinson
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  35. TORBRECK 'THE STEADING' GSM 2017
    52% Grenache, 25% Shiraz and 23% Mataro. The Steading has a fragrancy, purity of fruit, mid-palate concentration and savoury tannin profile that makes it an exemplary wine. Vibrant aromas of violet, star anise and spice all unfold to reveal an impressive array of ... Learn More
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    Joe Czerwinski
  36. ELDERTON 'NEIL ASHMEAD GRAND TOURER' BAROSSA SHIRAZ 2016
    A blend of Nuriootpa and Greenock fruit went into the 2016 Neil Ashmead Grand Tourer Shiraz, which was aged in 50% to 60% new French oak. Fermented in Elderton's waxed open fermenters with heading boards and pressed early straight to new French oak ... Learn More
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    Huon Hooke
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    Campbell Mattinson
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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
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    James Suckling
  37. KAESLER 'THE BOGAN' SHIRAZ 2017
    Aromas of blackberry and white pepper with hints of spice as you would expect from good use of oak. From the first mouthful it’s a flavour bomb in your mouth, with its sweet black fruit in the front though ... Learn More
  38. POWELL & SON GRENACHE SHIRAZ MATARO 2015
    A blend of 60% Grenache, 20% Shiraz and 20% Mataro. This has perfumed aromas of berry fruits with subtle hints of oak giving the nose nice complexity. A medium-full bodied palate with great depth and structure. Shows flavours of cherry and plum and ... Learn More
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    Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW
  39. IZWAY WINES 'THREE BRIANS' GRENACHE 2017
    A stellar vintage that will be wedged between two of the best we have seen and one that should cement the Barossa as the most consistent region in Australia. Bright, fresh and vibrant with incredible energy and aplomb. Aromas of ... Learn More
  40. LAUGHING JACK 'MOPPA BLOCK' SHIRAZ 2014
    Moppa Block Shiraz is sourced from Block 4, a 4 acre single vineyard on the steep eastern slopes of Moppa Hill, located in the Barossa Valley. This vineyard has an altitude of almost 400m which makes it the highest vineyard on the ... Learn More
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    James Halliday's Wine Companion
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