Rockford Rifle Range Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

The 2016 Rockford Rifle Range cabernet sauvignon is a good, if not outstanding, vintage of this wine. These are generally wines for long ageing, so it is early days yet. Tasted in March 2020, its aroma evidences new oak influence with its obvious cedar character. The palate is dry, medium bodied and has a leafy […]

Pirathon Gold Barossa Valley Shiraz 2017

The “gold” label is the top of Pirathon’s quality hierarchy, trumping its “black” label. This is a near outstanding wine, and I much preferred it to the “black” of the same vintage. In the glass, there are correct shiraz aromas of spices and plums. The palate is tannic with long length and a well judged […]

Pirathon Black Barossa Valley Shiraz 2017

The Pirathon “Black” shiraz from the Barossa Valley and the 2017 vintage has brooding aromatics of dark chocolate and spice. The palate is full bodied, ripe, with impressions of blueberry pie, menthol, vanilla and very warming sweet fruit. Ready to drink now, this wine has considerable intensity of flavour. Rating: Good. Abv: 15.3%. Price: ~$50. […]

Pirathon Silver Barossa Silver Shiraz 2017

This is a very typical Barossa shiraz from Pirathon Wines. This is their “silver” label, and it has a lovely aroma of rich plums, earth and soy. The palate is full bodied, with good length and a warming finish. Ready to drink now. Rating: Good to Very Good. Abv: 14.5%. Price: <$25. Website: https://www.pirathon.com. Source: […]

Teusner Barossa Valley Albert Shiraz 2016

This is easily the best Barossa Valley shiraz that I have tasted recently.  Made in the old style, it has saturated fruit, long length, oak in balance and power restrained with grace.  A joyous wine that is approachable now.  Rating: Very Good. Abv: 14.5%. Price: $65. Website: teusner.com.au.

Langtons Classification VII – trends, promotions and demotions

The new Langtons classification (classification VII) of Australian wine was released last week.  It is stated to measure the performance of wines in an open market, with the condition of entry being 10 vintages and a track record in the secondary market.  The list has been prepared for many years now, and is prepared by […]

Rockford Rifle Range Cabernet Sauvignon 2009

I thought it worth checking in on the development of the ’09 Rockford Rifle Range, which proved a good decision as it was utterly delicious.  Stored since purchase, the cork was in very good condition.  It opened to aromas of menthol, chocolate and plummy dark fruits.  Perhaps more resolutely a Barossa Valley wine than a […]

Balthazar of the Barossa Marananga Barossa Valley Shiraz 2011

From the difficult 2011 vintage, the Balthazar Barossa shiraz is an opaque purple in colour.  It commences with somewhat distracting aromas of sawn wood, vanilla, cedar, earth and plums.  The palate is better with its notes of plums, anise, cooked fruits, oak and a not quite full bodied finish.  Mid range length on the finish, […]