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2014 Fox Creek Red Baron Shiraz

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You could be easily forgiven for thinking this wine was made in the Barossa, which has no shortage of winemakers who claim to be “Red Barons”. In the glass it has a deep, vibrant crimson appearance that is typical of McLaren Vale reds while its nose is fresh and choc-full of spicy berry aromas. When it hits your lips there can be no doubting this Red Baron Shiraz is an ace, with its intense plum, blackberry and brown spice flavours. Don’t worry about cellaring this red which offers delicious drinking now.

Winemaker's Notes

Showcasing the true essence of McLaren Vale wine making, the Red Baron Shiraz is a great example of what has made this region stand out. Full bodied with balanced oak, the Red Baron Shiraz is a real crowd pleaser, showing great balance and length of flavour.


Vibrant purple.


Plum and red cherry aromas jump out of the glass supported by fresh toast, raspberry and rhubarb characters all interwoven with cinnamon and nutmeg.


Rich front palate of plums and red cherries lead into the caramel and chocolate mid palate which is complemented by hints of roasted nuts and smoky toast. The youthful tannins complete the vibrant experience with an injection of subtle structural oak on the finish.

Alc/Vol: 14.5%


Blue Gold Medal, Sydney International Wine Competition 2016
Gold Medal, Royal Melbourne Wine Awards 2015
Silver Medal, International Wine Challenge – Tranche 1 2016
Silver Medal, International Wine & Spirit Competition 2015
Bronze Medal, Great Australian Shiraz Challenge 2015
Bronze Medal, National Wine Show of Australia 2015

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2014 Fox Creek Red Baron Shiraz

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Jeremy Oliver (2012 Vintage) says
A terrific quafing McLaren Vale shiraz whose rather showy, smoky and peppery bouquet reveals layers of dark plums, blackberries, cassis and fresh smoky vanilla oak backed by suggestions of cloves and cinnamon. Smooth, soft and generous, it's deliciously ripe and brightly lit, with a long presence of fruit and smoky coconut/vanilla oak underpinned by fine tannins and finishing with a lively acidity.
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition 2014
James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
The colour is quite deep and dark; a briary and wiry black-fruited wine, very different from many Í11s; has dark chocolate in generous proportions, semaphoring its sense of place. Gold medal NZ International Wine Show (no year Specified).
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition 2013
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
To 2020
Australian Wine Companion 2013
Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
A ripe and oaky bouquet with ripe blackberry fruit and a touch of mocha; the palate is thickly textured with clever winemaking providing an attractive framework for the fruit
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
WINESTATE (2008 Vintage) says
Big, rich, ripe shiraz fruit and lots of spicy oak influence with some solid tannins. Integrated nose and dense palate.
Winestate 2009
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Ripe, dark and full of mocha and fruitcake aromas; clean and well made, with a bright core of juicy black fruits on the medium-bodied palate; soft, supple and easy.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
WINESTATE (2007 Vintage) says
The nose is fresh and bright, with jubey licorice aromas. The palate is still young and awkward, with the oak tending to dominate the raspberry fruit at the moment. Cellar!
Winestate 20082009
Ken Gargett (2006 Vintage) says
Years ago, I visited Fox Creek. I remember it well, if not fondly. They make fabulous reds (including the Reserve Shiraz, one of the region's best wines) and all they wanted to show me was their sauvignon blanc. Talk about buying Playboy for the articles. You live in McLaren Vale, you can make delicious reds like this—so why do anything else? If the Marlborough Kiwis could make shiraz like this, do you think they'd waste their time with savvy?
Don't Buy Wine Without Me 2008 2007
Campbell Mattinson (2006 Vintage) says
2006 RELEASE A new-ish wine on the Fox Creek scene and a good one. This is a warm, raisiny, blackberry-flavoured wine, bright and plush and with a decent amount of fruit weight. Oak adds toasty-vanillin flavours and it feels good in the mouth, all slippery and smooth. DRINK 2008-2010.
The Big Red Wine Book 2008
WINESTATE (2006 Vintage) says
Rich and chocolaty on the nose, following on to a full-bodied, simply structured palate filled with attractive varietal fruit.
Winestate 20082009
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Complex regional style with blackberry, dark chocolate and spice; controlled alcohol and likewise oak make for a thoroughly enjoyable wine at a modest price.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007

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