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Barossa Valley Estate Ebenezer Shiraz

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The Ebenezer has been a stalwart of the Barossa for as long as we can remember, and it will appeal to your inner scrooge because you don’t have to pay inflated prices for it. Hailing from a toasty vintage, there are plenty of ripe dark berries and chocolate on the nose, with sniffs of black pepper and anise. The palate is rich and full-bodied, with fleshy black plum flavours, hits of mocha and spice, fine, slinky tannins, and a lingering vanilla and spice finish. Roast meats are the go with this one!

Winemaker's Notes

The Ebenezer range pays tribute to the many generations of growers who have painstakingly nurtured their vineyards through good years and bad since settlement. Without their persistence and strength many of the great vineyards of the Barossa would be lost today.

Vibrant deep red with a purple hue. There are intense aromas of blackberry and blueberry fruits, liquorice and dark chocolate. The nose leads to a layered palate of blackberries and savoury spices. A concentrated mid-palate is balanced by a fine, elegant finish. A great example of Barossa Valley Shiraz.

Perfectly matched with Mediterranean lamb dishes.

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Barossa Valley Estate Ebenezer Shiraz

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Solid colour, still in the red spectrum (no browning); rich black fruit and licorice aromas, then a powerful full-bodied palate with intense black fruits, licorice and ripe tannins. Will live for decades.
To 2036
Australian Wine Companion 2011
95
Rob Geddes MW (2006 Vintage) says
A style for big red lovers with a lot of fruit richness and considerable tannins to follow.
2013
Australian Wine Vintages
88
Jeremy Oliver (2006 Vintage) says
Wild, spicy and briary, with a deep, jammy and meaty bouquet of blackberries, dark plums, cassis and dark chocolates knit with smoky oak and backed by spicy notes of cloves, nutmeg and black pepper. Its dark, palate-staining expression of fiery dark fruit and rustic, meaty and savoury qualities are supported by a fine-grained but firmish backbone, finishing with notes of dark chocolate and mineral.
The Australian Wine Annual
92
Jeremy Oliver (2005 Vintage) says
Smoky, brambly aromas of violets, fresh cassis, blackberries and plums are backed by fresh vanilla/chocolate/cedaryoak and spicy notes of white pepper, cloves, licorice and cinnamon. Underpinned by some sappy, green-edged and metallic tannins, its palate is a little angular and lacking conviction. It's slightly under and over-ripened, with a luscious, almost syrupy presence of jammy fruit, finishing with herbal and meaty influences.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
88
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
The colour is still bright, and the wine is developing slowly but impressively; there are notes of spice and licorice behind the blackberry fruit of the medium-bodied palate, which has a fresh finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
92
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2005 Vintage) says
There's a good deal of flavour here and reasonable length, but as it mellows the flavours are starting to dull. We're being picky, but given the price tag, it's our job to be. Leather, toast, blackberries and not much else, it tastes pretty good, but it doesn't have us raving.
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11 2010
88
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Medium-bodied, but interne and long, with lovely definition to the black cherry and plum fruit, showing no hint of thickness or sweetness; fine tannins sustain the long finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
95
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
Just slightly overcooked, with some green-edged fruit beneath its evolved and leathery expression of blackberries, dark plums and raisins. It's backed by older, lightly smoky vanilla oak and underpinned by fine, dusty tannins. Initially intense and vibrant, it has a smooth and moderately long palate.
Australian Wine Annual 2008 2007
88
Rob Geddes MW (2004 Vintage) says
A style for big red lovers with a lot of fruit richness and considerable tannins to follow.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
90
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Abundant ripe, but not jammy, blackberry and licorice fruit; tannins balanced, as is the oak; good outcome for an indifferent vintage.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
91
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Very well-integrated and balanced black fruits, oak and ripe tannins; an elegant, long finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
95
Jeremy Oliver (2002 Vintage) says
Dark, meaty aromas of raisined, currant-like fruit with undertones of plums and berries are lifted by assertive nuances of smoky oak. It's juicy and richly textured, lacking in balance and harmony, and its frankly dull and dehydrated fruit reflects an unusual measure of stress for this vintage. Drink soon.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
87
James Halliday (1999 Vintage) says
Medium to full red-purple; rich, dark berry fruit and scoops of vanilla oak on the bouquet, then a succulent palate with plummy/raspberry fruit, soft tannins and good length, the oak justified (just).
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
89
James Halliday (1998 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; a firm and complex bouquet with savoury/spicy overtones to the black berry fruit. The palate has good structure, depth and length, featuring black fruits, chocolate and some vanilla from the oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
94
James Halliday (1996 Vintage) says
Medium to full red-purple; the bouquet is rich and concentrated, with masses of sweet vanilla oak floating on top of the fruit. The roles are more or less reversed on the palate, with richly opulent and concentrated dark cherry fruit with a smooth coating of oak and a base of soft tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2001 2001
91

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