Barossa Valley

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Barossa Valley
Latitude
Altitude
250-370m
Growing Season Rainfall
160mm
Mean January Temperature
21.4°C
Harvest
End February to late April
Wineries
126
Website
Cracka Rating 90

About Barossa Valley

The Barossa Valley is Australia’s most celebrated wine region. It is home to some of the oldest vineyards in the world and pioneering families that have shaped the landscape of Australian wine. In a region of over 100 producers, boutique vignerons meet global brands like Penfolds, Wolf Blass and Jacob’s creek. The Barossa Valley is renowned for rich, robust shiraz that stains your glass an inky purple. Lavish raspberry and liquorice flavours are laced with mint and bound together by lashings of chocolate and thunder. Plush styles of cabernet sauvignon, generous semillon and chardonnay also thrive along the valley floor. A long history of fortified production makes opulent wines loaded with fruitcake and spice. Young guns in the Valley are looking to the vineyard and exploring time honoured winemaking techniques to re-invent traditional varieties. Grenache is making a real resurgence and standing proudly as a single varietal as well as in GSM blends. Emerging varieties proving successful include tempranillo, viognier, vermentino and to a lesser extent, savagnin. The Barossa Valley enjoys a warm, continental climate and wide diversity of terroir. Gnarly old shiraz and grenache vines interspersed with mataro in traditional mixed plantings are a living legacy of a grape growing tradition dating back to the 1840s. A rich patchwork of soil ranges through deep alluvials on the riverbanks to red-brown and cracking black clays, sandy flats and powerful ironstone in the north. Centred around the townships of Lyndoch, Tanunda, Nuriootpa and Angaston, the districts of the valley wind through Williamstown, Bethany, Krondorf, Rowland Flat, Vine Vale, Gomersal, Stonewell, Seppeltsfield, Greenock, Marananga, Ebenezer, Moppa, Koonunga, Light Pass, Kalimna and Stockwell. The Barons Of Barossa Founded in 1974, the Barons of Barossa are a philanthropic wine fraternity modelled on European societies such as the Chevaliers du Tastevin (knights of the wine tasting cup). The Barons hold a formal declaration of vintage ceremony at the beginning of harvest each year. A large community procession is followed by blessing of the grapes and the announcement of the vigneron and winemaker of the year. baronsofbarossa.com Barons Of Barossa Charter ‘To promote and foster the Barossa, its wine, gastronomy and viticulture enterprises and to preserve and maintain the heritage, lifestyle and traditions of the Barossa’ [Ba-rossa] – Hill of Roses Watch Stuart Macgill uncork the Barossa Valley

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2014 Schild Estate Riesling

2014 Schild Estate Riesling

Schild source this from their higher altitude (in Barossan terms) Tweedies Gully vineyard which is noted for its suitability for Riesling production. It's still a Barossan Riesling though, which means that it's still a vibrant and fruit driven win...

Cracka rating100
Region: Barossa Valley
2012 Elderton High Altitude Shiraz

2012 Elderton High Altitude Shiraz

The Elderton family are hard working, old fashioned types. They don't boast and brag about their many accolades, just let the wine do the talking for them. We love them here at Cracka for their honest to goodness Barossa characters that ooze from ...

Cracka rating100
Region: Barossa Valley
2010 Rolf Binder Halcyon Cabernet Merlot

2010 Rolf Binder Halcyon Cabernet Merlot

Halcyon. What a great name for a wine label. Makes you think this is going to be serious wild, seriously awesome booze, and that whirling dervishes might appear whenever you open a bottle. Or is that just us? Anyway, the joy here is all about Baro...

Cracka rating100
Region: Barossa Valley
2014 Woods Crampton Barossa Valley Shiraz

2014 Woods Crampton Barossa Valley Shiraz

Woods Crampton is the brainchild of wine marketing guru Nicholas Crampton, partnering up here with a smart South Australian winemaker to craft a delicious Barossa Shiraz. Note the dollop of Mataro in the blend - makes all the difference!

Cracka rating100
Region: Barossa Valley
2011 Schild Estate Ben Schild Reserve Shiraz

2011 Schild Estate Ben Schild Reserve Shiraz

A super powered, super rich Shiraz this one, drawn from super old vines and spending a massive 24 months in oak, all making for one massively concentrated, super luscious Shiraz. If you like wines with both depth and penetration, don't miss this.

Cracka rating90
Region: Barossa Valley
2013 Tim Smith Wines Mataro Grenache Shiraz

2013 Tim Smith Wines Mataro Grenache Shiraz

If there was one style that summed up the Barossa rather than just the clichéd Shiraz then it would have to be the Rhone style blend of GSM or in this case Mataro, Grenache and Shiraz. This wine blitzed the competition at the 2010 London Internati...

Cracka rating90
Region: Barossa Valley
2012 St Hallett Blackwell Shiraz

2012 St Hallett Blackwell Shiraz

This wine perfectly sums up St Hallett’s tradition of making Barossa Shiraz that is regional, distinctive and delicious. This is big and bold with ripe, fruit power. It shows immense concentration, elegant tannins and offers a brooding intensity t...

Cracka rating100
Region: Barossa Valley
2013 Yalumba Patchwork Shiraz

2013 Yalumba Patchwork Shiraz

Tasty, authentic shiraz with loads of flavour, genuine structure and intensity. Here we see a very typical Yalumba Shiraz with that trademark richness of fruit and oak if not quite the all-out ballsy intensity of some vintages.

Cracka rating80
Region: Barossa Valley
2013 Tim Smith Wines Mataro

2013 Tim Smith Wines Mataro

It’s dark and brooding and it’s been planted in Australia for over a century. It’s got a few names too, Mourvedre, Mataro or Monastrell it’s all the same grape which causes no end of confusion. If you want a red that’s savoury and spectacular you’...

Cracka rating100
Region: Barossa Valley
2010 Jacob's Creek Johann Shiraz Cabernet

2010 Jacob's Creek Johann Shiraz Cabernet

Here we have a truly Aussie blend of shiraz from the Barossa, and cab sauv from Coonawarra. It's a a fulsome wine with a decent hit of oak, and shows lots of blackcurrant, mint and anise cab sauv characters on the nose, with a whiff of toasted coc...

Cracka rating80
Region: Barossa Valley
2014 Yalumba Y Series Sangiovese Rose

2014 Yalumba Y Series Sangiovese Rose

This fun, pretty little Rose is made in a dry style, and exhibits smells of bright red berries and sour cherries on the nose, along with subtle hints of soft cinnamon-like spices. The palate is light and sweetly-fruited, with refreshing acidity, f...

Cracka rating80
Region: Barossa Valley
2010 Penfolds Bin 95 Grange

2010 Penfolds Bin 95 Grange

With more 100 point perfect scores than you can poke a stick at (from Matthew Jukes, Tyson Stelzer and Nick Stock so far), this 2010 Grange is being touted as one of the best yet. Hugely concentrated, incredibly plush and full flavoured, it is a c...

Cracka rating100
Region: Barossa Valley
NV Dandelion Vineyards Legacy of the Barossa 30 Year Old Pedro Ximenez

NV Dandelion Vineyards Legacy of the Barossa 30 Year Old Pedro Ximenez

Who was Pedro Ximenez? Not actually a Spanish Porn star but a white grape native to Spain that is often fortified and emulated all over the world. This seductive dark coloured wine is just the thing to either end a meal on or just to have with a p...

Cracka rating100
Region: Barossa Valley
2013 Two Hands Gnarly Dudes Barossa Valley Shiraz

2013 Two Hands Gnarly Dudes Barossa Valley Shiraz

The Gnarly Dudes sounds like it could be a surfing show, but it’s actually a reference to the ancient vines in the Barossa where this Shiraz fruit is sourced. The Two hands philosophy is to make the best wines possible from some of Australia’s old...

Cracka rating80
Region: Barossa Valley
2013 St Hallett Gamekeeper's Shiraz Grenache Touriga

2013 St Hallett Gamekeeper's Shiraz Grenache Touriga

The Jimmy Watson trophy is (arguably) the most important piece of silverware in Australian wine - and this humble red almost took it out in 2014!  Winner of the Trophy for 'Best Red Blend' and scoring a massive 95 points, this supremely tasty...

Cracka rating80
Region: Barossa Valley
2014 Yalumba Y Series Vermentino

2014 Yalumba Y Series Vermentino

Vermentino is the latest Italian raider to settle on Aussie shores, and it's getting quite a reception. This is a lower alcohol version (11.5%), and shows lots of tropical fruits and florals on the nose, along with whiffs of yellow citrus. The pal...

Cracka rating80
Region: Barossa Valley
2013 Jacob's Creek Reserve Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir

2013 Jacob's Creek Reserve Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir

Here we have a bright, highly sipable pinot noir out of the Adelaide Hills that won’t have you smashing open your piggy bank. It's an unassuming wine that shows lots of red fruits and eathiness on the nose, along with hints of pot pourri. The pala...

Cracka rating80
Region: Barossa Valley
2012 Thorn-Clarke Shotfire Shiraz

2012 Thorn-Clarke Shotfire Shiraz

The Shotfire range from Thorn Clark produce the kind of wines that are so typical of the Barossa, rich and long lived and packed full of flavour so we can hardly wait for you to discover these wines for yourselves, with a medium rare steak prefera...

Cracka rating90
Region: Barossa Valley
2009 Yalumba The Octavius Old Vine Barossa Shiraz

2009 Yalumba The Octavius Old Vine Barossa Shiraz

This is big ticket stuff, the kind of wine that is not just for an occasion, it is the occasion. Yalumba remind us once again why they so famed for crafting wine from the Barossa region that is so expressive. This is full of intrigue and excitemen...

Cracka rating100
Region: Barossa Valley
2014 Zeppelin Big Bertha Barossa Valley Shiraz

2014 Zeppelin Big Bertha Barossa Valley Shiraz

Like to get your hands on Big Bertha? She’s a big, bold Barossan lady in search of good times. Once you taste what’s on offer, you’ll know it’s only good times ahead as this is the kind of Shiraz that has given the Barossa a reputation for flavour...

Cracka rating90
Region: Barossa Valley