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Artisans of Barossa Six Origins

2018 will be remembered as a warm and dry vintage in the Barossa, which translates into six robust reds. That said, there's more than just ripe fruit here... Peter Schell of Spinifex Wines, selected a parcel of Shiraz from a vineyard at High Eden as his contribution to the first release of Six Origins.'On the nose there is savoury spice, and dark brambly fruits which flow to a palate of peppery spices and blue and black berry fruits - its cool and elegant in feel without the overt sweetness inherent in Shiraz from warmer, lower parts of Barossa. Its what you should expect from High Eden Shiraz, mid weight with good strong tannins, firm, fresh and athletic.' Jason Schwarz from Schwarz Wine Co selected a parcel of Shiraz from Colin Kurtz 80+ year old vineyard at Light Pass on the Barossa Valley floor as his contribution.'The nose shows a fine blend of red and dark fruits and hazelnut, with flows through to a classic black forest cake palate of raspberry, red plums and dark cherry. Typical of Shiraz from Light Pass, this is a soft, plush and flavoursome wine with excellent length, soft tannins and a fine line of bright acid.' Greg and Allison Hobbs from Hobbs of Barossa Ranges selected a parcel of Shiraz from a vineyard at Keyneton on the eastern edge of the Eden Valley as their contribution.'On the nose, the wine displays plenty of fine pot pouri notes of dried flowers and herbs. The palate is full of rich black fruit and dark chocolate with red fruit nuances adding complexity. A ripe and delicious Shiraz with a plush mid-palate and refreshing minerality built around a wonderfully muscular structure.' Corey Ryan and Simon Cowham from Sons of Eden selected a parcel of Shiraz from a vineyard at Angaston on the Barossa Valleys eastern edge as their contribution.'What makes this wine so intriguing is that you can detect both classic Barossa Valley and Eden Valley Shiraz characteristics in a wine made from a single vineyard location. The wine smells and tastes the way it does entirely because of the unique location of the vineyard. Deep crimson in colour with a perfumed spicy mix of wild-berry and dried Spring herbs. The palate is richly concentrated with a focused red fruit core surrounded by delicious, supple layered tannins.' John Lienert from Jack West Wines selected a parcel of Shiraz from his own vineyard at Gomersal on the Barossas western ridge as his contribution.'For the Six Origins wine, I selected a wine displayed a heady mix of black/ blue spiced fruits on the nose that flows through to a palate loaded with black cherry and sarsaparilla spice wrapped around a firm tannin backbone. To me, a classic expression of Gomersal Shiraz.' John Duval selected a parcel of Shiraz from a single vineyard in Ebenezer as his contribution to the first release of Six Origins.'Flavour descriptors are typically in that blackberry, Christmas cake and spice territory, with overall style parameters closely associated with the plusher, textured styles of Barossa Shiraz. This is certainly a flavoursome and mouth filling wine, yet it still reflects the Ebenezer vineyard character and echoes our stylistic preference towards wines of restrained power and fine tannins.'

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