Continuing our focus on the Barossa Valley, we round-up five examples of wines the region does well – that aren't shiraz.
The Barossa Valley is a sought-out region with a wealth of well-made wines. Its calling card is shiraz, but with vineyards stretching from the warm of the valley floor to elevated Eden Valley sites, it’s not a one-trick pony. Ahead are some of the varietals it excels at, from refreshing riesling to juicy, powerful grenache.
2010 Peter Lehmann Margaret Barossa Semillon
Led the revolution in the approach to Barossa Valley semillon vinification around the turn of the century, and hasn't tried to reinvent the wheel. Access to old vines, attention to detail in the winery, and early bottling produce the same old magic.
RRP $32 | 2020 | Peter Lehmann
2016 Yelland and Papps Second Take Barossa Valley Grenache
Hand-picked, 61% whole bunches, 17 days on skins, matured for 8 months in French oak (26% new). Yelland and Papps are intent on breaking the laws of accepted wisdom. The colour is a clear, full crimson, the bouquet of plums and cherries, and the palate is fresh, not hot.
RRP $40 | 2028 | Yelland and Papps
2012 Chaffey Bros Wine Co This Is Not Your Grandma's Eden Valley Riesling
Has fulfilled the promise that it showed when first tasted 3 years ago, but you don't have to pay more, although I'm tempted to say this is exactly your grandmother's wine, so perfectly does it capture all things Eden Valley, with juicy lime fruit complexed by a touch of green apple skin and structured on its foundation of crisp acidity. Still on a rise to even better things around the corner.
RRP $22 | 2026 | Chaffey Bros Wine Co
2014 Thorn-Clarke William Randell Eden Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
Night harvested from the Milton Park Vineyard, fermented in small batches, matured for 16 months in French hogsheads. A wholly convincing Eden Valley cabernet, purity and intensity the two pillars around which the wine is built. Cabernet is seldom as supple and immediately enjoyable as this wine, cassis flowing evenly across and along the palate, fine tannins and cedary French oak providing the final touches.
RRP $60 | 2034 | Thorn-Clarke Wines
2014 Caillard Mataro
Fermented and matured in new and used French oak. Andrew Caillard's team has made an art of mataro as well as the labels on the Caillard releases. This is a wine as much about texture as it is about flavour, each acting in synergistic support of the other, wild herbs linking with sour cherry and spice.
RRP $55 | 2029 | Caillard Wine
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