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Like it’s legendary namesake, Romulus is all shoulders and strength. A brooding and powerful Shiraz, he is the personification of all things Barossa.
Sourced from two separate vineyards that are 80+ and 85+ years old in the Barossa, this is a textbook example of why this is our most famous wine producing region. In opposition to the finer boned Remus who sees exclusively French oak, Romulus gets a healthy dose of brand new American and takes it in stride.
There is a big movement at the moment towards the cooler climate, more elegant side of Shiraz in this country, but with phenomenal releases like this knockout from the SOE boys, it’s easy to see why there will always be a place for the good ol’ Barossa Shiraz.
What It Tastes Like
This is a plush and surprisingly supple Shiraz. A V12 engine wrapped in a fur coat. It rumbles with sweet coco and vanillin oak, the blackberry and chocolate covered boysenberries with a smattering of cracked pepper and clove. Velvety mouthfeel as it oozes along its merry way. Freshness though, which is great to see. A modern feel for a classic wine style. Job done well here.
93+ points “Dark cherry, blackberry, toast, nougat and dried mint, a bit of spice too. Full bodied, savoury and toasty, a bit of grip and grain here, sage and dill perfume, flashes of red fruits in with the black, and a solid chocolaty finish. Classic, slightly chunky Barossa Shiraz. Lots to enjoy.”
- Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)
A story that has intrigued us for years is the fable of the legendary founders of Ancient Rome, Romulus and Remus. These twins were abandoned at birth and reared by a she-wolf. Romulus murdered his twin in a fit of rage over the naming of Rome, the city which both had built. Legend presents Romulus as the stronger, more powerful of the brothers, while Remus was more refined, focussed and elegant. We believe the twins’ characterise the distinctive and unique flavours and attributes of Shiraz from the twin valleys - the Barossa Valley and Eden Valley.
Bottle Size: 750ml
Drink Until: 2035
About the Producer
Sons of Eden
Sons of Eden is another of the new breed of Barossa labels turning the region on its head, and a partnership between a winemaker (Corey Ryan) and viticulturist (Simon Cowham) who both “learnt and refined their trades in the vineyards and cellars of Eden Valley”. James Halliday has awarded them his 5 red star rating.
The Barossa has a big reputation. Big in every sense of the word. Known for producing blockbusting examples of impenetrable old vine Shiraz and Grenache envied by much of the world, it is a region that should be celebrated as the region that first put Australian wine on the map. Now, with a new generation of winemakers reinventing the region, there’s more than just power in the Barossa’s bag of tricks. With a move toward picking earlier and pulling back on oak maturation, there’s a fresher, more subtle side to Barossa wine which offers plenty to the modern Australian wine lover.
Long held up to the rest of the world as Australia’s flagship red variety, the mighty Australian Shiraz has undergone something of a renaissance over the past two decades. While our robust styles of Shiraz from powerhouse South Australian regions such as the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale may have put Australian wine on the map, Shiraz from our cooler regions are giving the variety a new look. Wines from Canberra, all parts of Victoria, the Adelaide Hills, and the Great Southern, are all delivering wines of finesse and spice set to a lighter framework. The tapestry of Australian Shiraz is richly diverse, and will only continue to develop and mature into the future.
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