The Wine Front's Gary Walsh just published his reviews on the Artisans of Barossa Six Origins Shiraz Pack and what reviews they are!
This creatively conceived project highlights a block of Barossa Shiraz that was formative in the path to becoming a winemaker for the producers involved in the Artisans collective cellar door. The vintage is the highly-touted 2018 season. Each wine comes with detailed notes from the producers and the lay-down flat-pack box.
Six Shiraz. Six producers. One very limited edition pack.
Walsh has rated the wines all between 93-96 points with outstanding words to accompany. You'll find the full article published below.
We don't have many of these packs left, but now's your chance to get a hold of one for yourself!
Gary Walsh Article
(Published on The Wine Front, 21st Oct 2019)
Interesting project, I must say. Can only be purchased as a six pack for $350, hence the individual bottle price listed below. 800 bottles of each wine produced, so 800 six packs available. Particularly amazing hue of purple in these 2018 Shiraz wines, I note.
2018 High Eden Shiraz
– Peter Schell, Spinifex Wines 13.3%
Peppery and spicy, blue and black fruits, meaty and perfumed. It’s medium bodied, tight and shapely, lithe yet packed with flavour. It’s what you might call a ‘very articulate wine’, or at least I would. Acidity is fresh and juicy, but unobtrusive, and the tannin is ultra-fine and graphite in type. The finish is particularly emphatic and long. It’s a magnificent, cool and blue expression of Barossa Shiraz. 96 points.
2018 Light Pass Shiraz
– Jason Schwarz, Schwarz Wine Co. 14.5%
Whenever I read Schwarz, I think of Sherwood Schwartz, producer of The Brady Bunch, though of course he sports an extra ‘t’ in his name. “Something suddenly came up”. Anyway, better talk about the wine in the glass.
Ripe cherry, raspberry, a little chocolate and plenty of sweet baking spice. It’s fleshy, but fine in its way, succulence and gentle sweetness tempered with ‘mineral’ and pencil character, dense fine-grained tannin of insistent baby-finger grip, a subtle creaminess, and a ripe berry and spice finish of plushness and admirable length. Superb balance and satisfaction in glass here. 95-96 points.
2018 Keyneton Shiraz
– Greg and Allison Hobbs, Hobbs of Barossa Ranges 15%
Chocolate, dried rose and mint, black fruit and vanilla cream. Plush and chocolaty, deep dark berry flavour infused with sage, milk chocolate tannin, firm but even acidity, slightly saline and beefy on a good long finish. Softly softly. It’s a warm cuddle from Keyneton. 94 points.
2018 Angaston Shiraz
– Corey Ryan and Simon Cowham, Sons of Eden 14.5%
Plum, blackberry, dried mint and sage, a kiss of smooth vanilla oak. Smooth and ripe, perfumed with garden herbs, rich tannin with a gently tacky tactile touch, all the berries and that sticky tannin grip on a good finish. Stylish, polished and very seductive. 94 points.
2018 Gomersal Shiraz
– John Lienert, Jack West Wines 14.5%
Dark cherry, BBQ fennel sausage, spice, toast and sage. Rich, saline, ample flavour of black fruit with a savoury edge, powdery slightly chalky tannin, juicy acidity, and a solid finish. A more traditional expression of Barossa Shiraz, and none the worse for that. 93 points.
2018 Ebenezer Shiraz
– John and Tim Duval, John Duval Wines 14.5%
Textbook Ebenezer style here, delivered with typical Duval finesse. Blackberry, spice, Milo, a sprinkling of dried herb and subtle vanilla oak. It’s ripe but evenly-weighted, delivering flavour to all corners, plump, balanced, bright and long. It’d be hard to imagine anyone not loving this little beauty. 95 points.