2022 Phase Three Wines Dero

An incredible Shiraz release from a new face in the Barossa Valley. 96 points - Mike Bennie
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New names in the Barossa can take a while to find their feet - no such problems here from Ben Kelley and his family. They've come out of the gates at a straight gallop.

This is a compelling drink - lush and floral with liquid-minerality pulsating through its veins. It's filled with dark berries and spice, structural tannins, and it flows like a piece of silk.

The wine was assembled from a selection of 10 barriques, with a small amount of the previous vintage Dero and some Eden Valley Pinot added to the mix. It comes together seamlessly. For any fans of Barossa Shiraz, this is one to get amongst.

"There’s a lot of winemaking and blending that goes into this wine, dare we say a bit reminiscent of the Sami Odi motif, albeit not quite the mathematics there... It’s a ripper... A reserved, almost nebbiolo-like tension and compactness. Sheesh, gulp away!"
- 96 pts, Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

Phase Three Wines

About Phase Three Wines

After a career in Sydney fine wine retail and fine food, Ben Kelley and his wife packed up shop and moved to the Barossa Valley in search of a better work-life balance for their young family.

Their small wine label is only just getting going, having spent a couple of harvests going cap in hand to growers in search of fruit in low-yielding vintages. Now they have a suite of vibrant, intricately crafted wines that tell a story of the Barossa stripped back to raw materials.

They are making some fantastic wines from the get-go and will be one of the new Barossa names to watch in the coming years. Get in on the ground floor, these wines are quirky and charismatic. It's a cool new look at the Barossa and we are well on board from the get-go.

Harvest time is a welcome and joyous occasion at our home. Every member of the family is enthusiastically involved from picking the fruit, all the way to the final packaging.

The 2022 season saw us working with some of our usual vineyards, allowing us a little familiarity and awareness of how best to treat them. Along with a welcome inclusion of some stunning century old vines from high up on Mengler Hill and a nice little dry grown patch up on Flaxman Valley Road in Eden Valley.

The following vineyards make an appearance to form our current release.

*Hoffmann DV Mickan Block Shiraz - Adrian Hoffmann.

*Wilton Hill Old Vine Shiraz Eden Valley - Joel Mattschoss.

*Marsen Springs Eden Valley Pinot Noir - Tony Walker.

*BVD Road Block Shiraz - Ebenezer.

*The Starship Block Shiraz - Flaxman Valley.

96 Points - "It’s a ripper. It has this levity and freshness that Barossa shiraz can miss, yet maintains this swarthy depth, grunt and lavish array of spice, wood seasoning, herbal inflection, ripe and less ripe fruit character, Italianate tannin and general crunch. Scents of red berries, black cherry, cocoa powder, Aussie bush, sandalwood and Chinese five spice. Flavours similarly set, gnarly in the weave of sandy tannin with a cool undertow of maraschino cherry juice spiked with a orangey tang, orange amaro and crushed rock minerality. A reserved, almost nebbiolo-like tension and compactness. Sheesh, gulp away!" - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

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    Cannot argue with the Gary Walsh review. Get on it while stocks last. Only 1500 bottles made

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