About The Pack
Here's a great way to explore some of the more exciting producers in the Barossa Valley.
These are Barossa reds made in tiny batches with a serious wild side.
2016 Ruggabellus Timaeus
The detail involved in an Abel Gibson blend is second to none, the finesse and craftsmanship comes to the fore in a warmer vintage like 2016.
Timaeus is the Grenache-dominant blend in the Ruggabellus stable. It's a lither, more streamlined wine than some of the Shiraz or Mataro blend siblings.
Built on fine bones of tannin and a refreshing backbone of acidity, this is a beaytiful modern expression of a Rhone-styled blend from the Barossa Valley.
Gorgeous stuff, and as with all of the Ruggabellus wines, rare as hen's teeth.Read more about 2016 Ruggabellus Timaeus
2017 Forlorn Hope Songs from Mars SG
The wines from the hands of Matthew Rorick have a V8 engine in a sports car frame.
His first foray into the world of Barossa Valley reds has produced a red wine of raw magnetism. A classic blend of Shiraz and Grenache from old dry-grown vines, this is the essence of the Barossa Valley mainlined through one of the USA's cult winemaking stars.
There's a deftness to the wine. Deep pools of quintessentially Barossan fruit with an energy that tugs you back to the glass.
Only 60 dozen were made. The asking price is ludicrous. Jump quick if you want to catch this rare bird before it flies the coup.Read more about 2017 Forlorn Hope Songs from Mars SG
2016 Head The Contrarian Shiraz
The Contrarian Shiraz is a chance for Alex Head to spread his wings and explore his home region.
The 2016 is from a single site in Greenock. It's one of the best releases of this wine to date. Offering excellent value for both the intermediate and serious collector, The Contrarian can be enjoyed now or in a decade plus.
Gary Walsh described it as a, "Dare I say it, the Rhône expression of Shiraz from Heady?" in his 93+ point review. Top buying here for any Barossa Shiraz fan.Read more about 2016 Head The Contrarian Shiraz
2016 Schwarz Meta Mataro
The Schwarz Meta series are classic Barossa varietals made with a modern approach.
Here, Mataro finds complexity and an element of freshness through the addition of some whole bunches and minimal intervention from winemaker Jason Schwarz.
This 2016 release has been given excellent reviews from the likes of James Halliday (95 points) and Gary Walsh (92+ points) and is an excellent option for those looking for a more lifted and exotic version of this often overlooked Barossan workhorse variety.Read more about 2016 Schwarz Meta Mataro
2017 Frederick Stevenson Hongell Grenache
Steve Crawford works with some great old-vine vineyards across the Barossa Valley.
The BV Hongell Grenache comes from a vineyard just to the south of the historic Barossa sub-region of Tanunda. It was made with 40% whole bunches and zero new oak. Steve looks to capture the personality of each vineyard he works from, here he's done a top notch job.
It's Barossa Grenache with a different look. It's light, crunchy, and wickedly drinkable. Grenache fans with a penchant for original expressions of the variety should get on this.Read more about 2017 Frederick Stevenson Hongell Grenache
2016 Agathist Alchemy First Wine Grenache
This lighter shade of Barossa Grenache is brought to you by the skilled hands of Craig Isbel.
From his days at Torbreck Craig understands great old-vine Barossa fruit.
In this 2016 release you see a great combination of freshness and power. It's th new school of Barossa Grenache and it's very, very hard to stop drinking.Read more about 2016 Agathist Alchemy First Wine Grenache