Hesketh Protagonist Shiraz 2005 (6 x 750mL), Barossa Valley, SA

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Fruit sourced from mature low yielding mature vineyards (approx.40 years old) located on the northern (Kalimna & Ebenezer) and western (Seppeltsfield.) sub regions of the Barossa Valley.

SA - Barossa
South Australia

Expert Reviews

90 Points. Retains good colour and fruit intensity; black cherry, plum and blackberry join with fine, ripe tannins and good oak handling. James Halliday Wine Companion 2010 Jun-09

91 Points & 4 Stars. "They’ve sourced some handy material to make this sing in bright regiol tune. Attractive plums and spices, tarry regiol characters, plenty of weight and richness, really solid drive, like the oak and fruit match up, some chocolate. A class rendition." Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2009, Nick Stock (Australia), 2009

Wine of the Week. 92 Points. "Hesketh is a new me on wine labels but a well-known one in South Australian wine circles. Its a virtual winery, owning neither winery nor vineyards, but it makes my kind of Barossa Valley shiraz: balanced and soft, fleshy and rich, priced modestly and without excessive oak, alcohol or tannin. The colour is deep and rich, the nose is toasty-smoky savoury and more than just simple fruit, while the flavour has dark-chocolate and dark-plum nuances, structured with ample tannins. Good weight and concentration. Drink now to 10 years. Food :Hard cheeses such as Heidi gruyere or Pyenga cheddar; grilled red meats and roasts." Good Living - Sydney Morning Herald, Huon Hooke (Australia), 17 Feb 09

91 Points. "Beautiful texture and flavour in this Hesketh Barossa Shiraz… It’s awash with flavour though. It tastes of blackberry, plums, and toast, hay and eucalypt, the centre of it full of frank, sweet-faced, raisiny flavour. Good balance and gentle tannins. Chocolaty oak. In all, a lovely full bodied red. "www.winefront.com.au, Campbell Mattinson (Australia), 25 Nov 08

91 Points. "It delivers all the nice things you expect from the North Western bits of the Barossa like dark plum, coal, cocoa, a rosy vanilla perfume and a bit of mint. On the palate full bodied, soft and juicy with dark cherries and plum, dark chocolate and licorice flavours. It feels balanced and smooth, drinks beautifully and really hits the spot. A very nice wine offering plenty of flavour but with a bit of restraint and style." winorama.com.au, Gary Walsh (Australia), 06 Apr 08

Winery Tasting Notes


Deep ruby red with purple hues.


Powerful dark berry fruits, mocha, cedar, dark chocolate and plums. Rich and ripe, with sweet blackberries combined with chocolate and licorice.


Powerful fruit is balanced neatly with natural acidity to provide an element of restraint and elegance to the finish.

Thinking man’s Barossa Valley shiraz.

Medals & Trophies

Silver Medal New Zealand Intertiol Wine Show 2008 (New Zealand), September 2008

SA - Barossa
Grape Style
Shiraz / Syrah
Closure Type
Screwcap closure

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"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—I took the one less travelled by, And that has made all the difference.” Robert Frost, The Road Not Taken.

During a fleeting half century in the global wine community, the Hesketh family has always followed the path less travelled by. As a result their winemaking philosophy is somewhat different. They only produce wines from the most celebrated grape varieties, from only the most acclaimed regions for producing those varieties, wherever they may be, anywhere in the world.

One of an emerging breed of cutting edge global Négociants, Hesketh wines are hand made from carefully selected vineyards in the worlds best growing regions. These three wines are just the beginning of the story, with exciting new releases from further abroad to be added in the new year.

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