The Barossa is an amazing place with a diverse history from which a great community has grown living off the Fat of the Land. Famed for its Shiraz vineyards, some dating back to the 19th century, the wines from this small, but proud region are as unique and divergent as its history and community. One can make such varied expressions of Shiraz, due to the different meso-climates of each subregion, the elevation range, and the myriad of soil types that are to be found throughout the Barossa. The Fat of the Land series seeks to showcase the sub regions of the Barossa, and the contrasting styles of Shiraz that can be made here.
- SA - Barossa
- South Australia
Ah, those Ebenezer soils are working magic here again, showing plenty of toasty (100% new French) oak mocha and spice on the nose, framing a deeply concentrated black fruit core. The palate has a supple, juicy and decidedly soft-centred texture to it, with plenty of black fruits, cherry, plum and chocolate - the essence of its place. Tannins are hidden in all the flesh. Don't underestimate the ability to age here. Rating 96 - Nick Stock, Good Wine Guide 2013
Deep garnet; a ripe dark and toasty bouquet of mulberry, bitter chocolate and liqueur-soaked plums; the palate is unctuous and fleshy, and while concentrated and hedonistic, maintains life and vitality; the long mocha finish frames the fruit amiably. Rating 95 - Ben Edwards, Australian Wine Companion (FEB/2012)
A big, chocolatly wine with smoky char-grilled vegetable notes and a full-bodied, emphatic taste, which concludes with abundant, grainy, powdery tannins. Good length and an appealing aftertaste. Generous, if not particularly elegant. Rating 94 - Huon Hooke, Gourmet Traveller WIne (AUG/SEP 2012)
The accompanying presser refers to Ebenzer as the slurp factory of the Barossa, producing soft, textural, luxuriant wines. That pretty much sums up this wine. It's all about the fruit. The flood of it. The loll across your tongue. The dark chocolate and coal, blackberry and mocha. It's soft, cuddly, sure. It has all the intensity you could wish for and is ready to roll now. Rating 93 - Campbell Mattinson, Wine Front
Dark and brooding, this red is dense with smoky, meaty black cherry and dried tomato flavors, swirling smoothly through the long, complex finish. Shows tremendous power, but less weight than one would expect. Rating 92 - Best from 2014 through 2019.—H.S. Wine spectator
The 2009 Ebenezer Shiraz was aged in 100% new French oak for 24 months. Deep garnet-purple in color, it is scented of warm plums, dried mulberries and violets with a meaty / gamey undercurrent and a hint of damp loam. Full bodied and opulently fruited in the mouth, the richness is well balanced by crisp acidity and a medium to firm level of rich, velvety tannins. The finish is long and earthy. Rating 91, Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW, Robert Parker’s ‘Wine Advocate’ Issue #199, February, 2012
Winery Tasting Notes
Lifted black fruit aromas with a hints of earth and spice
Rich, phat, earthy dark berry fruits, with hints of tobacco and cocoa, supported by a dense core of tannins
Oreos or offal
Drink up, but also an 8-10 year proposition.