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
The most structured of the three Fat of the Land Shiraz wines made in 2009, this has a distinctly reserved attitude. Fruits sit in the plum and blueberry spectrum; there's some cassis here too, clove, cardamom, anise and licorice all adding complexity. The palate has a sleeve of ripe, nicely grained tannin buried in a dark plum, blackberry and licorice flavour - quite elemental still, best with some time. Very concentrated. Rating 96 - Nick Stock, Good Wine Guide 2013
Impenetrable colour, and while dark and brooding in character, offers glimpses of vibrant fresh blackberry, vine sap and bitter chocolate; the palate is full-bodied and powerful, with a brightness and floral note that engages, and acidity that lingers evenly on the finish; power with restraint . Rating 95 - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2013
24 months in American oak. From a vineyard in the Seppeltsfield sub-region. Bottled for 12 months prior to release. Density. Composure. Lots of milky, vanillin oak but it's beautifully interwoven with the blackberried richness of the fruit. Exquisite tannin structure. Jubey sweetness/freshness gives it that bit extra. Almost boysenberried. Hard to fault and almost impossible not to like. Super. 94pts - Campbell Mattinson, Wine Front
Rich and deep, this is a beautifully focused Shiraz that glides rather than stomps, offering a cascade of cherry, blackberry, mint and verbena flavors, with a hint of licorice as the finish lingers effortlessly. Rating 92 Drink now through 2019.—H.S. Wine Spectator (AUG/2012)
The 2009 Seppeltsfield Shiraz was matured for 24 months in 45% new American oak barriques and 55% seasoned French oak. Deep garnet-purple colored, it has aromas of creme de cassis, dried plums and kirsch with hints of tobacco, black tea and underbrush. Generously fruited and full bodied in the mouth, it has firm chewy tannins, crisp acid and a long, earthy finish. It’s approachable now but should drink best 2013 to 2023+. Rating 91 - Drink to 2023+ Lisa Perrotti Brown MW (FEB/2012)
Winery Tasting Notes
Lifted dark cherry aromas with a dollop of dark chocolate and Xmas pudding
Flavour packed with kirsch, prunes, dark chocolate and liquorice. Rich and muscular, like Arnold Schwarzenegger.
English ‘school dinner’ style liver and bacon; sweetbreads
Built for aging not for speed, have another look at this sleeper in 10 to 15 years time.