In 2002, our first vintage, we made one wine…an unoaked GMS blend we called Joshua. With that wine selling out quickly, we decided to have a crack at releasing a second wine from the vintage, a different take on the original blend and aged in old seasoned oak for 12 months. Loosely interpreted, Avatar can mean ‘transformation’…so a pretty good moniker for a wine we fondly refer to as the older brother for our Josh’.
- SA - Barossa
- South Australia
I’ve a bit of a cold, and I’m tired…and still, this wine looks good. Grenache is about 50%, with Mataro 30% and Shiraz bringing up the rear.
Red and black fruits, earth, hard brown spices, some licorice, menthol and new leather – floral too – has plenty going on, even if I’m imaging some of it. Medium bodied, fine grained plush tannin, chocolate and mixed berries, fleshy feel with well settled acidity and, the important bit, heaps good balance and drinking appeal. These blends are what the Barossa does best, and all things considered, also offer the best value. Rating 94 - Drink by 2024, Gary Walsh, winefront.com.au (NOV/2014).
Winery Tasting Notes
Very deep colors and bold and intense flavour profiles with nice structures – without being heavy or intrusive. The elbows have pulled in and the wines have become quite polite with enough flavour to keep even the heaviest Barossa red drinkers happy without being weighty.
I reckon the Barossa Valley wines from 2013 are exciting...and early feedback from our new releases suggests the same...