Awesome 2018 Barossa Reds
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- PLEASURABLE NEWS
The 2018 Barossa vintage is regarded by most winemakers around here as one to savour. Many (if not all) rate the wines they made that year among the best in living memory, up there with the likes of 2012, 2010, 2009 and that magical three-peat of 2006, 2005 and 2004. It’s a view I share.
We had good winter rains in the preceding winter of 2017 followed by perfect spring conditions through budburst and flowering. The summer was typically warm and dry, and the Indian summer like conditions of harvest through March and April were just the icing on the cake. It’s a year like 2018 that (almost) makes a winemaker’s job easy.
I’ve picked 4 Teusner wines that I reckon give you great insight into how very, very good this vintage was. Plenty of lifted aromas, deep color, great palate flavor intensity and length, and bright lines of acid and fine tannin. Beautiful wines in every way.
2018 Riebke Shiraz – an awesome Riebke Shiraz showing plenty of dark spice on the nose and a lush, supple palate of black fruits built around a spine of long fine tannins
2018 Wark Family Shiraz – this wine ripples with flavour and firm tannin, the classic characters of the Stonewell sub region that is home to the Wark Family’s awesome vineyard
2018 The Gentleman Barossa Cabernet Sauvignon – I’m a sucker for Barossa Cabernet, and it doesn’t get enough of the spotlight. The Indian summer conditions allowed the fruit to ripen slowly and to perfect ripeness – great flavour, and long fine tannins.
2018 ‘The G’ Grenache – if you’re going to launch a new wine, then you might as well start with a great vintage. A ripping mid weight wine that you can drink at any time of the day. Yes, you have my permission – ANY TIME OF THE DAY.
I’m offering these to my Righteous Society members in a mixed dozen containing three bottles of each for just $268.00 – saving you around 23% off our website price. Delivery to any address in Australia is on the house.
And given it wasn’t just the 2018 Barossa reds that shone that year (the Adelaide Hills whites were very good as well) – I’m tossing in a bonus bottle of our 2018 Woodside Sauvignon Blanc from the Adelaide Hills with every dozen with my compliments. (That rain really did put me in a good mood!) This wine is bright and fresh and eminently smashable – a technical term for ‘extremely enjoyable’ – on a sunny summer day.