These six wines come from the Barossa Valley, where the key varietals produced are shiraz, cabernet sauvignon, grenache, riesling and semillon. The Barossa is famed for its Mediterranean climate – low rainfall and lots of sun – making it the idea place for growing full-bodied red wines and powerful whites.
Try a cabernet shiraz blend from John Duval Wines at Artisans of Barossa, a sangiovese from Calabria Family Wines, and shiraz wines from Kurtz Family Vineyards, Murray Street Vineyards, Pine Drive Vineyards, and Schubert Estate.
Winemaker and owner John Duval says: We have long had in mind the idea to produce a cabernet shiraz blend as our contribution to the proud and distinctly Australian tradition of blending these two varieties. An ageworthy wine that would reward extended cellaring, allowing its journey of evolution to be enjoyed over many years. A wine from special Barossa vineyards and produced only when the right vintage conditions prevail. Available to taste from Enomatic, and to purchase, in the Wine Room at Artisans of Barossa, also by the glass and bottle in Essen – our contemporary and innovative restaurant at Artisans of Barossa. Reservations are essential.
Suggested food pairing: Drink the 2018 with our two-week dry-aged whole duck with honey lavender glaze and pearl barley, served in Essen by Artisans of Barossa.
RRP $245 | Drink to 2041 | artisansofbarossa.com
Chief winemaker Emma Norbiato says: At Calabria Family Wines we're always looking to push the boundaries and try new things. Our winery is at the forefront of experimentation, both in our blending techniques and with our use of Italian alternate wine varietals. This passion for innovation and experimentation is reflected in our exceptional wines, which are crafted with care and a deep respect for the land and the traditions of winemaking.
Suggested food pairing: Drink the 2020 with the classic Tuscan dish – spinach and ricotta gnudi (gnocchi) with passata. Or pair it with roasted pork belly polpette with polenta tomato sauce.
RRP $45 | Drink to 2031 | calabriawines.com.au
Winemaker Steve Kurtz says: Kurtz Family Vineyards wines offer value for money – they're rich and full of flavour. We like to think of our wines as traditional with a modern twist. We craft our wines to be food friendly, and most importantly to reflect the Light Pass subregion of the Barossa Valley.
Suggested food pairing: The 2018 Schmick Shiraz is the perfect pairing to a juicy steak.
RRP $100 | Drink to 2035 | kurtzfamilyvineyards.com.au
Head winemaker Ben Perkins says: Vines at our Greenock vineyard are grown in deep red and brown friable clays with occasional pockets of ironstone and sandy loam over limestone, which is characteristic of much of the Western Ridge soil profile. These conditions produce a distinctly elegant, full-bodied flavour – which is what we love about our wines. And time seems to stand still when you are sipping wine beneath the vines on our scenic balcony overlooking 80ha of vineyards.
Suggested food pairing: Pair the 2020 Icon Aria with beef wellington.
RRP $125 | Drink to 2043 | murraystreet.com.au
Owners Matthew Grayson and Bernadette Stewart say: We think our shiraz is best enjoyed sitting on our deck, overlooking our vineyard as the sun sets on the eastern flanks of the stunning Barossa ranges. A big glass in hand – check out our website or drop us an email to get your hands on some cracking shiraz for a great price.
Suggested food pairing: Pair the 2021 with some great local cheeses and smoked meats close at hand.
RRP $30 | Drink to 2036 | pinedrivevineyards.com
Chief winemaker Matthew Reynolds says: Our approach respects time-honoured successes while also allowing for bold experimentation. The team at Schubert Estate believe this is imperative to pursuing Barossa wine excellence. The Schubert Estate portfolio reflects our brand's adventure, considering both the pursuit of excellence and the journeys undertaken along the way.
Suggested food pairing: Pan-fried pork and sauerkraut dumplings with XO sauce.
RRP $150 | Drink to 2025+ | schubertestate.com