Hobbs Shiraz 2001
Syrah/Shiraz from Barossa Valley, Australia
The Wine Advocate - "From a 91-year-old vineyard in a cool sector of the Barossa, this fabulous Shiraz was made by Chris Ringland for proprietor Greg Hobbs. After spending two years in both new and old French hogsheads, it offers a cool climate, peppery nose revealing scents of flowers, and red as well as black currants, superb concentration, an enticing texture, and great delineation."
International Wine Cellar - "Good medium ruby. Musky, expressive aromas of blackberry, licorice and pepper. Thick, sappy and deep; rich and concentrated. Dense and solid yet already highly aromatic in the mouth. Wild berries, pepper, licorice and fresh herbs, along with a gamey nuance. The wine's strong extract really coats the palate. Finishes with major tannins and impressive length.
At Hobbs we are wine enthusiasts for life. Our home has one of the Barossa's most magnificent old vineyards. This timeless setting helps inspire the passion and craft in what we do.
Our vineyard has just 15 acres of vines. It's home to some of the Barossa's oldest Shiraz, planted at the turn of the last century. The vineyard is nestled in the cool, beautiful Barossa Ranges, where the climate and distinct soil structure provide ideal conditions to produce fruit of unique quality.
We have a strong belief in the balance of nature. In striving to maintain this balance between nature and agriculture we have embraced an organic and bio-dynamic approach in managing our vineyard. View all Hobbs Wines
About Barossa Valley
The Barossa zone consists of two sections - the Barossa Valley and the Eden Valley. Wines from the Eden Valley can be labelled Barossa or Barossa Valley.
Situated just a bit east of the large city of Adelaide, Barossa is Australia's wine headquarters. Mega producers are based here, boutique wineries call it home and a majority of the habitants claim their income on the wine industry. The valley is strewn with a series of hamlets, small towns spotted throughout the region.
Barossa ValleyBarossa is red-wine territory, with red grapes consisting of about two-thirds of the region's plantings. The reds, Shiraz in particular, are lauded for their rich, concentrated flavors and aging potential. Old vines of Shiraz and Grenache are popular, many up to 80 years old. The valley is home to some of the most famous vineyards of Australia - this is where the first Penfolds Grange was made. Whites are also found, mainly from the Semillon grape – these wines are as full-bodied as the reds although harder to find. Riesling and Chardonnay are also planted.
Eden ValleyRight next to Barossa Valley, but a bit higher in elevation, Eden Valley is an ideal neighbor. Many wineries source vineyards from both areas as the climate difference in Eden Valley leads to wines of a different character. Reds are still mainly Shiraz and Grenache, but the wines are often more restrained and less dense than those in the Barossa Valley. Whites are popular here too. Eden Valley Rieslings and Semillons are particularly excellent.
About AustraliaLike the United States, which is about the same size, Australia's winemaking regions are huddled into one or two pockets of the country. The state of South Australia, which produces about 60% of the country's wine, also has the most wineries and sub-regions, including McLaren Vale, Clare Valley, Coonawarra and Barossa Valley. New South Wales is home to the Hunter Valley, while the smaller, southern state of Victoria is best known for theYarra Valley. Head way west to the very large state of Western Australia and you'll find the tiny region of Margaret River at the southern tip.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.