The heart of the operation is
Barossa Valley based; the
Cellar Door and Winery are located in the sub district of
Marananga. Opened in December 2003 the Cellar Door has already
come to be regarded as one of the highlights of the region with
its contemporary interior design and commitment to providing
guests with an educational and personal wine experience. The
Marananga winery was officially opened in November 2004, designed
specifically for small batch production of the very best parcels
2005 Ares Shiraz
"A majestic wine that's
tremendously aromatic and dense in texture, but amazingly refined.
Delineates its ripe plum, blueberry and currant flavors with
precision, shading the fruit with nuances of coffee and dark
chocolate, hinting at smoke and licorice as the finish laps at the
palate like the shore of a deep lake. Shiraz. Best from 2010
through 2020. 850 cases made." 98 points, Wine Spectator
2006 Bellas Garden Shiraz
The wine is robust and rich with a
balance that exemplifies the hallmarks of the finest Barossa
vineyards. Firm and juicy, with tannins that are drying and mouth
filling. The 2006 Bella’s Garden is a wine that will improve with
medium to long term cellaring
The pick of the bunch
McLaren Vale vineyards. Distinctive dark purple-black colour.
Cascading blue fruits on the nose with hints of dark chocolate and
subtle oak. A rich voluptuous palate with concentrated plum and
dark berry fruit, supple fine tannins flow through to a long and
persistent finish. The
grapes were crushed into and fermented in open top potters, with
regular pump overs twice daily to extract color and tannin. The
grapes were then pressed and the wine was transferred to tank and
then racked to barrel for oak maturation.
2004 Aphrodite Cabernet
"Wine consumers often forget just
how brilliant Barossa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon can be as the area
is far more renowned for its old vine Shiraz and Grenache, but
they should take a look at the 2004 Aphrodite, a 100% Cabernet
Sauvignon aged in 100% new Taransaud barrels. This
inky/blue/purple-hued, sexy Cabernet offers a glorious perfume of
graphite, creme de cassis, smoke, and vanillin. Full-bodied and
stunningly rich, with terrific purity, headiness, and laser-like
definition as well as precision, this is a remarkable Cabernet
Sauvignon that would turn heads even among Bordeaux first growths.
It is a 30 year wine that should hit its peak in 4-5 years."
98 points, Wine Advocate.
2005 Aphrodite Cabernet
"The 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon
“Aphrodite” presents a nose of toasty oak, smoke, pencil lead,
black currants, and licorice. Full-bodied and layered, it is
structured for extended cellaring. The tannins are present but
well-concealed and there is more than ample fruit for balance.
Give this big Cabernet 10-12 years in the cellar and drink it
through 2035." 98 points, Wine Advocate
2004 Aerope Grenache
The grapes were crushed into and
fermented in open top potters, with regular pump overs twice daily
to extract color and tannin. The grapes were then pressed and the
wine was transferred to tank and then racked to barrel for oak
2004 Aerope Grenache (90% Grenache and 10% Shiraz) is fashioned
from the firm’s finest barrels. Although it boasts beautiful
kirsch liqueur notes along with stunning elegance and richness,
the day I tasted it, it was more closed and less expressive than
some of its less expensive siblings. It didn’t even evolve as it
sat in the glass, so I’m sure I saw it at a more diminished state." 90
points, The Wine Advocate.