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2017 Tappa Pass


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Eden Valley | Barossa Valley

Deep crimson with purple hues. Vibrant and fragrant aromas of flowering herbs, thyme, bay leaf, violets, cedar overlaying deeper notes of plum, blueberry, blackberry, vanilla, cloves and anise. Plush and succulent plum, blackberry, blueberry and mulberry fruits provide purity to the well-balanced, bright palate. The tannins are beautifully fine and velvety, extending with lingering flavours of baking spices and garrigue herbs for a long, elegant finish.

Very good colour; the cool vintage has produced a finely wrought, intense and powerful wine with a special array of forest berry/dark spices and hints of sweet earth. The palate is very long and persistent, and has perfect balance of fruit, oak and tannins. 97 points.

James Halliday, 2021 Halliday Wine Companion, 1 August 2020
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Product Information

Grape varieties
  • 100% Shiraz
Technical Details
Bottle Size
Harvest Date
23 March - 18 April
Matured in 21% new and 79% seasoned French hogsheads for 18 months prior to blending and bottling.
The Barossa has a core of traditional growers of German Silesian descent, dating back five generations, staunchly continuing the traditions of their forebears. This wine is sourced from up to 70-year-old, low-yielding shiraz vines from a selection of historical grower vineyards at Tappa Pass and Light Pass, growing in low-fertility Neoproterozoic soils more than 542 million years old, that range from red-brown earths to terra rossa. These vineyards provide shiraz fruit from both the Eden and Barossa Valleys of the Barossa zone, vinified in traditional open-top fermenters.
Serving Temperature
Cellaring potential
Exceptional vintage, 30+ years (from vintage).
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Vintage Description

A later start to picking and a mild period of ripening finished with the last grapes being picked in mid-May. A wet 2016 winter gave us a good foundation for our predominantly dry-grown vines on their own roots, and a cool, wet and fiercely windy spring followed, with a slightly higher spring rainfall than the Barossa Valley, which delayed flowering, though conditions during set meant that yields were at average levels. A mild summer with regular rainfall events followed, which allowed the grapes to reach full physiological maturity. The significant rainfall events largely missed our area and therefore we harvested the majority of our grapes in healthy condition. As always, careful hand picking in the vineyard and sorting of grapes as they were processed made sure that quality was not compromised.


James Halliday Halliday Wine Companion

August, 1 2020

"Very good colour; the cool vintage has produced a finely wrought, intense and powerful wine with a special array of forest berry/dark spices and hints of sweet earth. The palate is very long and persistent, and has perfect balance of fruit, oak and tannins."

Andrew Caillard MW

May, 25 2020

“Deep crimson. Intense blackberry, mulberry aromas with toasty, roasted walnut, mocha oak notes and touches of herb garden. Generous and inky with persistent blackberry mulberry fruits, fine loose knit chalky tannins, attractive mid-palate richness and underlying vanilla mocha oak complexity. Finishes vigorously firm and bitter-sweet with a beautiful tannin plume. Refined yet powerful with lovely fruit definition, oak complexity and vinosity.”

Joe Czerwinski Robert Parker Wine Advocate

May, 15 2020

“The 2017 Tappa Pass Shiraz is a blend of fruit from two grower vineyards: one in Tappa Pass and one in Light Pass, with vines up to 70 years old. Black olives and blackberries mingle easily on the nose, joined by hints of star anise, mint and cedar. As usual at Henschke, the oak takes a back seat, amounting to only about 20% new hogsheads, while the fruit shines. On the full-bodied palate, the dance of fruity and savory continues, with hints of grilled meat and blueberries complemented by ample spice, supple tannins and a gentle swirl of caramel on the lingering finish.”

Nick Stock JamesSuckling.com

April, 29 2020

“One of the most impressive wines of this release with a distinctive balance between ripe Barossa shiraz and a later, cooler vintage. The result strikes an attractive balance, offering rich, dark-plum and blackberry aromas and some wild herbs, leading to a palate that has a richer thread weight to the tannin. Dark fruit meets hints of chocolate and finishes in a bed of plush, velvety tannin.”

Huon Hooke The Real Review

March, 27 2020

“Deep red/purple colour, with earthy chocolate and vanilla nuances. The palate is slightly sinewy and lean, with an interesting peppery bitterness, acidity helping push the astringency up high in the mouth. A tense, taut wine that is still unfolding its goodies. Fine tannins and good length…”



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