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2018 Tappa Pass


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Eden Valley | Barossa Valley

Deep crimson with violet hues. Vibrant aromas of blueberry, blackberry, Satsuma plum and raspberry with hints of anise, crushed marjoram, cardamom, violets and cedar. The palate is rich, plush, and complex, with juicy blueberry and mulberry, spicy blackberry paste, and layers of fine velvety tannins creating incredible depth and length.

A classic Barossa Shiraz with superb density, richness and vigour...

Andrew Caillard MW, TastingBook.com, 5 April 2021
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Product Information

Grape varieties
  • 100% Shiraz
Technical Details
Bottle Size
Harvest Date
13 - 28 March
Matured in 24% new and 76% 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 on the traditions of their forebears. Occasionally one or two parcels of fruit of overwhelming quality come over the weighbridge; this is such an example. 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 moderately wet winter combined with average spring conditions meant that vines grew well in the mild weather. Ideal flowering conditions in late spring/early summer lead to the potential for near-average yields. Late December became warm and dry and assured for healthy canopies with low disease pressure. The summer months of January and February were typically hot and dry but extreme heat periods were shorter than in recent memory, characterised instead by well above-average overnight temperatures. March and April provided the light and warmth which lead to full and balanced maturity being achieved across all grape varieties. All in all, the 2018 vintage will be considered a standout of this decade, fittingly so in the year we celebrated our 150th anniversary of family winemaking.


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Tyson Stelzer Halliday Wine Companion

August, 13 2021

"Brimming with character and depth of spicy blackberries, blood plums, pan juices, anise and dark and milk chocolate. Natural acidity brings brightness and tang, uniting with medium-grained tannins to elongate a long finish. An honest Barossa shiraz, albeit without the purity or polish of its stable mates."

James Halliday The Weekend Australian

May, 8 2021

"Vivid magenta rim; dark, deep centre. Medium-bodied fruit, oak, tannins fused, impossible to unwrap; meaty nuances to a range of black fruits. Powerful, seductive; easy to drink, its structure and texture demand attention."

Andrew Caillard MW TastingBook.com

April, 5 2021

"Medium deep crimson. Lifted dark cherry, dark plum, blackberry aromas with praline/ dark chocolate notes. Generous and seductive dark plum, blackberry boysenberry fruits, fine looseknit chocolaty textures, integrated vanilla, spicy oak notes, attractive mid-palate viscosity and long fresh integrated acidity. Finishes chocolaty firm with plentiful dark fruits and savoury notes. A classic Barossa Shiraz with superb density, richness and vigour. Still elemental needing a few years to achieve completeness."

Joe Czerwinski Robert Parker Wine Advocate

April, 1 2021

"The 2018 Tappa Pass Shiraz blends fruit from Eden Valley and Barossa Valley, then ages it in 20% new French oak hogsheads, with the balance aged in used oak. Vanilla notes and dried spices add extra complexity to the dark berry fruit on the nose, while this creamy, full-bodied wine expands on the palate, delivering waves of lush blueberry and blackberry fruit balanced by savory overtones of tapenade and grilled beef. Those elements all come to a harmonious crescendo on the long, velvety finish. This is the sort of Barossa wine that's thrilling to drink in its exuberant youth but will still be going strong a decade or more hence."

Angus Hughson WinePilot.com

March, 31 2021

"Drawn from two family vineyards, one in the Eden Valley with the other just a kilometre away and located in the broader Barossa zone, this is a wine that beautifully walks that line of ripe fruit and detailed slightly cooler climate complexity. Deeply coloured there is a big, solid core of ripe dark fruits – blueberry and boysenberry matched up with sweet oak with a dusting of dried herbs and spice. It’s then surprisingly juicy on the palate – crunchy acidity drives that dark fruit home which is now lifted by liquorice and fruit pastille flavours. It’s fleshy and lush too, with tannins relatively supple which underpin a long, silky finish. So drinkable now and over the medium term."

Mike Bennie The Wine Front

March, 25 2021

"Sooty scents, old campfire, stewed berries, mint, sweet, turned earthy notes, that’s the gist of perfume. Quite lush and plush to sip on, washes broadly and softly over the palate, sweet fruited, licked at by garam masala spice and dried herb, broad, supple tannins and a squeaky, blood orange juice finish. Easy going, easy drinking style with a sense of purity and depth without too much weight."

Stuart Knox The Real Review

March, 14 2021

"Intense and deep ruby core with a deep purple rim. Dark berries, violets and wakame aromatics. The palate is loaded with just-crushed mulberries, dried herbs and ironstone. Very complex from start to a very long finish. Definitely a full-bodied wine, but the fine tannins and fine acidity provides a beguiling lightness throughout."



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