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  • tanzer iwc 91 pts"Inky purple. Powerful blueberry, cassis, licorice and dark chocolate on the deeply perfumed nose. Broad and sweet on the palate, with potent dark fruit liqueur and floral pastille flavors accompanied by suggestions of olive paste and black pepper. Finishes with smooth tannins and very good length, leaving behind notes of blueberry, violet and smoke. -JR"
    - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (July / August 2014), 91 pts

    Go To Morambro Creek Padthaway Shiraz

  • tanzer iwc 88 pts"Vivid ruby. Musky, smoke-accented aromas of dark berries and cherry compote. Juicy and sharply focused, offering bitter cherry and cassis flavors and a hint of dark chocolate. Dusty tannins add a firm edge to the finish, which lingers with good, spicy persistence. - Josh Raynolds"
    - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (July / August 2013), 88 pts

    Go To Jip Jip Rocks Shiraz Cabernet

  • wa88The 2012 Shiraz/Cabernet Sauvignon (55% Shiraz and 45% Cabernet Sauvignon) is slightly richer than the 2013, revealing slightly more body and opulence as well as a similar bouquet of blackberries, licorice and hints of spring flowers as well as spicy wood. Nicely textured, lush and slightly longer than the 2013, it can be drunk over the next several years. - Robert Parker"
    - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate (November 2014), 88 pts

    Go To Jip Jip Rocks Shiraz Cabernet

  • Wine Spectator 93 PTS"This fresh and inviting red is juicy and dense, offering raspberry, cherry, clotted cream and spice flavors that persist against the polished tannins. This has intensity without weight, finishing with focus and deft balance. Drink now through 2025. 500 cases made. –HS"
    - Wine Spectator (August 31st 2014), 93 pts

    Go To Morambro Creek Padthaway Shiraz

  • jhawc logo 250"Good color; an opulent, medium to full bodied wine a wash with black fruits, spices, fruitcake and well integrated oak; the tannins, too, play a positive role in a wine with a long future. Drink to: 2032. - James Halliday"
    - Australian Wine Companion (2016 Edition), 95 pts

    Go To Morambro Creek Padthaway Shiraz

  • wine spectator 87 pts"Polished and sleek, with currant and floral flavors on a medium-weight chassis, echoing on the peppery finish. Drink now through 2017. 10,000 cases made. –HS"
    - Wine Spectator (Web Only 2014), 87 pts

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  • wa300The three red wines from this producer are all well above average efforts with lots of flavor as well as Australia's so easily obtainable, lush fruit. The 2013 Shiraz/Cabernet Sauvignon (55% and 45% respectively) exhibits a dark ruby/purple hue along with a layered, peppery, berry fruit-scented nose revealing licorice and meaty notes. From a much lighter vintage, it is a supple, easygoing red to enjoy now and over the next several years. - Robert Parker"
    - Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate (November 2014), 87 pts

    Go To Jip Jip Rocks Shiraz Cabernet

  • vinous logo 250"(raised in new and used French and American oak for 13 months): Bright violet color. Spice- and smoke-accented dark berry and cherry aromas pick up a suggestion of pipe tobacco with air. Supple, sweet and densely packed, offering bitter cherry and blackberry flavors and a refreshing jolt of cracked pepper on the back half. Supple tannins give shape to the energetic, spicy finish. - Josh Raynolds"
    - Vinous (March 2016), 90 pts

    Go To Jip Jip Rocks Shiraz Cabernet

  • tanzer iwc 88 pts"Saturated ruby. Lively black and blue fruits on the spicy nose, with subtle violet and olive notes coming up with air. Juicy and focused, offering tangy cherry skin and boysenberry flavors and a hint of black pepper. Shows a touch of jamminess on the smooth, tannin-free finish."
    - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, 88 pts

    Go To Milton Park Shiraz

  • vinous logo 250"(aged in 35% new French and American oak barriques): Dark purple. Deeply pitched black and blue fruits on the perfumed, spice-accented nose, with suggestions of vanilla and mocha emerging with air. Round, sweet and expansive, offering sappy blueberry and cherry compote flavors and a strong jolt of violet pastille. A licorice note appears on the very long, subtly tannic finish, with the spice and floral notes echoing emphatically. - Josh Raynolds"
    - Vinous (March 2016), 91 pts

    Go To Morambro Creek Padthaway Shiraz

  • australian wine showcase logo- Australian Wine Showcase Award 2016, 95 pts

    Go To Morambro Creek Padthaway Shiraz

  • vinous logo"Bright violet. Dark berries, licorice, mocha and black pepper on the nose, backed by a musky herbal nuance. Sweet and open-knit, offering jammy cherry, blackberry and bitter chocolate flavors that show a hint of backend warmth. Finishes on a spicy cracked pepper note, displaying rounded tannins and good length. - Josh Raynolds"
    - Vinous (Australia Brings the Brawn and the Beauty, October 2017), 88 pts

    Go To Milton Park Shiraz

  • wa91"Mint, chocolate and plummy fruit appear on the nose of the 2014 Shiraz. It looks to be fully mature, with supple tannins framing the full-bodied palate that tapers into a crisp finish that echoes of cola, soy and roasted meat. - Joe Czerwinski"
    - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Interim end of September 2018), 91 pts

    Go To Morambro Creek Padthaway Shiraz

  • wa"Medium to deep garnet colored, the 2015 Shiraz / Cabernet has baked plums and crème de cassis with nuances of eucalyptus and chocolate box. Medium to full bodied, the palate has plenty of juicy baked berry flavors and a chewy texture, finishing uncomplicated."
    - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Issue #232, August 2017), 87 pts

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  • australian wine showcase logoAustralian Wine Showcase (December 2016), 92 pts

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  • wine enthusiast 87 pts"This straightforward red blend from the Padthaway wine region in South Australia leads with ripe plums and cherries that feel a touch sour at times. Pepper, dried mint and vanillin oak characters are there, too. In the mouth it's medium to full bodied with slippery, plump fruit, a grip of grainy, savory tannins and a short finish. - CHRISTINA PICKARD"
    - Wine Enthusiast Magazine (August 1st  2019), 87 Points

    Go To Jip Jip Rocks Shiraz Cabernet

  • tastings gold 2017"Dark black violet color. Aromas and flavors of wet earth, blackberry jam, saddle, and smoked poblano pepper with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry medium-to-full body and a peppery, refreshing, medium-long lavender, twigs and stems, and dried pomegranate finish with chewy, dusty tannins and moderate oak. Well-integrated aromas and flavors along with a rustic yet refined edge make wine drinkers seeking adventure beg for another sip."
    - Tastings (March 2017), 93 Points - Gold Medal - Exceptional - Best Buy - Cellar Selection

    Go To Jip Jip Rocks Shiraz Cabernet

  • halliday logoIt would be easy to argue that oak has been applied too heavily here but then, the weight of rich, sweet, plum-drenched fruit does its best to shoulder it. This wine is chubby with both texture and flavour, its resin and choc-mint characters offset by an all-you-can-eat serve of assorted berries. - James Halliday"

    - Halliday Wine Companion (July 23rd 2019), 93 pts

    Go To Morambro Creek Padthaway Shiraz

  • wa"Eucalypt, rhubarb, and boysenberry aromas appear on the nose of the 2016 Shiraz. It's medium to full-bodied, with the supple tannins and crisp acids expected in this sort of wine. Easy to drink and priced for a crowd. - Joe Czerwinski"
    - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (Interim end of September 2018), 87 pts

    Go To Mt. Monster Shiraz

  • tastings 2018 gold"Garnet black color. Exotic, attractive aromas and flavors of chocolate mint, black raspberry tart a la mode, and basil and curry leaves with a silky, bright, fruity medium body and a compelling, medium-length finish with elements of spiced nuts, chocolate herb muffin, hint of marinated peppers, and vanilla pod with fine, chewy tannins. A exotically spicy and herbal shiraz with a great style and sense of place."
    - Tastings (June 2018), 90 Points - Gold Medal - Exceptional

    Go To Jip Jip Rocks Shiraz Cabernet

  • wine enthusiast 89 pts"Ripe brambly berry fruit, florals and soft peppery spice on this wine are buoyed by crisp acidity and a tight line of tannins. A herbal tonic note appears on the finish. It's a straightforward but relatively bright-fruited Shiraz. - Christina PICKARD"
    - Wine Enthusiast (November 2019), 89 pts - #57 of TOP 100 Best Buy Wines for 2019

    Go To Milton Park Shiraz

  • sf shzThis week we are featuring an old favorite, a wine that has been pleasing wine critics and wine lovers alike for vintage after vintage - Thorn-Clarke Winery's Shotfire Shiraz. Fran Kysela shares the story of how he got started with this Barossa Shiraz:

    It was October 2001 and I was searching for & sourcing for Australian wines, as it was clear that Australia was going to become the "next big thing." After tasting about 100 assorted wines, I decided I liked the style of Barossa, Shiraz best - chocolate, cherries, mint and eucalyptus - so I started focusing on Barossa growers (years later, Barossa Shiraz would develop its reputation as the Icon Shiraz for Australia).
    Late on a Thursday afternoon, the carrier delivered a beat-up box of 12 bottles from Australia, 10 of which were leaking. The box was from a guy named Steve Machin, who had just left Hardys and was beginning work with the Clarke family on setting up a new possible brand. The samples were sticky and messy, but I popped the corks anyway.....and I was glad that I did. The wine inside tasted like Christmas - mint, eucalyptus, camphor, & evergreen aromas. Great acidity, color, flavor and length of finish - very tasty. These samples were so good & so exciting, especially compared to what I had tasted prior, that I immediately called the number on the card. I didn't realize that it was a Perth number (Western Australia) and it was actually 3:00 in the morning. It turned out I was calling the residence of David and Cheryl Clarke, where a sleepy Cheryl answered the phone. I told her, you don't know who I am, but we are going to be doing business together very soon, and lots of it! After a few months of talking and faxing (yes faxing) and sorting out the details, I began importing their wines.
    That super-star wine from the busted box of samples is the wine we know today as Shotfire Shiraz. It was originally called Stone Jar, but fortunately we came up with a better name. 14 years later, I'm still glad to be importing Shotfire Shiraz & other Thorn-Clarke selections....and I'm still glad that Cheryl Clarke woke up for that phone call.

    Folks throughout the US are glad that Fran Kysela made that 3AM phone call! Every vintage of Shotfire Shiraz scores at least 90 points, with some vintages scoring as high as 94 points with Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. It's made Wine Spectator's Top 100 list on more than one occasion, and it's in Kysela's Top 20 every year.

    The 2012 Shotfire Shiraz is described as "bright purple. Sexy cassis, blackberry and vanilla aromas are complemented by hints of peppery spices, licorice and mocha. Fleshy and broad on the palate, offering intense dark berry flavors, a touch of spicecake and very good depth. The licorice and cassis notes repeat on the energetic, youthfully tannic finish." (Tanzer, 91pts)

    Contact your Kysela Pere et Fils, LTD. sales representative, state distributor, or local retailer to order Shotfire Shiraz!
  • sf shzThis week we are featuring an old favorite, a wine that has been pleasing wine critics and wine lovers alike for vintage after vintage - Thorn-Clarke Winery's Shotfire Shiraz. Fran Kysela shares the story of how he got started with this Barossa Shiraz:

    It was October 2001 and I was searching for & sourcing for Australian wines, as it was clear that Australia was going to become the "next big thing." After tasting about 100 assorted wines, I decided I liked the style of Barossa, Shiraz best - chocolate, cherries, mint and eucalyptus - so I started focusing on Barossa growers (years later, Barossa Shiraz would develop its reputation as the Icon Shiraz for Australia).
    Late on a Thursday afternoon, the carrier delivered a beat-up box of 12 bottles from Australia, 10 of which were leaking. The box was from a guy named Steve Machin, who had just left Hardys and was beginning work with the Clarke family on setting up a new possible brand. The samples were sticky and messy, but I popped the corks anyway.....and I was glad that I did. The wine inside tasted like Christmas - mint, eucalyptus, camphor, & evergreen aromas. Great acidity, color, flavor and length of finish - very tasty. These samples were so good & so exciting, especially compared to what I had tasted prior, that I immediately called the number on the card. I didn't realize that it was a Perth number (Western Australia) and it was actually 3:00 in the morning. It turned out I was calling the residence of David and Cheryl Clarke, where a sleepy Cheryl answered the phone. I told her, you don't know who I am, but we are going to be doing business together very soon, and lots of it! After a few months of talking and faxing (yes faxing) and sorting out the details, I began importing their wines.
    That super-star wine from the busted box of samples is the wine we know today as Shotfire Shiraz. It was originally called Stone Jar, but fortunately we came up with a better name. 14 years later, I'm still glad to be importing Shotfire Shiraz & other Thorn-Clarke selections....and I'm still glad that Cheryl Clarke woke up for that phone call.

    Folks throughout the US are glad that Fran Kysela made that 3AM phone call! Every vintage of Shotfire Shiraz scores at least 90 points, with some vintages scoring as high as 94 points with Robert Parker's Wine Advocate. It's made Wine Spectator's Top 100 list on more than one occasion, and it's in Kysela's Top 20 every year.

    The 2012 Shotfire Shiraz is described as "bright purple. Sexy cassis, blackberry and vanilla aromas are complemented by hints of peppery spices, licorice and mocha. Fleshy and broad on the palate, offering intense dark berry flavors, a touch of spicecake and very good depth. The licorice and cassis notes repeat on the energetic, youthfully tannic finish." (Tanzer, 91pts)

    Contact your Kysela Pere et Fils, LTD. sales representative, state distributor, or local retailer to order Shotfire Shiraz!
  • rubus shiraz hq bottleCHEERS! This week we're featuring one of our house wines, Rubus Barossa Shiraz, which just received 92 pts from Wine Enthusiast and was named an Editor's Choice!

    Rubus is a private label created and used by Kysela Pere et Fils, LTD in order to buy, bottle and market wine found at an incredible quality/price ratio. Over the past few years it has become an international brand, encompassing wines from various continents, all of which are hand selected by Fran Kysela MS.
    Rubus is a true representation of quality for the consumer at an excellent price.

    This richly concentrated Barossa Shiraz is indicative of the style for which Australia's top production region is famous. The wine is dark in color, rich and dense. There are ample tannins balanced by the powerful fruit, and you'll note the hints of blackberries, mint, and eucalyptus flavors upfront and in the finish. It's a juicy & delicious value that you do NOT want to miss!

    Contact your Kysela Pere et Fils, LTD. sales representative, state distributor, or local retailer to order Rubus Barossa Shiraz!

    Check out our other Rubus selections here

  • rubus shiraz hq bottleCHEERS! This week we're featuring one of our house wines, Rubus Barossa Shiraz, which just received 92 pts from Wine Enthusiast and was named an Editor's Choice!

    Rubus is a private label created and used by Kysela Pere et Fils, LTD in order to buy, bottle and market wine found at an incredible quality/price ratio. Over the past few years it has become an international brand, encompassing wines from various continents, all of which are hand selected by Fran Kysela MS.
    Rubus is a true representation of quality for the consumer at an excellent price.

    This richly concentrated Barossa Shiraz is indicative of the style for which Australia's top production region is famous. The wine is dark in color, rich and dense. There are ample tannins balanced by the powerful fruit, and you'll note the hints of blackberries, mint, and eucalyptus flavors upfront and in the finish. It's a juicy & delicious value that you do NOT want to miss!

    Contact your Kysela Pere et Fils, LTD. sales representative, state distributor, or local retailer to order Rubus Barossa Shiraz!

    Check out our other Rubus selections here