Robert Parker 98 Point Barossa Shiraz Arrives In U.S. Available Exclusively Through Quigley Fine Wines
Quigley Fine Wines is pleased to announce the December release of three premier wines from Australia’s renowned Barossa Valley producer, Hobbs Vintners: the 2015 “Tango” Shiraz/Viognier, 2015 “1905” Syrah, and 2015 “Gregor” Shiraz. Each of the three wines received phenomenal reviews and ratings from Robert Parker: 93 points for the 2015 “Tango” Shiraz/Viognier, 96 points for the 2015 “Gregor” Shiraz, and an impressive 98 points for the 2015 “1905” Syrah.
About Hobbs Vintners
Planted in 1905, the Hobbs vineyard 15-acre estate rests in the peaks of the Southern Australia’s Barossa Mountain Range. Since 1995, Greg and Alison Hobbs have retained an emphasis on the area’s cornerstone grape–Shiraz–and have held onto the vineyard’s use of sustainable agricultural practices, including hand-pruning each vine and hand-picking all fruit. The Hobbs Vintners’ organic, “slow wine” practices also include a lack of centralized irrigation, which leads to the Hobbs’ famed bold and concentrated wines. With an annual case production of roughly 1,500 cases per year, production is extremely limited. Yet, as Parker’s reviews reflect, Hobbs wines quality is extraordinarily high.
2015 Hobbs “1905” Shiraz
Robert Parker Review: 98
Cases Produced: 150
Drink Dates: 2018 – 2035
The “1905” Shiraz is produced from the winery’s oldest vines, which have the estate’s lowest yields and highest quality fruit. Hobbs Vintners hand select each cluster, ensuring that only the most mature fruit makes it way into this rich, concentrated, and intense wine that is the pride of Hobbs Vintners. The wine is naturally fermented in open vats and hand-punched daily, then aged in new French oak barrels for 24 months to produce a powerful, seamless, and driven wine with notes of raspberry, chocolate, toasted oak, tobacco, vanilla, and spice. The wine pairs perfectly with marinated tri-tip, sweet and spicy barbecue sauces, and savory spice rubs.
Robert Parker reviewer Joe Czerwinski awarded Hobbs’s “1905” Shiraz a staggering 98 points, stating, “The wine is dense yet fresh, vibrant and actually made my hair stand on end when I tasted it—it’s that exhilarating to taste such a magical amalgam of richness and drinkability. At around 150 cases produced, it may not be easy to find, but for true Shiraz lovers it should be a required quest.”
2015 Hobbs “Gregor” Shiraz
Robert Parker Review: 96
Cases Produced: 500-600
Drink Dates: 2018 – 2030
Vineyards planted in rocky soil in 1998 yield fruit for the wine that Hobbs Vintners describes as a “gentle monster, long, complex, and expressive.” Drawing on the time tested practices of Amarone winemaking in Italy’s Valpolicella region, Hobbs Vintners hand-pick all fruit and then place them on racks to be partially dried before undergoing fermentation in open vats. The wine is then aged in new French oak vats for 24 months before being bottled, unfiltered. This deep red wine has aromas of blackberries, mocha, anise, smoke, black pepper, and spice with dark chocolate, dark fruit, and coffee notes on its palate. Its balanced, yet restrained acidity and silky tannins make the wine worthy of a traditional Italian dish pairing, such as osso bucco (braised veal shanks) or pappardelle alla lepre (a wide, ribboned pasta with rabbit stew).
Robert Parker reviewer Joe Czerwinski awarded Hobbs’s “Gregor” Shiraz 96 points for what Greg Hobbs jokes is their “big production wine” (just 500-600 cases annually). Czerwinski praised “Gregor” for being “full-bodied and unabashedly rich, with notes of cracked pepper, chocolate and dark fruit supported by silky tannins and a long finish.”
2015 Hobbs “Tango” Shiraz/Viognier
Robert Parker Review: 93
Cases Produced: 250
Drink Dates: 2019 – 2030
Sourced from a single vineyard, the 2015 “Tango” is a blend of 96% Shiraz and 4% Viognier that pays tribute to France’s Northern Rhône Valley Côte Rôtie wine, while still exhibiting the classic full-body and spice flavors of Barossa Valley wines. Shiraz and Viognier co-ferment before aging in new, single-use, French oak barrels to create a rich and concentrated wine with blackberry, plum, anise, cacao, close, vanilla, and floral notes. It pairs exceptionally well with cassoulet.
Robert Parker reviewer Joe Czerwinski notes the 2015 “Tango” Shiraz-Viognier is “a bit lifted on the nose, showing off taut raspberry and herbal aromas before moving into mixed berries and chocolate on the full-bodied palate. Mocha and meaty nuances emerge on the long finish, giving it a dry, savory quality.”
The 2015 “Tango” Shiraz/Viognier, 2015 “1905” Syrah, and 2015 “Gregor” Shiraz are only available in the U.S. through Quigley Fine Wines. Contact QFW for prices and ordering information.