Eden Valley | Barossa | SA
Single vineyard | estate grown
Winemaker | Jo Irvine
14.5% Alc | dry | 6 pack cases | Ideal serving temperature around 17 – 19ºc
Cellaring | Drinking beautifully right now & under the right conditions, will cellar well for 8-10 years.
Vegan | all our wines are vegan
2020 ZIP LINE SHIRAZ
Silver | 2023 London Wine Competition
93 | Wine Orbit – Sam Kim | “Wonderfully ripe and inviting, the wine shows Black Doris plum, blackberry, cedary oak, vanilla and toasted spice aromas, followed by a flavoursome palate offering excellent weight and velvety texture. Upfront and fabulously expressed, making it highly enjoyable.”
Our 2020 Zip Line Shiraz continues to deliver on Eden Valley’s fruit purity. With its deep ruby colour and the brightest crimson hue. Generous fragrant aromatics of dark berries ascend from the glass on a podium of fine French oak. Natural expressions from our vineyard gather around in an array of luscious black cherries, ripe blackberries and a dash of raspberry ripple. Mouth-watering ripe tannins pick up a trace of cocoa, adding good grip and delicate spice, effortlessly gliding along the lengthy waves of rich soft fruit flavours.
Our Zip Line Shiraz is named after the zip line cable at our vineyard which generates endless laughter for all generations of the family – and much like this wine, it’s a smooth ride to the end. Our Zip Line Shiraz is made from our Eden Valley single vineyard Shiraz grapes, plucked from a combination of our older vines with an average vine age of 50 years, to give depth and complexity, and from our younger vines planted in 2008, to give fruit freshness and vibrancy.
Vibrant upon release, this wine will easily mature for 8 to 10 years to come.
Turn our Zip Line into an epic mulled wine with Yvonne Lorkin’s mulled wine receipe!
Our 2020 Zip Line Shiraz continues to deliver on Eden Valley’s fruit purity. With its deep ruby colour and the brightest crimson hue.
Generous fragrant aromatics of dark berries ascend from the glass on a podium of fine French oak.
Natural expressions from our vineyard gather around in an array of luscious black cherries, ripe blackberries and a dash of raspberry ripple.
Mouth-watering ripe tannins pick up a trace of cocoa, adding good grip and delicate spice, effortlessly gliding along the lengthy waves of rich soft fruit flavours.
Silver | 2023 London Wine Competition
“Mint and meat with charred wood notes. Scent of flowers; violet and lavender, with fresh blackberries, mulberries and black juicy plum. Sweet cherry pie on the palate with mint, persistent chocolate and a mocha finish.”
93 Points | Wine Orbit – Sam Kim
“Wonderfully ripe and inviting, the wine shows Black Doris plum, blackberry, cedary oak, vanilla and toasted spice aromas, followed by a flavoursome palate offering excellent weight and velvety texture. Upfront and fabulously expressed, making it highly enjoyable. At its best: now to 2032.”
90 Points | Winefolio – David Walker-Bell
“A deep, brooding purple in the glass, with plump, robust aromas of damson, boysenberry, blueberry muffin, peppercorn, mocha and cloves. Great balance of acidity, a char of toasty oak and chewy tannin. Great varietal typicity and true to the rich, ripe Barossa style – there’s mint, liquorice and earthiness in the mix; and the finish is softly textured, inkily rich and easy to like.”
Review | By the Glass – Yvonne Lorkin
“Ripe, spice-stacked, and showing seams of peppercorn and cocoa, this new vintage of one of my favourite new Eden Valley discoveries, has a shed-tonne of flavour and texture circling a core of bright boysenberry and blackcurrant. It’s ultra-fresh, frisky and fanging (technical term) with cocoa and smoke and layers of liquorice to finish. Beautiful drinking now, but if you’re disciplined enough, this shiraz will seriously reward another six or seven years in the cellar very nicely indeed.”
Review | New Zealand Wine Directory – JB
“Deep cherry red / crimson coloured, medium bodied wine. Fragrant enticing nose of ripe plum, blackberry & cherry aromas a hint of spice & a savoury herbal note. The palate begins with gorgeous silky tannins, a bright acidity & fine oak textural elements, then juicy cherry, plum & dark berry fruit flavours, subtle spice & a long intense warm finish. An excellent weighty wine with depth & character.”
History of Quality:
2020 vintage | Silver – 2023 London Wine Competition | 93 Points | Wine Orbit – Sam Kim
2019 vintage | 94 Points – National Liquor News | Silver – 2022 London Wine Competition | Silver (92) – 2022 Melbourne International Wine Competition
2018 vintage – Silver – 2021 San Francisco International Wine Competition | Silver – 2021 London Wine Competition | 93 Points – Sam Kim, Wine Orbit | Top 10 + 4.5 stars – NZ Dish Magazine, Best Aussie Shiraz Available in NZ Tasting
2017 vintage | Gold – 2019 New Zealand International Wine Competition | Gold – 2019 Melbourne International Wine Competition
2016 vintage | Silver – 2018 Melbourne International Wine Competition | 5 Stars + Best Buy + Top 5 – in the NZ Cuisine Magazine’s Australian Shiraz Tasting
2015 vintage | Bronze – 2017 NZ International Wine Show | Top 30 Australian Shiraz – Drinks Magazine, Australian Shiraz Tasting (& Top 10 pick of South Australian Shiraz) | 4 Stars and Best Buy – NZ Cuisine Magazine, NZ & Australia Shiraz Tasting
As quoted by Barossa Australia “Barossa’s 2020 wines will again be sought out early by fans and collectors, with yields tracking below the 10-year average due to temperamental spring weather, and a hot, dry summer.”
Our whole region’s reduced yield is partly due to some interrupted flowering in spring, thanks to some very cold nights and strong winds, followed by extremely hot, dry summer conditions. As in previous years, we focused our attentions on maintaining soil moisture and irrigating before these heatwaves and we fared alright through the hot conditions.
In some areas of Eden Valley, vineyards were down 70-80% (mainly due to lack of water) and in a few cases some vineyards were not even picked at all.
Despite being down 45% on our own normal production levels, our quality is brilliant. Winemakers around the region are touting this as another high-quality Barossa vintage.