The Six Nations Wine Challenge results are in, and we are thrilled to let you know that our 2016 Spartacus Cabernet Shiraz Malbec won the trophy for the Best Red Blend!
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The international competition sees the most influential and respected wine judges from six leading New World wine countries (Australia, NZ, US, Canada, Chile and South Africa) invited to select their top 100 wines. These 600 wines are then judged to reveal the best wine in each class.
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We have been inspired by the win to delve into our cellar and release some museum stock: 2014 and 2016 Spartacus is available for purchase until sold out… and with 60 bottles of the 2014 and 180 bottles of the 2016 left, it won’t last long!
*Limit of three bottles of 2014, three bottles of 2016
Contact Sarah Iredale to place your orders
grapes@karrawatta.com.au | 0437 812 047

You’re invited to a special Mothers Day at Karrawatta in collaboration with Rigonis Bistro.

S U N D A Y  M A Y  13TH
11am to 4pm.

$50 per head ($30 per head for the kids) includes a glass of bubbles on arrival for the ladies, live music and a scrumptious 3 course trademark Rigonis brunch/lunch.

Vegetarian and gluten free options are available.

Bookings through Rigonis booking platform with credit card details needed to confirm all reservations. No charge applied unless you decide to stay in bed!

We hope to see you there!

Cheers,
The Team at Karrawatta

THE MEDDLER
MALBEC
2016  |  93 POINTS

It’s sealed with a cork stopper, of the kind youíd normally see on a bottle of fortified, though this is not a fortified wine. Itís a single vineyard varietal Malbec from Langhorne Creek, given 16 months in French oak. The packaging is quite striking – as indeed is the wine.

It’s a pretty wine. But a sturdy wine too. Florals and blueberry, leather and kirsch. A red wine of oomph and perfume. And tannin, studded with cloves and wrapped in gum leaves. It feels strict and tight even as the fruit (and oak) rushes to impress. Gum leaf flavours here are strong but the wine impresses regardless.’

CAMPBELL MATTINSON
The Wine Front
January 2018

We are very honoured and excited to be recognized by Australia’s pre-eminent wine critic James Halliday AM as a five star winery again this year. The five star category acknowledges ‘outstanding wineries producing wines of very high quality‘. We are especially pleased to be recognised in the top 6 Sauvignon Blancs within the Adelaide Hills and to be featured within the top 30 Sauvignon Blancs within Australia.

2016 ANNA’S SAUVIGNON BLANC

“Hand-picked, whole-bunch pressed, wild-yeast fermented in used French barriques with partial mlf. The vinification has worked to perfection, giving texture, structure and complexity to a very intense Sauvignon.“

2016 SOPHIE’S HILL PINOT GRIGIO

“Hand-picked, whole bunch-pressed, fermented in used French barriques, some mlf. Karawatta suggests this is the leaner style of Italian grigio. I don’t agree. It’s in a high quality gris style with intense lime and nashi pear flavours and a cleansing finish, the only common aspect of good grigio.”

2016 ANTH’S GARDEN CHARDONNAY

“There’s a layer of flavour largely oak and lees derived complementing the core of good fruit. It feels full-bodied, rich and flavoursome with butterscotch, creamed honey encasing stone fruit and dried figs yet there’s a linearity, too, thanks to its pulsating high acidity.”

2015 DAIRY BLOCK SHIRAZ

“The colour is deep crimson-purple, and this isn’t a rose. Matured for 18 months in French barriques, it is an imposing cool-grown shiraz, its dark fruits intertwined with potpourri spices, the palate velvety and succulent.”

2014 SPARTACUS CABERNET, MALBEC, SHIRAZ

“Just like Spartacus, this is fearless with its bold, big flavours. Plenty of concentrated yet bright fruit, chocolate, ferrous and salt-bush characters, and there’s a gloss, a slickness to the texture. Full-bodied and ripe powerful tannins makes you sit up and take notice. One for the gladiator in your life.”

GOLD!
Announcing a gold winner at the Australia & New Zealand Boutique Wine Show. Our 2014 Langhorne Creek Joseph Shiraz picked up another medal. Huge thanks to the judges at this years awards:

Huon Hooke (Chairman), Toni Paterson MW, Gary Baldwin, Peter Leske, Nick Butler, Andrew Thomas, Mike De Iuliis, Celene Rousseau & Andrea Pritzker MW.

No wonder the 2014 vintage has just sold out. Be sure to stock up on our newly released 2015 vintage Joseph Shiraz as it is going to be a winner as well.

 

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Karrawatta
2014  |  Spartacus
Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Shiraz
Langhorne Creek

‘…Not the cheapest wine in the cellar. But is without a doubt one of the best I’ve tried in years from anywhere. Just Super!’

Doug Govan

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Karrawatta
Adelaide Hills
Anth’s Garden, Chardonnay 2016

‘Big, punchy Chardonnay but shows how balance works in a full-flavoured scheme. Vanilla whiffs, apple pie, cinnamon and faint honeycomb in the bouquet. Palate floods the senses in a wash of ample fruit and savoury nuttiness and creamy texture. Tight through the finish which suggests cellaring will add character

Mike Bennie
WBM

 

Winestate Magazine have given our first release Chardonnay 4.5 stars!
For our first release Chardonnay from our Adelaide Hills vineyard we are pretty happy with the results rolling in.
Thank you to everyone at Karrawatta for all your hard work in the vineyards and in the winery and beyond!

In February 2016 we selectively hand-picked our Chardonnay block in the Adelaide Hills, to make our first ever Chardonnay: Anthís Garden. Under moonlight our team picked just under five tonnes of fruit, which was whole bunch pressed and only free run juice was used. One quarter of the juice went directly into old French barriques for full solids, wild fermentation, while the remainder was shared between a combination of old and new French oak barrels in varying sizes, in order to build complexity and texture in the wine. Citrus, stone fruit, apple and pear characters combine with struck flint, toasty complexity and a highly textured, beautifully soft mouthfeel, evidence of partial malo-lactic fermentation and time on lees.

Anth’s Garden is a tribute to one very special, whimsical, creative soul in our family. Share this wine with your loved ones and raise a glass to those who are no longer with us.

 


‘Spicy oak/lemon curd aromas lift off the nose. Delicate lemony flavours. Nice minerality running the length of the palate. Good use of oak. Pleasant phenolics’

Winestate Magazine

We were delighted to see our 2016 Anna’s Sauvignon Blanc featured in The Sunday Telegraph this weekend. Review by John Fordham.

I had a pretty strange ride through my five years of Latin classes at high school, but none more so than how our teacher decided to do some of her vocational experiences for us. Case in point, brought to mind by this wine, was she would usually open the school year by making us watch the Stanley Kubrick tunic-and-chariot epic, Spartacus. That she would open the second half of the year with the Jean Claude van Damme movie ‘Bloodsport’ (R-rated for violence, might I add), as it had a ‘similar thing to what gladiators would have gone through’, was bizarre, but welcomed by a room of teenage boys. Anyway, here is a cabernet sauvignon, malbec and shiraz blend from stalwart Langhorne Creek winery Karrawatta. I am Spartacus.
Slick, inky, rich wine of depth, concentration and slippery drinkability. It’s a wine that prods you in the chest and shirtfronts you good and proper, but quickly pats down your collar and straightens your hair. It’s olive-spiked currants, nougat and dark chocolate to sniff on. Treacle-like texture with ripe plum and salt bush going on – indeed a touch salty all up. Good length, nice spice and cedary licks to close. Balance happens well here. Full flavoured, generous red of high volume but finesse.

Rated : 93+ Points
Tasted : FEB 17
Alcohol : 14.6%
Price : $92
Closure : Diam
Drink : 2017 – 2029+
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