2019 Barossa Valley


Purple/Red colour leads to an enticing nose of cherry, plum, dried herbs with French oak adding a vanilla caramel note. The wine shows the hallmarks of this vintage, long fine tannin with excellent fruit concentration delivering Barossa Shiraz fruit sweetness, lovely persistence makes this wine very drinkable now but has the ability to age well over the next 10-15 years.

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Stansborough Vineyard, Williamstown

The site is around 260-280m above sea level with an east west aspect. Soil consists of a shallow red clay topsoil over friable red clay with bands of quartz, ironstone and shale. The vineyard was planted in 2000 and is own rooted, clones are heritage and 1654. The vines are spur pruned to 32-36 buds per vine. The mid rows are cultivated to winter active fescue.

The Shiraz was picked on the 25 and 26th February 2019.
The fruit was crushed into open fermenters, one open fermenter was seeded with Melody yeast with the other left until natural yeast fermentation commenced. Temperatures were allowed to reach 28C with header boards allowing gentle extraction. After 10 days on skins the fruit was basket pressed and transferred into 22% new French oak with balance into 1-6 year old French oak hogsheads to undergo malo-lactic fermentation. After malo-lactic fermentation the wine was racked then transferred back to the same oak and matured for another 13 months. The wine was pumped from oak in December and left in tank until bottling.

Tasting Notes:
Purple/Red colour leads to an enticing nose of plum, blueberry, dark chocolate with French oak adding a sweet vanilla note. Deep dense fruit palate with plenty of concentration, long fine tannin reminiscent of 85% dark chocolate gives excellent flavour and textural persistence. This wine has the ability to age well and will reward over the next 10-15 years.

Drink now or cellar carefully and enjoy over the next 15 years.

Current Vintage Accolades

Wine Showcase Magazine – 95 points
Patrick Eckel – 94 points
Angus Hughson – 93 Points
Ken Gargett – 92 Points
2021 Adelaide Wine Show – Silver Medal
2021 Barossa Wine SHow – Bronze Medal

Previous Vintage Accolades

2018 Vintage
Gold Medal 2020 Winewise Small Vigneron Awards
Wine Showcase Magazine – 95 Points
Angus Hughson (Wine Pilot) – 94 points
Patrick Eckel – 93 Points

2017 Vintage
Wine Showcase Magazine – 94 Points
Patrick Eckel – 94 Points
Winestate Magazine – 4 stars

2016 Vintage
James Halliday – 93 Points
Patrick Eckel – 93 Points
2018 Barossa Wine Show – Gold Medal
2018 Adelaide Wine Show – Bronze Medal
Winestate Magazine – 4 Stars included in Winestate 2018 Annual Wines of the year issue
Wine Showcase Magazine – 94 Points

2015 Vintage
Campbell Mattinson – 92 Points
Patrick Eckel – 96 Points
Wine Showcase Magazine – 95
Points James Halliday – 93 Points
Adelaide Wine Show – Bronze Medal
2014 Vintage James Halliday – 95 Points

2013 Vintage
Wine Showcase Magazine – 96 Points
James Halliday – 96 Points

2012 Vintage
James Halliday – 96 Points

2011 Vintage
James Halliday – 90 Points

2010 Vintage
James Halliday – 88 Points

2009 Vintage
James Halliday – 95 Points

2008 Vintage
James Halliday – 94 Points
2010 Barossa Wine Show – Gold Medal


The team at Purple Hands, Craig Stansborough and his partner, Mark Slade, look to the southern part of the Barossa around Williamstown, for their shiraz. Winemaking will be variations on a theme with a small percentage of whole bunch inclusion, open fermenters, a mix of yeasts including indigenous ones, gentle extraction, basket-pressing and then time, 18 months, in a mix of new and more mature French oak.
Dark purple, near opaque. Spices, chocolate and black fruits. Very good integration of oak. Mulberries, leather, black olives. There are soft tannins here and decent length. terrific flavours backed by bright acidity. Five to six years and then should plateau for many more. If one had a quibble, it would be that the long finish does lack a smidge of intensity, but for this price, you can hardly expect Grange. This is a really good drink and cracking value. 92pts Ken Gargett

A producer with the consistency of a metronome that is always silken, elegant but amply fruited with a faint savoury side. The nose centres on ripe plum with dark cherry, bramble and cocoa. The palate has textured tannins that work well with the primary fruit but also give grip and earthen impact. The finish is more about red cherry with a subtle, moreish impact of spice. Give it a decade and watch it evolve. 94 pts Patrick Eckel