Blood & Courage

Blood & Courage

Just like an Aussie rules football player, this Shiraz is full-bodied and powerful. Upfront, this wine displays intense flavours of dark berries and plum mixed with earth and leather. Peeling back the layers exposes red liquorice and dark chocolate; it is fresh and lively, yet rich in texture with subtle oak and soft, well integrated tannins - simply a stylish wine.


Vintages and Tasting notes
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Wine Press and Accolades

Toni Paterson - Buy Of The Week

01 March 2017

2015 Blood & Courage: 92 Points

“A playful and youthful wine, with crimson hues, and true medium-weight. The energy of the fruit is to be applauded, and although shy at first, it does have considerable weight and depth. Decanting is of benefit to this wine, giving it time to grow. The cherry and raspberry aromatics are extraordinary and I adore the suppleness of the tannins and the quiet intensity of the fruit, not to mention the wine's value! ”

Campbell Mattinson - The Wine Front

01 May 2017

2016 Blood and Courage Shiraz: 90 points

“Barossa shiraz, straight up. It's grown on the Resurrection Vineyard at Ebenezer. This fills the mouth with rich, ripe, sweet fruit flavour. It's right on the money. Plum and blackberry with infusions of clove and musk. Fresh, generous, vibrant, fruit-filled; all apply. ”

Tony Keys - The Key Report

01 July 2017

2016 Blood and Courage Shiraz: 93 points

“It's Barossa chocolate character all the way, and rather lovely for being so. 93 points and a giveaway at $22.”

Tony Love - Top 100

01 July 2017

2016 Blood and Courage Shiraz: 92 points

“Bang on Barossa shiraz here - all sourced from the north of the Valley floor, specifically Koonunga, Ebenezer and Stonewell subdistricts, showing it's rich, dark fruits in a bit slab of flavour as you taste. A subtle waft of florals lightens the mood and adds to the clever weighting of the palate - not too heavy, not too light. It's that 'power with elegance' equation many talk about. All up, pretty convincing.”

Huon Hooke - Hooked on Wine

15 October 2016

2015 Blood & Courage: 90 Points

“Deepish red/purple colour; lifted spices and red cherry-like fruit aromas. Some floral notes. ”

Tony Keys - The Key Report

01 September 2016

2015 Blood & Courage: 93 Points

“A beautiful mouthful of Barossa shiraz at the very reasonable price of $17 at Dan Murphy's. I'm not as keen on it as Dan's fine wine manager Peter Nixon, who gives it 95. I'm 93.”

Huon Hooke - Hooked on Wine

01 November 2015

2014 Blood & Courage Shiraz: 92 Points

“Deep red/purple hue; aromas of dark chocolate, mocha and a hint of liquorice. It's full-bodied and soft, fruit sweet and rounded, with generosity and softness, suppleness of tannin and loads of charm. A friendly, warm-hearted wine. Ripeness is spot-on. Delicious drinking already.”

Campbell Mattinson - The Wine Front

27 October 2015

2014 Blood & Courage Shiraz: 90 Points

“Grown on the Kalleske family vineyards at Ebenezer and the Schutz family vineyard at Stonewell. All French oak. It's not a heavy hitter but it tastes good. Very. Light-to mid-weight flavours of aniseed, raspberry, mint and assorted dried herbs/spices. Feels succulent. Lively. And refreshing.”

Raymond Chan

01 July 2015

2013 Blood & Courage Shiraz: 17.5/20 Points

“Shiraz fruit from the 'Seppeltsfield', 'Stonewell', 'Bethany' and 'Ebenezer' sub-districts fermented to 14.0$ alc., the wine aged 15 months in French oak hogsheads. Full, near saturated black-red colour with youthful purple hues. The nose is elegant in proportion with aromas of ripe dark plums, raspberries and liquorice evenly presented with good depth and demsity. The fruit is youthful and primary, revealing some black pepper and subtle, spicy, cedary oak. Medium-full bodied, bright and finely concentrated flavours of dark red plums dark raspberries, liquorice and black pepper form a positive core with good depth. Nuances of spices and cedary oak unfold, with fragrant peppery elements adding interest. The fruit is underlined by fine, grainy tannin grip and structure that carries the wine to a sinewy finish with refreshing acidity and flavours of plums and berries. This is an elegantly concentrated, bright plummy-fruited Shiraz with sweetness and a fine, grainy line. Serve with Middle Eastern lamb dishes over the next 5-6+ years.”

Kim Brebach, BWU$20

01 May 2015

2013 Blood & Courage Shiraz: 93++ Points

“I suspect that this will in time be the best red in the St John's line-up. It's still a pup that needs time to show its best, but it has all the right ingredients - dark fruits and spices, black pepper and dried herbs - and shows some cool climate finesse (don't ask me how). It's tightly wound and perfectly balanced, my kind of Shiraz.”

Gary Walsh - The Wine Front

01 February 2015

Blood & Courage Shiraz: 91 Points

“Pretty much, this gets the $20 Barossa Shiraz brief right on the knocker. Roast nuts, almost praline, dark chocolate, brown spices and black fruit. Medium to full bodied, attractive grainy tannin, dark chocolate, tar and mixed berries, delivered in a juicy frame, that's not sweet or overbearing. Slight cranberried tang to the acidity, tannin pulling and shaping the finish, and chocolate orange flavours in the aftertaste. Not bad at all.”

Huon Hooke - Hooked on Wine

21 December 2014

Blood & Courage Shiraz: 93 Points

“Deep red colour with a purple trim. The bouquet offers dry spices and nuts, dried herbs as well, and the palate is elegant at the same time as it's medium to full-bodied, with a learner profile than usual in the Barossa with focus, intensity, length and drive. A very stylish shiraz indeed, already drinking beautifully.”

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