Shiraz Cabernet

The original workhorses of the Barossa tirelessly laboured with the early settlers to clear the scrub, creating space for the first vines. When we set out to create our blend we reflected on some of Australia's greatest pioneering wines. Shiraz Cabernet is an Australian classic bringing together the strength, structure and power of both varieties. Workhorse Shiraz Cabernet pays homage to the forefathers who laid the foundations of our celebrated industry. The Workhorse displays a dense and concentrated palate, flowing from dark fruits, cherry and blackcurrants into a brooding mix of anise and chocolate. There is a seamless transition into vanilla and oak as the texture of the wine gives way to a long, lingering finish bound by power-fine tannins. Densely packed and opulent in nature, this wine will continue to change and evolve, unravelling its riches as time passes.


Vintages and Tasting notes
2009 | 2013 | 2014
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Wine Press and Accolades

Ben Canaider - The Spectator Australia

02 September 2016

“ Here's a wonderful example of an Australian classic blend, unique to our winemaking shores. Imagine the French blending a Rhone with a Bordeaux? Not on your nelly. But we can. Shiraz and cabernet sauvignon. Separately, individually, they may have been high quality single varietal wines in their own right; but together, well, 'the whole is more than the sum of its parts', as Aristotle concluded when sorting out Holism in his Metaphysics. Speaking of Greeks, with cabernet's structure and dryness and shiraz's plushness and generosity, drink this with simple lamb chops, deftly using rosemary, lemon and salt. Save the garlic for the yoghurt dip that accompanies it all. ”

James Halliday - 2017 Wine Companion

19 August 2016

2014 Workhorse Shiraz Cabernet: 92 points

“Fragrance and flavour. This is an easy wine to like. Blackcurrant, violets, boysenberry and mocha. Establishes its quality speedily and then just rides it home from there. No need to wait. ”

Tony Keys - The Key Report

11 July 2016

2014 Workhorse Shiraz Cabernet: 94 Points

“Beautifully scented and succulent in the mouth, it is what it is, and what it is, is wonderful. 94 points and outstanding value at $22.”

Kim Brebach BWU$20

07 February 2016

2014 Workhorse Shiraz Cabernet: 92 Points

“I loved the 2013, which you can still get from the winery. The 2014 is more robust and less polished, but would be a great wine to drink with steak or roast beef. Texture is dense, flavour is immense, touches of leather and licorice, good whack of tannin. I think it just needs more time to smooth over the edges. Buy the 2013 for drinking now, this one for laying down.”

Raymond Chan

01 July 2015

2013 Workhorse Shiraz Cabernet: 17.5/20 Points

“A blend of Shiraz and Cabernet fermented to 14.5% alc., the wine spending 10-14 days on skins and aged 15 months in 20% new French and American oak hogsheads. Very full, even, near impenetrable black-red colour with youthful purple hues. The nose is soft and a little restrained in expression, revealing aromas of dark plums and raspberries infused with gentle blackcurrant and herbal notes. Savoury green olive and some inky elements emerge, along with some lifted, cedary oak. Medium-full bodied, rich, plush and juicy, vibrant dark raspberry and blackcurrant flavours are harmoniously melded, forming an up-front, mouthfilling palate. Ripe, jammy notes unfold and are carried by the alcohol drive along a soft, grainy-textured line. There is a gentle concentration which carries the wine to a long, sweet finish. This is a rich and plush, up-front Shiraz and Cabernet blend with raspberry, plum and curranty flavours along with fine tannins and some alcohol drive. Serve with barbecued and roasted lamb, beef, and venison dishes over the next 5-6 years.”

Kim Brebach, BWU$20

01 May 2015

2013 Workhorse Shiraz Cabernet: 94++ Points

“The impenetrable colour suggests a big wine, and so it is. The nose promises cassis, Christmas pudding and crushed ants, and the palate delivers that and more. Again Phil Lehmann has worked hard to showcase the fruit: it's a rich, ripe, heady cocktail but there's enough tannin grip to keep it together. The oak treatment - a mix of French and American - adds polish but doesn't intrude. The wine revealed its full array of charms on the second day, so give it time to breathe or decant it. It's Bin 389 from a great vintage at a third of the price.”

Huon Hooke - Hooked on wine

21 December 2014

2013 Workhorse Shiraz Cabernet: 90 Points

“Deep, dense red colour with a slight purple tinge. The bouquet is pungently peppery and spicy, with concentrated density and layers of tannins. It's a big mother: powerful, dense, very full-bodied and chewy. A massive wine. It needs years. The cabernet does not show.”

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