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Blood & Courage



Success never comes easy. If it did, everyone would have it. It means taking a leap of faith. It means failing and getting straight back up again for another crack. It takes drive and an unwavering belief in yourself. It takes dogged determination. It takes grit. It takes blood and courage. 

Blood & Courage is our interpretation of quintessential Barossa Valley Shiraz. Power with elegance. Full and generous primary fruit flavours skillfully interwoven with oak characteristics from maturation in French oak Barriques and Hogsheads. This classic Barossa Shiraz 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

2018 Blood & Courage: 91 points - James Suckling – 09/07/2021

A fruit-focused style that has attractive dark-berry aromas with tarry nuances and dark, stony tones, too. This has a powerful and concentrated palate with red plums and raspberries, as well as some blackberry, and is presented in a smoothly crafted frame of supple tannin. Milk chocolate to close. Drink or hold. Screw cap.

2018 Blood and Courage: 90 points - Campbell Mattinson - The Wine Front – 09/06/2020


Grown on the Resurrection Vineyard at Ebenezer. Pretty handy. Good value. A flood of licorice, asphalt and blackberry flavour with background notes of earth and coffee. Fills the mouth with sweet, bold flavour. Pushes the boundaries of ripeness without overstepping. Good for winter.

2018 Blood and Courage: Wine of the Week - John Rozentals – 12/05/2020

This shiraz is a deep red and loaded with berry flavours. It’s a real Barossa Valley red with plenty of ripe tannin and vanilla oak. It will match well with roast beef or a really good char-grilled rare steak. It has, as the makers claim, power and elegance.

2018 Blood and Courage: 92 points - Kim Brebach - BWU20 – 07/05/2020

This is not your typical ripe, warm and cuddly Barossa Shiraz; it has a nice savoury line to keep the fruit fresh, and some polish from gentle oak. The finish has a decent amount of grip – it’s a good Shiraz but will be better with a bit more time in the bottle.

2017 Blood and Courage: 94 points - Kim Brebach - BWU20 – 01/03/2019

Sweet fruit and interesting spices leap out of the glass after some heavy breathing, but it’s not a fruit bomb. It’s refined, almost elegant and light on its feet as it dances across the tongue. Lovely Shiraz.

2017 Blood and Courage: 91 points - Steve Leszczynski - Q Wine – 01/03/2019

Mouth-filling Barossa Shiraz. You can’t go wrong. Good fruit from three vineyards is matched with well-handled oak spending time in a mix of 15 months, 6 months and stainless steel. Plummy fruit is flanked by some blueberries, clove and soft fine spices. Pepper kicks on to a drawn out finish. Well weighted, it’s a wine sure to match a range of dishes or for that simple pleasure of sitting in front of a fire or a lazy night in front of the television. Good stuff. Drink now to five years.

2016 Blood and Courage Shiraz: GOLD MEDAL – NZ International Wine Show 2017 – 01/12/2017

2016 Blood and Courage Shiraz: 93 Points – Tony Keys - The Key Report – 01/07/2017

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

2016 Blood and Courage Shiraz: 92 points – Tony Love - Top 100 – 01/07/2017

“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.”

2016 Blood and Courage Shiraz: 90 points – Campbell Mattinson - The Wine Front – 01/05/2017

“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. ”

2015 Blood & Courage: 92 points – Toni Paterson - Buy Of The Week – 01/03/2017

“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! ”

2015 Blood & Courage: 90 points – Huon Hooke - Hooked on Wine – 01/10/2016

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

2015 Blood & Courage: 93 Points – Tony Keys - The Key Report – 01/09/2016

“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.”

2014 Blood & Courage Shiraz: 92 points – Huon Hooke - Hooked on Wine – 01/11/2015

“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.”

2014 Blood & Courage Shiraz: 90 points – Campbell Mattinson - The Wine Front – 01/10/2015

“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.”

2013 Blood & Courage Shiraz: 17.5/20 Points – Raymond Chan – 01/07/2015

“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.”

2013 Blood & Courage Shiraz: 93++ Points – Kim Brebach, BWU$20 – 01/05/2015

“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.”

2013 Blood & Courage Shiraz: 91 Points – Gary Walsh - The Wine Front – 01/02/2015

“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.”

2013 Blood & Courage Shiraz: 93 Points – Huon Hooke - Hooked on Wine – 01/12/2014

“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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