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Small Gully Wines Robert’s Shiraz Formula 2012

Small Gully Wines Robert's Shiraz Formula 2012Small Gully Wines Robert’s Shiraz Formula 2012


South Australia


Producer Notes

Small Gully Winery

Established in 1999, Small Gully was founded by vignerons, Robert Bader and Darren Zimmermann and winemaker Stephen Black. In 2002 a winery was built at Darren’s Marananga property, situated in a ‘small gully’ on Roennfeldt Road, Greenock in the Barossa Valley.

The people of Small Gully bring passion, experience and history to their winery. Robert started in the wine industry in 1981working with the Zimmermann family, which has been growing grapes in the Barossa Valley since early last century. Darren and Robert have established superb low yielding Shiraz vineyards, producing super-premium fruit. Small parcels of Grenache, Mourvédre and Cabernet Sauvignon are also carefully selected from other local vineyards for the Small Gully wine range.

Stephen Black entered the wine industry in 1992 after a successful career in the pharmaceuticals. Stephen worked for well known winery Barossa Valley Estates. In he 1993 embarked on the post graduate winemaking course at Roseworthy College. In 1999 he began the creation of the Small Gully brand.

Formula Shiraz

Deep garnet colored, The Formula Robert’s Shiraz gives moderately intense aromas of crushed blackberries, black cherries, toast with marmite, earth, chocolate box and a whiff of fresh rolling tobacco. Concentrated and full-bodied, the palate is more forward than the nose with plenty of vibrant juicy fruit countered by crisp acid and medium to firm fine tannins lending support. It finishes long and spicy with lingering clove and fennel seed notes.


Vivid ruby. Crushed blackberry, licorice and vanillin oak on the perfumed nose. Dense and sweet, with a strong spice character and expansive flavors of dark berry preserves and licorice. Supple, building tannins give this emphatically fruity wine the structure to evolve in bottle but it’s delicious right now.” -90 Points- Josh Raynolds – International Wine Cellar – 90 Points Jay Miller – The Wine Advocate 2010 The Formula Robert’s Shiraz South Australia($18) Inky purple. Superripe dark fruit aroma shows a slightly roasted element and complicating hints of licorice and Indian spices. Broad, sweet blueberry and plum tart flavors are sharpened by a hint of cracked pepper. Shows good energy for its size and finishes on a gently tannic note, with some lingering heat. 88 Josh Raynolds – Tanzer

WineChump Notes

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