Romulus 2016
Barossa Valley
Old Vine Shiraz


Deep garnet in colour with an alluring complex aroma of dark-cherry, plums and roasted vanilla bean. The palate is powerful and well structured, fleshy, with chewy textured tannins finishing with polish and focus. The 2016 was an exceptional Barossa vintage indicating this wine will mature well for many years.

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Grape Variety:

  • Shiraz 100% old vine (50+ years-old)

Technical Details:

  • Alcohol 14.5%
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  • pH 3.65
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  • Acidity 6.1 g/L
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  • Residual sugar: nil


  • Moppa 50+ year-old vines
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  • Menglers Hill 85+ year-old vines
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  • Light Pass 85+ year-old vines
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  • Gomersal 50+ year-old vines

Hand harvested, destemmed and crushed into small 1.5 tonne open topped fermenters. The fruit was chilled for 6 days before being allowed to naturally warm up to start fermentation. To optimise the vineyard expression a range of hand plunging cap management techniques were used across the different vineyard parcels. Post-pressing, the wines were transferred to a combination of new and seasoned French and American oak hogsheads. Matured for 20 months in oak without racking, the wines were then carefully blended, naturally clarified and bottled without filtration.

To qualify for the Romulus blend the vineyards need to over 50 years of age and managed sustainably.
A story that has intrigued us for years is the fable of the legendary founders of Ancient Rome, Romulus and Remus. These twins were abandoned at birth and reared by a she-wolf. Romulus murdered his twin in a fit of rage over the naming of Rome, the city which both had built. Legend presents Romulus as the stronger, more powerful of the brothers, while Remus was more refined, focussed and elegant. We believe the twins’ characterise the distinctive and unique flavours and attributes of Shiraz from the twin valleys – the Barossa Valley and Eden Valley.

Optimum year 2028+


97 Points

James Halliday

This has volume and spread and that's always a combination worth swooning over. Dense plum, peppercorn, choc-orange and cedar wood characters delivers a masterclass of old vine Barossa shiraz.

95 Points

Robert Parker - Wine Advocate

..It's dense, ripe and concentrated yet imbued with bushels of raspberry and blueberry fruit and notes of smoked meat. Medium to full-bodied, this wonderfully drinkable Shiraz has enough softly dusty tannins to give it shape and structure, fading into an elegant, silky dusting on the lingering finish.

94 Points

James Suckling

Such a bold, ripe and intense expression with deep blackberries and spiced plums, licorice and star anise. The palate is so bold and yet so soft and supple, the dark-berry flavors carry long and completely occupy the gently smoky bacon-infused finish.

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