Romulus 2017
Barossa Valley
Old Vine Shiraz


Deep garnet in colour with a complex array of black-cherry, plum and red-licorice aromas. The palate is powerful and well structured, fleshy with chewy textured tannins, finishing with polish and precision. The 2017 harvest was an exceptional Barossa vintage for old vine Shiraz, suggesting that this wine will mature well for many years to come.

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Grape Variety:

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

Technical Details:

  • Alcohol 14.5%
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  • pH 3.64
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  • Acidity 5.9 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

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 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 oak hogsheads. Matured for 18 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+


94 Points

The Real Review

Aromas leap from the glass of blackberries, Cherry Ripe, pot-pourri and bitumen - a heady mix. A lovely, fresh young palate - agile; black and blue fruits with a cinnamon fragrance through the mouth. Beautifully crafted from pristine fruit. Nick Butler

97 Points

Wine Orbit

It is gloriously perfumed on the nose showing blackberry, dark plum, floral, olive and cake spice aromas, leading to a concentrated palate that is opulent and mouthfilling. The wine is superbly fruited and generous, while remaining graceful and structured with a persistent engaging finish. At its best: 2022 to 2037. Sam Kim

94 Points

James Halliday

Two of the three vineyards used for this wine are over 80yo, the third over 60yo. Hand-picked, crushed and destemmed, different cap management protocols, but all are matured in new and used French oak for 18 months. It's an elegant wine, the structure and texture good, but the oak is currently too assertive and needs some years to settle down.

95 Points

Robert Parker The Wine Advocate

Blended from different parts of the Barossa Valley, the 2017 Romulus Old Vine Shiraz is wonderfully aromatic, offering up scents of bay leaf, cracked pepper and boysenberries. It's all framed by the judicious use of French oak, bringing vanilla and mocha notes to the lush, creamy mid-palate of this medium to full-bodied red. Despite the wine's impressive breadth and texture on the palate, it firms up nicely on the finish, ending crisp, silky and long. It's another terrific bottling from partners Corey Ryan and Simon Cowham. Joe Czerwinski

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