2020 Romulus Barossa Valley Old Vine Shiraz

Deep crimson in colour, with ripe cherry, plum and lifted red-licorice aromas. The palate is richly concentrated, with subtle structural tannins, finishing with excellent balance and length. The 2020 vintage was extremely low yielding, which produced full flavoured wines capable of maturing very well for many years to come.


95 pts

Halliday (Dave Brookes)

A deeply coloured shiraz from old vines in the Light Pass and Menglers Hill subregions, destemmed and matured in French oak (45% new) for 18 months. Blackberry, satsuma plum and red cherry fruit notes mesh with an array of fine spices and hints of pressed flowers, licorice, dark chocolate and earth. Lovely balance and fruit purity, with the pull of gentle sandy tannin and plenty of drive from the bright acidity. A great contemporary Barossa shiraz.

Grape Variety:

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

Technical Details:

  • Alcohol 14.5%|pH 3.51|Acidity 6.38 g/L | Residual sugar: nil


  • Light Pass 60+ year-old vines | Menglers Hill 60+ year-old vines | Light Pass 80+ year-old vines

Hand harvested, destemmed and crushed into small 1.5 tonne open-top fermenters. The fruit was chilled for 5 days before being allowed to naturally warm to start fermentation. Various cap management techniques were used to highlight the unique characters of the individual vineyard parcels. After approximately 20 days on skins the ferments were pressed and transferred to a combination of new (45%) 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 2030+

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