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Previous Critical Praise for Viking Wines

Unfiltered, jammy blackberry-scented, unbelievable sexy wine that some would call a Parker hedonistic fruit bomb. Pure, rich and full-bodied, with considerable viscosity, purity and length. 91 out of 100, Robert Parker Jr on the 1997 Viking Grand Shiraz.

Offers a distinctive nose of lavander, roasted herbs, truffles, and gobs of jammy black fruits (raspberries, blueberries, cassis). With tangy acidity, immense body, explosive richness and a 60-second finish, this is an exciting, distinctive, individualistic Shiraz that should drink well for 10-15 years. 94 out of 100, Robert Parker Jr. on the 1998 Viking Grand Shiraz.

It is a big, backstrapping, robust Shiraz the likes of which can not be produced anywhere else in the world 91 out of 100, Robert Parker Jr. on the 2000 Viking Grand Shiraz.

"Medium to full red-purple, the deeply accented bouquet covers the full spectrum from savoury/foresty aromas to the one side, and blackberry, prune and all-spice on the other. All of these characters are in abundance on the palate, plus a dash of bitter chocolate; a wine with great personality and good oak handling into the bargain. The big end of town to be sure, and you wouldn't want to drink the bottle without the assistance of friends." 94 out of 97. James Halliday on the Grand Shiraz 2001.




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"Intense fruit aromas; tightly wound and concentrated black fruits; excellent texture and structure" Drink 2017. 93 out of 97. James Halliday on the Grand Shiraz/Cabernet 2002. Ultra-powerful, concentrated black fruits, licorice and earth: demanding patience. Drink 2017. 91 out of 97, James Halliday on the Viking Grand Shiraz 2002.

Viking Grand Shiraz 2003, $45, 92 points
At 14.5% alcohol, this wine is appropriately named. It is firmly structured and intensely fruited with berry/cherry fruit, pepper and cinnamon spice flavours, finishing with bitter, dark chocolate. The addition of voignier makes itself more than apparent in apricot/tropical overtones. It should come together given a few years.
92 out of 100 points. (Very good wine.)
Best drinking around 2009-2013
This bottle was sealed with a cork
I Like It. Tyson Stelzer, 6/2/2005 www.tysonstelzer.com

Grand Shiraz 2004 Deep colour; immensely powerful and concentrated, awash with black fruits, spice and dark chocolate, which have in turn consumed the oak; 50-year-old dry-grown vines. Cork. 14.5% alc. rating 93 drink 2019
James Halliday

Grand Shiraz Cabernet 2004 Strong purple-red; powerful, dense blackberry and blackcurrant fruit; substantial tannins make their presence felt from start to finish. Patience will be rewarded.
Cork. 14.5% alc. rating 92 drink 2020
James Halliday

Odin's Honour Reserve Shiraz 2003 Very ripe; the slightly stewed/confit character of many '03 reds, but does have licorice and dark chocolate along with the fruit to even the ship.
Cork. 15% alc. rating 91 drink 2018
James Halliday

Viking Grand Shiraz 2004
Medium ruby. Pungent and very sweet on the nose, with scents of dark cherry, creme de cassis, licorice candy, sealing wax and exotic potpourri. Very sweet on entry but considerably firmer in the middle, with youthful tannins framing ripe flavours of dark berries and baking spices. Serious, brooding shiraz that begs for cellar time. 90+
Josh Raynolds

Grand Shiraz 2006
James Halliday Wine Companion 2009 edition - Rating - 5 glasses / 94 points
Deep colour; concentrated but refined and delicious blackberry fruit with notes of dark chocolate, spice and mocha; excellent length. Drink to 2018





VIKING WINES Magazine Articles

"If you thought Hill of Grace was exclusive, try this on for size. Producing only 1000 cases each year, Viking Wines is perhaps the hottest "it" winery in the Barossa Valley. The companies most notorious wine is the single vineyard Viking Grand Shiraz. The renowned wine critic, Robert Parker of the United States, has consistently rated the last five vintages very high. And when this man says jump, the world buys! And the Viking Grand Shiraz is still a secret. Don't expect it to stay that way for long, if you are quick, you'll still buy this wine at a song for only $50. The Grand Shiraz block grapes used to be bought by Penfolds for inclusion into Grange. In 1993, the new owners Thord and Charmaine Soderstrom said "no more" so they could concentrate on their own bottle of individual magic. Not terribly well known yet (only 3-4 cars pull up each day to the winery), but very affordable and on the cusp of a giant wave of success."

Drew Lambert, Vine Talk - "The Singles Scene"
Ocean Drive, Australia







Taste Details

Viking Grand Shiraz 2003

Dense purple/ black in colour, pronounced apricot and violet notes along with spice/licorice/coffee and sweet berry/plum fruit. Raw and rich in the mouth, showing prune, tar , pepper and mocha influences.
Youthful grippy tannin rounds off the finish;
This is a fine wine from a difficult vintage which will benefit greatly from 2-3 years cellaring.


Points 92
Drink 2008-2016+