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.

Mr. Blacks Concoction Shiraz

Selected from some of the sections of Darren's vineyards that ripen late, this wine shows a powerful and fragrant bouquet. These grapes produce a wine that is lush with berries and cherries and dark fruits, all racing together. Drinkable now, showing ripe Barossa Shiraz characters and exhibiting intense middle palate fruit sweetness.

Reviews:

91 points Wine Advocate

Price: $160, 3cs $152
 
Formula Cabernet-Shiraz

Produced from Clare Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and Barossa Valley Shiraz this blend is a well balanced, full flavored wine. Rich wine with a slightly minty nose giving way to red crushed berries and cassis. Herbaceous Cabernet notes together with full berry Shiraz characters compliment each other producing a blend with elegance and structure.

Reviews:

91 points - Wine Advocate

2011 The Formula Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz South Australia($18) (a 54/46 blend): Opaque ruby. Ripe cherry and vanilla on the nose, with a hint of menthol in the background. Smooth and a touch jammy, offering plump blackberry and peppery spice flavors and a touch of bitter chocolate. Finishes with good focus and a note of bitter cherry. 88 Josh Raynolds - Tanzer

Price: $136, 3cs $128
 
Mr. Blacks Concoction GSM

This wine is a blend of Grenache 49%, Shiraz 34% and Mourvédre 17% and shows intense berry fruit characters. Dark ruby-colored with an enticing perfume of cassis, cherry, and strawberry, the result is a wine of intensity, showing spicy, full flavors. Round and velvety on the palate with excellent depth of flavor, oak does not play a dominant role in this wine letting the fruit show its full potential. The wine is well balanced and structured.

Reviews:

The 2006 Mr. Black’s Concoction GSM is dark ruby-colored with an enticing perfume of cassis, cherry, and strawberry. Round and velvety on the palate with excellent depth of flavor, this forward, savory blend will drink nicely for another 6 years." -R.Parker-90pts.

2010 Mr. Black's Concoction Gsm Barossa Valley($22) (46% grenache, 31% shiraz and 23% mataro): Deep ruby. Smoke- and mocha-accented dark berries on the nose, with a hint of menthol emerging with air. Coats the palate with ripe black and blue fruit flavors. Plenty of richness here but could use a bit more energy. Finishes supple and broad, with no obvious tannins and subtle spiciness. 87 Josh Raynolds - Tanzer

Price: $160, 3cs $152
 
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.

Reviews:

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

Price: $136, 3cs $128
 
Mr. Blacks Concoction Shiraz Viognier

Mr Black's Concoction Shiraz Viognier
The Shiraz fruit for this wine is selected quite late in the growing season to coincide with the picking of a small parcel of Viognier with which it is co-fermented. While being quite ripe the Viognier gives the wine a slightly perfumed aroma which carries through to the palate.

Reviews:

91 points Wine Advocate

2010 Shiraz/Viognier Mr. Black's Concoction Barossa Valley($22) (a 96/4 blend): Opaque ruby. Dark fruit preserves, singed plum, licorice and dark chocolate on the deeply pitched nose. Lush, supple and broad, offering warm, smoke-tinged black and blue fruit flavors and a touch of licorice. On the decadent side, finishing with strong punch and just a hint of tannins. This big boy would be great with heavily dressed, strongly seasoned burgers off the grill, ideally with some smoky bacon involved. 89 Josh Raynolds - Tanzer

Price: $160, 3cs $152