Wines

FU Barossa Valley Shiraz 2019

Tasting Notes

Deep dark black with crimson hues. A hedonistic style which needs time to breathe to show its true character. The fruit characters are blackberry and there is white pepper and some seductive spice. Some age is showing and is evident through the characters of leather saddle, coffee, and chocolate. Powerful fruit flavours are evident thanks in large part to the old vine material used there’s a blanket of tannin and oak which all work together to provide the backbone. Plum, liqueur, leather, earth, coffee and smoked meat all perform back up roles. A perfect balance between oak and fruit has been achieved and these characters appear to have perfectly melted into one another over time due to the use of high-quality oak and minimal Sulphur use. The tannin structure is long and velvety with the wine having an incredibly long finish.

Winemaking

These grapes are brought into the winery and crushed into old vats where the fermentation is initiated by “wild” yeasts found on the grape skins. Careful extraction and short post fermentation maceration is followed by soft pressing. The wine is transferred into brand new oak barrels where the malolactic fermentation is completed before racking and maturation for 36 months in barrels where it stayed with no topping or Sulphur addition. A careful assemblage and barrel selection are followed by minimal filtration and bottling. A wine which will benefit immensely with time in the cellar to settle and develop. It will have a great lifespan of around 15 years plus still.

 

Source/Region: Barossa Valley
Grape Variety: Shiraz
Cellaring: Drinking well now or will cellar for 15 years
Alcohol Content: 16% 

Accolades

2016 Vintage Australian Wine Showcase Magazine - GOLD Medal
2016 Vintage Australian Wine Showcase Magazine - 93 POINTS
2014 Vintage Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2017 - AWARD WINNER
2014 Vintage Wine Showcase Magazine - 95 POINTS
2014 Vintage Wine Showcase Magazine - GOLD Medal
2010 Vintage CWSA 2016 Best Value - DOUBLE GOLD
2010 Vintage Concours Mondial 2014 - GOLD Medal
2010 Vintage San Francisco International Wine Competition 2014 - GOLD Medal
2010 Vintage AWC Vienna 2014 - GOLD Medal
2010 Vintage CWSA 2014 Best value - AWARD WINNER
2010 Vintage Syrah Du Monde 2014 - AWARD WINNER
2010 Vintage IWC London 2014 - AWARD WINNER
2008 Vintage CWSA 2014 Best Value - DOUBLE GOLD
2008 Vintage Wine Showcase Magazine, New Release Tasting April 2014 - 92 POINTS
2008 Vintage Concours Mondial 2014 - GOLD Medal
2008 Vintage San Francisco International Wine Competition 2014 - GOLD Medal
2008 Vintage AWC Vienna 2014 - GOLD Medal
2008 Vintage Robert Parker, Wine Advocate - 95 POINTS
2006 Vintage CWSA 2014 Best Value - DOUBLE GOLD
2006 Vintage Jay Miller, Wine Advocate - 96-99 POINTS
2004 Vintage Jay Miller, Wine Advocate - 99 POINTS
2004 Vintage CWSA 2014 Best Value - DOUBLE GOLD

Fu2 Barossa Valley Shiraz 2021

Tasting Notes

As quoted by The Halliday Wine Companion: “The 2021 Barossa Valley experienced mild conditions of generally below-average temperatures for the entire growing season, making for an elegant and classic vintage boasting the best acidities in many years. Quality was said to be exceptional across every variety, with reds showing great density of colour and flavour and whites pristine aromatics, finesse, and high natural acidity. One top maker declared it the best odd-year vintage since 1991.” FU2 2021 Shiraz was sourced from a single vineyard as made to hold all the characteristics FU drinkers are accustomed to, big, and bold.

Winemaking

Introducing the little brother of FU, the 2021 FU2. FUS is inky red/black in colour with vibrant purple hues. It has great intensity and depth which is typical of the FU style. The aroma is truly distinctive, with rich dark chocolate, berry coulis, leather, and cinnamon. The palate is textural with powerful fruit flavours and silky soft tannins providing a rich mouthful of wine. The balanced tannins perfectly complement the influential fruit characters. The flavours mirror the complex set of aromas, toffee and spice with a big berry hit. A truly distinctive FU style from an outstanding vintage will ensure this wine is still drinking well with the best Australia has to offer well into the next decade.

 

Source/Region: Barossa Valley
Grape Variety: Shiraz
Cellaring: Drink now or cellar for the next decade
Alcohol Content: 14% 

F.U. Barossa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

Tasting Notes

Deep and dark black/red core in colour with a crimson edge. Big expressive nose with an array of aromas including cut black plums, dark cherry, leather saddle, coffee, chocolate and spice.

Winemaking

This wine is sourced from a single old vineyard from what we consider one of the Barossa’s finest growers.

2010 was one of the standout vintages of the last decade. An ideal vintage, which gave us the benefit of perfectly ripened fruit. The smooth flow of vintage allowed us to select specific fruit parcels and define the wine as much in the vineyard as in the winery.

The grapes were brought into the winery and crushed into old vats where the fermentation was initiated by “wild” yeasts found on the grape skins. Careful extraction and short post fermentation maceration were followed by soft pressing. The wine was then transferred into brand new oak barrels where the malolactic fermentation was completed before racking and maturation for 36 months in barrels. A careful assemblage and barrel selection was followed by minimal filtration and bottling. 

 

Source/Region: Barossa Valley
Grape Variety: Cabernet Sauvignon
Cellaring: A great lifespan of around 15 years
Alcohol Content: 14.5%

Accolades

2010 Vintage CWSA 2016 Best Value - AWARD WINNER

FU Barossa Valley Shiraz 2016

Tasting Notes

Deep dark black in colour with crimson hues.

A hedonistic style which needs time to breathe to show its true character. The fruit characters are blackberry and there is white pepper and some seductive spice. Some age is showing and is evident through the characters of leather saddle, coffee, and chocolate. Powerful fruit flavours are evident thanks in large part to the old vine material used.

There’s a blanket of tannin and oak which all work together to provide the backbone. Plum, liqueur, leather, earth, coffee and smoked meat all perform back up roles. A perfect balance between oak and fruit has been achieved and these characters appear to have perfectly melted into one another over time due to the use of high-quality oak and minimal Sulphur use.

The tannin structure is long and velvety with the wine having an incredibly long finish. 

Winemaking

This wine is sourced from a single old vineyard from what we consider one of the finest vineyards in the Barossa Valley.

2016 was one of the standout vintages of the last decade, the ideal vintage, which gave us the benefit of perfectly, ripened fruit. The smooth flow of vintage allowed us to select specific fruit parcels and allowed us to define the wine as much in the vineyard as the winery.

These grapes are brought into the winery and crushed into old vats where the fermentation is initiated by “wild” yeasts found on the grape skins. Careful extraction and short post fermentation maceration is followed by soft pressing. The wine is transferred into brand new oak barrels where the malolactic fermentation is completed before racking and maturation for 36 months in barrels where it stayed with no topping or Sulphur addition. A careful assemblage and barrel selection are followed by minimal filtration and bottling. A wine which will benefit immensely with time in the cellar to settle and develop. It will have a great lifespan of around 15 years plus still.

 

Source/Region: Barossa Valley
Grape Variety: Shiraz
Cellaring: Drinking well now or will cellar for 15 years
Alcohol Content: 14.5% 

Accolades

2016 Vintage Australian Wine Showcase Magazine - GOLD Medal
2016 Vintage Australian Wine Showcase Magazine - 93 POINTS
2014 Vintage Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2017 - AWARD WINNER
2014 Vintage Wine Showcase Magazine - 95 POINTS
2014 Vintage Wine Showcase Magazine - GOLD Medal
2010 Vintage CWSA 2016 Best Value - DOUBLE GOLD
2010 Vintage Concours Mondial 2014 - GOLD Medal
2010 Vintage San Francisco International Wine Competition 2014 - GOLD Medal
2010 Vintage AWC Vienna 2014 - GOLD Medal
2010 Vintage CWSA 2014 Best value - AWARD WINNER
2010 Vintage Syrah Du Monde 2014 - AWARD WINNER
2010 Vintage IWC London 2014 - AWARD WINNER
2008 Vintage CWSA 2014 Best Value - DOUBLE GOLD
2008 Vintage Wine Showcase Magazine, New Release Tasting April 2014 - 92 POINTS
2008 Vintage Concours Mondial 2014 - GOLD Medal
2008 Vintage San Francisco International Wine Competition 2014 - GOLD Medal
2008 Vintage AWC Vienna 2014 - GOLD Medal
2008 Vintage Robert Parker, Wine Advocate - 95 POINTS
2006 Vintage CWSA 2014 Best Value - DOUBLE GOLD
2006 Vintage Jay Miller, Wine Advocate - 96-99 POINTS
2004 Vintage Jay Miller, Wine Advocate - 99 POINTS
2004 Vintage CWSA 2014 Best Value - DOUBLE GOLD