Daniel Balzer is a lovely man who has been making wine since 1998. By working at big and small companies he found his feet and developed a philosophy that is timeless; start with healthy grapes from a great vineyard and don’t do anything mess it up. Having tried a few vintages of his Beechworth and Alpine Valleys wine, I think he’s doing a stunning job and the wines are priced at a level that you’d be crazy to buy just one bottle. Which is great because they are too tasty to stop at just one bottle.
The mid-weight elegance of Alpine Valleys Shiraz really shines through. Having a couple of years in the bottle has helped the wine settle down. Drink now or over the next 10 years.
There is a lot spoken about the lovely King Valley but the Alpine Valleys that surround offers some fantastic wines, often at great value.
A bit of a chameleon, Shiraz can change how it looks depending on terroir and/or wine maker influence. The Syrah based wines of Northern Rhone are dry and austere, while the Shiraz of Barossa is rich and fleshy. A variety that lends itself to long aging but can be drunk at any time of its evolution.