Recommended Selections

Fine wines personally selected by Michael Williams

Presented here are some of the finest wines I have selected from unique small or family owned wineries in the Barossa Valley. These small to medium size family wineries have access to outstanding parcels of Barossa Valley fruit that they magically craft into outstanding premium wine that is quite rare and extremely difficult to get unless you go to the cellar door, fine wine merchants or selected fine dining restaurants. Barossa Reserve offers a virtual Barossa Valley Wine Region Cellar Door experience. I offer  unbiased information about the individual wines, the wineries where they were made, the vineyards the fruit was sourced from and the winemaker who crafted the wines. We also offer the convenience of being able to purchase a selection of wines at cellar door prices which will be delivered to your door.

How It Works

I utilise my knowledge and connections in the Barossa Valley to find outstanding wines from smaller and family owned wineries. You can find out more about the individual wines by accessing the winery information page and reading a description of the wine and its individual characteristics including tasting notes and information about the winery and the vineyards where the fruit was sourced.

To make it easier for you I recommend mixed cases of six wines in three different categories (or you can select your own):

  • A "Super Premium" Selection - these are some of the best wines in the Barossa Valley. Save these wines for special occasions with your partner or to share with a small group of your best friends at dinner parties.
  • A "Premium" Selection - Award winning premium wines to impress your friends and have them asking where you got them.
  • A "Great Value" Selection - Great wines that you can enjoy at home with dinner or with friends and relatives on the weekend where they will be the "pick of the wines"

None of the wines are quaffers. If you are not satisfied that a particular wine is an outstanding example of premium Barossa wine then I will refund 50% of the value of that wine.

These wines are priced at cellar door pricing and reflect their true merit and not just a “brand name” and so punch well above their weight for their price. You can order a selection, choose your own six pack or "join the club" for regular quarterly deliveries.

After trying these outstanding wines you can go back and select your own absolute favourites from the "Outstanding Value", "Premium" or "Super Premium" sections and order any combination that you like in packs of six. If you order two or more packs of wines in the same order you'll only pay shipping for the first pack.  Join the club and in addition to regular scheduled quarterly deliveries of guaranteed premium Barossa wines, you'll get a 10% discount for each six pack, access to special limited release museum stock and other specials when they become available you will also receive all deliveries free of charge.

Michael Williams, Wine Aficionado.

Featured wineries

Gumpara Wines - Mader Reserve Shiraz

July 28, 2014

Gumpara WinesIn 1856 the Mader family, driven by religious persecution, left their homeland of Germany, to settle in Australia. The family brought with them traditional viticulture skills along with farming and fruit growing practices and set up a new life on 60 acres of land in the small township called Light Pass, in South Australia. Choosing a section of land aside the banks of the North Para (river) and eastern hillsides of the Barossa Valley, proved to be an excellent site to begin a vineyard. As time went by, all farming and fruit growing gave way to 100% viticulture.

Six Generations later, Mark Mader would produce the first wine under the Gumpara label, in the year 2000. The name Gumpara is...

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Magpie Estate

July 19, 2014

Magpie Estate is a joint venture between Rolf Binder and an English wine merchant. Most of the wines produced are exported to Canada, the UK and Denmark and very little is sold in Australia. The Election Shiraz is kept "under the radar" and has developed to become a cultish wine. We are very lucky to be able to offer the The Election Shiraz to Barossa Reserve Customers in Australia. The philosophy of this wine is to produce a premium high quality Shiraz that is a true expression of a Barossa shiraz for that particular vintage. It is not made every year and was not made in 2011 and 2012.  The fruit for The Election in 2010 was sourced mainly from...

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Smallfry Wines

July 15, 2014

Smallfry Wines is a partnership in business and life between Suzi Hilder and Wayne Ahrens. They were both born into the industry and have various trade and technical qualifications and have both worked in most aspects of wine production in enterprises big and small.Suzi and Wayne are viticulturists bitten by the winemaking bug, and the chance to turn their own high quality fruit into great wine was too good to pass up. Natural ferments, nil to minimal adjustment, old oak a soft hand in the cellar allows the vineyard to speak. The style is food friendly, Euro style, with a eye to balance and subtlety.The essential component of any great wine is great fruit, and they are lucky enough to...

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Rolf Binder

July 15, 2014

Rolf BinderFrom its inception in 1955, Veritas Winery produced mostly fortified wines as well as the famous 'Bull’s Blood', a blend of Shiraz and century-old Mataro. Now many years later, second generation winemakers Rolf Binder, and his sister Christa Deans, are leading Veritas winery into the future under the Rolf Binder brand. Together they are producing exceptional wines using only the best Barossa fruit.Rolf Heinrich Binder and his wife, Franziska, arrived in Australia (from Austria and Hungary respectively) in 1950 as part of the large influx of post war immigration to Australia. As payment for the government assistance, they worked with the South Australian railways for three years. During that time they met Elmore Schulz, a train driver and grape...

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