2020 ARETÎ


The ARETÎ, Excellence of character bound with fulfilment of purpose to live up one’s full potential:  is the culmination of over 50 years of wine industry experience working with fruit from the Barossa Valley.

Tasting Evaluation

Colour: Dark purple core with bright crimson rim.

Aroma: Complex aromas of cola, blackcurrant, cocoa, graphite with “Lamington” raspberry, coconut, and chocolate aromas. Integrated cedar spice with subtle VA lift.

Palate: Dense blue-black fruit core, mocha, ground coffee, dried figs and roasted walnuts, inky, astonishing length of flavour with plush mouth-coating persistent tannins.

2024 Halliday Wine Companion- 94 points

Shiraz, the two best barrels thereof, one newAmerican and one new French. Sourced from two vineyards in Marananga with Block 1A fruit having a source of fruit for Penfolds Grange a number of times. There’s 5% cabernet sauvignon in the mix, too. Deep, impenetrable crimson in the glass with notes of opulent blackberry, cassis, kirsch and black cherry with hins of fruitcake spice,licorice, rum and raisin chocolate, vanilla, cedar and earth. Substantial gravel dust tannins here and impressive fruit depth and flow as the wine exits in a black, spicy tide. Please use the correct lifting technique when pouring this wine, as the bottle weighs a tonne. Dave Brookes 2 Aug 2023

Andrew Caillard MW, The Vintage Journal 97 points

2020 Paul Mara Estates Areti Maranga Shiraz, Barossa Valley – South Australia Deep colour. Superb intense dark plum, blackberry dark chocolate aromas with roasted chestnut, aniseed notes. Extraordinarily concentrated and voluminous wine with deep set dark chocolate blackberry flavours, superb new oak integration, velvety textures and integrated fresh acidity. Finishes cedar firm with supple long dark berry fruits and mocha notes. Plush, complex and powerful yet surprisingly refined and balanced. This is distinctively Penfoldsian in style yet daring in selection and concentration. It’s built to last with all the richness, density and detail for long term aging. It must come as no surprise that the fruit sourcing is about as alpha as one can get. Paul Mara’s Block 1A is ground zero of the Marananga sub-region and Nietschke’s Paradigm Vineyard material is classic. Paul Georgiadis is one of the region’s finest viticulturalists and Jason Barrette is a brilliantly talented winemaker having notched up several vintages with the Penfolds team in South Australia and with Nicole Rolet at Chène Bleu in France. This is a blockbuster style (with a heavy bottle), but the wine is beautifully made reflecting its outstanding provenance. Cork seal. 95% Shiraz 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. Only 800 bottles made. Drink 2028 – 2045 14.5% alc


Erin Larkin Sept 2022

In a lineup of wines that could be classified by their overweight bottles, this 2020 ARETI Marananga Shiraz is the king of them all. High quality but extremely heavy glass shelters this wine, and is perhaps upsuprisignly, a sign of what’s in the bottle. This is concentrated, bloody, plush and concentrated, and the oak proclaims its position at the top of the tree too. This is a big, powerful wine that needs time to settle into itself but that has along future ahead. 800 bottles produced Erin Larkin Sept 2022

The 2020 growing season was dry with winter and spring rains being well below average.

Flowering unfortunately was interrupted with frosts and very strong winds, coupled with very cold nights. December was hot and dry with 11 days over 35C and 8 days over 40C. As a result, bunch size was below average with smaller than normal berry size. A mild February with approximately 20mm of rain on 1st February slowed down phenological ripening allowing us to hang the grapes to ensure full flavour ripeness, whilst retaining natural acidity. Yields across the board were down between 50-80% depending on the vineyard. Wines produced, have saturated colours, intense aromatics and great flavour concentration and length. Overall an exceptional year!

Vineyard Selection

This fruit is sourced from our two vineyards located the heart of Marananga on the renowned western ridge of the Barossa Valley, where the soils are predominantly red-brown loams over red clay, amidst shattered ironstone and quartz.


ARETÎ is a selection of the two best barrels from the 2020 vintage from our Marananga vineyards. A single new American and a single new French oak hogshead were selected to make the final wine. The final make-up of the wine was 47.5% Block 1A from the home block (which has been selected for Penfolds Grange 7 times), 47.5% Paradigm vineyard Nietschke Shiraz with 5% Cabernet Sauvignon from the Paradigm vineyard.

The wine is neither fined, nor filtered.

Varietal composition: Shiraz 95% Cabernet Sauvignon 5%

Region (GI) :  Marananga, Barossa Valley

Viticulturist: Paul Georgiadis

Winemaker : Jason Barrette

Alcohol: 14.5% alc/vol

pH: 3.52

TA: 6.9g/L

Residual Sugar: 0.17g/L

Bottled 25 October 2021 (800 bottles produced)


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