Small Gully

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 1981 whist the Zimmermann family 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, Mourvdre and Cabernet Sauvignon are also carefully selected from other local vineyards for the Small Gully wine range.


Stephen Black began in the wine industry in 1992 after a successful career in the pharmaceutical industry. Stephen worked for well known winery Barossa Valley Estates and in 1993 embarked on the post graduate winemaking course at Roseworthy College and then in 1999 began the creation of the Small Gully brand.

Small Gully produces wines of a distinctive bold and intense style with great expression of fruit character and winemaking technique. The Small Gully wines reflect the attention to detail in the vineyard and the meticulous fruit selection.

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Small Gully 'Mr Black's' 'Little Book' Shiraz 2016
91  Wine & Spirits 
Wine & Spirits 91 International New Releases, Best Buy, January 2019  "Ever wonder about one person’s secrets that are safely stowed away in a ‘little black book?’ Well that is the idea behind Small Gully’s ‘Mr. Black’s Little Book’ Shiraz. Sourced from prized vineyards (that Stephen's partner is
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Small Gully Wine 'The Formula' 'Roberts' Shiraz 2014
"The Formula is the entry into Small Gully’s world. This wine is sourced primarily from a vineyard that Robert Bader owns (hence the name – Robert’s Shiraz) located on the outer reaches of the Adelaide Plains. There is a small dollop of Zippy's Block in the Barossa Valley. The grapes are fermented

Small Gully Wine 'The Formula' 'Roberts' Shiraz 2013
91  Vinous Media 
Vinous Media 91"Opaque ruby. Aromas of dried cherry, cassis, licorice and mocha, with a peppery nuance adding lift. Sappy dark berry flavors show an appealing sweetness and a hint of vanilla. Plush yet lively Shiraz with strong closing thrust; smooth tannins shape the wine's exuberant fruit."

Small Gully Wine 'The Formula' 'Roberts' Shiraz 2012
" The Formula is the entry into Small Gully’s world. This wine is sourced primarily from a vineyard that Robert Bader owns (hence the name – Robert’s Shiraz) located on the outer reaches of the Adelaide Plains. There is a small dollop of Zippy's Block in the Barossa Valley. The grapes are fermented

Small Gully Wine 'The Formula' Cabernet-Shiraz 2011
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88  International Wine Cellar 
International Wine Cellar 88 "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."   54%

Small Gully Wine 'Mr. Black's' Concoction GSM 2010
87  International Wine Cellar 
International Wine Cellar 87 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

Small Gully Wine 'The Formula' Shiraz 2010
88  International Wine Cellar 
International Wine Cellar 88 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

Small Gully Wine 'The Formula' Shiraz 2009
"The Formula is the entry into Small Gully’s world. This wine is sourced from a single-vineyard that Robert Bader owns (hence the name – Robert’s Shiraz) located on the outer reaches of the Adelaide Plains. This was fermented on skin for 7 days. Stored for 36 months in barrel before bottling and

Small Gully Wine 'Mr. Black's' Concoction GSM 2008
"This GSM blend shows intense berry fruit characters typical of ripe fruit picked at high baume. Oak does not play a dominant role in this wine letting the fruit show its full potential. The wine is of great intensity, exhibiting spicy, full flavours with balance and structure." ~ Winery Notes

Small Gully Wine 'Mr. Black's' Concoction Shiraz 2010
90  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 90 " This firm-textured wine shows clarity and focus, playing the black currant flavors against hints of smoke and licorice, finishing with fine tannins. "  "The Shiraz fruit for this wine is selected quite late in the growing season to coincide with the picking of a small parcel

Small Gully Wine 'The Formula' Shiraz 2008
"The Formula is the entry into Small Gully’s world. This wine is sourced from a single-vineyard that Robert Bader owns (hence the name – Robert’s Shiraz) located on the outer reaches of the Adelaide Plains. This was fermented on skin for 7 days. Stored for 36 months in barrel before bottling and

Small Gully Wine Mr. Black's 'Concoction' Shz/Viog 2009
90  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 90 This plush and distinctly spicy wine has a mild grip of tannins surrounding its dark berry, licorice and floral flavors. Persists on the long and expressive finish. Drink now through 2019.  " The Shiraz fruit for this wine is selected quite late in the growing season to coincide

Small Gully Wine 'The Formula' Shiraz 2007
90  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 90 " Deep garnet-brick colored, the 2007 The Formula Robert's Shiraz gives mature notes of leather, tobacco and stewed tea over dried cranberries, fruit cake and coffee. Rich, densely packed and full-bodied in the mouth, the voluptuous fruit is well-balanced by crisp acid and rounded

Small Gully Wine 'Mr. Black's' Concoction Shiraz/Viognier 08
92  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 92 "Spicy, round and juicy, this boasts cherry, oatmeal, cinnamon and nutmeg flavors that persist into the gentle, expressive finish. Drink now through 2020."~HS  Wine Advocate 91 This wine offers incredible value for a mature taste of the Barossa! Deep garnet-brick in color, the

Small Gully Wine 'Mr. Black's' Concoction GSM 2007
91  Wine Advocate 
Wine Advocate 91 "Deep garnet-brick colored, the 2007 Mr Black's Concoction GSM gives a wonderfully complex and mature nose of fruits of the forest compote, dried mulberries and Chinese dried plum over potpourri, baking spices, lavender and preserved mandarin peel. Full-bodied, rich and opulent in

Small Gully Wine 'The Formula' Robert's Shiraz 2006
90  Wine Advocate 
 Wine Advocate 90 "Deep garnet colored, the 2006 The Formula Roberts 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