Soul Growers

Soul Growers stands for everything that is great about the Barossa: shared wisdom, new ideas and a passion for making and enjoying great wine. With this in mind, the winery strives to make wines that emphasise the regional and varietal flavours of the beloved Barossa Valley.

The winery’s philosophy is to produce exceptional wines using traditional techniques that preserve the character of each vineyard. Soul Growers’ winemakers are able to accomplish this by exhibiting a range of different characteristics in each type of wine it produces.

Specialising in Eden Valley riesling, shiraz, cabernet, grenache and mataro, Soul Growers has been producing approximately ten wines per year since the winery opened its doors in 1998.

The award-winning micro-winery handpicks the majority of its fruit from vineyards that range in age from 18 to 125 years. Producing predominantly red varieties, Soul Growers’ fruit is destemmed in open fermentors that hold anywhere from half a tonne, to five tonnes. After seven to ten days of fermentation the fermenters are drained and placed by hand into basket presses. The fruit is then gently pressed for about 18 hours to ensure the flavour and aromas are carefully extracted without releasing harsh and bitter tannins.

After pressing, the winemakers settle the wine in tanks before filling the barrels ready for ageing. The winery’s renowned reds generally spend 18 to 24 months on oak. To round off the process, each individual barrel is blended and benchmarked prior to being settled in bottles, without any fining or filtration.

According to the Australian Wine Review, “the wines are all open fermented, basket pressed and usually spend plenty of time in oak (yet rarely look oak dominated. There is a skill in that). Think Rockford with a sprinkle of Trobreck sexiness and you’re on the right track”.

 

TASTING NOTES

2015 Kroehn Single Vineyard Shiraz

The Kroehn family has been farming their land in the high elevations of the Eden Valley for six generations. Descended from original settlers, the family takes great pride in producing superb- quality grapes that reflect the hard and stony ground.

2015 Hampel Single Vineyard Shiraz

The Hampel family has been tending their land in the northern reaches of the Barossa Valley for six generations. The family takes great pride in producing sublime grapes that reflect the red soils that abound in the northern grounds.

2016 Gobell Single Vineyard Shiraz

The Gobell family’s vineyard lies in the Stonewell portion of the Barossa Valley, with an east-facing aspect that catches the morning sun. This release faithfully shows the blue and red fruit characters that are typical of Stonewell shiraz. Deeply perfumed, rich and intense, this elegant wine has a lingering taste of fruit and gentle French oak.

2015 106 Vines Mourvèdre

In the 1880s, on the outskirts of the Barossa Valley, a vineyard of mourvèdre was planted in light, sandy soil over clay. Only 106 vines of the once-majestic vineyard survive today, with the rest lost to urban development. The resilient vines have survived more than 128 years to produce a wine that is pure history – the very soul of the Barossa Valley.

 

 

  • Getting There: 218–230 Murray Street,
  • Suburb: Tanunda
  • Mobile: 0410 505 590
  • Email: [javascript protected email address]
  • Website: www.soulgrowers.com
  • Cellar Door: Open 11:30am to 4:00pm Thursday to Saturday (other days by appointment)
  • Restaurant: No
  • Weddings & Functions: Yes, by appointment (Maximum 50 seated and 80 cocktail)
  • Accommodation: No
  • Additional Features: Winery tours from February to April