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Friday, 19 December 2014 03:53

Gibson Wines

Outside the picturesque village of Light Pass sits a hidden treasure – an original mid-19th century settler’s cottage and the cellar door of Gibson Wines. Producing quality, award winning wines from the rammed red earth of northern Barossa Valley, Gibson Wines attributes its modern success to its rich historical heritage.

A winemaker with a wealth of experience, Rob Gibson established Gibson Wines in 1995. Now, with vineyards in Light Pass and Eden Valley, Gibson Wines produces 12 wines per year and specialises in shiraz and merlot. Other varieties include riesling and pinot gris, as well as roscato, sparkling merlot and botrytis semillon.

Nestled next to the Isabelle vineyard, the Gibson Wines cellar door is a modern, family-friendly site that features a pétanque court, hopscotch and toys for children.

Six times per year Gibson Wines holds its Sunday Funday event; a relaxed afternoon full of music, food and wine which is a must-see for visitors in the area. For those seeking a casual afternoon, the winery encourages visitors to cook their own fare on its barbecue facility, free of charge. Locally-produced chutneys, sauces and olive oils are also available for purchase at the cellar door.

Gibson Wines was awarded a silver medal for its 2012 Reserve Shiraz at the 2014 Syrah du Monde competition and given 4.5 stars at Winestate magazine’s World’s Great Shiraz Challenge. Having also been rated as a 5-star winery in James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion, Gibson Wines has etched its importance in the Barossa Valley wine region.

TASTING NOTES

2016 Gibson Wines Adelaide Hills Pinot Gris

Typical gris, being pearly white in colour. lifted pear, woody notes and lemon sorbet aromas. The textured palate is full of flavours, rounded with a soft fruitiness and musk that lingers. a great wine in harmony with many food flavours.

2013 Gibson Wines Isabelle Cabernet Merlot

Deep red with some purple. Heady aromas of cassis and cherry with hints of vanilla and spice lifting from the glass. Complex concentrated notes of dried fruit and blackcurrant are nicely integrated with savoury herb and chocolate flavours. The wine is very well balanced with firm tannins. It has a very long finish with lingering fruit chocolate flavours.

2014 Gibson Wines Reserve Shiraz

Opaque purple hue. lifted, sweet, spiced shiraz fruit characters on the nose with interesting notes of mocha, herb and blackcurrants. The palate is plummy, round and complex. It shows ample aroma and is balanced with perfect acidity and assuring dry tannins for ageing potential. The long, generous finish leaves spicy dark chocolate lingering on the palate.

2016 Gibson Wines Eden Valley Riesling

Pale yellow with green tints. a complex aroma of grapefruit and lime. lively balance and a full, soft style with a lovely smooth rich texture showing intense fruit flavours with lingering citrus and grapefruit. Will age.

 

 

Friday, 19 December 2014 03:53

Tscharke

Situated in Barossa Valley’s beautiful and gently-rugged western ridge is Tscharke. The Tscharke family’s name stretches back to the mid-1800s as one of the first settling families in the region, and the family has relished its rich history of farming and winemaking ever since.

The love of producing grapes was passed through the family to reach sixth generation farmer and vigneron, Damien Tscharke, who in the year 2000 completed his Bachelor of Agricultural Science degree in viticulture and oenology with honours. For the last 14 years, Damien Tscharke has taken the winery to new levels, raising the bar for progressive and sustainable winemaking practices in the Barossa Valley region.

Tscharke’s original vineyards consisted of the classic varieties of shiraz, cabernet sauvignon, mataro and grenache, and are the fruit source for the company’s limited, single-vineyard, single-varietal, estate-produced wines. With a contemporary focus on sustainability from the soil up, Tscharke’s vineyards have been further developed to include European grape varieties that are new to Australian viticulture. Indeed, Tscharke introduced montepulciano to Australian soil and was awarded the 2004 Peter Olson Fellowship for Innovation and Outstanding Performance in Agriculture.

Creating a unique, sustainable space that is both a reflection of its origins and an enjoyable place to be is at the heart of Tscharke’s philosophy and vision for the winery.

Visiting Tscharke will take you on a tasting journey, exploring emerging wines as well as Barossa Valley’s regional classics, all while learning a little about Tscharke’s dynamic viticultural practices along the way.

TASTING NOTES

2017 Tscharke Girl Talk Savagnin

With a lifted aromatic profile, this wine gives way to fresh aromas of green apple, quince and citrus blossom. It has a classic varietal structure, and the nose follows through on the palate, which has a crisp and clean finish. Optimum drinking temperature is 13°C.

2016 Tscharke The Master Montepulciano

Aromatic and lifted, this wine’s enticing aromas will keep you coming back for more. The layered palate is textural, seductive and seamless; rich red fruits and ripe raspberry are interwoven with soft chalky tannins to create an incredible structure and great length for the perfect finish.

2015 Tscharke Shiraz Shiraz Shiraz

Tscharke’s three shiraz vineyards produce a complex and balanced wine that’s layered with dark fruit and red cedar. Ripe fruit characters flow through the palate; fruit- cake richness, savoury spice, and dusty, persistent tannins provide a refreshing display of shiraz flavours. This blend will drink well until 2021.

2016 Tscharke Gnadenfrei Vineyard Grenache

With only 3000 bottles produced, this wine is a vibrant red colour with enough transparency to reveal its identity. Alluring aromatics of earth, red-fruit spice, Turkish delight and toffee apple combine to deliver a delicate palate. This crunchy grenache is elegantly textured, persistent and delicious.

 

 

Friday, 19 December 2014 03:53

Langmeil Winery

In 1842, a 32-year-old blacksmith named Christian auricht arrived from Prussia with his wife and four children. He settled in the new hamlet of langmeil and built a blacksmith shop in what became the village’s trading area. His original shop remains today as a feature of langmeil’s heritage setting.

Taking its name from the second settlement of German emigrants to the barossa Valley, the family-owned and -operated winery acknowledges the importance and influence of its long history by purposefully integrating it with modern ideologies.

Visitors to langmeil may wander and explore the beautiful gardens and lovingly restored original buildings – including auricht’s smithy – before venturing to the old stables for a visit to the award-winning cellar door, which bears the barossa Trust Mark. The barossa Trust Mark promises integrity and quality, while reflecting the values of origin, community and the environment.

An engaging tasting experience can be enjoyed by experts and novices alike as friendly staff – who are often mistaken for family – guide visitors through a range of premium barossa Valley wines.

For those wishing to fully immerse themselves in the history of langmeil, a hosted tour is available by appointment, wherein small groups can enjoy a pleasant vineyard stroll, followed by a tasting in The Freedom Cellar. located beneath the original cobbler store that was built in 1884, the recently restored Freedom Cellar is a highlight for those who would like to gain intimate insight into old winemaking practices.

Langmeil uses both new- and old-world equipment to capture the characteristics of each wine variety, while protecting the subtleties of its vineyards. open fermenters and basket presses are used to create its premium red wines.

The Freedom 1843 shiraz is a consummate example of the winery’s ability to blend traditional resources with dynamic and modern winemaking techniques.

Accumulating a legion of accolades and awards both locally and abroad, langmeil’s approach to winemaking has led to its recognition as one of australia’s best producers of premium wine.

With an internationally recognised range of wines, a 12-year 5-star rating from James Halliday, multiple south australian Tourism awards, stunning grounds and historical tours, langmeil is a must-see winery for anyone visiting the Barossa Valley.

 

 

TASTING NOTES

2015 The Freedom 1843 Shiraz

The auricht family planted the first vineyard at langmeil in the mid- 1840s. These dry-grown, handpicked, hand-pruned old vines produce fruit with extreme intensity of colour and flavour. The aromas and flavours of plum and dark cherry are complemented by the vanillin, smoky and chocolate characteristics of French oak.

2015 Valley Floor Shiraz

at the barossa Valley’s heart is the valley floor, a rich strip of land that’s home to some of the best-quality shiraz vineyards. This wine earned a barossa Trust Mark for its emulation of the honest, traditional shiraz that comes from such vineyards. ripe, rich fruit displays fine tannins, which results in a medium- to full- bodied wine with an exquisitely soft, dry finish.

2017 Wattle Brae Eden Valley Riesling

Made from 35-year-old tangled vines that flourish in the ancient soils of the cool eden Valley, this wine is a treat for the senses. after harvest, the pristine fruit is gently pressed and fermented at a cool temperature to produce a delicate yet intense wine. balanced with a crisp natural acidity, it has earned its place among the most renowned eden Valley rieslings.

2017 Bella Rouge Rosé

Made from premium cabernet sauvignon grapes, this wine has a pretty perfume of strawberries and raspberries, with hints of musk lollies. light, crisp and beautifully coloured, the wine shows refreshing and sweet red fruits that mingle with bright and zesty acidity, which flow through to a pleasantly long finish. Produced by the climate, for the climate, 2017 bella rouge rosé is the ideal drink for a summer’s day when served chilled.

 

 

 

Friday, 19 December 2014 03:53

Gomersal Wines

In 1887, a boutique winery was established in the small town of Gomersal. Over a century later, it is now home to Gomersal Wines. Situated in the heart of the Barossa Valley, Gomersal Wines embraces the district’s time-honoured and traditional approach to winemaking. The results are wines of exquisite character and intensity that colourfully reflect the region and its surrounding environment.

Complemented by its picturesque cellar door, scenic vineyards and charming customer service, Gomersal Wines offers an enchanting experience. Its selection of quality regional wines can be savoured from its spacious eucalypt hardwood veranda, all while soaking in the surrounding views of magnificent gums and vineyards. Explore the vast range of wines in the high-ceiling tasting room, or visit the Barrel Room and enjoy a delicious seasonal platter.

Gomersal Wines’ restaurant serves two delicious platters showcasing quality local food from the region. The dukkha plate and regional platter are a delightful mix of fresh and local produce such as Tornzi olives, Gomersal vineyard olive oil, Barossa Valley Cheese Company cheeses and Apex Bakery wood-oven bread, which are sure to satisfy.

Specialising in shiraz and GSM, Gomersal Wines produces wines from 20 hectares under vine. A passion for continuing traditional winemaking techniques has afforded many awards, including winning a gold medal at the 2014 International Wine Challenge for the Gomersal Wines Reserve Shiraz. Spoil your palate while learning more about the winemaking philosophy at Gomersal Wines – an experience that won’t disappoint.

TASTING NOTES

2012 Gomersal Wines Reserve Shiraz

Aromas of dark plum and chocolate combine perfectly with flavours of blackberry and licorice to produce a balanced, full-bodied wine with structure and length. Drinks beautifully now and will reward cellaring for a further 15 years.

2013 Gomersal Wines Premium Eden Valley Riesling

This riesling combines lifted aromas of lychee and citrus undertones, with crisp pear, lemon and lime flavours producing a balanced wine with complexity and length. Best enjoyed now with your favourite Thai dish or seafood platter.

2012 Gomersal Wines Premium Cabernet Sauvignon

This cabernet sauvignon combines vibrant aromas of chocolate and blackcurrant, with flavours of ripe plum and mint, producing a full- bodied wine that drinks beautifully now and will reward medium-term cellaring. Ideal with a lamb roast or veal medallions.

2009 Gomersal Wines GSM

In the classic tradition of blending wines, this is a great GSM. Bushvine grenache and mataro are blended with the best shiraz and left in hogshead barrels for 30 months to mature. While difficult to resist drinking now, these lovely flavours will esterify to enrich your enjoyment for many years to come.

 

Friday, 19 December 2014 03:53

Craneford Wines

Relocating from Springton to Truro in 1998, Craneford Wines has proven itself to be a successful, self-sufficient winemaking facility in Barossa Valley. Currently run by fourth-, fifth- and sixth-generation women of German descent, the company has ensured its wines are widely recognised through domestic and international markets.

Premium quality wine is at the pinnacle of the Craneford Wines ethos. Established by Colin Forbes in 1978, Craneford Wines gathers high-quality fruit parcels from its contract growers in order to produce varieties from start to finish. Specialising in truly regional Barossa Valley reds, the winery, under winemaker Carol Riebke and consultant John Glaetzer’s watch, focuses on displaying the unique characters of the region in which the grapes are grown.

Craneford Wines has won many awards for its red varieties internationally, focusing on Switzerland, Hong Kong and China in particular. Additionally, the company achieved 94 points for its 2012 Barossa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon in James Halliday’s 2015 Australian Wine Companion. With strong ties to the export market, Craneford Wines is certainly a force to behold.

A visit to Craneford Wines’ cellar door is the best place to discover its array of quality drops. The friendly, welcoming staff members are more than happy to offer guided and site-educational tours. The rustic country fire station on the premises has been preserved so that visitors can enjoy the property’s quaint and charming atmosphere. Craneford Wines also offers Angel’s Rest B&B, a three-bedroom house located next to the winery.

A day spent at Craneford Wines indulging in fine wine, with a cosy place to stay afterwards – what more could a wine enthusiast want?

TASTING NOTES

2012 Craneford Shiraz

A full-bodied shiraz with bright, crimson-purple blood plum and black cherry fruits on the bouquet, with a palate dominated by spices and sweet, toasty oak. This is an overall elegant and supple wine that will drink well right from the outset. The smooth tannins and integrated oak will allow this wine to mature to its full potential.

2012 Craneford Cabernet Sauvignon

This cabernet sauvignon is full of flavour, with plenty in the fuel tank! Rich blackcurrant fruit is at an optimum point of ripeness, supported by savoury tannins and cedary oak. The wine has a medium- bodied structure, complemented by smooth tannins and integrated oak.

2012 Craneford Merlot

A merlot to please! Bright cassis and plum fruit are in a supple, medium-bodied frame, with enough tannin structure and oak to provide a complete wine. This is a beautiful merlot with dusty tannins, earthiness and a balanced finish.

2012 Craneford GSM

Bright crimson-red, this GSM is fragrant and juicy in style. There are aromas and depth of flavours, ranging from red, purple, blue and blackberries. This wine has a background of cherry ripe, chocolate and spice, giving good balance followed by a lengthy palate.

 

Friday, 19 December 2014 03:53

Kalleske Wines

The oldest certified-organic and biodynamic vineyard and winery in the Barossa Valley region is Kalleske Wines. With a long heritage of farming and grape growing, the Kalleske family’s 50 hectares of vineyard produces its wine just the way nature intended.

The Kalleske family has enjoyed a long and fruitful history in Greenock and has consistently grown some of Barossa Valley’s best quality grapes. When Troy and Tony Kalleske established the winery in 2002, they knew they would be taking advantage of the property’s century-old vines in order to produce delicious wines full of complexity.

Kalleske Wines produces varieties that are estate-grown and vinified with minimalist winemaking techniques, in order to fully capture the essence of the vineyard itself. The vineyard is grown on healthy soil, attained by organic and biodynamic methods, which the company believes is the prime basis for healthy vines, expressive grapes and quality wines. With a firm belief in the merits of organic farming, Kalleske Wines cultivates unique drops that are genuine, honest and true to its site.

In 2014 alone, Kalleske Wines won Best Small Cellar Door in the Barossa Valley by Gourmet Traveller Wine, as well as being rated five red stars in James Halliday’s 2014 Australian Wine Companion. In addition, the winery was awarded Best Organic Wine Producer of the Year at the AWC Vienna International Wine Challenge, the largest officially-recognised wine competition in the world.

While Kalleske Wines states that its biodynamic method of production relies on the simplicity of nature, its success is nothing short of extraordinary.

TASTING NOTES

2012 Kalleske Johann Georg Shiraz

Intense dark berry fruits with blueberry, nutmeg spice, cedar, roast meats, coffee and herbs on the nose. The rich palate is full-bodied and superbly balanced. Pristine dark fruit is complemented with subtle barrel ferment characters adding complexity. Fine natural tannins add structure and definition. Will benefit from a decade or more in the cellar.

2013 Kalleske Old Vine Grenache

The nose is lifted with aromatics of rose petals, musk, raspberries, malt and sweet spice. The rich palate is mouthfilling with bright varietal grenache fruit flavours of cherry, licorice and a touch of herbs and earthiness. Natural grainy tannins add solid structure and longevity. A lengthy finish completes this complex wine. Drinks well now but is ideally suited for serious cellaring.

2014 Kalleske Clarry’s GSM

Inviting and lifted aromatics of wild berries, rose perfume, marzipan, all-spice, raspberry, musk, licorice and a touch of forest earth. Fresh and bright slatey tannins add backbone and structure. The hallmark of this well-balanced wine is fruit purity, respected by limited maturation in seasoned barrels. Best enjoyed now or over the next five years.

2014 Kalleske Rosina Rosé

Bright rose-petal pink in colour with lifted aromatics of floral perfume, musk, strawberries and cream, raspberry, jasmine and potpourri emanating from the glass. The palate is alive with intense bright berry fruits, toffee apple and delicious juiciness. Natural grape sweetness adds mouthfeel and generosity, framed by subtle acidity. Enjoy now.

Friday, 19 December 2014 03:52

Hemera Estate

Originally founded more than 20 years ago, the winery was sold in 2012 and Hemera Estate was established. With an invigorated objective to continue producing high- quality, premium wines in Barossa Valley, the new owners pride themselves on the winery’s 95 per cent estate-grown wine and unwavering high standards. The company motto, “a perfect balance between intensity, structure and elegance” rings true for the wines produced at Hemera Estate, and the team is excited about what the future holds.

The rich 50-hectare land that is under vine is home to an abundance of grape varieties including shiraz, chardonnay and merlot. In addition to this, the property’s location makes it one of the first vineyards in the southern Barossa Valley region to enjoy the glorious morning light – hence it being named after Hemera, the goddess of morning light.

Just like the sunshine of a new day, the next chapter for Hemera Estate is bright – it will bring a stronger focus to viticulture, winemaking and the winery’s overall style.

These components, will be the driving force behind Hemera Estate’s cultivation and production of super-premium varieties.

The winery specialises in red wine and has won ample awards from esteemed events for its shiraz. A gold medal from the 2014 Royal Adelaide Wine Show was awarded to Herema Estate for its 2010 JDR Shiraz, as well as two gold medals at the 2013 China Wine and Spirits Awards for its 2008 Tier 1 Shiraz. The winery also won the gold medal from Wineshowcase Magazine for its 2015 Single Vineyard Riesling, and its 2012 limited-release 100-year-old grenache was awarded 94 points by the 2015 Halliday Wine Companion.

Hemera Estate’s cellar door offers guided winery tours, as well as tastings of its multi- award winning wines and local produce platters. Relax in the cosy cellar door and enjoy the picturesque views of Barossa Valley – an afternoon of indulgence at a winery awarded five red stars by James Halliday is a day to be remembered.

 

TASTING NOTES

2010 Hemera Estate JDR Barossa Shiraz

The nose displays spiced, toasty oak merging with the pristine flavours of plums, blueberries and licorice. The new oak tannins provide backbone to the palate, yet are still rich and silky, complementing the fruit cake, forest berries and dark chocolate flavours. This is a wine that has the power and intensity to age with grace for ten-plus years.

2015 Hemera Estate Single Vineyard Riesling

Situated in the cooler Gully Block of the estate, the gnarled old vines found here were planted in 1968, and always provide fruit of great purity and intensity. The winemaker samples the grapes daily to ensure they are picked at the optimum time to provide this wine, which is clean, pure, crystalline and fruit-driven.

2013 Hemera Estate Single Vineyard GSM

The beauty of this wine is due to the perfect balance that is achieved with the bright red fruits of the grenache and the blueberries of the Mataro, which are brought together by the supple structure of the shiraz.

2013 Hemera Estate Shiraz

This is Hemera Estate’s core wine and every year it is assembled from wonderful parcels of shiraz that show deep, dark fruits with bright aromatics and beautifully- integrated oak. Fruit, cream and a great structure are the hallmarks of this benchmark wine.

 

 

Friday, 19 December 2014 03:52

Elderton Wines

Nestled in scenic Nuriootpa is the family-owned/operated estate vineyard of Elderton Wines. Formed by Neil and Lorraine Ashmead in 1982, Elderton Wines has flourished throughout a long history and passion for excellent wine.

Elderton Wines’ goal is to produce world-class wines from entrenched varieties grown in the Barossa Valley from its own vineyard holdings. Managing approximately 200 acres under vine, the winery grows its grapes across varying sites in Barossa, taking advantage of the rich soil the region is known for. Working closely with its winemaking and vineyard teams, Elderton Wines looks to the future with long-term, sustainable production methods and a focus on low yields, low irrigation and minimal inputs.

Rated five red stars in James Halliday’s 2015 Australian Wine Companion, as well as being listed among the Top 100 Best Wines in Australia by Matthew Jukes, Elderton Wines epitomises the iconic Barossa Valley.

Elderton Wines’ cellar door hosts private tastings by appointment for enthusiasts who love to sample award winning wines, as well as offering a seasonal menu of local produce plates. The company celebrates the individual terroirs of its sites by producing wines that show true regional history and character, varietal definition and a slice of its own personality. A visit to Elderton Wines ensures an exploration of the Barossa Valley region and what it has to offer.

TASTING NOTES

2010 Elderton Command Shiraz

This wine has established an enviable reputation since the first vintage in 1984. The second generation of the Ashmead family and Elderton Wines’ co-managing directors are the custodians of a rare piece of heritage and continue to produce a great wine of the world. It is truly an expression of place and one which the family intends to preserve for generations to come.

2012 Elderton Ode To Lorraine

A cabernet shiraz merlot blend was added to the portfolio from the 1992 vintage. Blending only the best parcels of fruit from the vineyard resulted in a truly wondrous and complete wine. From the 2002 vintage onwards, it was renamed in honour of the co-founder of Elderton Wines, Lorraine Ashmead. This is truly the hidden gem in Elderton Wines’ portfolio of premium reds.

2012 Elderton Barossa Valley Shiraz

The fruit for the shiraz is sourced mainly from the vineyard on the banks of the North Para River. In 1982, Elderton Wines was transformed from a vineyard supplying quality fruit for wineries to one in its own right. Since then, the winery has won much recognition for its shiraz. Elderton Barossa Valley Shiraz is now highly collectable worldwide and a benchmark for the region.

2012 Elderton Greenock One Shiraz

The Barossa Valley has as much sub-regional diversity as any of the great wine regions of the world. The vineyard located in Greenock was added to the Elderton Wines family in 2010 and is a great addition to the portfolio. The 60-acre vineyard has plantings back to 1915 and is a terroir in demand by many of the Barossa Valley’s elite winemakers.

 

Friday, 19 December 2014 03:52

Glen Eldon Wines

A small family winery located in the iconic Barossa Valley, Glen Eldon Wines has built a reputation for producing rich and flavoursome wines that embody a real sense of place. Famous for its powerful and delicious shiraz, the Barossa Valley region has been successfully utilised by Glen Eldon Wines to produce an outstanding drop.

The Sheedy family established the winery in 1997, managing 35 hectares of vines on-site, with each vineyard broken down into blocks . With some of the property’s vineyards planted in the late-1800s, Glen Eldon Wines produces classic Barossa Valley red varieties, as well as small batches of very rare and special vineyard wines. The winery is proud to lovingly create handcrafted wines with texture, power, finesse and elegance.

Spanning over 18 years in the industry, Glen Eldon Wines has amassed an impressive list of awards. A range of trophies, and gold, silver and bronze medals are among its accolades, as well as being consistently regarded as a 5-star winery by James Halliday. Glen Eldon Wines was also recently awarded the Barossa Trust Mark for its Dry Bore Shiraz.

A visit to the cellar door will ensure you discover all that Glen Eldon Wines has to offer. Its Dry Bore Society is available to its most loyal customers, entitling them to private winery tours and tastings from the barrels, as well as exclusive invitations to new-release and vertical dinners. Glen Eldon Wines also occasionally has pieces of art and woodwork available for purchase at the cellar door.

With a long list of awards and an enviable penchant for producing beautiful Barossa Valley varieties, Glen Eldon Wines captures the imagination of wine drinkers the world-over.

TASTING NOTES

2012 Glen Eldon Kicking Back Cabernet Shiraz

This wine is a traditional, full-bodied red from Barossa Valley. Quality fruit is combined with traditional winemaking methods and modern technology to produce a consistently great cabernet shiraz year-in, year- out. This is a classic Australian blend.

2012 Glen Eldon Dry Bore Shiraz

Dry-grown vineyards in the heart of Barossa Valley and the heights of Eden Valley continue to impress, producing small, yet concentrated bunches of premium shiraz. The fruit combined with traditional winemaking, open fermentation, basket pressing and barrel maturation crafts this iconic shiraz. The Dry Bore Shiraz offers the soul of Barossa Valley at exceptional value for money.

2012 Glen Eldon Eight Barrels Shiraz

Selected from the finest barrels at Glen Eldon’s homestead. Demonstrating the essence of Eden Valley shiraz, this wine offers all of the hallmark shiraz characters of chocolate, plum, spice, white pepper and silky fine tannins. Exceptional balance and structure offers great drinking today, however medium-cellaring will offer fantastic drinking.

2006 Glen Eldon Twisted Trunk Reserve Shiraz

Created from 100-year-old vines. The fruit is sorted, de-stemmed and fermented in 300-litre hogsheads. Each ferment is tendered to by hand, racked into new French and American hogsheads for 12 months, then racked again into hogsheads for three-year maturation. This allows the ripe fruit flavours to shine through and mature naturally.

 

 

Friday, 19 December 2014 03:52

Lou Miranda Estate

Lou Miranda Estate is a family-owned boutique winery based in the Barossa Valley. Established in 2005 by Lou and Valerie Miranda – and with the help of their daughters Lisa and Victoria – the family produces premium quality wines using fruit from their own Barossa Valley vineyards.

The beautiful winery with its warm and inviting cellar door is also home to a restaurant that boasts cathedral-style windows, allowing you to overlook the picturesque market garden and vineyard while dining.

The modern-style restaurant has a noticeable Italian influence, and lunch is served by Lou and his daughters seven days a week. The restaurant is a great place to enjoy spectacular wines and delicious food in the company of family and friends.

The overall achievement of Lou Miranda Estate is a combination of traditional family elements with world-class winemaking techniques.

With over 31 hectares under vine, the family produces 17 wines per year of a wide variety. Some of Lou Miranda Estate’s specialties include its pinot grigio with soft pear overtones, a bold old-vine shiraz, and an old-vine mourvèdre, which is a combination of the spice from shiraz and the softness of mourvèdre – truly the best of both worlds.

With years of winemaking experience and continued discipline in picking only the best fruits for its hand-crafted wines, it’s no wonder Lou Miranda Estate has won many local and international awards – including gold for its 2012 Lou Miranda Estate Leone Shiraz. The company believes that you can only make great wine with great fruit, and this philosophy is the benchmark for all Lou Miranda Estate wines.

TASTING NOTES

2014 Lou Miranda Estate Leone Pinot Grigio

A fresh blend of pear and green apple flavours, which in its subtlety is sure to please. The soft, elegant palate shows hints of spice with balanced citrus length.

2010 Lou Miranda Estate Old Vine Shiraz

Sourced from the 100-year-old Barossa Valley vineyard planted in 1907. The fruit is carefully selected and the wine displays generous red berry flavours, hints of spice and a soft vanillin oak finish. Matured in oak for 20 months, it typifies the varietal characters of Barossa Valley shiraz, offering great palate length and excellent tannin structure.

2012 Lou Miranda Estate Old Vine Shiraz Mourvèdre

Fruit is sourced from the dry-grown Angel’s Vineyard planted in 1897. The full-bodied palate has generous red berry fruits with the mourvèdre adding lovely spice and fruitcake flavours. Seductive oak, as a result of 20 months of barrel maturity, lingers on the palate. A very unique parcel of wine with approximately 200 dozen produced per year.

2012 Lou Miranda Estate Sagrantino

This first vintage from the estate- grown vineyard showcases the potential for Italian varieties to be grown in the region. The sagrantino has a lifted bouquet of red fruits and hints of plum; the earthy depth of this wine is impressive. The palate has exquisite natural tannins which accentuate the complex sagrantino character.

 

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