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Friday, 19 December 2014 03:52

St Hallett

From humble beginnings with little more than a galvanised shed with a naked light bulb, a couple of concrete fermenters and a basket press, the Lindner family battled through the years to lay the foundations for St Hallett. With an initial focus on fortified wines, St Hallett shifted its attention in the 1980s to producing a premium range of table wines and has never looked back.

St Hallett specialises in beautiful, brooding shiraz, shiraz blends and single-vineyard wines, for which the unique and iconic Barossa Valley region is renowned. St Hallett understands the importance of capturing the old vines of the Barossa Valley, and this recognition and appreciation reveals the rich textures, depth and diversity of the region’s grapes. Over time, St Hallett has developed its prowess for producing a high-quality drop.

The cellar door is located near the banks of the Para River, right in the very heart of the Barossa Valley. A visit to the site will ensure a tasting of the highly lauded St Hallett Old Block Shiraz, as well as the opportunity to take advantage of exclusive cellar door offerings. A beautiful location with a unique tasting experience – what’s not to love?

With a commitment to energy management and sustainability, St Hallett embraces its role as caretaker of the land on which it sits. An undeniable respect for the Barossa Valley and extensive winemaking experience propels St Hallett to be one of the greats of the Barossa Valley region.

 

TASTING NOTES

St Hallett Old Block Shiraz

A homage to the beautiful old shiraz vines of the Barossa Valley. This wine is one of the region’s most cellared, with 30 vintages dating back to 1980. The grapes that make the St Hallett Old Block Shiraz are sourced from vineyards between 80 and 120 years old from both the Barossa and Eden Valleys.

St Hallett Blackwell Shiraz

This wine is named after Stuart Blackwell, who has been a St Hallett winemaker for more than 40 years. The deep, dark brooding character of the 2013 Blackwell Shiraz has all the flavours that made the Barossa Valley and its shiraz so synonymous.

St Hallett Eden Valley Riesling

The elevation of the Eden Valley region results in cool nights, even at the peak of summer. This is the perfect climate for riesling, and St Hallett sources its fruit from a small selection of growers scattered throughout the Eden Valley.

St Hallett Touriga Nacional

This wine is only available through St Hallett’s cellar door. Touriga is a unique variety with a wildly vibrant purple colour and an intensely floral aroma. Planted in small quantities, it was originally used as a blending tool for fortified wines.

 

 

 

Friday, 19 December 2014 03:52

Grange Burge Wines

Friday, 19 December 2014 03:51

Saltram Wine Estate

Situated on 45 hectares of land in Barossa Valley, Saltram Wine Estate relishes its beautiful vistas, rich heritage and award winning wines, and delights in sharing the property with its visitors.

Arriving aboard the Caroline, William Salter settled in South Australia from England in 1839. As one of the first people to purchase land in Barossa Valley, William laid the foundations of what would become Saltram Wine Estate. Over its 150-year history, the estate has seen two influential winemaking families pass through its doors – the Salters and the Dolans – and continues to produce wine that is admired by those in the wine industry and wine enthusiasts alike.

Saltram Wine Estate has enjoyed a successful past year, winning a gold medal at the 2013 Perth Royal Wine Show, and being awarded the Gramp, Hardy, Hill Smith prize for

 

 

Outstanding Wine of Provenance at the 2013 Royal Adelaide Wine Show. The winery also won the Best White Wine Trophy and Best Italian White Varietal Trophy at the 2012 Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show for its Winemaker’s Selection Fiano.

Not only does Saltram Wine Estate create award winning varieties, it also offers Salter’s Kitchen, the winery’s on-site restaurant. Serving modern, hearty dishes, Salter’s Kitchen’s seasonal menu proudly showcases magnificent regional produce and freshly- baked breads from its wood-fire oven. Additionally, the property also provides visitors with two event rooms to hold a special wedding, birthday or conference. Whatever the event, Saltram Wine Estate is a unique setting to be savoured.

With a relaxing and charming experience awaiting its visitors, Saltram Wine Estate will make its guests feel right at home.

TASTING NOTES

2010 Saltram No. 1 Shiraz

The palate is full and powerful with rich, elegant, varietal flavours of cassis, blood plum and cherries. Further chocolate and licorice notes complete the offering, following right through to the finish. This is a sumptuous wine with soft ripe tannins and great structure. The textured palate is long, generous and even, leaving the mouth with a lingering minerality.

2010 Saltram Single Vineyard Moculta Road Shiraz

This wine is a savoury example of Barossa Valley, with great depth of flavour. Savoury characters of black olive verging on tapenade are complemented by lush dark fruit sweetness of plum and berry fruits. The palate is rich with savoury, earthy tannins, lush dark berry fruit flavours and savoury spice, creating a long and seamless finish of texture to savour.

2014 Saltram Winemaker’s Selection Fiano

This fiano exhibits notes of lemongrass, fig and lime with a touch of spice and fresh almonds. The palate is generously textured with a slaty-mineral finish. A great match for foods, especially with Asian dishes.

2013 Saltram Mamre Brook Riesling

This wine is perfumed with intense aromas of citrus blossom, bath salts and fresh green limes. It has a soft, juicy palate of fresh green limes and hints of lemon. The flavours on the palate are supported by talcy acidity which provides length, purity and finesse.

 

 

Friday, 19 December 2014 03:51

Wolf Blass Visitor Centre

A business that has enjoyed a long and successful history in winemaking, Wolf Blass Visitor Centre offers wine enthusiasts a chance to discover why the brand has become so recognisable and well-respected.

The founder of Wolf Blass, Wolfgang Blass, established his winery in 1973 and introduced the Wolf Blass Black Label to the public. What followed was a quick succession of highly-esteemed wine awards, such as three consecutive Jimmy Watson Trophies from the years 1974–76. From here, the Wolf Blass legacy was born.

Today, Wolf Blass Visitor Centre offers its guests two exceptional winetasting sessions – the Luxury Experience and Blend it Like Blass. The Luxury Experience involves a relaxing, sit-down tasting that guides drinkers through its premium portfolio of wines, including the iconic Platinum Label Shiraz. Alternatively, visitors can opt for Blend it

Like Blass, a session to splash about, taste-test and experiment with two Wolf Blass wines to create your own blended varietal.

Wolf Blass Visitor Centre also provides a function centre for weddings, functions and conferences. With a number of rooms and facilities – including The Barrel Hall and The Platinum Function Room – the staff offers a complete personal service, with wine experts and educators eager to help you host an unforgettable event.

It is undeniable that the Wolf Blass brand is a firm-favourite among the general public and wine professionals alike. Rated a 5-star winery in James Halliday’s 2014 Australian Wine Companion, Wolf Blass Visitor Centre’s future is promising.

The centre also provides cheese plates, local gourmet produce, barista coffee and handmade desserts, so you can enjoy your time at Wolf Blass Visitor Centre with a full belly.

TASTING NOTES

2011 Wolf Blass Gold Label Pinot Noir Chardonnay

The bouquet offers a complex blend of delicate citrus and strawberry fruit, with underlying biscotti flavours and yeast lees influence. The palate is elegant and creamy with intense strawberry characters derived from fine pinot noir, balanced with yeasty complexity. It provides a delicate mousse, refined acidity and displays excellent line and length.

2012 Wolf Blass Grey Label Shiraz

A richly-flavoured, generous and sophisticated McLaren Vale shiraz. This wine is perhaps the definitive expression of regional and varietal pairing, carrying the distinctive Wolf Blass hallmarks of power and elegance. Shiraz from McLaren Vale is synonymous with the plush, rich and velvety nature of Wolf Blass’ Grey Label.

2013 Wolf Blass White Label Chardonnay

A sophisticated and complex wine with pristine and elegant fruit, fine mineral acidity and great depth of flavour. This wine is selected from distinguished vineyard sites in the Piccadilly Valley district of South Australia’s Adelaide Hills.

2010 Wolf Blass Black Label 38th Vintage Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz

A powerful expression of Wolf Blass’ philosophy of synergistic blending. The Black Label is built on persistence of flavour, seamless texture and long, velvety tannins, with opulent, yet elegant fruit from Barossa Valley, Langhorne Creek and McLaren Vale. It provides richness, depth and exceptional complexity.

 

Friday, 19 December 2014 03:51

Seppeltsfield

There is no denying that Barossa Valley is renowned for producing world-class varieties by those who live and breathe winemaking. With a proud legacy that stretches back more than 160 years, the sheer grandiosity of the Seppeltsfield estate epitomises everything visitors love about the Barossa Valley region and its winemakers.

Established by Joseph and Johanna Seppelt in 1851, Seppeltsfield comprises an impressive 120 hectares of estate vineyards, 12 heritage-listed buildings and more than 2000 Canary Island palm trees. In addition, the property also houses FINO restaurant, a contemporary art and design studio, and expansive surrounding gardens.

Seppeltsfield is famed for its Centennial Collection, an unbroken lineage of tawny from 1878 to today. It is through this collection that Seppeltsfield remains the only winery in the world to release a continual 100-year-old, single-vintage wine each year.

The winery also specialises in producing rare fortified wines and limited-release, super-premium table wines.

It is not surprising that Seppeltsfield has won a range of highly-lauded accolades. Awards include winning the 2013 Barossa Valley Star Cellar Door by Gourmet Traveller Wine magazine, and being awarded five red stars by James Halliday in the 2015 Australian Wine Companion. A perfect score of 100 points for Seppeltsfield’s 100-Year- Old Para Tawny has been awarded not only by James Halliday, but also by Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate. Through this, Seppeltsfield’s triumphs are considerable.

There are a number of guided tours and wine tastings for enthusiasts. A visit to Seppeltsfield ensures a beautiful day out at a breathtaking, iconic estate – a Barossa Valley food, wine and art paradise.

TASTING NOTES

NV Seppeltsfield Para Grand Tawny

A powerful bouquet displaying an excellent balance of rich fruit, nutty vanillin oak and a hint of chocolate. Further complexity is derived from the aged rancio character and fine brandy spirit, the epitome of the liqueur-style. It is full-bodied, rich and luscious, with concentrated lingering flavours. With ageing, the wine has become complex, smooth and mellow.

2015 Seppetsfield Barossa Grenache

Crafted without maturation in oak, this perfumed and fruit-dominant wine displays ripe red berries, Turkish delight and subtle spice characters. Shades of red, purple and crimson add beauty to its delicious aromas. Built into the hillside on a series of terraces, the natural course of gravity guides the flow of fruit through the winery to deliver the gentle extraction of colour, flavour and tannin.

2014 Seppeltsfield Barossa Shiraz

This shiraz was fermented in open- top fermenters and then matured for 14 months in seasoned French oak hogsheads. Deep crimson-red, this is a well-balanced wine with a core of elegant red and purple fruits. Maturation in seasoned French oak unveils a sophisticated and lacy tannin structure with added spice elements.

Seppeltsfield Para 100-Year-Old Vintage Tawny

A wine of almost indescribable concentration and complexity, it has often been referred to as ‘the essence of wine’. It is intense and vibrant amber-bronze in colour that clings to the glass with an amber sheen. An aroma of dusty-brown spices evolves into nutmeg and clove with a hint of ginger. It has incredible viscosity and mouth-coating creaminess.

 

 

 

Friday, 19 December 2014 03:51

Maggie Beer Products

A highly-respected and much-loved Australian culinary figure, Maggie Beer’s expertise spans a long and fruitful history in the food and wine industry. From Maggie Beer’s Farm Shop to her Pheasant Farm Wines vineyard, it is not hard to see why Maggie Beer Products has set a benchmark for providing quality gourmet fare for Australian and international markets.

When Colin and Maggie Beer started growing grapes in 1973, it was very much a continuum of the already-established Barossa Valley food and wine culture. Producing wine from these grapes was the next logical step for the couple and, in 1997, Pheasant Farm Wines was born. With eight hectares of vines grown on the highly sought-after valley floor, the vines are up to 50 years old and include varieties of shiraz, cabernet sauvignon and semillon. During harvest time, the company also produces delicious fresh fruit and cider, so it is guaranteed there is always something visitors can enjoy.

Surrounded by olive groves and vineyards, as well as quince, pear and apple orchards, is Maggie Beer’s Farm Shop. Once Colin and Maggie Beer’s family home, Maggie Beer’s Farm Shop is now an idyllic spot to sample Maggie’s eponymous range of pâtés, pastes, verjuice and ice-cream, while soaking in its picturesque surrounds. The company also encourages its visitors to picnic by the dam or stroll around the property to see the pheasants, geese and turtles.

With a passion for quality produce and estate-grown wine, Maggie Beer Products is a haven for food and wine connoisseurs. Combining this with a beautiful landscape and Barossa Valley’s proud history, Pheasant Farm Wines and Maggie Beer’s Farm Shop is a truly immersive experience that can be enjoyed by all.

TASTING NOTES

2011 Pheasant Farm Home Block Shiraz

Ripe blueberry aromas mingle with warm cocoa characteristics in this bold shiraz. Made exclusively from single-estate fruit, blood plum on the nose follows through on the palate with dark chocolate. Well-integrated toasty oak and nice layers of firm drying tannins give this wine a fine length. Drink now or cellar over the next four to six years.

2010 Beer Bros “The Alfred” Old Vine Shiraz

Handpicked and basket-pressed, this shiraz is a rich and vibrant red with ripe blackberry, dark cherries and cassis mingling in the mouth, offering layers of flavour. Utilising vines from the valley floor that are 40-plus years old, the fruit is beautifully rich in colour, displaying silky tannins and tremendous length. Definitely a wine to savour.

Maggie Beer Sparkling Ruby Cabernet

A non-alcoholic wine made from the juice of ruby cabernet grapes. Sparkling Ruby Cabernet has the bead of Champagne and the mouth-feel of a good wine. Rose petals and crushed strawberries on the nose are complemented on the palate with green tea characters that finish crisp and dry with a note of citrus and sour cherry flavours.

2013 Pheasant Farm Cane Cut Viognier

This single-estate, cane-cut viognier offers a lighter, more refreshing style of ‘sticky’. With the sweetness of late-picked fruit, this golden- coloured wine is never cloying, but well-rounded with warm spice and quince on the nose, following through with ripe apricot and vanilla bean on the palate.

 

 

Friday, 19 December 2014 03:51

Jacob's Creek Visitor Centre

Jacob’s Creek is rooted in 165 years of winemaking tradition, which began when Johann Gramp planted the barossa Valley’s first commercial vineyard on the banks of Jacob’s Creek in 1847.

Today, Jacob’s Creek offers a number of unique experiences. enjoy fresh local produce, great-tasting wines and a rich history, all while taking in breathtaking vineyard scenery and views of the barossa ranges.

The Jacob’s Creek brand Home is set on a 42-hectare site, which has a picturesque bike track that weaves between the vineyards. It offers a peaceful garden walking trail Getting There    where guests can enjoy the native wildlife while strolling along the banks of the world- barossa Valley Way, rowland Flat   famous creek. Visitors may also walk through the display vineyard to learn more about how Jacob’s Creek makes wine, grapes, and the different varietals that grow around the winery.

Visit the our Table restaurant, where a love and passion for food and wine is shared. Contemporary australian food sourced from local produce is elegantly matched with award-winning wines. our Table also features a kitchen garden and tennis court, which make it a lovely place to enjoy an afternoon.

Jacob’s Creek offers an Introduction to Wine experience, where your senses and palate are used to learn more about how to taste and enjoy wines. If you’d like to take it to the next level, join the Food & Wine Master Class and enhance your knowledge while enjoying a four-course meal.

With every opportunity to indulge yourself in the world of food and wine, it’s no wonder that Jacob’s Creek is one of the leading tourism sites in australia. blend your own wine, learn more about the world of Jacob’s Creek or enjoy a cooking class in the kitchen garden. Jacob’s Creek is a must-visit location for all.

 

TASTING NOTES

2016 Jacob’s Creek Barossa Signature Chardonnay

Approachable, modern and full of flavour, this chardonnay showcases the classic regional characteristics of the barossa Valley. The generous palate is beautifully balanced, with varietal fruit flavours and complementary nutty cashew notes.

2016 Jacob’s Creek Barossa Signature Riesling

A bright and approachable modern riesling that’s made in the classic barossa Valley style, this wine showcases premium fruit from selected eden Valley vineyard blocks. The lemony, zesty palate is generously flavoured, with a multilayered and textural mouthfeel.

2015 Jacob’s Creek Barossa Signature Cabernet Sauvignon

This full-bodied wine showcases premium fruit flavours and classic barossa Valley cabernet sauvignon characters. The palate offers dense, ripe black fruit flavours, notes of mocha and complementary silky- sweet tannins.

2015 Jacob’s Creek Barossa Signature Shiraz

This premium shiraz captures the true essence of the barossa Valley with its bold flavours, ripe tannins and satisfyingly long finish. It’s a medium- to full-bodied wine that showcases cloves, dark chocolate and the classic varietal flavours of rich, ripe plums.

 

Friday, 19 December 2014 03:50

Penfolds Barossa Valley

The Penfolds empire was established in 1844 by Dr Christopher Rawson Penfold and his wife, Mary Penfold. An iconic brand with a penchant for producing outstanding wines, Penfolds Barossa Valley enjoys a large portfolio, and in 2014 celebrates 170 years of producing outstanding varieties.

Located in the heart of the Barossa Valley, Penfolds Barossa Valley was built in the early 20th century in order to expand the business beyond its Magill site. With access to more than 500 hectares of fruit in Barossa Valley, the winery specialises in shiraz, cabernet and chardonnay, but also enjoys experimenting with other varieties.

A visit to Penfolds Barossa Valley allows enthusiasts to discover the unique world of winemaking through two unmissable tours. The Make Your Own Blend tour invites visitors to make their own wine from grenache, shiraz and mourvèdre. Alternatively, the Taste of Grange tour provides an insight into the philosophy of Penfolds and includes the ultimate winetasting experience – a must for those who appreciate premium wine.

It is no surprise that Penfolds Barossa Valley is actively involved, and has achieved, many awards for its wines. Most recently, the winery received 100 points from Robert Parker for its 2008 Penfolds Grange, as well as 99 points from Tony Love for its 2010 Penfolds St Henri Shiraz.

Awarded by James Halliday as Winery of the Year in the 2013 Australian Wine Companion, a tour of Penfolds Barossa Valley is imperative for those who visit the iconic wine region.

TASTING NOTES

2012 Penfolds Magill Estate Shiraz
This single-vineyard shiraz is sourced from the original plantings at Magill Estate, just 8kms from Adelaide’s CBD. First produced in 1983, this elegant, medium-weight style shiraz has a velvety texture and fine tannins.

2010 Penfolds Cellar Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
The tradition of innovation and experimentation is central to the Penfolds winemaking philosophy and is perpetuated in the form of Penfolds Cellar Reserve wines. These sometimes one-off releases emerge periodically after being nurtured carefully in the cellar.

2012 Penfolds RWT Shiraz
This single-region shiraz is sourced from the Barossa Valley vineyards. RWT stands for Red Winemaking Trial. The first vintage of RWT was in 1997 and its style is opulent and fleshy.

2013 Penfolds Reserve Bin Chardonnay
This is a single-region chardonnay from Adelaide Hills. The fruit is handpicked, whole-bunch pressed and then placed directly into French oak barrels where it undergoes natural fermentation.

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