Vintage has finally arrived! We started with some Stonewell Marsanne on Wednesday 8 March and some hand picked Marananga Shiraz on Thursday 9 March. This was closely followed the next day with Shiraz from the Light Pass district, which came with a little surprise visitor (don’t worrry we saved the little guy from the crusher). The Light Pass Shiraz is showing great aromatics and colour in ferment and is due to be pressed off today (20 March).
With a cooler growing season, vintage has yet to kick off yet. Our Krondorf Shiraz was picked on 8 February 2016 but as at 9 February this year still hadn’t finished veraison (see picture below). We expect that this vineyard will be ready to pick in mid-march. Roussane in the Kalimna region of the Northern Barossa (bottom image) is looking great this year, developing excellent early flavour. Stay tuned….
We are very proud to announce that the 2014 Plexus Shiraz Grenache Mourvedre has taken out #34 on Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wines of 2016. See this link for the full list of the top 100 wines.
Spring has finally sprung here in the Barossa. We have seen a sequence of warm sunny days and, along with the sun, bud burst and some rapid growth in the vineyard. However, mixed in with the few days of sunny skies have been numerous reminders of the cold, wet winter just gone.
And a cold, wet winter it certainly was… We had above average rainfall for May, June and July and record rainfall for September (162 mm!); welcome conditions after the lean rainfall of the last few years. This rain should ensure full dams and soaked soil profiles across the Barossa, a great sign for a positive growing season ahead.
More than just another winery, John has leveraged his 28 years of working and learning about the Australian winemaking industry at the internationally renowned Penfolds, not to mention four generations of South Australian vignerons, before creating a family label of his own in 2003.
His experience with Penfolds, his degree in agriculture and winemaking, and his love for the craft shine through in the wines he’s made since then. Along with international projects in Chile and Washington State (US) he spends at least four uninterrupted months in the Barossa each year to craft our range of premium wines.
Recently, we were absolutely thrilled to be featured in ‘Australia’s Best Winery Experiences’, a review by Bupa Travel Insurance on some of the best wines and winery experiences to be found. Bupa Travel Insurance were particularly impressed by our innovative and welcoming collective cellar door, Artisans of Barossa.
If you haven’t already paid us a visit, make sure you drop by the collective cellar door we participate in to try our wines. Embracing the collective spirit of the Barossa region, John decided to team up with five like-minded wine producers (Spinifex, Schwarz Wine Company, Sons of Eden, Massena and Hobbs of Barossa Ranges) rather than go it alone. The group calls themselves Artisans of Barossa, and each member works to produce small batches of premium regional focused wines.
Each ‘Artisan’ has their own unique style, and together, the six members provide a unique tasting experience showcasing the best that the Barossa region has to offer. Along with a revolving wine list, Artisans offers a share focused food program hosted by Pete Little and Tracey Collins of Harvest Kitchen. This means a visit to the Artisans of Barossa tasting room offers a comprehensive food and wine experience.
If you would like a more intimate setting to truly understand the complexities of our wines, we have an exclusive lounge area separate from the tasting room where you can taste each Artisan’s wines. Call Artisans on 08 8563 3935 to arrange a private tasting experience.
US Market Visit September 2016
Flying over Mt Rainier and the Mt Rainier National Park, Washington State and enjoying a College Football Game over homecoming weekend in Norwich, Northfield Vermont (go Cadets!)