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Krondorf Growers 2012 Shiraz -Schulz & Bowen

Growers are Marcus & Roslyn Schulz and Anita Bowen (of Balthazar fame). Krondorf Growers ShirazAromas of ripe dark fruit, roast meats, lifted red berry confectionery. All very typical Barossa Shiraz.

On the palate of the Krondorf Growers Shiraz there is ripe plums, dense dark berries, black pepper,  soft drying tannins.  Hint of bitterness at finish. Warming alcohol. Length medium. Probably drink standing around the BBQ cooking meat with bunch of burly blokes.

Alcohol: 14.5%
RRP: $17.99
Region: Barossa
Source: Sample from Cellarmasters

Barossa Vintage Festival launches 2015 Program

Australia’s original wine event, the Barossa Vintage Festival, has officially launched its 2015 program, showcasing 95 events over five days.

The Barossa Vintage Festival is Australia’s longest running wine festival, celebrating the rich heritage and gastronomic pleasures of this renowned region in South Australia. Be consumed by the celebrated Barossa Vintage Festival from 15–‐19 April 2015.

Barossa Ranges

Barossa Ranges

Highlights include a decadent feast, an exclusive wine auction featuring the Barossa’s most distinguished wineries and a host of indulgent wine and culinary experiences sure to delight and tantalise the senses. In amongst the tastings, leisurely lunches, breakfasts and sightseeing you might even spot a celebrity or two. Australia’s favourite foodie, Maggie Beer, is set to woo the crowd with her culinary delights at the World Release – Willi’s Wine Bar Paris Poster event. Or learn how to get the most out of seasonal ingredients from Masterchef alumni, Callum Hann.

Rockford Wines

Rockford Wines

Bed down in one of the many quaint and cosy Bed & Breakfast’s and join the local community as they open their cellar doors, and hearts, for a taste of Barossan life. The diverse and eclectic program will appeal to everyone with the start of the Festival targeted at wine connoisseurs and the premium end of the market, and the weekend full of relaxed, family–‐friendly activities.

For more information on the Barossa Vintage Festival visit barossavintagefestival.com.au

Seppeltsfield and FINO give Barossa a Boost

Seppeltsfield’s redeveloped c1900 Cellar Door and new restaurant, FINO at Seppeltsfield, have been officially opened by South Australian Premier The Hon Jay Weatherill MP, in what has been celebrated as one of the Barossa’s most significant gastronomic tourism endeavours in recent history.

At a launch event on Friday 21st November, the 3 million dollar Seppeltsfiled Cellar Door project was unveiled to the wide acclaim and enthusiasm of over 500 guests, which included State MPs, Federal Senators, local councillors, South Australian business leaders and Barossa food & wine identities.

Seppeltsfield in Barossa

Seppeltsfield in Barossa

The visitor area of the Seppeltsfield property, built first from 1851, has been redeveloped to include an expansive courtyard with stonework reflecting original local paving as well as a water feature, terraces, promenade, and seven Canary Island palm trees.

Throughout the Cellar Door, repurposing of Mintaro slate, most of which from Seppeltsfield’s 1888 gravity Cellar, has been expertly entwined to the original bottling hall architecture. Highlighted as wall features, fire place surrounds and stair treads, the slate has been complemented by Bluestone, ornate brick window arching and priceless Oregon and Jarrah timbers, all of which have been exposed after decades hidden under an inherited paint scheme. Diners can sit directly underneath the world famous centennial collection of Seppeltsfield fortified barrels dating back to 1878.

Dining underneath the fortified barrels

Dining underneath the fortified barrels

Abutting the new Cellar Door and in a coup for the Barossa’s burgeoning culinary scene is FINO At Seppeltsfield – David Swain and Sharon Romeo’s new restaurant undertaking, as a complement to their original (and highly awarded) Willunga venue.

Fino at Seppeltsfield

Fino at Seppeltsfield

A wine list punctuated with Seppeltsfield’s best of the best, but also broad in local and international selections, will work in synergy with a contemporary cocktail list. Sherry cocktails are a speciality, as is a weekly-topped barrel of Seppeltsfield Fino Sherry (Dry Flor Apera), allowing for fresh off-flor glass pours daily.

Less is More with Turkey Flat 2012 Shiraz: Tasting Note

Typically at the more restrained end of the Barossa spectrum, this Turkey Flat Shiraz doesn’t disappoint.

Turkey Flat Shiraz

Turkey Flat Shiraz

From the fantastic 2012 vintage, and partially sourced from some of the worlds oldest Shiraz vineyards, planted in 1847 in Bethany (second only to Langmeil’s Freedom Shiraz planted in 1843).  This is sensational value, even at double the price.

It is packed with delightful perfume of ripe dark berries and dark plums, hints of the typical Turkey Flat liquorice/fennel seed.  Subtle spicy French oak in the background.

On the palate the Turkey Flat Shiraz has great depth of flavour without the over-powering ‘Barossa-shiraz-iness’.  Its pretty much full bodied, with an elegant sophistication. Its full of ripe dark fruit, supported by subtle cedary oak.  Tannins are apparent, but all in balance with the fruit.  A classic wine which will reward cellaring for up to 15 years.

RRP $45
Alc 14.5%
Region: Barossa
Sample: Provided by producer

Appellation at The Louise Wins Trio of Major Wine List Awards

Appellation, the restaurant at The Louise Barossa Valley, has just received the third in a row of highly sought after recognitions for its wine list. Two of the 2014 awards are international in scope and one is an Australian national award.

Topping the series is a newly announced World’s Best Wine Lists Awards by London based publisher World of Fine Wine. Starting with 4,000 entries, a jury of wine reviewers selected 225 restaurant lists from across the globe to receive their inaugural top level three -star rating, including Appellation. The restaurant’s list is one of twenty one award winners based in Australia and is the only winner from South Australia.

US based Wine Spectator announces its annual Restaurant Wine List Awards with each August magazine issue. Appellation has been named in this prestigious listing for the past five years, and this year is named with a higher level Best of Award of Excellence, again the only restaurant in South Australia with this ranking out of 883 restaurants worldwide. Wine Spectator magazine is one of the most widely accessed wine publications in the world.

At a gala event in Sydney last week, Appellation’s sommelier accepted for the seventh year in a row the Wine List of the Year Award from Fine Wine Partners and Australian Gourmet Traveller  Wine magazine for another ‘Hall of Fame’ ranking as South Australia’s best restaurant wine list. This year, the South Australia award is shared with new entrant FermentAsian, another Barossa based restaurant with a strong wine focus.

The Appellation wine list offers over 600 choices, with a natural concentration on Barossa varietals such as Shiraz, Cabernet, Semillon, Riesling and blends including many excellent examples of Grenache, Shiraz and Mataro. The list also features wines from across Australia and the great wine regions of the world.

Schwartz 2012 Meta Mataro: Tasting Note

The new Meta range from Schwarz Wine Co includes a Shiraz, Mataro and Grenache.  Meta being defined an abstraction from a well known concept. 

Schwarz Meta Mataro

Schwarz Meta Mataro

Continuing on with this abstraction idea, the Schwartz Meta Mataro displays all you would expect from Mataro.

Lots of dark berries, a bit of earthy funk and some warm spices on the nose. On the palate nice and bright, fresh and juicy. Morelo cherries, dark plums and some stewed rhubarb.

This was actually enjoyed with char-grilled ratatouille, where the smokey charred vegetables balanced with the earthiness and spice. The acid in the dish balanced with the freshness of the wine. But any tomato based dish would work.

Also check out the Schwartz Meta Shiraz, and the Schwartz Meta Grenache.

RRP $35
Alc 13.9%
Bottles: 500
Sample: Provided by producer