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7 July 2019 | Barossa, The Artisans | Howard Duncan

Six Origins - Peter Schell High Eden Barossa Shiraz 2018


Six Origins is a new project by Artisans of Barossa, following in the footsteps of the hugely successful Grenache Project. Whereas the Grenache Project explored the influence of the winemaker on the flavour and character of Grenache, the Six Origins project will turn your attention to the influence of origin on Barossa wine. Pete Schell selected a parcel of Shiraz from a vineyard at High Eden as Spinifex’s contribution to the first release of Six Origins.

“High Eden is an area of approximately 40 square kilometres defined by its high altitude of 400 - 600 meters above sea level. Located in the upper reaches of the western edge of the Eden Valley, the soils here are yellow sandstone, mixed with quartz rock and decomposed granite. Annual rainfall in a typical year can be 720-750mm per annum, making it one of the wettest parts of Barossa. The poor vigour and low moisture retention qualities of the soils combined with elevated altitude and cool temperatures produce very low yields of an average of 2.5 – 3 tonne per hectare. This Shiraz is sourced from a dry grown 20 year old vineyard at High Eden just below 500 meters above sea level. It’s an easterly facing block, with the east-west vine rows adding further protection for the fruit from the heat of the western sun. On the nose there is savoury spice, and dark brambly fruits which flow to a palate of peppery spices and blue and black berry fruits - it’s cool and elegant in feel – without the overt sweetness inherent in Shiraz from warmer, lower parts of Barossa. It’s what you should expect from High Eden Shiraz, mid weight with good strong tannins, firm, fresh and athletic.”

Six Origins by Artisans of Barossa features six Shiraz wines from the outstanding 2018 vintage, each from a different vineyard, each produced by a different artisan winemaker. Collectively, Six Origins showcases the range of expression in Shiraz made possible almost entirely by diversity of the Barossa landscape, and presents you the wine lover with a ‘journey of discovery’ opportunity. To travel confidently across the Barossa vineyard map through a sequenced tasting guided by the insights of each winemaker into the origins and flavour, character and texture of their wine.

Each pack is priced at $350 and availability is strictly limited. By joining our Friends of Artisans program, you also benefit from our Freight Cap Guarantee, and pay no more than $10 to have your wine delivered to any address in Australia. You can order Six Origins via our online wine store, or contacting Artisans of Barossa on (08) 8563 3935.


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