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13 February 2017 | The Artisans | Sal Johnson

Winemaker of the Month - Hobbs of Barossa Ranges

 

Winemaker of the Month - Hobbs of Barossa Ranges

The Hobbs name is relatively new to the Australian wine landscape. Greg and Allison Hobbs' postage stamp sized vineyard in the upper reaches of the Barossa Ranges is anything but, with Shiraz vines dating back to 1905. The Hobbs family moved to the historic 15 acre vineyard in 1995. In 1998 30 dozen bottles of "house wine" was made for the family and Hobbs of Barossa Ranges was born. Greg and Allison collaborate with winemakers Peter Schell and Chris Ringland to create their wines, spearheaded by a powerful trio of old vine Barossa Shiraz. "Our philosophy is to nurture rather than interfere with nature. Even in bad years, this block produces good fruit. Maybe it is simply being stubborn in old age, refusing to bend to the whims of nature".

 

10 questions with Allison Hobbs

What is the oldest vineyard that you make wine from?

The beautiful 110 year old vineyard on our property in Flaxmans Valley, which is in the high hills of the Eden Valley.

What is your fvourite part of vintage?

The last day of picking!

What would you do if you weren't in the wine industry?

Working as a registered nurse.

What do you love about your job and why?

I love my office out in the vineyard, my wonderful team (Greg) and being the boss (in a mostly equal partnership with Greg...)

What grape variety or style excites you?

Viognier. It's a temperamental and unpredictable grape to grow, but it makes a beautiful full bodied wine with layers and layers of flavour. Every vintage is different.

What are your top 5 tips for people visiting the Barossa?

 - Stay in one of the Barossa's B&B's rather than a hotel.

 - Breakfast burgers at the Farmers Market on Saturday morning

 - Casa Carboni for coffee and cake, lunch or drinks on a friday evening.

 - Artisans of Barossa for a fabulous wine tasting and lunch, or a drink on the deck on a friday evening

 - Hamburgers at Appelation on a summer evening under the stars

What was the first wine you drank?

Lindeman's Ben Ean Moselle, you will have to guess which year!

What (and when) was the first wine you made and what did it teach you?

1998 Old Vine Shiraz from our own vines. It taught me to choose only the finest quality and let the grapes be the hero.

What is it that makes the Barossa home for you?

Sitting at home on the verandah, overlooking Flaxmans Valley with Greg and the family sharing wine and something delicious from the Farmers Market.

How many vintages have you completed?

21

 

10 questions with Greg Hobbs

What are the three most memorable wines you have tasted?

Billecarte Salmon Nicholas Francois, Kracher Icewine and the 1945 Haut Brion.

What is the oldest vineyard you make wine from?

The 1905 Shiraz vineyard on our property.

What is your favourite part of vintage?

The first Shiraz pick of the 1905 block

What would you do if you weren't in the wine industry?

I would still be working in the Police Force in the STAR Group.

What do you love about your job and why?

Working with my wonderful wife Allison every day.

What are your top five tips for people visiting the Barossa?

Taste, Eaat, Drink, Laugh and enjoy one of the top ten wine regions of the world.

What was the first wine you drank?

Mateus Rose.

What is your favourtie meal?

Seafood Laksa

What (and when) was the first wine you made and what did it teach you?

1998 Old Vine Shiraz. It taught me that I know notheing and have everyhing to learn, and I still have a great deal more to learn.

What is it that makes the Barossa home for you?

The Barossa Ranges, our home and vineyard.

 

 

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