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Howard Duncan
 
12 July 2019 | Howard Duncan

Six Origins - John Duval Ebenezer 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. John Duval selected a parcel of Shiraz from a single vineyard in Ebenezer as his contribution to the first release of Six Origins.

“This Shiraz was sourced from the Ebenezer district, which lies to the north of the township of Nuriootpa in the driest and warmest part of the Barossa. The landscape here is predominantly ironstone rich red-brown loamy soils over sub surface claydeposits. Formed over 200 million years ago, that positions Ebenezer amongst the oldest viticultural landscapes on the planet. The excellent water holding ability of the soils, and the east/ west orientation of the vine rows which positions the canopy to shade the fruit from the western sun ensures the vines perform well in these dry conditions.

Flavour descriptors are typically in that blackberry, Christmas cake and spice territory, with overall style parameters closely associated with the plusher, textured styles of Barossa Shiraz. This is certainly a flavoursome and mouth filling wine, yet it still reflects the Ebenezer vineyard character and echoes our stylistic preference towards wines of restrained power and fine tannins.” 

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.

 

 

Time Posted: 12/07/2019 at 6:36 PM
Howard Duncan
 
11 July 2019 | Howard Duncan

Six Origins - John Lienert Gomersal 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. John Lienert from Jack West Wines selected a parcel of Shiraz from his own vineyard at  Gomersal on the Barossa’s western ridge as his contribution to the first release of Six Origins.

“Gomersal lies at the southern end of the Barossa Valley’s western ridge. The soils here are mostly brown loamy earth, with rich deposits of red ironstone over limestone scattered across the higher elevations. Good country for bold Shiraz. What defines the western ridge is the extended exposure of the vineyards to the sun, and our vineyard possibly sees more sunlight hours each year than any other in the region. That makes for small berries and thicker skins which produce wines of great colour, intense flavour and firm tannin. For the Six Origins wine, I selected a wine displayed a  heady mix of black/ blue spiced fruits on the nose that flows through to a palate loaded with black cherry and sarsaparilla spice wrapped around a firm tannin backbone. To me, a classic expression of Gomersal Shiraz.”

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.

 

 

Time Posted: 11/07/2019 at 5:55 AM
Howard Duncan
 
10 July 2019 | Howard Duncan

Six Origins - Corey Ryan & Simon Cowham Angaston 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. Corey Ryan and Simon Cowham from Sons of Eden selected a parcel of Shiraz from a vineyard at Angaston on the Barossa Valley’s eastern edge as their contribution to the first release of Six Origins.

“We selected a wine made from fruit grown in a vineyard located on the eastern slopes of the Barossa ranges in the Barossa Valley region. The landscape here is challenging, the sub surface geology dominated by rich deposits of marble covered by thick sediments of pebble and bright red soils which have washed down from higher parts of the ranges over the last few million years. The vineyard is at 360 meters above sea level and has an easterly facing aspect, with vines planted east-west. It receives excellent exposure to the soft morning sun, with the ranges behind providing shade in the afternoon which assists with slowing down ripening. Hence whilst located in the Barossa Valley, the distinctive geography of the site results in the fruit being harvested at the same time as Shiraz from Eden Valley. What makes this wine so intriguing is that you can detect both classic Barossa Valley and Eden Valley Shiraz characteristics in a wine made from a single vineyard location. The wine smells and tastes the way it does entirely because of the unique location of the vineyard. Deep crimson in colour with a perfumed spicy mix of wild-berry and dried Spring herbs. The palate is richly concentrated with a focused red fruit core surrounded by delicious, supple layered tannins.” 

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.

Time Posted: 10/07/2019 at 5:49 AM
Howard Duncan
 
9 July 2019 | Howard Duncan

Six Origins - Greg & Allison Hobbs Keyneton 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. Greg and Allison Hobbs from Hobbs of Barossa Ranges selected a parcel of Shiraz from a vineyard at Keyneton on the eastern edge of the Eden Valley as their contribution to the first release of Six Origins.

“The fruit for our Six Origins Shiraz was grown by Phil and Sarah Lehmann at their Boongarrie Vineyard in the eastern Eden Valley, adjacent the Eden Valley to Keyneton Road. The vineyard was planted 20 years ago across an undulating landscape of sedimentary soils dotted with rocky outcrops and ancient redgum trees. At 460 meters above sea level, the elevation tempers the daytime heat and provides cool airflows at night. 2018 was a great year for Shiraz in Eden Valley, with the preceding winter and spring rains topping up the dams and providing a good reserve of water to support the vines through the dry harvest season. On the nose, the wine displays plenty of fine pot pouri notes of dried flowers and herbs. The palate is full of rich black fruit and dark chocolate with red fruit nuances adding complexity. A ripe and delicious Shiraz with a plush mid-palate and refreshing minerality built around a wonderfully muscular structure.“

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.

Time Posted: 09/07/2019 at 5:33 PM
Howard Duncan
 
8 July 2019 | Howard Duncan

Six Origins - Jason Schwarz Light Pass 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. Jason Schwarz from Schwarz Wine Co selected a parcel of Shiraz from Colin Kurtz’ 80+ year old vineyard at Light  Pass on the Barossa Valley floor as their contribution to the first release of Six Origins.

“Light Pass surrounds the village of the same name and sits to the north east of the township of Nuriootpa, bounded by Pipeline Road to the north, Research Road to the West, the Penrice Road to the south and Stockwell road along the eastern boundary. Afternoon easterly gully breezes descending from the adjacent foothills of the Barossa ranges are a significant influence on grown at Light Pass. At 180 - 210 meters above sea level, the vineyards floor benefit from their cooling effect, enhancing red fruit and spice expression in wines that are typically soft, supple and flavoursome. My Six Origins wine is from Colin Kurtz’ vineyard planted in 1933 in a patchwork of ancient deep red and brown sandy loam soils over subsurface clay and limestone. The nose shows a fine blend of red and dark fruits and hazelnut, with flows through to a classic ‘black forest cake’ palate of raspberry, red plums and dark cherry. Typical of Shiraz from Light Pass, this is a soft, plush and flavoursome wine with excellent length, soft tannins and a fine line of bright acid”

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.

Time Posted: 08/07/2019 at 4:14 PM
Howard Duncan
 
7 July 2019 | 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.

Time Posted: 07/07/2019 at 4:02 PM
Howard Duncan
 
6 July 2019 | Howard Duncan

Six Origins by Artisans of Barossa

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.

Our first Six Origins release is available now, and focuses on Barossa’s hero – Shiraz. 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 by the rich 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 at our online wine store, or contacting Artisans of Barossa on (08) 8563 3935.

Buy your Six Origins Shiraz here.

Time Posted: 06/07/2019 at 3:05 PM
Annemaree Clementson
 
16 April 2019 | Annemaree Clementson

The Artisans takeover the Vino Lokal laneway this April!

 

Every day across Easter, and then again on Anzac Day and Barossa Vintage Festival Parade day, the Artisans of Barossa are taking over the Vino Lokal laneway in Tanunda. Over 20 wines on tasting each day from Spinifex Wines, Schwarz Wine Co., John Duval Wines, Hobbs of Barossa and Sons of Eden, with winemakers on hand to pour their wines and share stories of the 2019 vintage.

Artisans Laneway Takeover hours

Good Friday    12 - 5pm
Easter Saturday    12 - 5pm
Easter Sunday    12 - 5pm
Easter Monday    12 - 5pm
Anzac Day    12 - 5pm
Sat 27 April    11am - 5pm- Vintage Festival Parade Day

 

Vino Lokal Wine Bar hours

Bookings for lunch and dinner are recommended, and can be made by calling (08) 8563 3935, or via email to wineroom@vinolokal.com

 

 

Time Posted: 16/04/2019 at 2:29 PM
Annemaree Clementson
 
15 April 2019 | Annemaree Clementson

Barossa Wine Auction: An insider’s guide

 

While Howard Duncan, COO of Artisans of Barossa / Vino Lokal, doesn’t fit the ‘3 in the ground’ rule of ‘Barossa local’ he has certainly earned his place.

After working all over the globe, Howard settled in Barossa 16 years ago, installing himself in the centre of the region’s wine industry.  Howard has become somewhat notorious in the region for pushing the envelope; the inspirer of big, new ideas.  Just recently he oversaw the opening of a new wine bar in just 90 days from light bulb moment to opening night, and his ‘top 5  Barossa Wine Auction picks’ are actually 6, if that gives you any indication of his tenacity!

It’s safe to say Howard knows his way around a Barossa wine or two, and his picks are not all the usual suspects. So, please enjoy your second preview into the Barossa Wine Auction catalogue, due out later this month:

1. Lot 12W:  EDEN HALL BLOCK 4 SHIRAZ
Prices for the Eden Hall Reserve Rieslings have been on the climb in in recent years as more wine collectors begin to acknowledge the exceptional pedigree and longevity of these estate grown wines. Eden Valley Shiraz is superb, led by its poster boys from Henschke – Hill of Grace and Mount Edelstone. Eden Hall have first rate vineyards and the winemaking is faultless – these are outstanding wines. The two flights available in the on line auction feature wines from the strongest vintages, and should attract strong bidding from those in the know!

2. Lot 9S: ROJOMOMA RED ART RED WINE OF PROVENANCE SHIRAZ VERTICAL
Husband and wife team Bernie Keading and Sam Kurz turned the accepted order of things on its head at the 2017 National Wine Show in Canberra by taking home The Red Wine of Provenance Trophy. In this class, the judges consider three vintages of the same wine spread across at least ten years – a huge ask for small producer like Rojomoma, and hence typically the Trophy is the domain of the big names. But the superb quality of these wines and their obvious ability age won the day, and the Rojomoma dynamic duo shook the foundations of Barossa red winemaking to their core.

3. Lot 91W: TIM SMITH WINES TSW RESERVE
Yes he’s a mate, and yes he’s a good bloke…but he’s also a top winemaker and these two wines come from some of the very oldest and finest vineyards in Barossa. Tim is the epitome of hands on from vineyard to glass – I suspect he may even lick the back of each label to ensure it sticks to the bottle. This is a one man band – just call the winery “Hello, Tim Smith Wines, Tim Smith speaking”. Superb old vine Shiraz, and the Mataro will outlive the next dozen Australian prime ministers.

4. Lots 37W & 38W:  JOHN DUVAL WINES ENTITY SHIRAZ
I have the distinct pleasure of working for the father/ son team of John and Tim Duval, and these guys are a pro outfit. They don’t make a lot, and what they do is determined solely by the availability of great vineyards. The 2016 Entity won the best shiraz trophy at the Decanter Asia Wine Awards last year, and the vintages on offer in this pack are like a roll call of my picks for best vintages in recent memory.

5. Lot 26W: HEAD WINES ANCESTOR VINE GRENACHE
I really think this is one of the greatest Grenache wines I have ever tasted. From fruit grown east of Springton in the Eden Valley in a vineyard planted in 1858, this is a world class red wine. Imperials are rare beasts, and this is a rare wine from an exceptional and rare vineyard. Go hard on the bidding on this one, you’ll thank yourself for years to come if you decide on onsell in the future, or if you get a dozen mates around to get on the Grenache! Either way, this is a guaranteed winner

6. Lot 53W: MAVERICK TRIAL HILL EDEN VALLEY SHIRAZ
I tasted the 2010 of this vintage as part of a Barossa Shiraz masterclass I gave in Hong Kong back in 2014… and I have never forgotten it! 2006 and 2016 are equal, if not stronger vintages, and the vineyard which sits high above the valley in the Barossa ranges is legendary. A great addition to the cellar

 

Post originally published at: https://www.barossawine.com/auction-picks-howard-duncan/

Bidding is now open on the 2019 Barossa Wine Auction - visit the Langton's site here.

 

Time Posted: 15/04/2019 at 1:08 PM
Annemaree Clementson
 
29 March 2019 | Annemaree Clementson

April at Vino Lokal

If we polled an audience of Barossans and asked “When is the best time of the year to visit Barossa?”, April would win by the proverbial country mile. Endless warm sunny days, crisp cool nights, and vineyards are a patchwork of Autumn colour. 

The planets align this April with Easter, School Holidays, ANZAC Day and the main event - the Barossa Vintage Festival which runs from Wed. 24 to Sun. 28 April. The Festival Parade is on Sat. 27 April, and goes right past the Vino Lokal front door. Catch the parade, then stay on to enjoy some Artisans of Barossa wine and a spot of lunch before heading out to experience more of our beautiful region. 

If you prefer to miss the crowds, why not sneak away mid-week for our new Wednesday Kitchen Table Nights. Book early to snare a seat at the long table, and if you feel like a sleepover, contact the Barossa Visitor Centre or Getaways Reservation Service who can help you find a cosy B’n’B nearby.

Make your lunch or dinner booking by calling 08 8563 3935 or book your seat at the Wednesday Kitchen Table here.

See you in April!

 

Time Posted: 29/03/2019 at 10:05 AM