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Spring in the Barossa heralds the start of the new season and the start of vintage 2016. The vines that have lain dormant over the winter months spring to life as the sap starts to flow and the vines grow greener every day.
While the days are sunny it still gets quite chilly overnight with the risk of frost keeping many a grape grower on their toes. At this stage of the growth cycle frost can cause quite a bit of damage to the young tender growth. Makes you wonder who would be a farmer hey, putting it all in the hands of Mother Nature!
As spring arrives our thoughts turn towards sunnier days, and we start craving lighter and brighter wines. Riesling is generally always the first wine we see released from the previous year’s vintage. This year sees the inaugural release of the Spinifex Riesling. This is the first year that Pete Schell has dabbled with one of the traditional and iconic white varieties of the Barossa. The fruit is sourced from 60 year old vines in the Eden Valley and in typical Pete style the wine has seen varied fermentation techniques not traditionally associated with Riesling. 25% of the fruit is whole bunch fermented and 10% is fermented in old French Oak. All these techniques add a complexity and texture to the wine that is alluring and keeps you going back for more.
The AoB team are eagerly awaiting the imminent arrival of the 2015 Sons of Eden Freya and Teusner Empress Riesling, both due in the next few weeks, watch this space.
International Grenache Day
Friday the 18th of September
For anyone who has spent anytime tasting through the wines here at Artisans it will come as no surprise that this has to be our (and mine personally) favourite of all the International <insert grape variety>
Grenache has long been the working horse grape variety here in the Barossa, doing much of the heavy lifting in the Fortified Wine production in the early history of wine production here in the Valley. With its ability to be able to cope incredibly well with our hot dry summers and dry growing conditions it unfortunately fell out of favour in the recent past and we lost many of our historic vineyards during the Vine Pull Scheme of the 1980’s.
From the pulpy, bright and juicy Schwarz Wine Co Meta Grenache to the bunchy & spicy Spinifex Papillon, we have the lighter, brighter styles of Grenache is well covered here at Artisans of Barossa. Bringing in the Joven (Spanish term for young wines) bracket is the Teusner Joshua, a classic trio of the iconic Barossa varieties of Grenache, Mataro and Shiraz but with no time in oak. Followed closely behind by the Massena Moonlight Run, where Grenache plays a supporting role to Mataro. We then head into more traditional territory with the ever popular Sons of Eden Kennedy GSM (an ode to the growers who kept their Grenache vines in the ground during the aforementioned Vine Pull Scheme) with structured oak and fruit persistence. For the Grenache purists amongst you all we round out the bunch with two classic examples of old vine Grenache. The Schwarz Thiele Road is from a 75yo vineyard located in Bethany and tended to by the Schwarz family since planting. A classic example of Barossa Grenache with poise and restraint while still retaining presence, dare I say it, Barossa Pinot! Last but by absolutely no means least is the latest addition to the line up, the John Duval Annexus Grenache. Sourced from two 100+ yo vineyards that have stood the test of times and the seasons. A structured Grenache that will benefit from time in the cellar where those old vine Grenache savouriness will shine.